I Was 22, Pregnant and Alone: Adoption Was The Way
In this piece I wrote which was published in this month’s issue of The Mennonite magazine, I took on the call to reflect on a favorite scripture from the Bible. My “Shaped by Scripture” reflection shares how one small part of a well-known story about Jesus plunged my life and plans into the best kind of tailspin. Here’s how it starts: The rowing moments: A reflection on Jesus calling the first disciples Luke 5:1-11 “When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:11 I love… Read More
My Top 10 Songs :: A Life’s Playlist (thus far)
I originally wrote this piece for The Mennonite. It chronicles the Songs of My Life and includes a link to my Spotify account where you can listen to each song…if you dare. 1. Dolly Parton, “Wildflowers” When I was growing up my parents had records. My dad loved country music—old country like Kris Kristofferson. When he got the 1987 Trio album that featured Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, I was mesmerized. Three bold and beautiful women singers? I was in. I listened to this album over and over and would often stare… Read More
Need a Leader? Look Behind You.
At the beginning of 2016 I launched a full-fledged writing agency called Cicada as I am working on being a leader—essentially creating opportunities to lead instead of waiting around for someone in front of me to tap me for those roles. I decided that if I’m going to be a leader I had better just turn around and tap myself. But something interesting happened when I turned around to tap myself. I saw leaders behind me. Not people behind me in terms of experience or education but in terms of the leaders… Read More