Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

In my work helping people have courageous conversations across differences, I am often asked about how these conversations line up with keeping the peace at work or how one is supposed to just carry on after not just a misunderstanding but after very real differences...
Words with Privilege

Words with Privilege

My beloved and I play Words with Friends – an online game that vaguely resembles Scrabble. Words with Friends is way looser and allows you to play words like “ut” or “thouing” – words that many dictionaries don’t recognize and certainly that you never use...
Interdependence Day

Interdependence Day

So begins the teller of tales: “Once upon a time there was a people on the edge of destruction: personally, globally and environmentally. These people lived out of relation to the Earth and each other.” When the children hear this, they are wide eyed with...
Words matter

Words matter

I love language and I love how language is alive, dynamic and changing and I also love and hate the problems of trying to express emerging norms in outdated language. I especially hate trying to fill in check boxes or having to quickly describe someone’s...

Public shaming or community healing?

I have been thinking a lot about the case of the GA State University freshman and her use of the N-word that brought immediate and public shaming and got her suspended from her soccer team and caused her to withdraw from school. Obviously context is everything and...