Iranian women, bicycles, nonviolence & freedom

When women and girls fight oppression with creative nonviolence, it can be world-changing beauty.

Accidents of grace

Several people have asked me, including my taxi driver, Moses just now, why Africa, why Kilimanjaro? Since they asked in a way that suggests they want a deeper answer, I tried to come up [...]

Creatures of habits

I got passed by an ambulance while riding my electric bike to Edward Hospital yesterday. I knew they were headed there, too, and I knew the person inside was probably about to meet my [...]

Hello, World! (Again.) Why I’m climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

I was dismayed last year to realize my passport, which I hadn’t used in 9 years, was about to expire. I hadn’t left the country since the Bush administration. I speak six or seven [...]

What I’m reading:

In Rural Bangladesh, Solar Power Dents Poverty – NYT

Microfinance and small rooftop panels can transform lives in a country where the electric grid reaches just 25 percent of the population.

4.1 Miles – The New York Times 

By Daphne Matziaraki This film shows that crucial moment between life and death, where regardless of political beliefs, fears or preparation, some people will go beyond themselves to save a stranger. A coast guard captain [...]

Would You Hide a Jew From the Nazis? – The New York Times

Nick Kristof reminds us that in 1938, many Americans and Europeans said the same things about Jewish refugees that Donald Trump and Marie Le Pen are saying about Syrian refugees. (They're lying.) In New [...]