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Joyful news, I am taking a writing sabbatical

Some joyful personal news! I’m working with a publisher to write a book on Revolutionary Love, a memoir/manifesto that responds to this moment in history. It’s hard to describe what this means in my life. I took my first book-writing course in college fifteen years ago this semester. It was shortly after 9/11 and starting a life as an activist, I had a sense that the stories I was collecting needed to be heard. Fast forward, and the stories now fill a treasure chest. After the election, I opened the treasure chest and began to writing a book proposal called […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the mothers! May you celebrate today all the ways you pour your body, breathe, and blood into your families. You have a particular kind of wisdom that the country needs right now. You know that birthing new life can feel like drowning, like dying. You can teach us how to breathe and push, and breathe again through our country’s Transition. You know that love gives you strength you never knew you had. You love even when your nipples are bleeding or perineum torn or sleep only comes in 29 minute increments. You love even when the toddler breaks […]

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