Feb 072014
 

As you read this I’m on a plane with my little girl. We are FLYING THROUGH THE AIR (waaaa???) together, on our way to Richmond, Virginia to meet with a group of women about sisterhood and kindness and truth and courage for two days at WomanKind 2014. I was at WomanKind two years ago, sitting in the pew and listening to Krista Tippet speak. This year I’m the speaker. Life is wild.

After Womankind we’ll drive to DC for a Monkee See – Monkee Do Board meeting and then on Sunday we’ll speak at a brunch to raise funds for MS-MD, so that we can serve more families together.

It’s Tish’s birthday weekend, and this year her gift will be this trip. Her gift will be: LOOK sister- THIS is what it means to be a woman. Being a woman is about learning from and serving your sisters. That’s what it means and don’t ever forget it, honey, because sisterhood- in all its mighty forms- will likely be the strong and steady force that carries you through life. Happy Birthday. Welcome to the sisterhood. 

Sisterhood with other women is the FORCE. It is. It’s what’s held me up and together my entire life and I want the force to be STRONG with my little ones.

I think Tish might be well on her way to grasping the power of female solidarity + peaceful resistance. Last night she and Amma were wronged by Chase and in retaliation they holed up in their room together and made this sign and taped it to their door.

i want justice

(I WANT JUSTICE! PS. I want you to give Chase consaquences.)

They yelled repetitively from behind the door: “WE WON’T COME OUT UNTIL WE GET JUSTICE!  WE WON’T COME OUT UNTIL WE GET JUSTICE!”

This strategy wasn’t as effective as they’d hoped, of course, because nobody was all that eager for them to come out. But still- I’m proud of my little freedom fighters are championing women’s rights- even when those women are just themselves. That’s where we start, right? Then we expand forever.

In case you’d like some reading while I’m gone- check out this interview Angela and I did.  It’s a deep, good  read – especially for those of us who struggle with food and body image. (Disclaimer: MAJOR, BIG profanity in the title of her blog- DO NOT CLICK link with kiddos around. Also if the F word makes you sad please don’t click at all.)

If you’re too tired to read – what with it being Friday and all – take a listen to this interview I did with the MAGNIFICENT Marianna Cacciatore from Bread for the People. I loved this woman and want to lock her up and make her tell me ALL THE THINGS SHE KNOWS. It’s a lot of things.

And one more thing: My beautiful friend Tara is a midwife in Haiti and my personal hero. You have to follow her, you guys. What she and her family do to serve women and babies EVERY SINGLE DAY is breathtaking. And plus- she’s just, she’s just so wonderful. Real and funny and kind. She wrote an important post this week and I’d love for you to read it, along with everything else she’s ever written in her life.

Okay- I am off to SISTER ON in every which way I know how.

G



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Feb 062014
 

This is the poem I have taped to my computer — I read it every morning before I write:

The small woman
Builds cages for everyone
She
Knows.
While the sage,
Who has to duck her head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners

- Hafiz

Many of us live out our whole lives in cages like shame, fear, perfection, people pleasing, and judgment. But we are too wild and beautiful to live in cages. I can prove this. Look into your soul. Notice how it’s stirring? Do you sense the rowdiness inside? That is your soul telling you that she’s ready to break out and live free.

Through my writing and every interaction I have with another woman- I want to be a key dropper. I want my life and work to beckon – Come out, come out, come out and play.

This film was made by a dear friend, courageous storyteller and hilarious Texan — Travis Reed — filmmaker at The Work of the People. Travis is an artist, and TWOTP is his gallery – it is a treasure trove filled visual essays of folks like Richard Rohr, Brene Brown, Brian McLaren, Shauna Niequist, and Barbara Brown Taylor.

Please go to Travis’s gallery — it’s church for your eyes, mind and soul — it is free to view, and you can buy a yearly subscription to watch and download an unlimited number of films all year for your community.



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Feb 042014
 

Warrior Christina

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
~ Alice Walker

When I woke up this morning there was an email in my inbox from our Liz. Liz runs Monkee See- Monkee Do. She is the brains and the heart and the muscle behind everything we do. When we run out of money to help people, Liz she donates it herself. She works hours and hours a day for free- so that every penny that is given to MS-MD goes straight to families in need. She took a pay cut from her actual job this year so that she’d have more time for MS-MD. Liz is tireless and brilliant and faithful and fierce and gentle. She is also going to kill me for telling you all of this, but I am having trouble caring about that because I really needed to explain your personal connection to what I am about to tell you.

Liz’s cousin’s name is Christina. Christina has two little ones. Christina loves them just like we love our babies. Just like that. Christina also has stage 4 mesothelioma and her doctors told her that there was no hope left. But when they told her that, Christina put her hand on her heart and noticed that it was still beating. Since Christina is brilliant just like her cousin, she knows that a beating heart is the very definition of “plenty of hope left.” And so she warrior-ed on for herself and for her family and now she’s in Boston having her cancer-filled lung removed. Today. On World Cancer Day.

Prayer is focused energy. Energy is love. And so if you believe in God, pray to God however it is that you pray. If you don’t believe in God, please spend a moment focusing your energy–your love–on Christina and on every other warrior fighting cancer today. And then, please write Christina’s name on your hand and post a picture here or on our Facebook page or on Twitter – somewhere –  so that Christina knows that her sisters are with her today. So Christina knows that she is not alone, not by a long shot. Let’s hashtag it #WarriorChristina

Christina is her family’s Whole World and she is one of our Warriors.  Let’s show her that she is not fighting alone today; she is 129,844 strong today – she is OURS –  in love and faith and fight and sisterhood.

PLEASE- if you are a cancer warrior or love a cancer warrior – post a hand prayer or just leave his or her name here. I’ll be focusing my love all day – and so will thousands of others.

Fight on. G



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