Pentecost Hope

This year I was hungry for Pentecost. I yearned for the story– a bunch of people in a room, speaking different languages yet understanding each other. Speaking our truth in our language and working toward understanding of the other is our work in the world, our community and our family. Pentecost fell on June 4, […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

The Gift of the Humble Walk

Last night, I had a remarkable experience of church. Dan sent a google calendar invitation to a storytelling event at Shamrock’s bar that included music by John Hermanson. Shamrock’s is owned by my junior year prom date. I love storytelling and John Hermanson and beer. Plus we were meeting two amazing friends. Monday night date! […]

The Accidental Universe

Alan Lightman wrote a fantastic essay for Harper’s Magazine that then got selected for The Best American Essays of 2012. It’s called “The Accidental Universe.” I highly recommend reading the whole essay, but I want to address it here. In the essay, Lightman talks about the history of science as recasting things once thought to […]

Thriving Girls

As many of you know, I traveled to Kenya last summer and spent time at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy.  I am returning there in a few days. The school is an incredible place.  I told a version of their story on the TEDxSLC stage.  It is an honor to share it with you here:

Menstruation Matters

One of the distinct highlights of preparing to speak at TEDxSLC was meeting and collaborating with Dr. Sayantani DasGupta.  She is the kind of woman I aspire to be.  After hearing each other’s talks in a practice session, we had several energized conversations about menstruation.  It is so encouraging to meet people who think talking […]