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A 3-Step Plan Worth Following

A 3-Step Plan Worth Following

I lived a very long season of my life (decades, really) in which I was endlessly on the hunt to find a plan...

No imagination required…

No imagination required…

There’s a story I love to tell of a mostly unknown woman named Jael. She singlehandedly won a huge battle...

Changing Everything

Changing Everything

If you want to learn about a culture, listen to the stories. If you want to change a culture, change the...

Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices

I am neck-deep in manuscript-writing these days. This book, my book, this thing I've been nurturing and...

The stories we tell ourselves

The stories we tell ourselves

I've been thinking about the stories I tell - those of ancient, sacred women who have been absented from our...

Today is my birthday!

Today is my birthday!

I am 60 years old today. How is that even possible? The days leading up to this one have been filled with...

Militancy + Hope + Desire

Militancy + Hope + Desire

(A Sunday Sermon, of sorts - even though it's not a Sunday...) To refuse to participate in the shaping of...

In tribute to Mary Oliver

In tribute to Mary Oliver

At the end of last week, in reflecting on Mary Oliver’s life – small respite in the wake of her death – I...

Redefining Ordinary

Redefining Ordinary

The desire, temptation, and lure to live an extraordinary life is strong; to figure out our “one thing;” to...

Extravagant

Extravagant

There’s an ancient sacred story told of a woman who was beautifully, lavishly, even shockingly extravagant....

Hannah

Hannah

Have you ever had a desire, a hunger, a longing so profound that any sacrifice would be worth its...

The Women at the Tomb

The Women at the Tomb

All we have are the stories, based on the unreasonable experience of people we never knew–and the choice of...

The Widow of Nain

The Widow of Nain

There is an ancient story told of a widow whose only son died. With him went her last semblance of family,...

Sophia

Sophia

Wisdom seeking is difficult because, as Martha Nussbaum has written, “Knowing can be violent, given the...

A story about (in)visibility

A story about (in)visibility

Women: you are not unseen, unheard, or invisible! Ever! Do you ever feel as though you (and other women) are...

You’re Allowed to Run

You’re Allowed to Run

It is excruciating to be the victim of someone’s scorn, passive-aggressive behavior, or blatant harm. All of...

4 Takeaways that Matter

4 Takeaways that Matter

I spend countless hours in the midst of the ancient, sacred stories of women - wanting and wondering how to...

What I need you to remember:

What I need you to remember:

We are desperate to see ourselves in powerful and empowering ways. It’s no wonder: we have too-often and for...

Do the Next Thing

Do the Next Thing

I don’t know about you, but when I read or hear the stories of amazing women (which is ALL the time), I have...

No Fairy Godmother

No Fairy Godmother

There’s a story I love to tell of a mostly unknown woman who singlehandedly won a huge battle for an entire...

Fanning Desire’s Flame

Fanning Desire’s Flame

Desire is a tricky thing. To desire feels dangerous because we might not get what we want. To desire is...

These Stories Still Speak

These Stories Still Speak

I’ve been awake since 4:30 this morning. Uncharacteristically, instead of lying in bed and trying to tame my...

God on a Woman’s Terms

God on a Woman’s Terms

For most of us, the word "sacred" conjures some thought of God. Perhaps you associate this with a positive...

Easter 2017

Easter 2017

I will not be attending Easter services today. I will not witness the rows of shiny, white patent-leather...

Nevertheless, we persist!

Nevertheless, we persist!

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren began to read a letter Coretta Scott King wrote in...

Why Stories Matter

Why Stories Matter

We live in a world of stories. Childhood fairytales shape our dreams and hopes. Family legends, imparted...

A Reflection on 12

A Reflection on 12

12 represents the completed cycle of experience. 12 is the symbol of cosmic order. There are 12 months in a...

Yes, yesterday. Now what?

Yes, yesterday. Now what?

Yesterday, November 9, 2016, I did all the things I always do: I made coffee. I journaled. I gave my...

So, I’ve written a book…

So, I’ve written a book…

The subtitle is “A Braided Essay on Women and Silence and Shame.” And it’s published, printed, physical,...

Bloodline

Bloodline

What if you claimed your legacy, your inheritance, your very bloodline? As a daughter of Eve – the best Eve,...

Living an Ordinary Life

Living an Ordinary Life

The desire, temptation, and lure to live an extraordinary life is strong; to figure out our “one thing;” to...

It’s all going to end badly

It’s all going to end badly

A few weeks ago, while talking to my therapist, I mentioned my ongoing and haunting hunch that the archetype...

Orlando: 2 words that matter

Orlando: 2 words that matter

Yesterday morning my daughter told me about the mass-shooting in Orlando. I had no words other than “I’m so...

A Woman’s Story

A Woman’s Story

There is an ancient, sacred story told of a woman who was prophetess and judge. No other story like hers...

Why didn’t you just say so?

Why didn’t you just say so?

I’ve been binge-watching The Newsroom for the past week. This morning I woke up far too early for a...

Desire for Desire’s Sake

Desire for Desire’s Sake

Desire is a tricky thing. To desire feels dangerous because we might not get what we want (and...

The Scent of a Woman

The Scent of a Woman

I’m not sure how he knew to gift me with perfume, this particular perfume – this man I’d been dating only 6...

On Miracles

On Miracles

I made a video a few days back in which I talked of Tabitha. Little known. Rarely told. Hugely significant....

Remember who you are (x3)

Remember who you are (x3)

We are desperate to see ourselves in powerful and empowering ways. It’s no wonder: we have too-often and for...

Tears

Tears

Tears are a river that takes you somewhere...Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it...

Boom-Boom

Boom-Boom

I often listen to podcasts in the morning. Out of the shower, getting ready for my day. Today’s didn’t...

Imagination and then some…

Imagination and then some…

Imagination is a wonderful, healing, redeeming, strengthening, transformative thing. I spend a lot of my...

Making Hard Choices

Making Hard Choices

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~ Flora Whittemore A lovely sentiment, but...

On Money & Power

On Money & Power

I’ve been thinking much these past days about money – how short it is, how fast it goes, how I’m always...

Choosing the Storm

Choosing the Storm

I’ve been thinking a lot about how strong my proclivity is for calm; for a life that is tame, sedate, and...

Whose Story Am I In?

Whose Story Am I In?

I just finished writing this entire post, went to read through it from the beginning before hitting...

I Am This Woman

I Am This Woman

I wrote what follows for the women’s event, Conversations (mentioned in my last post). As the days have...

Power & Privilege (and me)

Power & Privilege (and me)

These words: power and privilege, have been part of numerous conversations lately. Some of those...

Prophet as Female

Prophet as Female

While I was still a student at The Seattle School, I remember hearing one of my professors lecture on the...