An Answered Prayer on a Tuesday Train: The Kindness of Strangers

"Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death." - Anais Nin Dare to let a stranger change your life. At 7:30 AM on a grey-skied Tuesday, I … Continue reading An Answered Prayer on a Tuesday Train: The Kindness of Strangers

So You Feel Called to Write: A Compassionate Creative Manifesto

“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.” – Mary Oliver I have spent time with so many people who shyly express interest in writing. In these conversations I hear a lot of “… maybe… someday… when there is more time… when I Figure … Continue reading So You Feel Called to Write: A Compassionate Creative Manifesto

Authenticity Meets the Little Puzzle Piece

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” – May Sarton One winter when I was in college, a giant snowstorm clobbered Chicago and essentially closed down the city. Classes were cancelled and we were snowed into our apartment, so my friends and I worked on … Continue reading Authenticity Meets the Little Puzzle Piece

Tending to the Flock

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – Howard Thurman   For two years, I helped plan a retreat at my university that empowered students to explore their vocation – the special … Continue reading Tending to the Flock