Joyfully resisting, clockwise from top left: Diane, Llama photo by Walker, Brenna, Ellie, Marge & Vicky
Letter from the Editor – Spring 2019
Being vulnerable, I believe, is essential to achieving or experiencing joyful resistance, the theme of this Alice spring issue. It’s sometimes scary to do or say something out of our ordinary. It’s wonderful, however, to break down barriers and experience joy tinged with a bit of rebellion or mischievousness.
Our Alice contributors have shared their joyful resistance in myriad ways; through essay, opinion, recipe, they’ve shown their hearts. In telling their stories, they have the courage to be imperfect and vulnerable. They have formed a connection to Alice readers because they are authentic and wholehearted.
Researcher and storyteller, Brené Brown, through her explanation of how the wholehearted live, talks about the benefits of vulnerability. Wholehearted people fully embrace vulnerability. Living from a deep place of worthiness lets one feel loved and connected to the people and places around her. That what makes a wholehearted person vulnerable, also makes her beautiful, and joyous.
So, thank you Alice contributors for sharing your stories of joyful resistance. We are all better for it. More connected to our communities, more compassionate to ourselves and to each other, more aware of the courage it takes to be vulnerable, and more joyous because we pushed resistance out of the way to find our whole hearts and true stories.
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Summer issue; “Hear Us Roar” editorial due May 15, published June 1, 2019.