I am an Immigrant 

I am an immigrant. I know what it feels like to be completely out of place. Out of sorts. Out of language. Out of body. Out of country. I know what it means to start from nothing. No friendships. No strength. No community. I know what it feels like to have the days stretch into […]

Changing our World: Making Room for Strangers

Changing our World: Making Room for Strangers I wrote over on SheLoves Magazine today: Most days as a mother trying to teach my children to be kind and include others, I feel like I’m talking to the walls, the Polly Pockets or the dog. Last week, in the library at Linwood House, I saw a moment […]

On the Ground, into the Heart of Sexual Violence in the Congo

She went from Colorado College graduate to volunteer rape crisis counselor in Chicago to stepping into her bigger story: entering the dark world for women in the Congo. Now Amy Ernst is even guest blogging for The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof at On the Ground. Honestly, I can’t quite imagine the pressure of knowing you […]

I swam across the Pacific: a short poem

I swam across the Pacific Ocean with a backpack and skyblue sleeping bag. I flew into the unknown and unknowingly moved my life from the front to the back of the Afrikaans-English dictionary. Some days my clothes fit all backwards. Question: If you had to paint a word picture of the place you find yourself […]

Just when you think you've known Loss.

“In May 2005, the Zimbabwean government embarked on a massive, highly systematic programme of demolitions of all informal housing in urban and peri-urban areas across Zimbabwe. Combined with a total clampdown on the informal trading sector, including the destruction of official vending areas and confiscation of all wares, Operation Murambatsvina (OM), or “Drive out the […]