I've started wearing my mother's and my grandmother's wedding rings whenever I want to channel their patient, open arms of welcome. Both were known for welcoming the stranger, for pitching in when needed, and for putting aside personal needs for the good of the community. The rings are too big for my fingers—a constant reminder that I have big shoes to fill—but I've wrapped enough tape around the bands to ensure that neither slide off and that I remain focused on the task at hand.
Do you have something similar? A talisman you turn to for comfort? A mantra you repeat or an image you study that helps you find your center? Or maybe you've discovered a cause or activity in which to emerge yourself in honor of another.
May you find something to embrace this holiday season, and may that something sustain you through the coming year.
Welcome to our December issue.
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Natural Tan by Sejal Patel
This Last Thread by Erin O'Shea
A Conversation with Laura McBride by Marianne Lonsdale
A Review of Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Leslie Contreras Schwartz
Women Bear the Secrets: A Review of 'Round Midnight by Whitney Archer
Photos by Begumia Studio, Twyla Burger, Elisabeth Liddell, Lisa Jacobson, Rudri Bhatt Patel, Renee Thompson, and Heather Vrattos