In Derry Girls, the Netflix comedy about a group of friends coming of age in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, we see the immediacy of teenagedom against the backdrop of political turmoil. Life for Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle, and James, though, still revolves around the seemingly insignificant: the local hot…

Photo taken at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

For every plastic cup I filled with deadheads, my grandma gave me five dollars. I’d squat down in her garden, still in my sweaty running clothes. Each morning, my day started with four road miles in the beating sun. Our house sat on one end of a country road lined…

A week and a half ago, I sat at my desk staring at a blank computer screen wondering if the lump in my throat would shrink in size. I pleaded with it: Please go away, please, please, please. I have somewhere to go and I never have somewhere to go…

“Death is the way in which the living make an offering so that more life emerges.” -Andreas Weber, Matter and Desire

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When I finally die, and I say finally because I know it will happen soon enough, place me in the offering plate among discarded change and straggling dollar bills…

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“Are you still leading Bible studies? Yours were always just so good,” she said.

“No,” I answered. “Not recently.”

I didn’t lie to this old friend, but I also was not quite truthful. I haven’t led Bible studies recently, but I also haven’t gone to church recently, haven’t asked Jesus…

Sydney Bollinger

Environmental Writing grad student at UMontana. Interested in the connections between environment and spirituality.

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