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My feet are tough and strong. The callused soles barely register pain when I dash across the mulch to rescue my toddler from the top of a hot slide. They carry me sixty miles a week, through the streets of my city and up and down the canyon paths near my home. I have great feet.

But when I sit down on the couch at night, and prop them up on my daughter’s lap, she pushes them off. “They’re so gross! Get them away from me.” And it’s true, even if I got regular pedicures, my feet would still be veiny and ropy, callused from where my running shoes rub, with toenails in various stages of regrowth. They are not pretty feet, but until I see them in side-by-side comparison with my daughters’ little girl feet, I think they look pretty fantastic.

When I was a girl, I was repelled by my grandma’s feet. She had worked as a nurse back in the days when nurses wore high heels for twelve-hour shifts, and her toes were gnarled and bent, her toenails yellow. Back in those days, I’d shudder as I looked from my smooth, perfect child’s feet to hers.

We prize the smoothness of young skin, the innocence of young experience, but our essay and poem in this month’s issue of Segullah challenge our conceptions of youth. In “We’re All a Little Broken,” essayist Kelsey Peterson writes about the collapse of her new marriage, and returning home, at the age of twenty-three, to retreat and rebuild her life, only to walk in the door and learn that her mother has cancer. Both women are, by our standards, too young to be going through these experiences, and Peterson is honest about the scars they bear on the other side.

But the scars, the sag, the age spots, the years of shared experience and the missing toenails are precisely what makes love so precious in Julie Nelson’s poem “Figs,” which highlights the fact that some fruits just aren’t ready to be plucked when they’re young and green and new, and that it’s age, and wrinkles, that bring out the sweetness.

Here at Segullah, we hope that you enjoy your summer, and that you find appreciation for whatever stage of life you may be in, even if it means that your feet are not as pretty as they once were.

Shelah Mastny Miner

We’re All a Little Broken” by Kelsey Peterson
Figs” by Julie Nelson

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high_quality_viewSegullah Volume 10.0 Fall/Winter 2012


Featured Artist: Annie Henrie




Segullah Volume 9 Spring/Summer 2012

“Justice and Mercy”

Featured Artist: Amanda M. Smith




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

Featured artist: Cindy Ferguson




Segullah Volume 7.0 Spring/Summer 2011


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



cover of Winter issue illustrated by girl with flower

Segullah Volume 5.2 Winter 2009


Featured artist: Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff



cover of SummerIssue illustrated by abstract life

Segullah Volume 5.1 Summer 2009

“Gifts of the Spirit”

Featured artist: Leslie Graff



cover of Fall Issue illustrated by woman holding baby near geraniums 

Segullah Volume 4.3 Fall/Winter 2008


Featured artist:  Lee Bennion


cover of Summer Issue illustrated by woman with parasol

Segullah Volume 4.2 Summer 2008

“Palette of Light”

Featured artist: Sharon Furner



cover of Spring Issue illustrated by two sisters with bird


Segullah Volume 4.1 Spring 2008

“Roots and Branches”

Featured artists: Cassandra Barney and Emily McPhie


cover of Winter Issue illustrated with ethereal sculpture installation

Segullah Volume 3.3 Fall/Winter 2007


Featured artist: Mandi Mauldin Felici




cover of Summer Issue illustrated with collage of fabric, playground slide, and cursive here

Segullah Volume 3.2 Summer 2007


Featured artist: Jacqui Larsen



cover of Spring Issue illustrated with children dipping feet in pool

Segullah Volume 3.1 Spring 2007


Featured artist: Jamie Wayman



cover of Fall Issue illustrated with mother holding child

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

Index of all Authors 2005-present