Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

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Cowboy Beans

I adapted this recipe from the Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook Frijoles Charros recipe. This cookbook has been a staple in our family for …

White Beans with Oregano

It’s the time of year where I find myself in my car more than in my house. My weeks are crammed full of kid-ferrying. And everywhere we go requires …

Stuffed Zucchini and Grape Leaves Cooked Together

I learned this on the balcony in Kayfoun. My grandmother sat facing the sun. My aunt came to find me. “Tayta is coring the zucchini. You can learn …

Maqluba: Lebanese Eggplant and Rice Casserole

The dish wasn't spicy to my tastebuds, but there was a definite warmth lent by white pepper. The other spices she included were black pepper, …

Keep Your Devil

You don’t have to stay here it’s not your fault let him deal with the blood there are enough walls between you and magic escape through this window …

he says

she’s hard on him but she’s done nine years with four walls that she never wants him to know one morning after she lit into him they both skipped …

Why I stay…

by Jessica Boyce It would a simple thing, to take the pain away, to end the battle of my mind, And yet I choose to stay. My mind, so quick to anger, …

Just Enough Shit to Bloom

It was more than forty years ago, when I met this tall gangly fourteen year old, it was my first day of high school, and I’m wearing jeans. This was …

Compromised Field

Beige. That’s the color I’m seeing. You are not anxious. You are full on terrorized. You have no middle ground— If you speak and don’t get it exactly …

Faith on the Wind

Faith on the Wind Animosity cannot grow here among the shaded groves and dandelions roaring yellow faith. Let sunlight burst from fertile earth …

I keep all my honesty down the barrel of a gun

Trigger warning: domestic violence, gun violence Anniversary Hail to the guardians of sleep, for one year ago last night, they stood at the foot of …

Live Your Life, Serve Your Country and Show No Weakness

I am not an emotional person. Well, the old me isn’t anyway. My prior profession, serving in the military, made me void of any emotions long ago. It …

My Father Killed My Creativity But He Probably Saved My Life

My mother had a long-term boyfriend when I was 10 years old. She was going to marry him and, wow, he was like a father to me. My dad had exited my …

Welcome to the Indiana Bigotry Parade!

Enshrining special protections for some people to use the guise of "deeply held religious beliefs" to further marginalize, bully, discriminate, and …

The Beast Within Me

Trigger warning for abuse. As a survivor of childhood abuse, it’s hard for me to accept compliments. Many people describe me as sweet and sensitive. …

This is Why Girls Don’t Tell

by Kim Jorgensen Gane I wrote “Trigger Warning: Mothering Boys” months before the news of the Stanford rapist’s sentence infiltrated every social …

Never Forget Your Dreams

by Thomas Ives A Note from Shawna: I asked Thomas Ives, #ShareInspireConquer pioneer and inspirational blogger at Bestowing Fire, if he would please …

Someday I Will Be Fearless

Guest Contributor Amy Gigi Alexander offers her journey through fear in this lyrically complex exploration of writing, courage and the personal …