"Getting Healthy"

By Megan Westra / April 26, 2016 / 0 Comments

I’m a runner. I don’t run fast, but I run often.  Four or five days each week, hitting the pavement for two to four miles at a time. I do it for my health – both physical and mental. There’s something about the pounding of feet against pavement, and all that matters in one foot after…

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Shut Up and Dance

By Megan Westra / April 19, 2016 / 0 Comments

The season is finally beginning to change. Day after day after day of grey, sunless light bleeding through clouds is at long last giving way to bright rays streaming in their full splendor, calling to life the grass and trees and flowers. It comes so slowly sometimes, but spring never fails to arrive. I listen…

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Review: The True Cost

By Megan Westra / April 14, 2016 / 0 Comments

It was the only day of the year my eyes ever saw 4am when I was in high school: Black Friday. My cousin, visiting from out of town, and I would rouse ourselves before sunrise, pull on our jeans, slap leftover turkey into a sandwich, and drive to the mall near my grandparents house for…

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Learning to Stand

By Megan Westra / April 12, 2016 / 2 Comments

I’ve spent most of my life at odds with myself. Typically one apology ahead of myself (unless my temper gets the best of me – then I’m one apology behind) but always apologizing.  Sometimes explicit “I’m sorry for…” but more often, even my compulsion to apologize hidden. “I’m just like this, I’m sorry.” I feel too deeply. Think…

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The Next Right Thing

By Megan Westra / April 7, 2016 / 2 Comments

Can I just pause and tell you the truth? I don’t have all my shit together. Sure, I have menu plans and programming plans and lesson plans and exercise plans and a plan for the time in the day in which I will stop and make more plans. Somewhere in the productivity-increasing spreadsheets and highlighters,…

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Weeping Willow

By Megan Westra / February 19, 2016 / 1 Comment

When I was a child there was a glorious weeping willow growing in my front yard. The willow stood tall and proud and graceful along the banks of the creek that ran through the valley we live in. It was idyllic, like the homestead description in a Laura Ingles Wilder book. I would wrap myself…

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Fair Trade Friday: Why "Fair Trade" Matters

By Megan Westra / May 8, 2015 / 3 Comments

I’ve been contemplating buying an orange t-shirt all week. Spring has finally arrived in full force in Milwaukee (or at least, spring has arrived for two consecutive days) and the warm temperatures have me itching to ditch my grey woolen sweaters for all things cottony and colorful. I go back and forth in my head:…

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Searching for Sunday: Confession

By Megan Westra / May 5, 2015 / 1 Comment

My footsteps echoed loudly against the hard wood floor, stained deeply like burnt sienna. The sounds from my high heels against wooden planks bounced from the floor to the rafters to the vast painted dome above and finally back into mine and a dozen other sets of ears around me. I felt like I was…

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Fair Trade Friday: Small Steps

By Megan Westra / May 1, 2015 / 0 Comments

I worked at a grocery store in high school. I spent around fifteen hours a week scanning, punching in produce codes, “would you like paper or plastic?” And after several hours of rushed customers, moms with wailing toddlers, and persnickety grandmothers insisting on “double bags” around their canned goods, I would punch out, roll my…

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That We Might Listen to the Story Behind the Cry

By Megan Westra / April 28, 2015 / 0 Comments

It’s becoming something of a broken record. A needle stuck, dragging through the same depression on nicked vinyl over and over, blurring notes and tones into an unidentifiable blur before yanking free and returning to beautiful music already in progress, only to come around on the next rotation. Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Tony…

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