written 2/28/12, only just bold enough to post: Evolution came to visit one day The baby was sleeping and out of the quiet she lurched me from my loneliness Upward and upward Until I had a new view and in that moment a grand promise was planted in my soul. But I did not know what to do For the soil in my soul was dry and could nourish no seed Yet… Read More

“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you.” -Parker Palmer I found Parker Palmer’s To Know As We Are Known in the education library at the University of Florida in 1999.  A book a published in 1983, it spoke to the very feelings I’d always held about education and what it could be, it enlivened, resonated and impacted me… Read More

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  In December, I was renovating.  In January, I was updating. Renovating my kitchen and bathrooms.  Updating around the house. At the perfect time, because if you know my blog, maybe you’ve sensed how a person renovates a life, updates a purpose.  Patience.  Rooms become spaciously open as the old gets torn down.  Patience.  Making way for something new, you can’t even tell… Read More

What can be more real than the sun lighting a single blade of grass And when like the blade, your own soul turns to receive the golden rays of warmth? I ask you, what can be more real? And you answer with mere trivialities, things that will not matter tomorrow. Think of the work of the spider and the honeybee. Explain to me the intricacies of a web and the making of a honeycomb. Let… Read More

I’ve learned to make friends of former foes- certainty and uncertainty Yet I still daydream uncertainties Hoping to dress them up and make them certain. I’ve learned to make friends of former foes- faith and doubt Yet I am shakeable in my trust and in my fear. That’s the way of this liquid, pliable friendship. They do not try to rid of each other. They recognize the other, thankful to have a… Read More

  Did I mention that while I was away in New York considering how being digitally connected might serve our heart-to-heart connection, my daughter was at home making me a book that ended with this image and these words: Look at this craziness the hearts are making out of their minds! Yes, I say to her, just imagine the crazy, unbelievable things we can create with our hearts and minds aligned!

This article first appeared on Go Girl, a magazine with a fresh new take on the global perspective. It came at the end of my first day at the Social Good Summit: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  A quote from my all-time favorite quotable person, Albert Einstein, and a wake-up moment at the Summit.  I’d contemplated this quote often and… Read More

This article first appeared in Go Girl, a magazine with a fresh new take on the global perspective of adventurous, independent women. Walking into the 92Y in Manhattan on day one of the Social Good Summit, I feel a new kind of buzz.  Admittedly, it’s partially induced by the newness of donning heels and blazer and blogger status, credentials swaying as I step into a whole new endeavor.  But truly, this buzz is about… Read More

The Social Good Summit has been called “a hub for all,” and “an invitation.” I totally get that as I grab my MacBook and pack my suitcase for NYC. In the past, who was invited to the table for global conversation?  Who jetted off to New York City as the United Nations convened its General Assembly? DIPLOMATS. Now, here’s me.  Packing my bag.  And don’t forget the MacBook, because that is the… Read More

This Labor Day, women, men and children gathered in over 100 cities in the U.S. to support evidenced based maternity care as part of Improving Birth: National Rally for Change.  In Jacksonville, Florida, we stood in front of Memorial Hospital (whose c-section rate is 44%) in like-minded & hearted togetherness.  Each has their own story, their own reason for being there, but we all agree on one thing: we want CHANGE. It’s… Read More