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"An Innumerable Company" by Paige Crosland Anderson

“An Innumerable Company” by Paige Crosland Anderson

My family tree is full of drunks. A great-great grandfather got run over and killed by a horse-drawn beer truck. Another great-grandfather died of cirrhosis of the liver before he turned 40. My grandma made all of her best friends through AA. Most of my mom’s siblings are in recovery, and she says the only thing that saved her from the same fate was that she decided to become a Mormon in her thirties. And if the happy tingle I feel when I take my first sip of Diet Coke each day is any indication, I probably inherited the gene as well.

I know other families who don’t talk about illegitimate children, others who try to keep up appearances despite debilitating financial troubles, and others who sorrow over the difficulties their children face.

Everyone’s family has stuff going on– stuff we’d probably rather not talk about. But I know that I always feel incredibly privileged and grateful when someone cracks the door to the inner, broken chamber of their private lives and gives me a glimpse.

The essay and poem do just that. Mette Ivie Harrison’s essay, “How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth” explores working with a preteen daughter through depression and suicidal thoughts. While many Mormons are fascinated by their polygamist ancestors, Aubrey Flinn considers her polygamist cousins in her poem “How My Aunt Left Polygamy.”

We are also delighted to be featuring the art of Paige Crosland Anderson in the journal and on the blog for the next few months. Her works seems especially apropos with this issue, since it also centers around the theme of family relationships. You can read an interview with her, as well as her artist statement.

I’m a firm believer that we become more empathetic, more human through sharing our stories, and sharing these family stories feels like a special kind of gift. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Shelah Mastny Miner
Editor-in-Chief

Essay: “How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth” by Mette Ivie Harrison
Poem: “How My Aunt Left Polygamy” by Aubrey Flinn

 

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“Evolutions”

Featured Artist: Annie Henrie

 

 

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Segullah Volume 9 Spring/Summer 2012

“Justice and Mercy”

Featured Artist: Amanda M. Smith

 

 

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Segullah  Volume 8 .0 “Unfolding” Fall/Winter 2011

Featured artist: Cindy Ferguson

 

 

 

Segullah Volume 7.0 Spring/Summer 2011

“Tetherings”

Featured artists: Angela Bentley Fife, Chelsea Bentley James, Amanda Bentley James

 

 

Segullah Volume 6.0 Fifth Anniversary Issue

“Inside and Outside Marriage”

Featured artist: Maralise Petersen

 

 

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Segullah Volume 5.2 Winter 2009

“Becoming”

Featured artist: Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff

 

 

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Segullah Volume 5.1 Summer 2009

“Gifts of the Spirit”

Featured artist: Leslie Graff

 

 

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Segullah Volume 4.3 Fall/Winter 2008

“Harvest”

Featured artist:  Lee Bennion

 

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Segullah Volume 4.2 Summer 2008

“Palette of Light”

Featured artist: Sharon Furner

 

 

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Segullah Volume 4.1 Spring 2008

“Roots and Branches”

Featured artists: Cassandra Barney and Emily McPhie

 

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Segullah Volume 3.3 Fall/Winter 2007

“Consecration”

Featured artist: Mandi Mauldin Felici

 

 

 

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Segullah Volume 3.2 Summer 2007

“Patchwork”

Featured artist: Jacqui Larsen

 

 

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Segullah Volume 3.1 Spring 2007

“Tabernacles”

Featured artist: Jamie Wayman

 

 

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Segullah Volume 2.2 Fall 2006

“Cleave Unto Charity”

Featured artist: Rose Datoc Dall

 

 

Segullah Volume 2.1 Spring 2006

“Women Proclaiming the Gospel”

 

 

 

 

Segullah Volume 1.2 Fall 2005

“Corridors of Change”

Featured artist: Claire Ferguson

 

 

Segullah Volume 1.1 Spring 2005

“The Measure of Creation”

Cover art by Victoria Holt

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