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2021 Fall Poetry

phototropism   peat moss swells with water ready for new life seeds are placed, labeled carefully   a lesson from the year of twelve yellow tomato plants left to rest. no light needed   little sprouts begin to appear a wisp of green surrounded by darkness   sprouts grow until they are ready for a …

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Caesar’s Things

By Elizabeth Cranford Garcia

Last night was one of those rare nights that I couldn’t sleep, turning over and over in my head a social media exchange about politics. I say rare because this is exactly why I’ve mostly avoided social media for months now. Seeing the constant stream of antagonism/ignorance/self-righteousness keeps me up at night and occupies my …

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Fall Poetry Offerings

Coventry Cathedral 1944   Broken glass— that once beckoned the pilgrim  to raise her eyes heavenward— now lays mixed among the rubble of beam and mote and prostrate Christ like broken prayers.   A chaplain—an agent of light— surveys the rubble kneels down picks up one red piece then one blue and tucks them into …

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Clear vision, rose-colored glasses, and hate versus love

By Teresa Bruce

Fluorescent lights don’t impede my vision, but they impact my brain, so I gear up against them: Clear trifocals off, rose-tinted trifocals on. Dark UV sunglasses wrap around peripheral exposure. Sun visor, pulled low over glasses, covers the gap at my eyebrows. I’m vain enough to realize I look ridiculous putting these on to leave …

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Grace Brought Me Home

By Megan Wilcox Goates

How do you define the word home? It’s deceptively tricky, because we each originate from different types of homes, and we each live with personal challenges as varied and diverse as the population of the world. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” wrote Leo Tolstoy in Anna …

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What Would You Attempt to do if You Knew You Could Not Fail?

By Megan Wilcox Goates

Eighteen years ago this month, I finished graduate school. At graduation, one of my professors gave me a paperweight with this inscription: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? It’s the kind of rhetorical question which can inspire one to bravely reach for whatever one’s goal is, regardless of …

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He is Risen

By Megan Wilcox Goates

Just before I learned Monday that Notre Dame was burning, I read in Ether 4:9, “And at my command the heavens are opened and are shut; and at my word the earth shall shake; and at my command the inhabitants thereof shall pass away, even so as by fire.” I had been pondering this chapter, …

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Authentic Savior

By Kimberly Sears

“We are daughters of our Heavenly Parents, who love us, and we love them.” Those were the words that popped out of my mouth unrehearsed a few months ago while reciting the Young Women Theme, and I’ve said it that way ever since. I’m not trying to “steady the ark” or usurp authority over a …

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Book Review: On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City by Laura Rutter Strickling

By Sherilyn Stevenson

Published by Greg Kofford Books, October 2018 In her new release, On Fire in Baltimore, Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City, Laura Rutter Strickling, a White member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, documents the conversion stories of fifteen Black women. Right away, I asked myself how I, as …

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