listening

When All Trust is Gone: Seeing Color in America

Since coming back from Mozambique a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been asked over and over, “How was it?” It’s a question I’ve never known how to answer because you simply can’t parse complex experiences, people and their stories into a quick sentence. I landed on a mantra of “it was amazing and complicated and depressing and inspiring […]

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Faith, Mercy and Letting Go

Last night in a special church meeting, I received a pink balloon (not a typical church experience!), along with my 400 fellow congregates. It represented two things. The first was to honor the memory of Emilie Parker, who lost her life almost a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The second purpose was an […]

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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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In My Own Skin: Women, Bodies and Beauty

Blogger Stephanie Nielson and her husband Christian crashed in the Utah desert in a small aircraft in 2008. Both were badly burned, Stephanie sustained injuries to 80% of her body and to date has endured innumberable surgeries in her healing journey. She and fellow bloggers held a panel discussion on Saturday at BlogHer, a gathering […]

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Why Making a Plan and Talking to Your Boss About Flex is Critical

Is it any wonder some in the traditional workforce throw their hands up in the air? The Work Life Dilemma Our increasing hunger for work life policy reform has been thrown into sharp relief for me via my friend Lisa’s recent childcare conundrums. A few weeks ago she started a brand new job. No sick […]

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Focus and Edit

I have been quiet lately. Not my usual state of affairs! As the world turns in crazy, often horrific ways, and the intense spate of natural disasters coupled with another war have my mind and heart in overload, I have had to stop and think for a while. I have had to review the often […]

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Sacred Space, White Space, Your Space

A couple of weeks ago, I had one of those days. Only there were several of them in a row. Not one thing went as planned. That was OK the first day. It wasn’t OK multiple days in a row and I did not handle it as well as I wanted to. When I finally […]

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Why I Listened to Myself This Time!

Last Wednesday, I woke up with a terrible cold and high fever.  My usual modus operandi is to power through, keep going.  Especially a couple of weeks before Christmas with school concerts, a major project to finalize, an important deadline looming, a house to decorate, family and friends to connect with, community service projects, the […]

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One-Size-Fits-All?

I love stories.  I love hearing them and I love telling them.  In another life when I was a recruiter, the single reason I stayed in the profession for so many years was the chance to sit down several times a day and ask people, “So tell me your story.”  Why people do what they […]

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Rocking the House of Work

There is something powerful when people gather around a table.  In the midst of too many other to-dos to mention this week, I took several hours and went to lunch with an amazing group of work+life commentators and implementers. Plain and simple, the conversation rocked the house. From the founder of the work+life research movement […]

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