On Her Way

“Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” --Arundhati Roy

Something Beautiful

I live on the South Side of Chicago, an area that most outsiders think of as ugly and violent. Although I know there are many challenges here I also see the beauty and resilience.


“There’s this sunflower in my backyard. No matter what gets in its way it always finds a way to get to the light. You’re like that sunflower.” My beloved friend Jane said that to me once.


For some time now I have seen myself as a survivor. I survived sexual abuse. I survived being a teenage mom. And perhaps hardest of all I survived leaving an oppressive marriage.