the phone call

It was 10:30 p.m. last night and I was in bed, almost asleep, when my phone rang.  I didn’t recognize the number, but I answered anyway because, hey, you never know who might be on the other end.  Maybe Oprah asking if I’d come on her show, or Michelle Obama asking how she can help […]

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I’ve been thinking about invisibles a lot lately.  Thinking about what we can do for girls who are marginalized by fundamentalist cultures.  What we can do for minorities in Portland who are far outnumbered by their Caucasian counterparts.  What we can do for immigrants and refugees whose suffering goes largely unseen. Even though I wrote […]


showing up

My friends have done incredible things to help promote my book.  They’ve tweeted and Facebooked and e-mailed about it.  They’ve let me guest post on their blogs.  I mean, seriously, incredible. But in the midst of all the buzz that my friends have helped generate, one of the most meaningful gestures came from my 85-year-old […]