I Still Believe in the Power of Community

It’s been four years since I published my book, Connected. On this anniversary month, I wanted to reflect on where I’ve been over the last four years and what my beliefs are now regarding this book and its topic. I’ve wanted to write this blog for over a week now… and then the senseless tragedy in Orlando took place. Orlando is my hometown. I spent my first 30 years of life ...
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Conversation, Community, and Chai for Nepal

It’s hard to believe in the heart of a small town like Golden, Colorado you have a gem like the Sherpa House. A cultural center fully adorned with a wishing wheel, dieties, and delicious food from the Himalayas. On Monday night, over 45 people gathered together to raise awareness about human trafficking, to learn more about a country in Asia, and meet a few people who are do...
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Calling on Our Community: Let’s Stand Up and Against Human Trafficking

I am so excited to share with you an invitation to a series of amazing global gatherings here in Denver. My friend, Sarah Davison-Tracy, founder of Seeds of Exchange, is hosting a team of peole from Nepal for a week and has created a number of exciting events to which we can go. I am hosting Global Grubbing: Nepal - can you join us for this one if you are local? Here is ...
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Let’s Work Together to Eradicate Childhood Hunger

I’ve always loved to cook and feed people, it's a part of who I am. So, it’s no surprise that I love cooking and baking for my son, Rawley. Watching his taste develop over the last year has been a fun part of parenting for me. I’ve spent many hours on Pinterest searching for new recipes, freezable foods, and healthy meals. Figuring out what things he really likes (muffins, salm...
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People Are Good. I Really Believe That.

When you look around at most of the world, it’s easy to question whether or not humanity has totally become a complete wreck. Our news reminds us of all the tragedies, traumas, and terrors that are happening at every moment and in every corner of the world. But sometimes, all you need to do is walk into a local café in the heart of your city to find out that good people rea...
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The Brokenness of Our Boys

Brokenness of Boys, Mass murders, Violence, Society of men,
This topic has been stirring within me for sometime now. Perhaps it’s because I am now responsible for raising a boy. Perhaps it’s due to my awareness of what’s happening with men. But mostly it’s due to a sense of sadness that something is irretrievably broken within our society of men. The latest mass murder sent an upheaval to the topic for me, bringing it to the forefront o...
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Frankly, I’m actually embarrassed by this…

Consumerism, E
I know I am one of the lucky ones. I have a roof over my head. We’ve got food in our refrigerator (often more than we ever finish eating), and my closet has clothes that rotate with the seasons. That makes me (and likely you) better off than 83% of the WORLD’S POPULATION, a staggering number that we can easily forget about when we have access to so many “things.” But frankly...
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The Magic of Soup and Dreams

What do soup and dreams have in common? Well, they bring people together! Food is the heart of humanity and a bonding point for most people—and dreams, doesn’t everybody have them? So why not talk about the dreams of what we hope to inspire over a few cups of soups from various cultures!? A brilliant idea from Evan, the creator of Warm Cookies of the Revolution (yes, another...
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Do I Really Have to Ask?

Making a difference, Get out and act!
We’ve all been there. The place when you really need or want something so badly and yet your partner (friend, sibling, parent, boss, co-worker) just isn’t getting it. They aren’t stepping up to the plate and doing what you need them to do. And you think to yourself, DO I REALLY HAVE TO ASK YOU TO DO THIS FOR ME? You should know that I need/want this--shouldn’t you? But wh...
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MLK Day – The Dream is Still Alive

It’s hard to believe it’s been 47 years since the days when Martin Luther King, Jr. marched the streets to bring about equality for the African-American community. While his words and deeds came a decade before my time, his impact is legendary, even on the younger generations that never witnessed the devastating racist segregation that occurred during his time. “I have a dream...
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