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    Shemaiah Gonzalez

    Shemaiah Gonzalez is a freelance writer who holds a B.A. in English Literature and a M.A. in Intercultural Ministry. She thrives on moments where storytelling, art, and faith collide. Published on Busted Halo and America Magazine among others, she is obsessed with being well-rounded as she jumps from Victorian lit to Kendrick Lamar, from the homeless shelter to the cocktail party. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Seattle with her husband and their two sons.

    Permission to Notice

    When I was in Kindergarten, I took the school bus home. The driver dropped me off three blocks away from my house. Since my mother was home with my...

    Everything Is Precious

    On errands, during a clear Seattle afternoon, I look out my car window to see an East African mother carrying groceries home with four children, all under ten. The...

    Receive My Memory

    Memories are important to me. They are the building blocks of the stories I tell myself, my children, and new acquaintances. I attended elementary school 20 miles outside Los Angeles....

    Prayers Before Zoom School

    My children, like so many in COVID times, are in Zoom school. Each morning we take our laptops to separate parts of the house to work, but before that...

    Summer Prayer

    My Sweet Lord, The rain in the Northwest has ended. Summer has arrived. Our days are once again filled with glorious sun. We need this. We need to be able...

    The Hope of Sidewalk Victory Gardens

    Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here, posts on...