How To Get Time Back

I used to hate November. It smelled of death. In November 1994, my friend Melissa's mom died of cancer. Melissa was only motherless for two years. In November 1996, Melissa died in a car accident, days after the anniversary of her mother's death. Four more years and another dear friend, Joe, died. It was another … Continue reading How To Get Time Back

Will The Next Mr. Mandela Please Stand Up?

When I was born, Mr. Mandela was still in prison serving a life sentence with other anti-apartheid activists. And he would be there for nine more years. I didn't know about him and his fight when I was still young, didn't know he sat in jail for 27 years while the country brawled around him. … Continue reading Will The Next Mr. Mandela Please Stand Up?

People Who See The Past and Future You

I am one of those lucky people who seems to have friendships that never end. My bridesmaids were nearly all women I'd known and been close with for the better part of a decade, if not longer. And we are all still friends. L-R: Ingrid, Holly (my sister), Jen, Ica, Rachel and Jazzy. [Photo credit: … Continue reading People Who See The Past and Future You

What Your Influence Is For: Sanity Not Required

I know a crazy guy. He's so crazy, he's running 24 miles, rim to rim, through the Grand Canyon on September 15. He's so crazy, he's trying to raise $50,000 to save 50 girls from a life of prostitution in Ethiopia. He's so crazy, he imagines himself his own version of Liam Neeson from Taken, kicking down … Continue reading What Your Influence Is For: Sanity Not Required

These stories pump water

I love brand new ideas, really good ones I wish I thought of. Don't you? Well, here's one for you. Have you heard of CausePub yet? If you haven't, you're about to. I just wrote a story for CausePub, an organization creating books for a cause through group-publishing. [Click here to read the story and … Continue reading These stories pump water

The God of Self-Help

If you've been in church, or been around churchy people, you've heard people talk about God. Mostly he sounds like a philanthropic celebrity, but kind of religiousy. The hazy God-descriptions based on scriptural references don't help. "He's the God of the oppressed." "He's the Father to the fatherless." "He's a friend to those in need." … Continue reading The God of Self-Help