Archive for November 2016

It Takes Courage To Stay At The Table

This is a follow-up post to what I wrote on Staying At The Table with loved-ones last week… As anticipated, my letter to tension came in handy. Family and friends, from all walks of life, came together, and emotions ran high. I held Lia’s (my partner, who’s African American) hand tighter than usual under the…

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When Courage Calls, A Poem

  When Courage Calls Courage is calling Courage is calling   I hear her in the distance   Courage is calling   She says I must take my seat at the table   Courage is calling   She says fear can no longer win. She says choosing fear is a privilege.   Courage is calling…

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How To Stay At The Table This Holiday Season

How To Stay At The Table This Holiday Season Holidays have a way of heightening emotion, regardless of what’s going on outside the walls of your kitchen. This holiday season, many of us are wondering: How will I stay at the dinner table with all this tension?   I think it’s safe to say we’re…

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My Letter To Tension

Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s brilliant “letter to fear,” in her book, Big Magic, I wrote a “Letter to Tension” for the holidays:  Dear Tension,   I see you. I feel you. Your presence is known. In fact, you took a whole new form in 2016. Like a tornado, you stirred things up, created chaos, and…

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Why I Took a Leap Of Faith For Humanity

Five months ago, I said “enough is enough” and something simultaneously sparked inside of me. Once lit, nothing could dim it. My heart broke open, and from that open place came clarity.   I needed clarity because my heart and mind were clouded by the tension and turmoil I witnessed in the world.   Here’s…

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Creating Space For Healing

  Fear of conflict is real.   Not too long ago, social tension and uncertainty made my palms sweat with nervousness.   I’ll never forget the feelings that stirred at my friend’s party when someone started talking-politics. Disagreements flung across the table like ping-pong balls, and my heart thumped through my chest. I was uncomfortable. The…

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