Hip, Hip, Hooray

“Hip, hip, hooray, Mommy saves the day!” My four-year-old daughter runs through the living room, quite literally singing my praises. I laugh as she jumps up and down, her socks pulled up high on her ankles. I had helped put those socks on, a task that, on this particular morning, had been frustrating my incredibly…

Read More

The Gilded Girl

Once upon a time there was a girl named Sunny. They called her Sunny because of her golden hair and smile and the way she would light up a room when she entered. And the light emanated from her, and the light was good.  Sunny’s mother was named Gilda. Gilda had discovered when she was…

Read More

Broken Royalty

Dear Queen, I see you in your garden there In your yard, in the back. Tucked. and hidden. Where the chickens roam free And the dirt brings you close To the grief in your eyes. Broken and bruised. Battered and beat.

Read More

Theme To Consider: The Queen

For the month of March the women of Red Tent Living will be considering the archetype of The Queen. Join us by reading and by hosting your own Red Tent Dinner and inviting women to your table to share their stories prompted by this theme.

Read More

Theme to consider: The Mother

For the month of November the women of Red Tent Living will be considering the theme: The Mother. We hope you will join us by reading our selected essays, or by hosting your own gathering to share stories provoked by this theme. You can find more information about hosting a Red Tent Dinner by clicking…

Read More

Coastal Trails

My heart races as I descend the stones thrown recklessly at the edges of the earth.  These coastal boulders are mighty as they break the waves, which threaten to wash away the trees and green shrubs, homes of bears and cougars. Whoever tossed them aside was very angry. 

Read More

What It All Means

Snooze, snooze, snooze.  One week ago, four days ago, thirteen hours ago.  As the dampened street reflects an early Saturday morning shower, my email inbox sprinkles out reminders set from the past week. A musical playlist, a “must read again,” and “your story doesn’t end here” (thank you, God!) fill the subject lines of emails,…

Read More

May Theme to Consider: The Woman in Black

For the month of May the women of Red Tent Living will be considering the theme, “The Woman in Black.” Join us by reading along or by hosting a Red Tent Dinner around your own table and sharing stories provoked by this theme.

Read More

Comforting My Critical Self

You know you have an internal critic when your therapist tells you that you have an “Integrated Self” and a “Critical Self.”

Read More

Ugly Hope

Moving through loss is messy and unattractive. A few years ago, there was a song made popular by a country singer who lamented her mama’s advice: “Run and hide your crazy and start actin’ like a lady.”* Or, as others have said, “fake it till you make it.” There is a certain value in this…

Read More