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Archive for the Practices: Writing category

The crime of being an unapologetic woman

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

I found this post this morning in my ‘drafts’. I wrote it in 2012 and when I read it I wondered why I had never finished or published it. Because I am as convinced now as I was then that a woman who dares make herself central to her creative work, and does so without shame or apology, is […]

On listening to Mary Oliver in the morning

Monday, November 30th, 2015

There was a small blue and grey backpack hanging in a tree on Hornsey Rd. It’s zip hanging open, as though it had something to say. I noticed it, perhaps, because I’d been listening to you this morning, because you remind me to notice, to trust that noticing is worth my time and my attention. […]

A story of change, Part IV

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

This is the fourth and final part of a the story I told at the Extraordinary Tales event recently. You can read the first part here, the second part here, and the third part here. After Afghanistan, I came home again. Home to Wellington, where I wrote a book about my experiences in Afghanistan, opened a restaurant […]

A story of change, Part III

Friday, September 25th, 2015

This is the third part of a the story I told at the Extraordinary Tales event recently. You can read the first part here and the second part here. After five years at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission – with a new foundation of family and friendship to keep my feet on the ground, and bind […]

A story of change, Part II

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

This is the second part of a the story I told at the Extraordinary Tales event recently. You can read the first part here. So – as Kim Hill put it – I walked off my divorce in Africa – what next? The walk ended in Jerusalem, where I stayed in a hostel run by […]

A story of change, Part I

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Recently I was invited to tell a story at this extraordinary event. This is the first part of that story. More to come in the next few days.  What I wanted to tell you today was the story of how change happens. Because it’s the story I’m obsessed with. Because it’s a big important story. And because […]

Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff…

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us […]

Where you can find me in the next few months…

Monday, August 10th, 2015

After a year of focusing pretty much exclusively on ActionStation, I have a few teaching and presenting events coming up: Muse Camp 2015 – August 21st-23rd, Bend OR Yoga in Action: Off the Mat, Sept-Oct, Wellington, NZ Game Changers: Yoga Journal Live Event, 27 Sept-1 Oct, Colorado Muse Camp 2015 August 21st-23rd, Bend OR Muse […]

What I’ve been learning, reading & writing

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

It’s been a long time since I wrote here. Not because I haven’t had anything to say, but because I’ve been utterly consumed by the work of launching, nurturing and getting ActionStation through something known in the start-up world as the ‘Valley of Death’. Over the past month I really feel that we’ve emerged from that […]

“On the All of It” – Going Om

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Quite often these days, publishers contact me asking me if I would read a book they are about to publish and review it here on my website. Whenever they do that I think ‘Are you really offering to send me books to read, for free? Does life get any better than this?‘ And then I think, ‘Do […]

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