Where Crayons are Precious: a Story from Haiti

One day last October, I sat in a church in Haiti, watching a crowd of teachers line up at the doors. Kids from the nearby tents gathered behind the crowd, curious to know what was happening. The church was the only building in the area where the Haiti Empowerment Project team could conduct a day of professional development for the tent community teachers of Croix-des-Bouquets. Most of the participants arrived early. They had been working for months in the harshest of conditions without pay and without resources. For them, this was a special day....more
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Haiti. I can't turn away.

I've been unable to write for the past few days. Everything I want to say about my life, my daily aggravations, how I'm trying to stretch and grow, who I am... It all feels frivolous and incredibly self-absorbed. Wherever I turn, the news of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti calls out. And, what it says is this... You are blessed. You are incredibly blessed with your life, and what you have. What are you going to do with it? ...more

Holding Up More Than Half the Sky

One of my favorite Chinese proverbs says, "Women hold up half the sky." Some days I feel like it's more than half, but the point of the proverb is that women are equal partners with men in navigating through life. At least, we ought to be. ...more

Yes, I knew that it came from Mao, at least that's what I've been ...more