Motherhood is not easy. The overwhelming challenges are an honor. Nothing easy is magnificent. They also break your heart in ineffable ways, leaving us breathless.

These are stories of a magnificent Mother named Pearl.

On May 19, 2014 Eli, Pearls youngest child, was sent to the hospital. “His eyes were…

Fears of Peers

As a little girl I loved heights. I’d climb every tree. At 8 I climbed to the roof of a house being built and wouldn’t come down until the entire neighborhood forced me to at Sunset. The higher I got the more comfortable I was. I would…

Last year my son and I worked at a farmers market twice a week selling herbs and tables from recycled wood. Farmers markets expose you to the most colorful people, especially in the city. There was a young farmer who’d micro dose daily before selling his vegetables, a CEO who’d…

5 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. After having worked for over 10 years with kids battling cancers, my diagnosis hit different. I had watched their battles, been with some as they lost their battles. I celebrated with those who‘d come out through the flames and…

Eagles
There’s an old fable about eagles when they reach a certain age where descent of life naturally follows. It tells of a choice eagles can make to either accept the beginning process of dying, or to fly to the top of a mountain and begin the painful process of breaking…

Courtney Hodges

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