This morning the task was to discuss the story of Judas betraying Jesus with two separate groups of high school students. We read John’s version, where the soldiers, police and Pharisees went after Jesus with lanterns, torches and weapons. Later, Simon Peter took out a sword and, before Jesus could tell him to put it […]

Remembering Again

People in child's pose

After a couple years of home practice, I recently returned to a yoga studio. There are so many advantages to practicing in community, one of which is the little nuggets of truth the yogi offers during class to meditate on. It’s part of what makes yoga feel holistic and replenishing. Some truths seem to come […]

Save the Date, Twin Cities!

If you are in the Twin Cities area on August 15, I’d be honored to see you at Open Book for the Play Like a Girl launch event! Please share this invite with other people in your life who may be interested. RSVP today! Subscribe to this blog Leave this field empty if you’re human:

Girls It Is

The following is my Author’s Note from the upcoming Play Like a Girl. To read more, pre-order it today! It bothers some foreign visitors that the people at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) refer to the high school students as “girls.” Many teenagers in Western cultures are called young women or ladies, considering that seniors in high […]

Work & Rest: Trusting the Tension

typewriter on a desk

Last Saturday morning, I was sitting on the couch totally content. My baby was snuggling on my chest. My two-year old sang along to the Beatles’ record he picked off the shelf. My spouse refilled my coffee cup. In that lovely moment, I had a breakthrough on an essay. I had been stuck for days […]

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, […]

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 […]

Girl Day!

When I was in Kenya spending time at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, I was struck by how much the girls still struggled with math and science. Most of the girls who enter KGSA have poor skills in math and science. They didn’t receive the training they needed in primary school, and they give into the societal […]

Still Very Good

About four years ago, the seniors at Cretin-Derham Hall invited me to speak at their high school graduation. Four years later, many of these young students are graduating college. Those who are not graduating are doing amazingly interesting and intentional things instead. I am lucky to say that many of these former students have become […]