Healing in the Middle

Linear time and progress is one of the most harmful lies of white supremacy. Some things permanently alter you. Sometimes the world does stop. For me in 2016 when my life crashed and veered from a singular event, I expected that my relationship with it would be one that the farther I got from it,… Continue reading Healing in the Middle

What I Can Say to be True

I have always been a writer, a storyteller. Ever since I can remember I was copying the ways of my mother by writing my being on to pieces of paper. The only thing that has changed with the years is now I type, although I still handwrite things when I can or notes to people… Continue reading What I Can Say to be True

“No Scars, No Story, No Life”

A man in Afghanistan once said to me, “No scars, no story, no life.” Sometimes, the best story is in the space between the words—a space that is a window onto a different way of seeing. And when there are no easy answers, stories are all we have. -James Orbinski, An Imperfect Offering  Oftentimes when… Continue reading “No Scars, No Story, No Life”

Africa, Humanity, and a Fount of Hope

Even in London or New York or Paris, Africans do not easily lose the habit of catching your eye as you pass. Raise an eyebrow in greeting and a flicker of a smile starts in their eyes. A small thing? No. It is the prize that Africa offers the rest of the world: humanity…Amid Africa’s… Continue reading Africa, Humanity, and a Fount of Hope

Picking Up, Packing Up, and Shipping Out

(Note: Finally got some internet to post this!) This is no time for fear This is a time for faith and determination      -Twila Paris It’s always the same story. My mother tells me every day for two weeks or more to take out the stuff I want to go with on my trip—the stuff… Continue reading Picking Up, Packing Up, and Shipping Out

Telling a Different Story: Perspective in Life and Words

"Job found contentment and even joy, outside the context of comfort, health or stability. He understood the story was not about him, and he cared more about the story than he did about himself." — Donald Miller (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life) Last week at church… Continue reading Telling a Different Story: Perspective in Life and Words