Reframing My Ugly Photos

Last fall while I was in Southeast India for four months launching an academic initiative in collaboration with a women’s college, I got to speak several times at various conferences and events. My first engagement was five days after I arrived in the coastal town of Chennai. I was jet lagged, tired, and emotional from […]

“Bleh!” on “Blessed”

“Oh my goodness, we were so blessed to avoid that car accident.” “God blessed us with a new baby!” “We are so thankful to God for blessing us with a better job.” “May God continue to bless America!” “Your family is incredibly blessed.” Years ago, the word blessed didn’t bug me. In fact, I would […]

I Am a Daughter of Freedom

I am a Daughter of Freedom I use my words to share ideas and tell stories I use my words to make connections I use my words and my life to light a Way towards Liberation— for the one, for some, for many, and for myself. I am a Daughter of Freedom I stand on […]

Parsing it Out: Sacrifice or Duty?

What is it that makes a sacrifice truly sacrificial? Seems to me it has to be the modifier chosen for this month’s theme at SheLoves—willingness. I’m not sure that one idea can ever be successfully separated from the other, to tell you the truth. Choosing to give something up for the sake of someone else […]

Pausing to Honor

So there I was in an overwhelming stupor of depression, living in a new country, brokenhearted. A couple of times I was so out of it, I left my house in the middle of the night and walked the streets of my town, tears streaming down my face, rage erupting out of my heart. My […]