Awe

Apr 18, 2015

I’m just back from a 6-week whirlwind of amazing work, including two weeks again in the Palestine Occupied Territory and Israel. Once again, I had the honor to work with members from women’s rights organizations, both Palestinian and Israeli. Not only are these women managing and overcoming the daily struggles of living in such a volatile environment – including raising...

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50 Shades of Truth

Feb 28, 2015

On a recent trip home from Amsterdam (my former home) to Washington DC (my current home) I reflected on the fact that it has now been 10 years since I moved back to the States. Coming back to the US was a kind of “mission” for me. I was settled in Amsterdam, after 17 years of building a satisfying life. I was grateful to have had the opportunity to learn about life outside of...

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The World Cup and Equanimity

Jun 28, 2014

I have to admit it. I’m caught up with the World Cup fever. I’m rooting for Holland of course, and pleasantly surprised that USA has advanced to the Round of 16. And while I’m enjoying the games, I’m also observing how easy it is for me, and everyone around me, to fall into the deep, deep habit of “taking sides” and needing to win. We can’t...

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Honey Maid Illuminates A Serious Issue Beyond Love...

Apr 7, 2014

It is great to see large companies like Honey Maid understanding the core concepts of Martin Luther King, Jr, Mahatma Gandhi and many luminaries from our history. The most effective way to overcome HATE is not with HATE, but with LOVE. From the perspective of Respectful Confrontation, using war as a means to peace, using brute force to overcome bullying, claiming that you are right...

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Messy, messy…

Sep 15, 2013

I am fascinated by the variety of criticism of President Obama and his handling of Syria. I am enjoying how things are playing out with the progression of pursuing diplomacy over warfare. Yes, his approach is messy. But diplomacy/negotiation/confrontation is always messy, it is never “clean”. It seems odd to me that we would rather have so-called “clean” strikes with...

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Antoinette Tuff – a true Respectful Confront...

Aug 25, 2013

I am moved by the story of a true hero of our time – Antoinette Tuff. On August 20, 2013, a disturbed young man walked into a Georgia elementary school with large amounts of firearms intent on harming the 900+ students and teachers. Ms. Tuff, bookkeeper at the school, managed to talk to the heavily-armed man and get him to surrender without anyone being harmed. With the amount of...

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