The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. ~John Bingham ("The Penguin") I'm what you would call an "adult onset" athlete. Sure, when I was a kid I was active - in sports, swimming, exploring the outdoors. But once college and law school hit I became essentially … Continue reading The Miracle is that You Had the Courage To Start
If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill Fair warning - I got about one hour of sleep last night. I woke up in a cold sweat, literally swinging my arms to fight the imaginary people who were trying to force me and the other faceless women around me into submission. It was a … Continue reading We went back, didn’t we? Are You Surprised?
Mother: a female parent.Parent: a source, origin, or causeVerb: to give rise or origin to Mother's Day is a tricky holiday, really. It's a happy day for many. It's a sad day for many. But this year in particular, it was a thoughtful day for me. Because I've spent the past few days marveling at … Continue reading Motherhood, Parenthood, and the #Resisterhood: The Parents of the Resistance
This iconic image of Tank Man was captured by Jeff Widener for AP *Note: A prior version of this pep talk was published in 2017, before many of our new friends joined us. (Welcome!) I hope those who have been here since the beginning are reminded of how far you’ve come; and I hope those who … Continue reading Revolutions Begin With Everyday People – Like You and Me
We owe our children - the most vulnerable citizens in any society - a life free from violence and fear. ~Nelson Mandela A few weeks ago I picked up my six-year-old son from kindergarten. It was the last day before spring break, and there was that excited "day before vacation" buzz in the air. Colorful … Continue reading He Did Great In the Intruder Drill: The Story of the Moment Gun Reform Became My Number One Issue
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank For over a decade, I lived in Chicago. Which means that, as most Chicagoans do, I had a strong relationship with the train (AKA the "el," which is short for "elevated"). Every day I would take … Continue reading Hey! Excuse Me – Could You Move?
What is to give light must endure burning. ~Viktor Frankl It's the perfect, tragic analogy to what's happening all around us, I said. Everything feels like it's burning. The whole world is on fire. You know? My husband nodded quietly. Even a world away we felt the gravity of it all. Notre Dame cathedral - an … Continue reading Everything Is On Fire