Many of the voices in this issue touch on people dealing with the consequences of being uprooted, jolted from one reality into another. How much do we not think about something routine in our lives – our health, our independence, our jobs, our families – until, in a heartbeat, it all changes?
This issue, dedicated to expressions of creativity, is packed with art and prose! A beautiful short story by Iona Wagner, reflections on their respective processes of creating art and music by Annette Bolton, Laurel Gerbrandt, Karla Hovde, Jeremy South, and Michael Stauffer, prose by John Hofstetter, and artwork by Gaynel Bryan, Ethan Nissley, and Jared Nissley make this an issue not to miss.
What do you think of when you hear “solitude”? Do you welcome solitude, or do you avoid it? It feels easy to avoid right now, what with the proliferation of digital devices and the real (or perceived) need to be connected, all the time. In this issue of MennoExpressions, writers Meagan Johnson and Carolyn Martin share their thoughts on the ways solitude is present in their lives, and Michele West and Carolyn share photographs which visually represent their views of solitude.
In Sara Wenger Shenk’s recent sermon at FMC, she quoted Niels Bohr: “The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” In this issue, FMCers and members from Shalom explore various truths which may – or may not – be conflicting. Which of the truths in this issue of MennoExpressions speaks the loudest to you?