Bad Is the New Good

Hope Carries A Binky

September 21, 2010

There was so much about yesterday that was difficult, that was heart-rattling, that was soul-wrenching, but also, there was this:

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

September 20, 2010

Sunset over Maseru, Lesotho, September 2010 When I was a child, I thought that the appearance of sunbeams through a cloud was a sign that God was watching. Those beams were like God’s flashlight, I thought: they were evidence of Him peering through the gloom, looking for signs of human grace, or whatever it is [...]

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On A Wing And A Something

September 18, 2010

This. (Don’t cry when you watch it. DON’T.) (Okay, maybe a tear or two. Go ahead.) This is what I’m doing this week. Going to visit this project, to hear these stories. As you’re reading this, I’m en route. And as you’re reading this, my heart is pounding. I’m excited, and nervous, and thrilled, and [...]

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We Don’t Need Another Hero, And Certainly Not One Who Cries All The Time

September 17, 2010

Here’s my worry about going to Africa to see the Born HIV Free project in action: that I’m going to start crying the moment that I arrive, and just not stop. And that I am then going to feel guilty about crying, and that I’ll then cry about that. I fly to Lesotho on Saturday. [...]

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Buffy Only Fought Vampires

August 27, 2010

I like to think that I’m the sort of person who doesn’t take things for granted. I know how fortunate I am to have the life that I have; I know, too, that the terms and conditions of that life include no guarantees against frustration and sadness and pain and loss. I know, even the [...]

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We Are The World

August 12, 2010

When all was finally said and done, it wasn’t appearing on CNN in a tutu – nor appearing on CBC in a tutu, or posing in Central Park in a tutu, or watching as a limo slowed down on Fifth Avenue and the passenger leaned out the window and hollered – at me – hey, [...]

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Real Ballerinas Dance In High-Tops

August 11, 2010

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams. — Albert Einstein (cf. the Tutu Story, and What Is Photographosophy?) (Photo credit: JenIsJen, who has posted other amazing #tutusfortanner photos at her [...]

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I’m Gonna Need A Minute. Or A Day. Or More.

August 9, 2010

Yeah. That. I need to lay down with a cold compress for a few days, and process what THAT all means, and find a way to calm the burstiness of my heart, and to think about all the people that deserve big sloppy bear hug thanks, and to cry – happy tears, happy tears – [...]

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What Is UP With All The Tutus?

August 4, 2010

If you have to ask that question, you should probably read this first – it’s the story of my nephew, Tanner, who is dying of Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy. It’s kind of a long story. But you should go read it, and maybe also my most recent posts about him, because the story matters. Take your [...]

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Black Flies And Dryer Lint And Dragons, Oh My

August 3, 2010

It took me a while to figure why I was crying, why I kept bursting into tears at silly, random things, like an excess of dryer lint, or a dearth of toilet paper. I had just figured it to be hormones, or a passing mood, you know, the kind that you fall into when you’ve [...]

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