Advent Guest Post: Elisabeth Klein | Forgiveness |

   As we prepare for Advent, the liturgical season of waiting that leads up to Christmas, I am hoping to share a few different perspectives and truths that I have found helpful in my own life. Elizabeth Klein, a fellow writer from the Redbud Writers Guild, is sharing an except from her new book. Her writing is raw, realRead more

Dia De Los Muertos: What Guatemala has Taught Me About Death and Grieving

  Yesterday driving home from the store on the only paved road right outside of town, I slowed down as I saw a family huddled together on the opposite side of the road. The older son, stood in the street to direct traffic around his parents who were kneeling down on the edge of theRead more

Some Thoughts on My Birthday about Gratitude, Loss and The Gift of The Ordinary

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   I am 33 today and despite my daughter’s concern that I am getting “older” I feel a deeply grateful. Maybe there is a certain wisdom and perspective that comes each year. I’d like to think I am little wiser, a little less controlling and a bit more joyful than […] Continue Reading…

31 Questions for Cross-Cultural Workers: How Do You Define Poverty?

I realize I am making an erroneous leap, assuming that all cross-cultural workers are working with people in poverty. I know that is not the case. There are cross-cultural conversations happening all the time across board rooms and school rooms that involve people from two different cultures, but similar […] Continue Reading…

31 Questions Worth Asking for Cross- Cultural Workers

For the month of October I am joining thousands of others writers and bloggers and committing to write for 31 days. I haven’t written consistently for years. I compose drafts in my head and never write them. I start posts, only to save them for later, where they accumulate […] Continue Reading…

The Letter I Wish I Would Have Read My Freshman Year of College

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  Proof of the red sweater set. (just the tank is pictured, thank goodness) This was taken the day we moved in. Elena and I are flying back to California tomorrow for my 10-year college reunion. My parents graciously gifted us miles. I think partly so I […] Continue Reading…

Dear Mija: On Turning Two and How Being a Mom is The Best Never Ending Job

If you are new here, these are series of letters I started writing to my daughter before she was born. This was the first one, and this is one her Daddy wrote her. I wrote about her birth story here  and a year ago I wrote this one. I seem to write a lot about raising a bilingual and bicultural […] Continue Reading…