My Heart Falls into its Anchor

I turned on the kettle and wiped down the counters. The kids were off to school and the house fell quiet for the first time in months. Two months of waking up with them, making breakfast, lunch and dinner and having family adventures. A week ago, we were driving home from the cabin and I felt […]

Hello, This is Beijing

Today I am joining in Sarah Bessey’s Synchroblog: In which we are saved, right now. I received a phone call last night. Sophia, our homestay student, approached me and said, My father would like to talk to you. Uh-oh. I was making dinner and she didn’t know when he was going to call back. Just […]

Friendship As Liberation

“We cannot say that in the process of revolution someone liberates someone else, nor yet that someone liberates him or herself, but rather that people in communion liberate each other.” –Paulo Freire, Communion as Liberation (via Inward/Outward) We were sitting around the dinner table in Bujumbura. At the Marquee, an outdoor restaurant which reminds of a treehouse, with […]

I am a Writer: Making My Statement to a Windy Hallway and a Cold Dismissal

Yesterday, I joined Jeff Goins’ 15-Day Writing Challenge: Mastering the Habits of Great Writers. Today’s challenge is on The Declaration Every Great Writer Makes. I don’t struggle with calling myself a writer. I took the leap into this identity as writer–standing in that simple, yet audacious statement–in 1999. Even though I thought this was my […]

On Cruising Along & Leaping off Cliffs

Why I believe in jumping when it matters I still remember the three-minute phone call. Scott was in the middle of lunch rush at The Flying Beaver when I caught the tweet. Randy Elrod retweeted Michael Hyatt‘s offer to give the first 12 people who sign up for the Re:Create cruise an opportunity to pitch […]