I’m writing to you from a cramped coach seat flying over Nevada. It’s a much bigger plane than my last- a teeny twenty-six seat connector from Idaho Falls. Little planes have baggage storage so quaint, they don’t store much of anything at all. My carry on couldn’t be carried on but had to be gate checked to go underneath where there was more carrying capacity. Upon landing in SLC I got caught up in the lightning-quick flash of time I had from my arriving flight to the “now boarding” 2nd flight on the other side of the airport- I forgot to wait for my gate-checked bag.
This month’s journal selections bent into my thinking about carrying capacity. There is only a finite amount of things that can be held at one time.
In my limited ability to hold so many things I dropped something important. Arriving at the gate, and seeing other passengers with their bags, my stomach dropped, I didn’t have mine. I sprinted back to the first terminal to snatch it back and dashed back to board the flight home to California ahead of the closing door. I made it, but without the bulk of my bag- the airline attendants arranged to expedite it to my final destination, carrying it for me, since it was already gone when I returned to where I had landed. I sighed in relief that they could manage what I could not reach-carrying what I could not. Sweet security and my work laptop in the bag would be loaded into the hold of the second plane. We would both make it home.
We’re getting a similar reprieve and renewal here at Segullah. This month Shelah Mastny Miner steps back after five years as Editor-in-Chief and Linda Hoffman Kimball joins me at the helm as Co-Editor-in-Chief. I’m so honored to have worked with Shelah, and we’re all so thrilled, delighted really, to have Linda help renew our capacity to carry on in writing, publishing and recognizing fine art by LDS women.
I’m pleased to share some our Annual Contest Honorable Mentions with you this month. These pieces all spoke of carrying ability and limits. In Waterfall, Kessia Robinson compares the voice of God to the silencing rush of overflowing water. Anne Thomas connects the Tug of A Thread and cyclical tasks of housekeeping to life after a loved one leaves. Stephanie Wright shoulders Hominem Ex Machina, weighed down as she carrying other’s grief. And featured writer, Melissa Leilani Larson offers us a sneak peek into an unreleased new play, Sweetheart Come, where we meet Emma who struggles to hold her husband’s political aspirations, illness, and her creative ability.
We all carry so much and have capacity beyond what we see now. For me, I was grateful to get my bag back and simply glad I remembered before the door closed.
Don’t miss the award-winning pieces, and the last month of featured work from artist Beth Allen and playwright Melissa Leilani Larson this month:
Waterfall by Kessia Robinson, Honorable Mention
Tug of a Thread by Anne Thomas, Honorable Mention
Hominem Ex Machina by Stephanie Wright, Honorable Mention
Sweetheart Come by Melissa Leilani Larson
Selections with Each Piece by Beth Allen