From Darkness to Light Day 3 by Kilaya Ciriello

An Illness Saved My Life by Kilaya Ciriello of the KILAYACIRIELLO blog.   I didn’t really have much more than I could squeeze into my Ford Aerostar Cargo minivan when I decided to up and move from New York City to Los Angeles in 1998. I was a fine art painter with a basement art studio …

From Darkness to Light Day 2 by Jayne Noel

Coming Out by Jayne Noel   Over two years studying for my MFA degree, I created hundreds of pages filled with thousands of sentences made up of hundreds of thousands of words. Not a single page is as difficult nor a sentence as emotional as what I wrote just before I started school in January …

From Darkness to Light Day 1 by Sanaa Rizvi

I Woke and Felt the Fell of Dark by Sanaa Rizvi of A Dash of Sunny   In the words of T.S Eliot; “I said to my soul, be still, and wait … so the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” That is precisely how I stumbled into the light from a long path …

Spread the Word: Guest Bloggers Wanted

If you want to share your story we have many guest posting opportunities here. That includes our latest From Darkness to Light series, as well as the earlier events: Rage Against the Machine, On Living and Dying and Walking With Intention. Click on any of those links to get the full information and add your …

This is What the Dream Looks Like (Tour Life)

Straw mat and a concrete floor, food in the corner from two days before, laundry hanging from a rope through the center of the room – this is what the dream looks like. Callus hands but they weren’t always rough, sharp words but we weren’t always tough, one thing this life teaches is that, together, …

This is Why We Struggle

We want to believe that change is possible – that bigotry could dissolve in love – that we could evolve into beings that needed not constant encouragement from above to simply nourish each other rather than tear each other down – that we could give up the internal need to be the one that wears …

Fan Club

My mom sent me a kind email a few posts ago reminding me that if I use words like “everyone” and “we all” then I am bound to trigger peoples shit and make them upset. But, I mean, who listens to their moms on the truly important things? “We all” eventually learn these lessons on …

Keeping Me Up at Night

What gives value to our lives? What makes one life more valuable than another’s? At what point does someone’s greatness allow us to overlook their misdeeds? Is there not something fundamentally wrong with idolizing a slaver just because he taught us “how to say goodbye?” Is it not creepy to be enraptured by a dancer and …

When you’ve Got Two Cooks in the Kitchen

I have a little crazy in me. I keep him in a nice padded room next to my heart. But I don’t keep the door locked. We have an understanding. He’s free to come out and take over whenever needed. Everything works fine so far as he follows the rules we’ve established. Everything has a …

For We Are Hand in Hand… Whether We Like it Or Not

Which is more important to you, having good health or excessive wealth? Okay, on the chance that you are a money grubbing bastard, let’s change the question – which is more important to you, your children having good health or excessive wealth?  If you are confused about there being such a thing as excessive wealth, then we know …