Awareness to Action: Book Club Edition

I hurried out the door on Wednesday to drive across town to a book club at the home of someone I’d never met to spend the evening with people I didn’t know. After a few mishaps (read: I forgot my own copy of the book and had to circle home), I found myself in someone’sContinue reading “Awareness to Action: Book Club Edition”

Hope and the Radical Acknowledgment of the World As It Is

I woke up on that last Friday of June with to-do lists and half-memorized remarks running through my head. I was facing down a morning packed with meetings ahead of attending the Rose Andom Center‘s Summer Connections Gala where I was to receive their Building Hope Award. I’d been working on my remarks all week.Continue reading “Hope and the Radical Acknowledgment of the World As It Is”

A Rideshare on the Road to Change

The four of us left the restaurant together, having celebrated a friend’s birthday. Laughing and carrying on, we made our way to the Lyft that idled across the street. A woman smiled warmly at us from the driver’s seat. As she drove us through Portland’s nighttime streets, our banter turned to the kinds of conversationsContinue reading “A Rideshare on the Road to Change”

Since You’re Here: From Impostor to Action

I’ve always tended towards anxious thoughts. They hit a particularly fevered pitch in my first year of graduate school, many moons ago. I’d just uprooted and moved from the east coast to Oregon to join a dozen first year graduate students at the University of Oregon. Each of them seemed better prepared, smarter, more [fillContinue reading “Since You’re Here: From Impostor to Action”

Three Friends, Two Strangers, One Smashed Phone, and a Purple Balloon: A NYE Story

I don’t recall rain, which seems strange for December 31st in downtown Seattle. We had only a few hours to go until we said goodbye to a dreadful year. A year in which the dot-com crash wreaked havoc in the Seattle economy and evening news reports described businesses dumping their no-longer-needed office furniture in desolateContinue reading “Three Friends, Two Strangers, One Smashed Phone, and a Purple Balloon: A NYE Story”

Wishing you Creature Comfort this New Year

A few years back, I heard Tarana Burke speak at a Blue Bench event in Denver. In fielding questions about how she has navigated a high profile career addressing sexual assault and trauma, she spoke of curating joy in her life. I think of her phrase – curating joy – often. Growing up professionally inContinue reading “Wishing you Creature Comfort this New Year”

Of Deserts, Dialectics, and Trauma Work

My camera in hand, the desert’s quickly changing light and sweeping landscapes always bring to mind a dialectic. We are small compared to the passage of time, recorded in the history of a dry river bed. We are tiny compared to the enormity of a sky that that can hold a full moon setting asContinue reading “Of Deserts, Dialectics, and Trauma Work”

Evolving Perspectives

Science and discovery require learning to see the world all around us in new ways. Focusing on trauma and violence requires truth-telling about the harm that humans cause each other as well as curating hope, joy, and mindfulness of the moment. Here are some images from my photo practice through which I seek to doContinue reading “Evolving Perspectives”