Upcoming PLG Events

Sunday, December 3, 10:30-11:30 Bethlehem Lutheran Church Play Like a Girl Discussion I’m really excited to lead a book discussion with the youth and adults from Bethlehem about the importance of promoting education and girls’ empowerment both globally and locally. The event is open to the public, so come and bring a friend! Reading the […]

Preventing Clergy Sexual Abuse

In 2014, Rabbi Hayim Herring, PhD and I co-edited Keeping Faith in Rabbis, a wonderful compilation of essays. One of those fine essays, “Preventing Clergy Sexual Abuse” by Rabbi Ellen Lewis, seems extremely timely and relevant these days in light of the numerous sexual assault charges coming to light. Andrew Barron of Avenida Books supported […]

Quick Writing Update

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1. Perseverance in Publishing I laughed aloud when my agent, Dawn Fredrick, ask me to write my annual NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) post on perseverance. “Yes,” I said. “I know a little about the topic.”  She came to the right woman. Writing requires courage, audacity and faith. Publishing demands many things, including a boatload of […]

Speaking Clearly

I launched Play Like a Girl on August 15 at Open Book in Minneapolis. People I love and strangers, former and current students, Kenyan Americans and even a few Kenyans filled the room. Asha, Teka and I talked about KGSA and the process of bringing Play Like a Girl into the world. We answered questions […]

Writer Momma

Adventures From Publishing a Book with Two Small Children July 19 I heard a package being dropped off on the porch, and for some reason I wondered if my books were inside. I saw the box, saw my name on the box, rushed to get scissors, opened it, took the piece of packing cardboard off […]

Bodies Matter

Beyond the Offering Plate

Although churches tend to talk exclusively about money when they talk about stewardship, Beyond the Offering Plate explores how we are stewards in so many other areas of our lives. We are also stewards of our time, mind, work, and technology to name a few. I was thrilled to contribute a chapter to this anthology on […]

Hierarchy of Needs

Successfully educating girls in extreme poverty is no small task. A fascinating part of the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy success story is watching founder Abdul Kassim meticulously and strategically address the girls’ needs in order of urgency. Over the years, the needs are met more effectively as well. For example, in 2002 the school had […]

For the Love of Soccer

The KGSA story was about soccer before it was about school. It makes sense to me that a successful girls’ soccer team became a successful girls’ school. Female athletes know all about work ethic and focus. They understand that they are stronger together, striving to overcome adversity as a unit. The school felt like a […]

The Power of Stories

“What should we play this morning, Simon?” I ask after breakfast. “Books!” That’s my kid. My two-year old loves books. He wants to read books again and again and again, momma. He wants books first thing after snuggles in the morning, while he sits on the potty, on the couch, on the floor, in the […]

Full Circle

Play Like a Girl

I travelled to Kibera, Kenya in 2012 and did a slew of interviews at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy. I went back in 2013 and did more. I spent a few years arranging a manuscript from those interviews. I found an agent, we got a contract. Now in 2017, a group of KGSA students and administrators […]