We Write Our Ideas on the Earth: Reflecting on 2016

We sat around the table for brunch, pulling apart steaming pieces of gooey cinnamon buns. Land of Nod is a holiday tradition and sometimes a birthday tradition in our family and this year we even did it on Valentine’s Day. As we shared our three highlights from 2016, all five of us said, Mexico. Spending time […]

Help Me Figure out a Title for my Book?

“I need a deadline, please!” When my agent emailed to check in how my writing was coming along, I may have said it four different ways in that one email. I needed a deadline. I am finally learning that I respond to external expectations, thanks to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies in Better Than Before.  Rachelle […]

Freedom

After South Africa, I hear the word “FREEDOM” and I can’t hear it without the echoes of millions of voices, crying out for freedom around our world. Freedom! Freedom. FREE-dom. O, that we would all have such a passionate yearning, a revolutionary tenacity, a burning heart for Freedom. O, that we would sit in a […]

Returning to the Mother City

   In three days, I will fly off to the Mother City in South Africa. Twelve years ago, I stood in the Waterfront in Cape Town and took this picture. That day, Scott and I had just returned from a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent most of his years in prison during […]

White is Not a Language

What is that old flag doing in his hands? The punch in my gut also brought the tears. Today I weep for and with the people of Charleston. The more I think about the one who held that old flag, the more I want to shout, You don’t get to speak for our Humanity! Racism, […]