story-telling

When Dreams Become Reality

I had a dream a few years back. A dream of connecting with others around the world, a dream of writing and engaging in rich dialogue that led to action and change. I wrote an essay about that dream for Whitney Johnson, then an acquaintance, now a friend. Today a few of my words are […]

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Work Life Balance Around the World

We tend to think of this entire work life balance conversation as a distinctly American, or at least, a developed world issue. Regular readers already know that in my view, nothing could be further from the truth. When I stumbled across this video from the International Museum of Women, Mama’s Work project, you can imagine […]

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Walking the Path of Pregnancy & Birth Together

Audrey is a mother of two young boys. She’s 32 and works in a government department. Our lives have lots in common – family, work, friends. But in Tanzania, where she lives, being a mother comes with a whole different set of problems. Audrey’s greatest fear is to be pregnant or see her friends and […]

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Between Two Worlds

I have lived in America for twelve years. My Beloved is American. My children bleed stars and stripes. I love this country. She has been very, very good to me and to my family. But I am a foreigner. The majority of the time, I forget this. And then I hear an accent, a song. […]

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What Following My Mother Through Graveyards Taught Me

My mother is a genealogist – she researches and writes family histories. I’ve tromped around graveyards since I was small and have learned they are not scary places. I feel peaceful and reverent as I let the markers reveal their stories. They are places of discovery, and yes, places of heartbreak. I have learned important […]

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What are you doing for Leap Year today?

My friend Gen, who I’ve known since I was 8, is turning 11 today :). Yes, she’s a Feb 29th baby and birthdays on the actual day are a rare thing for her! It’s a special thing to have an extra day in the calendar (and of course, only special people are born on such […]

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An Announcement: Million Moms Challenge Community Manager

“From the woman giving birth in a hut on a floor, to a star renting out an entire floor of a hospital, there are these universal moments that bind us together. They can be unbreakable.” Happy New Year! Mothers and supporters of Million Moms Challenge, what a ride these past few months! Welcome new and […]

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Mothering Like Mary

Over the Christmas season our family, as is common in our faith, has read, sang and shared the story of the Nativity on multiple occasions. One such activity led to a short conversation about Mary with my daughters. Both, out of the blue, expressed the desire to have been Jesus’ mother (and not just to act […]

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Why Does the World Mourn for Steve Jobs and Not the Millions?

For several days the unsettling thought has niggled in my mind. My Facebook newsfeed showed I was not alone, as several friends shared this image on their walls. I understand why. An iconic genius, a visionary and a man who inspired so many of us on our creative journeys deserves the attention of the world […]

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Hey Mr. DJ, Turn Down That Stereotype!

The labels we so easily apply and attach meaning to, feel increasingly ridiculous and limited; frustrating in their inability to tell the whole story of a person. It’s much easier for everyone if we stay in our classifications. All this crossing over into different segments; it ruins our sound bite politics and mass generalizations. Heaven […]

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