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2018 in Books

2018 was my year of adoring local writers! Writing in three very different genres, these Minnesota-based writers all brought beauty and depth to their stories and made me proud to hail from MN! A LADY’S GUIDE TO SELLING OUT by Sally Franson In her debut novel, Franson’s voice is unrelentingly witty. Her protagonist, Casey Pendergast, […]

Why I Write

This post originally appeared on Red Sofa Literary’s NaNoWriMo series. To discover what I really think I often gain insight and clarity through the practice of writing. Writing tells the truth. Early drafts may start vague and foggy with throat clearing and avoidance. Editing through to later drafts burns off the slough until I realize […]

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Growing Gratitude #12TinyThings

November is as good of a time as any to choose gratitude. Here are tiny ideas to grow gratitude in your daily life. Choose one or a combination of a few that sounds appealing to you and try to implement it this month: Put a journal on your nightstand. Either first thing in the morning […]

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A Worship Service to Honor Survivors of Sexual Violence

Monday, October 18 is: one year since #metoo went viral; Break the Silence Day in Minnesota; The Feast of St Theresa of Avila. Survivors and supporters: join me at Bethlehem Lutheran for a worship to honor survivors of sexual violence. Monday, October 15, 7 p.m. Subscribe to this blog Leave this field empty if you’re […]

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12 TINY THINGS #Sensuality

12 TINY THINGS #Sensuality

Undivided My oldest child started preschool this fall. It was the first time I dropped him off somewhere consistently to play with other kids. It is also the first time I am getting a chunk of alone time consistently with my youngest. On the first day, Miles and I went to a playground to play […]

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Girls are Powerful & One Sentence at a Time

Girls are Powerful & One Sentence at a Time

Celebrating Girls!  Day of the Girl is coming on October 11! I will be doing a webinar via Facebook Live at 7pm CST. I’m so excited for this interactive conversation about the power of girls. Whether you’ve read Play Like a Girl and want to know more or you don’t know anything about KGSA and want […]

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Book Birthday!

Play Like a Girl turns 1 year old today. It has been an incredible year. I’ve been reflecting on the researching and writing stages of Play Like a Girl a lot lately. My time in Kibera listening to the KGSA ladies tell their stories remains one of the biggest honors of my professional life. I […]

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You Matter. You Belong. You are Enough. And the Game is Rigged.

I once heard Krista Tippet being interviewed instead of doing the interviewing. She spoke about asking people not the question she wanted to ask, but the question she thought her guest would want to answer. That shift is deeply important. That is exactly what Meta Carlson did when she sat Kirstin Burch and I down […]

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Crossing Boundaries, Being Seen

Anyone else need some good news these days? City Stay and Like a Girl are two places giving me hope. Youth are leading the way to peace: While the news cycle was saturated with separating families at the border, the Muslim ban and shifts on the Supreme Court, four high schoolers quietly did the work […]

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Love Fest!

A few things I love so much I want to share: Abby Wambach’s Barnard graduation speech. Fail up. Lead from the bench. Champion each other. Demand the ball. You are not Little Red Riding Hood. You are the wolf. And speaking of wolves, The Wolves at The Jungle Theater: fierce female soccer players and a […]

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