That Old Blue Sleeping Bag is Story #FMF

I sent her off to her first sleepover with my old-ish, blue sleeping bag. It’s the sleeping bag we bought at Cape Union Mart in Cape Town aeons ago, preparing for my first trip to Germany. I was 16. She’s 8 and she’s excited. She’s been preparing for two days for this sleepover. And her […]

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 […]

My One Sentence

I just sent off my video entry to Daniel Pink as part of his “My Sentence” project. (I wrote about it over here.) He asked this: 1. Your name 2. Where are you from? (A little more than a sentence for me, but I tried.) 3. Your one sentence, ie. the thing you want to […]