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Archive for the Story category

What I learned from the grandmothers

Monday, May 13th, 2013

From my father’s grandmother I learned that nature already has the answers we are looking for and we should listen to our great-grandmothers because in 35 years time we’ll discover that science is finally catching up with her home remedies. I also learned how to play Chinese Checkers, how to make carrot juice and how […]

Return of the Silent Years?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Sometimes people ask me if I still do human rights work. And I’m not always sure how to answer. I no longer have a job, with a salary, that comes with a title like ‘Human Rights Officer’. But I do still do human rights work. At the moment I’m helping put together an exhibition on […]

Whose story is it to tell?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Today I’ve read some powerful articles drawing on the tragic events in Sandy Hook in order to illustrate really important social issues. And I’ve felt a deep tension within myself as I read them. On the one hand I am a storyteller who believes our stories have incredible power to help us connect to each […]

Heroism, Dependency & Exit Strategies: an interview with Batman

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

(Batman ‘Word’ by Defiant Ant) I’ve always wondered, is it lonely work, being a superhero?  It’s not so bad. I have Robin. Right, but a sidekick is not quite the same as a friend is it? Maybe not. But he does admire me, he looks up to me. My point exactly. A friend loves you, […]

Story + Moxie = Let the world know what you are doing

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

One of the questions I’ve been asked quite often lately is ‘How do you get the word out about your work?’ This is an essential skill for every creative entrepreneur, every not-for-profit founder, and every artist. Whether you are a yoga teacher, a freelance writer, a consultant, a singer, a human rights advocate or a […]

How yoga makes me a better writer

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about ‘hammering the nails’ of my writing, a lesson I learned from William Zinsser in his book ‘On Writing Well‘. I’ve been thinking more about Zinsser’s fundamental rule for writing, which is: Be yourself. Of course that is infinitely more difficult than it first appears. I’ve been thinking about what […]

First, hammer the nails.

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Last week a reviewer of Zen Under Fire wrote: I am disturbed by the lack of dramatic emphasis which a more experienced writer may have been able to create. Anyone who puts their writing out into the world will understand the particular agony I feel when I read a review of Zen Under Fire in which the […]

Love at the Speed of Email – a story of home, faith, love & purpose

Friday, July 20th, 2012

One of the biggest treats I’ve given myself this summer has been the time to read. Long before I ever thought of myself as a writer, I was a reader. Books were my favorite place to hang out as a child. And they still are today. I can’t think of many things I love doing […]

And….. I’m back!

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Sorry to disappear on you like that. Last you heard I was revisiting Afghanistan –  turning 40, taking my book back to the people whose opinions mattered most (and those who didn’t),  facing my ghosts and my fears, and admitting I was scared. And then – radio silence. Which is ironic because one of the things I was busy with was editing […]

Ghor Day 3: Security, Security, Security

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day. As with International Women’s Day last month, not everyone around here feels like celebrating. This morning I met a young journalist whose exposes on corruption in Ghor province have seen him arrested and jailed twice in the past year and led to a death threat from a prominent local […]

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