What is the State of Your Soul?

So much has burned down in our world, hasn’t it? The landscape has changed. Friendships have changed. Trust has been eroded.  I no longer stand where I stood even two years ago. Some days I shake my head, many days I get angry and other days, I just want to cry. I feel like we […]

Dear Kadija

Dear Kadija (aka, Black African in Libya), I am sorry. My heart shatters into a thousand pieces at every remembrance of you. I cannot forget you, because I look exactly like you. I am so sorry. I am sorry that it took a CNN report of the live auction of you in 2017 for the […]

Crossing Over Territory

These days, the word “territories” makes me mad. Furious, even. The word makes me think of boundaries and taking, protectionism and entitlement. I see empire and colonialism and racism. Territories are used as a reason to impose parameters and hierarchy on difference, to create hard, deep lines between groups of people, to take children from […]

Twenty Years From Now, Will I Be Disappointed?

When I was in college, living in Paris, one of my favorite quotes was from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in […]

Our World Needs Mothers

Our world needs Mothers. We need women who grow into maturity and take us under their wing and remind us: Breathe. We need women who remind us: Stop. Rest. Make a cup of tea. Take time. Press in. Keep going. Grow up. You’ve got this. Now go, mother your world. We need women who tuck […]