On Dahlias, Joni Mitchell, and Dad

When I was 15,  I found myself living in a temporary situation. I’d left home and my future looked scary. I had an apprenticeship at a hair salon, but at minimum wage, I could not afford to live on my own. I was too young, no one would let me rent a space, plus I was […]

Singing Without Words

The other day I heard Father Gregory Boyle speak in Denver. A Jesuit priest, he sang the song of my heart when talking about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the trenches of real life with the marginalized and oppressed. He said, “We don’t go to the margins to rescue people. We […]

Carry the Light Together

I have such fond memories of the Winter Olympics, which were hosted in my city of Vancouver, Canada in 2010. Our city and nation were alive with hope and expectation and the outcome in terms of Olympic medals did not disappoint. As Canadians, we relished in the storybook ending on that very last day of […]

Sisters, We’ve Got to Stand Together

Last night I reposted something my good friend Lisa Bevere posted on her Instagram. It was the well-known quote by Matthew Arnold, “If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never […]

Solidarity like the Redwoods

I was born in California and I remember family road trips through the redwoods and their majestic beauty, running through the forest and hugging their huge trunks. Redwoods are tall, strong, resilient, and live for thousands of years. But what we might not know is that their roots are relatively shallow, which doesn’t quite make […]