Buttoned

Buttoned

by Ruminate Magazine November 13, 2019

Melissa Ostrom's essay "Buttoned" appears in Issue No. 53: Shelter.

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Broken

Broken

by Guest Contributor November 12, 2019

My sick body is still good. She is still me. She is still wise and strong. My female body—to which others believe they are entitled—is still my home. She is still my power. Our stressed and strained bodies are waiting for us to return to them.

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God Didn't Save Me—You Did

God Didn't Save Me—You Did

by Guest Contributor November 07, 2019 1 Comment

Teaching has saved me some days. When I didn’t want to get up but had to because there was George Saunders or Sandra Cisneros to read and discuss, I was saved from the pit of Myself Left To Myself that I remember preachers often scaring me into.

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Encroachment

Encroachment

by Ruminate Magazine November 06, 2019

John Sibley Williams's poem "Encroachment" appears in Issue No. 53: Shelter.

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Asian Dramas: On Displacement, Vulnerability, and New Perspectives

Asian Dramas: On Displacement, Vulnerability, and New Perspectives

by Catherine Hervey November 05, 2019 1 Comment

When I was growing up, the beautiful people with interesting lives were American or European, like me. Always. This reality remained unexamined for me, as did its implied negative—that it’s a little less desirable to be anything else.

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!Feliz Día de los Muertos!

!Feliz Día de los Muertos!

by Guest Contributor October 31, 2019

The streets were alive with color, music, and chatter. Many people had painted faces, some sang, others danced, and most of us marched up the hilly street to the cemetery gates. This is how Mexico celebrates los muertos WITH los muertos.

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Lights, Stories, and Celebrating Joy—Diwali

Lights, Stories, and Celebrating Joy—Diwali

by Guest Contributor October 29, 2019

While I am not particularly religious, Diwali fills me with a strange sense of hope and light and all things new. Being away from home, I even indulged in a bit of worship as my mom taught me how to do it. This is the only festival I am willing to make the compromise on.

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the practice of hope: reminders on how to be (or, contemplative practices against capitalism)

the practice of hope: reminders on how to be (or, contemplative practices against capitalism)

by Céline Chuang October 24, 2019 1 Comment

Share: meals, music, resources, festivities. Create alternative economies based on generosity and care. Sit on front porches. Feast well, and often.

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Write Around the Mulberry Bush

Write Around the Mulberry Bush

by Guest Contributor October 22, 2019 2 Comments

At home, my computer dings, illuminating the puzzle of sentences. My fingers punch the keys, tap the space bar, cursor the thesaurus. Cut and paste, insert, delete. Reorder, revise, redo.

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Everyone Else's Emergency

Everyone Else's Emergency

by Angela Doll Carlson October 17, 2019 1 Comment

 I don’t know which lens to wear to handle the news that the world, as I know it, might be ending in my lifetime. It’s not real, I think, I hope, because it doesn’t seem to be happening to me.

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The Cosmic Ellipsis (or How I Chose to Go to Seminary)

The Cosmic Ellipsis (or How I Chose to Go to Seminary)

by Guest Contributor October 15, 2019 6 Comments

 It is a beautiful enigma. When, in the presence of a mountain, we must endure its puzzle. It is something greater than us, and everything that is greater than us invites us to rise.

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From Where Does the Light Come?

From Where Does the Light Come?

by Guest Contributor October 08, 2019 2 Comments

Ok, so this is not from “real life.” It is, I know, biologically impossible for my father and my son to be five years old at the same time. But I imagine it is happening somewhere else, on some other plane.

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Confessions of an Amateur Dancer, In 3 Movements

Confessions of an Amateur Dancer, In 3 Movements

by Stefani Rossi September 30, 2019 6 Comments

Perhaps my favorite lesson from dance is that there are no winners or losers. This helps me re-imagine my life, my community, and the world in terms other than the binary of conventional success or failure. It helps me have patience for being human.

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Yin Yoga and the Practice of Holding Tension

Yin Yoga and the Practice of Holding Tension

by Guest Contributor September 26, 2019 1 Comment

Common wisdom holds that movement, particularly growth, is best measured by how far you are from where you began. But in yin yoga, you make micro-movements, sometimes nearly imperceptible to the eye. You lay low, commit to the pose, stay with it long enough to listen.

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A Visual Vocabulary for Hope

A Visual Vocabulary for Hope

by Gyasi Byng September 24, 2019 1 Comment

The image of a hand reaching out into the dark encapsulates many of the prayers I have said over the years. In the darkness, I hope for light. I reach out my hand, and I hope that God will take it.

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Theology Animated: Serene Jones’ Call It Grace

Theology Animated: Serene Jones’ Call It Grace

by Susannah Pratt September 17, 2019

Call it Grace is not so much a primer on theology as it is a way of animating it. At its base, it’s a memoir and a telling of Jones’ life story overlaid with a theological lens. The book is full of the people that populate her world: 

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Fire and Grace: Healing Soul Loss

Fire and Grace: Healing Soul Loss

by Guest Blogger September 12, 2019 3 Comments

My soul loss is healing. “Live with fire and grace” has become my guide. I find that paradoxically to lose oneself in creativity is a way to find your place in life and to make this world a home.

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The Challenge of Storytelling

The Challenge of Storytelling

by Guest Contributor September 10, 2019

Are we even capable of telling new stories and by doing so changing the social narrative? Stories don’t only teach us about other cultures or help us improve our vocabulary. Stories also teach us about ourselves. They tell us how we can see and understand one another.

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Heliotrope

Heliotrope

by Guest Blogger September 05, 2019

The siren song of my body cries out in panic, alerting me to the foregone conclusion of catastrophe. Something terrible happened to you, it says. Do not blossom like the dogwoods or magnolias or tulips. Shut up and close down, lest something terrible happen to you again.

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Crossings and Currents

Crossings and Currents

by Ruminate Magazine September 04, 2019

Yu-Wen Wu's visual art from the series Crossings and Currents appears in Issue No. 52: In Transit.

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On Attention

On Attention

by Guest Blogger September 03, 2019

Attention is one of the scarcest, but most needed, resources I have at my disposal. Attention is the seat of love; attention is the basis of compassion. Giving attention opens us up to the wilderness of the other, a frighteningly beautiful prospect.

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Night Piece

Night Piece

by Ruminate Magazine August 30, 2019 1 Comment

Anne McGrath's essay "Night Piece" appears in Issue No. 52: In Transit.

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Home After All

Home After All

by Guest Blogger August 29, 2019 1 Comment

What must it feel like to have roots in a place? Roots that reach down into that particular soil in that particular place, generations deep? What must it feel like to know where you will be buried when you die?

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Tethered

Tethered

by Guest Blogger August 27, 2019

God of the stars, God of the endless black, God of the silence, God of knowing and not knowing. God in the questions and fears of childhood. God of it all. It's a mantra of my heart that beats with the movement of the mystery. 

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8oz of water

8oz of water

by Ruminate Magazine August 23, 2019

Robin Gow's poem "8oz of water" appears in Issue No. 52: In Transit.

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Finding Road, Not Water

Finding Road, Not Water

by Guest Blogger August 22, 2019 2 Comments

That day, her screaming was so bad, I thought about it. About what metal and concrete and the slow-fast glide into a solid sheet of water would feel like. How nice it would be if everything just got a little bit quiet.

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A Father's Eye View

A Father's Eye View

by Guest Blogger August 20, 2019

I don’t have a God’s eye view of my son. When he finally falls to sleep, exhausted, puffy-eyed, after crying for forty minutes straight on his second night of sleep-training, I am still on edge, worried that he’ll wake up, that he’ll hate me in the morning.

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Wonder, Despite: A Review of AFTER JUNE

Wonder, Despite: A Review of AFTER JUNE

by Guest Blogger August 08, 2019

Like many writers, she wondered if she shouldn’t give up. Why were we squandering time and money on art that few, if any, would read? The answer, as always, is because we have to.

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What My Mind Keeps Enshrined

What My Mind Keeps Enshrined

by Guest Blogger August 06, 2019 1 Comment

By now, however—as I approach my eightieth birthday—I am reconciled to the reality that I might never learn the answer to my question about the authorship of the lyrics. There are just so many questions, and so few answers, and so little time.

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Take This Cup

Take This Cup

by Guest Blogger August 02, 2019 3 Comments

I knelt with strangers around a circular rail, and a living hand came and deliberately placed bread into my open palm, eyes met mine, and a voice assured me that this, the body of Christ, was for me. It was intimate and humbling and for the first time I had the sensation of actually being fed.

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A Longing for Change

A Longing for Change

by Sophfronia Scott July 30, 2019 2 Comments

It’s the season for change. Recent graduates are settling into their new lives. School is about to begin. Do I need change? I feel the tension of this energy, that if I don’t create change for myself it might be thrust upon me in a terrible way.

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Life, abundantly: on everyday Easters, resurrection, and time travel

Life, abundantly: on everyday Easters, resurrection, and time travel

by Céline Chuang July 25, 2019

Octavia Butler said God is Change. She also said our destiny is to take root among the stars. Did she know back then that we are rooted in the stars at a molecular level, made up of remnants of explosions at the universe’s birth?

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Chronometry

Chronometry

by Guest Blogger July 23, 2019 1 Comment

We walk, my age-deaf dogs and I. My softness is gone now, like my dogs’ hearing. The three of us live in a harder world: the planes of my face sharp; the ears of my old dogs closed unwittingly to my voice, with only the lines of my sharp expressions to understand my commands.

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Bus Life

Bus Life

by Stefani Rossi July 18, 2019 1 Comment

Riding the bus for me is a privilege and an inconvenience; it’s a bit new and a bit mundane, and, like most things in life, holds many contradictions...For this bounty, I give thanks.

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Having Local Community Stick: The Making of Culture Care

Having Local Community Stick: The Making of Culture Care

by Guest Blogger July 16, 2019

In our work and business and in our private lives, traditional communities are disappearing. And, perhaps, without being entirely conscious of it, many of us feel worse off. Research has not only shown a sharp decline in communities, but also a lower sense of belonging.

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