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A letter to my unanswered question

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

I know you are not only mine. Everywhere I go I find people who know you, well. Who think of you as their own. I don’t mind. I understand. You have a universal appeal. How can I live a good life? How will I know if I’m living one? Please know, that although I am […]

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 […]

The secret to a good life: know your why

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’m a runner. Sometimes I’m a dedicated runner. Sometimes I’m an ecstatic runner. Sometimes I’m a driven-by-the-desire-to-break-my-own-boundaries runner. Sometimes I’m even a reluctant runner. But in my heart of hearts, I’m always a runner. This past weekend I ran a half marathon with my […]

What 41 years have taught me

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Nearly two years ago I woke up on my 40th birthday in the tiny town of Chagcharan, in the mountains of Afghanistan and wrote: Yesterday was my 40th birthday. I woke up thinking of all the people who I’ve loved who didn’t make it to 40. I was at once sad and deeply grateful to […]

A Blessing for the New Year

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

This was the blessing I needed on this New Year’s Day. I recieved it from Pixie. So I thought I would pass it on. A Blessing for the New Year  by John O’Donohue (From “To Bless the Space Between Us”) On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay […]

How I pack for 5 months: a packing ninja reveals her secrets

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Recently my friend Karen called me a ‘packing ninja’. I can’t remember the last time anyone called me a ninja, in any context. So I decided I needed to claim this accolade, and do what I’ve been promising to do for months now: show you how I pack for a five month trip in a […]

What is your genius?

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

This morning the comparison monster was getting the better of me. You know the one I mean? Comparing my creative work, my achievements, my ‘success’ with other people. I tried to stay connected to the part of me that is genuinely, deeply happy that good people, who have done great work, are being recognised, rewarded […]

A post about how much I love trains.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

There are so many things I could be writing about. About Afghanistan, mostly, and how terrifying, and depressing, it is to contemplate these ‘peace talks’ between the Afghan government and the Taliban and what they might mean for women. If you want to know more about that, you might like to listen to this radio story […]

Creative Joy & Resilience

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Creative Joy seems an unlikely theme for a retreat led by me. My life’s work has been done in places of suffering, of trauma, of injustice and loss. What does creative joy have to do with any of that? Simply this: the work I have chosen to do has the potential to strip me of […]

Updated book tour details

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

New events listed in Napa, CA and Madison, WI (still waiting on confirmation of events in Boston, MA and San Francisco) Apart from the New York event (which is at a private home and therefore requires RSVP) and the BuddhaFest talk, none of the events require bookings or RSVP. But if you are planning to […]

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