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Claiming Her Story

Here is a part of what I said at the KGSA gala last week about the wonderful Asha. It includes three short passages from my upcoming book. If these snippets interest you, Pre-order Play Like a Girl today! Asha’s family, like many families in Kibera, did not have a toilet. Because Kibera is not recognized […]

Play Like A Girl Sneak Preview- 2/10

Play Like A Girl Sneak Preview- 2/10

Play Like a Girl is finalized, and available for pre-order. I will be doing my first reading from the official manuscript on February 10 at the KGSA gala. The event is free and open to the public. Please come and bring a friend! The passage I plan to read is about Asha, an amazing woman […]

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That Was Before

That Was Before

Muscle memory leads my absentminded, fatigued body away from the PICU to the elevators, through hallways and out to the parking ramp. I leave the hospital, drive downtown, enter another parking ramp, another elevator, another hallway, and walk into the waiting room for my own appointment. It’s totally surreal—to be the patient. Two weeks ago, […]

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My Top Posts of 2016

In 2016, my blogs were some of my favorite places to write. I contribute to Keeping Faith Today once a week, which has become an integral part of my spiritual practice. I contribute to Enough once a month, which has become a community of seeking and blogging women who give me so much life. Because […]

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Favorite Books of 2016

Favorite Books of 2016

There was a person on my college campus who, at least once a week, wore a T-shirt that said, “So many books, so little time.” I chuckled at the shirt the first time I saw it, but now have felt that phrase profoundly as a working mom. Despite the need to come to peace with […]

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Creating Something From Nothing

Creating Something From Nothing

My wonderful agent, Dawn Frederick, asked me to write about my writing process as part of NaNoWriMo. Here is a bit about how I create something out of nothing, with a link at the bottom to the original post in its entirety: — I’m skeptical of of writers who talk confidently about their controlled, repeatable […]

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Coming Soon: Play Like a Girl

Coming Soon: Play Like a Girl

I first heard of Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) in 2010. Little did I know that I would carry the story in my head and heart for the next seven years. KGSA is a free girls’ secondary school in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. The KGSA story interested me as a woman, writer, teacher, and coach. […]

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Hauling Heavy Memories

Hauling Heavy Memories

So many of us reached a tipping point this past summer with racial tension, innocent death, and the important work of Black Lives Matter. I knew it was time to take more tangible steps toward knowledge and reconciliation. Where does my power live? What is my work to do? As I addressed in a previous […]

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#30DaysFor30Girls

#30DaysFor30Girls

The notebooks are purchased. The buses are back out. It’s time for school. September is a magical month, filled with anticipation and excitement around freshly sharpened pencils and new learning. It could also be the month you decide to tangibly support a girl in Kenya to get a great high school education. Before I ever […]

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People Over Pronouns

People Over Pronouns

At the Minnesota Institute of Talented Youth (MITY), where I am lucky to teach Creative Writing each summer to brilliant 7th-12th graders, young people are celebrated for who they are. It is also a place to safely play around with who they are becoming. We intentionally ask students what name they want to be called […]

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On Reading

On Reading

A few months ago, I got edits back on a chapter I had written for an upcoming book. The editor pointed out that in three different places, the last sentence of the paragraph started with the word This. In each case, what This was referring back to was a bit unclear. Lazily, I leaned on […]

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