A Kindred Grief

My teammate Rosa and I had just finished cleaning our second client's house for the day. We mopped ourselves out the door, locked the house key in the security box, and loaded our cleaning supplies into our cars. We were waiting for our boss to come by and pick up the client's payment, so we made small talk. Very small talk. Rosa immigrated from Ecuador seven years ago, so her … [Read More]



ShePonders: My Present Embarrassment

I got heartbreaking news recently. I’d seen it coming for weeks, but the audible words still knocked the wind out of me. Disappointment came first, the sensation … [Read More]


The Red Couch: Overdressed Introduction

The September Edition. There are a few likely reactions to those words. Your heart beats with excitement and you nod in anticipation. You know what the … [Read More]



Lessons From A Stranger

She didn’t have to do it. But she saw the tears in my eyes and she saw the reddening frustration in my face and she saw the screaming toddler slumped over my … [Read More]


Free to Take Up Space

On days I embrace my real authentic self, I'm a "strong personality," as those around me (mostly) lovingly describe me. When I advocate, strategize, or call out the … [Read More]

Featured Stories


The Red Couch: Fourth Quarter Books

It's hard to believe how quickly this year has gone. I announced the start of The Red Couch Book Club last December and now here we are nine books later. It's time to tell you about our Fourth Quarter selections. I'm pretty sure you'll like what you … [Read More]


Goodbye August, Hello Baby!

It's nearing the end of summer here in North America. August has been hard and it has been beautiful. This month we mourned for Michael Brown and Ferguson, for families in Iraq and Syria, for immigrants and travelers and families caught in the middle of war … [Read More]


The Murmuration of the Body

I remember the first time I witnessed the beautiful choreography of a flock of starlings in flight. It was a sharply cool autumn afternoon and I had just finished spinning in circles, arms spread, hair flying. As I came out of my twirl I crumpled onto a … [Read More]


Say Yes: The Birth of Mercy Ministries Canada

I am convinced the essence of all leadership is the ability to influence others to rise and do what they could never imagine doing on their own. The magnificent Nancy Alcorn, founder and director of Mercy Ministries, is a leader like that. My life was forever … [Read More]


Learning to Ripstik

By Leah Kostamo | Twitter: @LeahKostamo It looks like a cross between a skateboard and a medieval instrument of torture. As a child I never went for skateboarding (nor medieval forms of torture, for that matter), so why at the ripe middle-age of 46 did … [Read More]