The (Re)Birth of a Nation

Posted January 8th, 2021

Years ago, as I rapidly approached the birth of my first child, I started to wonder (panic, honestly), “How the $&%$ is this all going to go down…exactly!?” My wise midwife gave me great counsel. She said that nature would run its course. She reminded me that my body was built for this and would know what to do. In the meantime, she suggested it […]

A Letter To Myself in 2019: Of Course You’re A Racist

Posted December 28th, 2020

Hey there. It’s me, Lael. I’m writing to you from December 2020 to prime the pump for where you’ll be headed in the next year. This is the letter I wish someone had given me a year ago. I think it might have helped on all those dark nights of my white soul. So….2020. Here’s the deal: a raging pandemic will sweep across the globe […]

Tuesday’s Instructions

Posted December 15th, 2020

The morning wakes me before the alarm. Eyes open, the bluebird sky fills the windows. My body exhales and a smile forms under my ribcage. Winter sun. A welcome sight after the cold gray steel of yesterday. Warm socks. Hot coffee. My favorite chair in a patch of sun. Silence as the house still sleeps. The dog curled up on the carpet next to me. […]

Daily Verse 11.30.20—The Opposite of Dangerous

Posted November 30th, 2020

This fall I started to refer to myself as “dangerous”. I don’t know that it was conscious, but it was more of a consistent mumbling I started to do out loud to those that know me well. Ordinarily outspoken and opinionated, it was like I had entered a new realm, which included brash, aggressive and angry. It was that “angry feminist” feeling I feared—except not […]

Daily Verse 11.29.20—Fear of Hitting Snooze

Posted November 29th, 2020

I’m worried we just hit snooze with that election. I’m worried that with all the talk from white people about being awake, rising, and woke, we saw that election as an alarm to “turn off” rather than look at the larger system in which we’re operating. I have learned that one of the hallmarks of our white culture is to point fingers at individuals as […]

Daily Verse 11.28.20—My Ancestors

Posted November 28th, 2020

I was listening to an interview with Rachel Cargle, activist and founder of the Loveland Foundation, the other day and she shared she had a stickie note on her fridge that read: “I am my ancestors wildest dream.” It was intended to inspire her to do right by those who came before her, to build off of all the work that had been done before […]

Daily Verse 11.27.20—White Womanness

Posted November 27th, 2020

I am a woman who has spent much of her professional energies in the world being a supporter and champion of women’s leadership. I’m also a woman who didn’t realize she was a woman until my early 30s and pregnant with my first child—a fact, which revealed me to myself in this man’s world. Those two things taken at face value seem at odds with […]

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