During my Minnesota months, I volunteer as much of my time as possible at Discovery Horse, where my good friends, Sara Sherman and Matt Schwab, have created a safe haven for people seeking connection. One of my favorite jobs on the farm is “horse handling”. In my role as horse handler, I am responsible for inviting the horses into the arena before a session and being present for them as they work. A side-effect of being present for the horses is that I am also present for the work the humans are doing. I have the honor of observing people at their bravest, as they let down their armor and allow themselves to be truly seen. This is a true story (with names and identifying information removed, of course) as seen from my horse handler position.Read More »
Just over a year ago, my uncle Joe called to offer me the role of “speaker buddy” for the TedX event he was organizing. The voices in my head immediately chimed in with helpful responses.
“You’ve never done anything like that.” “Who are you to think you can help someone else write?” “Strangers are scary!” “You can’t handle responsiblity.” “Boy, he must be feeling desperate.”
Somehow through the chaos I heard a tiny voice whisper, “Say yes now, before they convince you to say no.” So I did.Read More »
My tribe gives me hope in the face of despair.
My tribe gives me confidence in the face of fear.
My tribe gives me laughter in the face of sorrow.Read More »
Between a busy schedule, a lengthy election coverage, and a complicated rush of unpleasant emotions, I failed to post a gratitude on Nov 8. Better late than never, right?
This was my sixth opportunity to vote for president.Read More »
Today is my mom’s birthday. She is a beautiful person, inside and out. As I gird myself for the fallout of tomorrow’s election, I am reflecting on the values my mother has instilled in me.Read More »
I loved her before she made her appearance. I love her having never met her. She represents family and hope and the future, and I am so excited to be her auntie. Today’s gratitude is Miss Aria, who joined us in the big wide world on November 4, 2016. I can’t wait to see what she makes of it.Read More »
Today, as I wake up in Phoenix, AZ, I am reminded how lucky I am to have the ability to hop on a plane. I can fly half-way across the country for a long weekend with a loved one.Read More »