By Dina Varellas, TIWP Women’s Writing Program “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ― Brené Brown Where does she go, […]
By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Let the demons do their dance. You’ll never know how whole you are until your darkness has a chance to shine. What if the devil inside is divine?
By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program May all who’ve harmed be forgiven and may all who’ve forgiven be healed.
By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I backpacked alone. solo into the santa cruz redwoods for a single night of solitude. stopping here and there to admire the world through the lens of the forest. pondering as I powered through the towering trees and dark muddy earth beneath my feet. stopping here and there […]
Thoughts from a 53 year old woman, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I want to figure out my “next” purpose. I want to contribute something. I want to make sure my girls are OK. I want to learn. I want to travel. I want to have fun with my husband. I want our relationship to be […]
By Melissa Quiter, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Reposted from https://momsgottawrite.com/2019/06/28/a-love-letter-to-jewish-summer-camp I sent my eldest off to camp this past Sunday. Two weeks away from home – no parents, siblings, TV. Only two books, one stuffy, and an open heart and mind. My relationship with Judaism is complicated and fraught with angst, and that’s another story. […]
By Elizabeth Kaur, TIWP Women’s Writing Program If you let it in, how bad would it be? Would it hurt too much? Would it remind you of the chocolates they gave you when your dad died? Would it remind you of when they told you he was traveling and that because, they said, you were […]
By Melissa Quiter, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Reposted from https://momsgottawrite.com/2019/08/12/guns-suck/ I often feel paralyzed by the gun violence plaguing this country, and after last week’s grotesque number of mass shootings – in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Chicago, Brooklyn, and more – I was shocked to arrive at the park to find a dad distributing toy […]
By Elizabeth Kaur, TIWP Women’s Writing Program My father was born to parents who didn’t know sound, deaf mutes who found each other in the non-hearing community of 1920’s San Francisco. His Jewish father had fled Russia as The Revolution swelled, sheltered with his 16-year-old sister in the bathroom of the Trans-Siberian Express, coins for […]
By Lauren M. Fahrer, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I am bent, burnt and broken. I rise. I walked this path long before you arrived. I will be here long after you go. If I could tell you all my secrets, it would frighten you. It would give you reason to doubt humanity. But most of […]