Unlikely Conversations Podcast!

LISTEN TO THE TRAILER HERE! I grew up Catholic in a fairly Irish neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. My childhood years were full of renegade nuns teaching me to seek Jesus on the margins and study scripture in diverse communities. My parents held their breath as I headed to a Lutheran college. There, a Jewish […]

Peace Through Picture Books

My friend Caren Stelson and I started writing a monthly column in Bookology Magazine called Peace-ology. We are exploring how we can encourage peacemaking through picture books, curious questions and intentional action steps. Below are excerpts our first few articles: January: Reading Books Through the Lens of Peace Ellie: I read to my three- and […]

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Tiny Things as Spiritual Practice

Heidi and I have been engaging in tiny things for 2.5 years now. It has become part of my spiritual practice. It builds attention, devotion, intention and repetition into my days in a way that grows things like gratitude and astonishment. This Lent, my church community is trying on tiny things as a daily spiritual […]

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Yoga & Journaling: Embracing our Storied Bodies

Friday, March 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Up Yoga 4325 Nicollet Ave REGISTER or Walk in! We believe our bodies hold deep wisdom. With a sense of curiosity and tender playfulness, this workshop couples journaling prompts with restorative yoga to unlock our wisdom and release embodied emotions. Emma will lead a gentle flow, supported by props just […]

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Cultivating Curiosity: January 12 Tiny Things

In January over at 12 Tiny Things, we cultivated curiosity together. I absolutely loved this focus for my month. I noticed how the posturing of my curiosity felt warm and open. It was seeking but not lunging, reaching but not clinging. I felt grounded and growing simultaneously. It felt playful, tender, exciting and good. What […]

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12 Tiny Things 2020: Cultivate

I am pleased beyond measure to say that 12 Tiny Things is entering its third year of existence. Year one, we focused on a different area of our lives and being each month. Last year, each month had a different verb of focus. This year, we are cultivating twelve different traits in our lives. In […]

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My Favorite Books of 2019

It is that time of year again! Time to marvel at how many good books exist in the world! Every year I highlight some of my favorites that I have read in the past 12 months. Some of these came out in 2019, but not all of them. This year was a year of award […]

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The Light of Knowledge (3/3)

The final installment of my Saint Lucia talk focuses on the light of knowledge. It is the Friends of the Gustavus Library who hosts the wonderful event, so it was fun to talk about how much I enjoyed learning in college. Ask my roommates– I spent a lot of time in the library! Many of […]

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The Light of Hope (2/3)

Happy Advent! This is an excerpt from middle of the talk I gave at The Festival of Saint Lucia this year at Gustavus Adolphus College. The theme of the talk was cultivating our inner light during Advent. In the Cloud Forest of Guatemala, There is an eco lodge run solely on hydro and solar power. […]

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The Light of Gratitude (1/3)

On December 12, I spoke at Gustavus Adolphus College’s Festival of Saint Lucia. It was my joy and delight to return to my college for such a female forward event. I walked into a room of powerful women, easily acknowledging the light inside of them. I spoke about the light of gratitude, hope and knowledge. […]

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