stories

womanhood.

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou                                 “You can’t play with us. You’re a girl.” Girl. It spits harshly off his tongue as though my gender is a direct, detestable offense to his playground territory. Tears […]

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human.

Coming face to face with realities and experiences that we do not know are what I believe to be the strongest instigators of positive change in attitudes, relationships, and understanding. Here is a snippet of a film that will likely make you cry, smile, laugh, cringe, and question in a matter of 80 minutes. Human, […]

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The Truth About Reading Your Writing.

I recently listened to an inspiring NPR session about StoryCorps, an initiative started to compel social change through the power of storytelling. The idea is simple yet powerful: honor, create, and preserve the stories of humans for understanding and change.  I promptly downloaded the app on my phone – useful for recording interviews – but […]

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umuganda saturday.

I am plopped on our sticky leather couch in a pink negligee dreading the fact that it is Umuganda Saturday here in Rwanda. A quick glance outside reveals a traditionally-dressed family headed to church (presumably the Protestant congregation not far from our house) and a man carrying what looks to be a stack full of […]

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