On what I never learned in grad school; or, “I don’t think it’s very safe to live here.”

Things I never learned in graduate school: On the days when national disasters happen, you will spend your day talking to frightened children.  Your 9AM patient will be scared to go around any crowds: a crowded Panera might be too dangerous because there could be a person with a gun.  Your 1PM patient believes ISIS... Continue Reading →

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On Holy Boldness

Nearly a year ago, I went for a walk at the labyrinth at the Sisters of Bon Secours.  After walking, I went into the retreat center and they had a bowl full of stones for meditation with words written on them.  After much deliberation (and checking with the person at the desk), I decided to... Continue Reading →

My Voice Walks Into a Room

My voice walks into a room. I was going to start with hello? It’s me… by way of introduction but then I realized Adele already took that and now you’re all singing and I don’t have Adele’s voice and that’s not the kind of voice I’m talking about, and – Let’s start over. My voice... Continue Reading →

Dear young women and girls

Dear young women and girls: I'm going to tell it to you straight. You know you deserve that, right?  You deserve people talking to you from their hearts, telling you the truth, listening with their entire being, and standing next to you.  You deserve to trust adults -- women and men, and you deserve to... Continue Reading →

Tender, Fierce and Wise

A few weeks ago, I read this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. Shoulders "A man crosses the street in rain, stepping gently, looking two times north and south, because his son is asleep on his shoulder. No car must splash him. No car drive too near to his shadow. This man carries the world’s most... Continue Reading →

Today in the resistance: Say their names

Two years ago yesterday (June 17, 2015), Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, shot and killed 9 people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. I wrote this poem then, and post it again today. Let us remember to say their names. On my heart and in my mind today is... Continue Reading →

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