| 23 | What’s Your Number |

Let’s talk personality typing. As a teenager I was told I was choleric: one of four types in a temperament theory of personality. This theory has since been rebranded as the popular “colour” theory. The choleric type is characterized by focus, efficiency, practicality, and ambition. But it’s also known for aggression, inflexibility, dominance, and impatience. …

| 22 | We are Human |

We were intended to be human. Breakable, vulnerable, wound-able. Beautiful, powerful, grateful. Human. We were meant to be soft enough to squeeze and real enough to grieve. Our hearts were meant to be moldable, changeable, moveable. We were born exposed and exposed is the life we live. We were built for letting it all in, …

| 21 | It Should Be Very Hard to Get This Wrong |

I love reading historical fiction — a primary reason for why student life needs to end. My favourite stories are those that span generations of families and narrate monumental moments of history. I love being taken along as religion, politics, architecture, and landscape change in a living way. At turning points in history, the pace …

| 20 | Confessions of a Foster Mom |

My feelings for my job — my lifestyle — are equal parts love and hate. There are so many things about it that empower and humble me. There are endless opportunities to marvel at and participate in other-centred love. But there’s also so much that hurts. And just when I think I’ve got it handled, …

| 17 | When Racism Met Repentance |

I want to tell you a story. It starts in The Netherlands in the 1940s: World War II. It starts with my family, who I’m gonna brag on for a minute. Both of my mom’s parents, and their families, were equal parts courageous and compassionate in the shadow of Nazi Germany. They sheltered neighbours and …

| 16 | Until Justice Rolls Down Like Waters |

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963) I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as …