When Stigma Unravels

Thursday night, I put on makeup and a fancy dress and walked into a ballroom with 450 co-laborers in the fight against HIV/AIDS to celebrate Blood:Water’s annual Red Tie Gala — a night dedicated to advancing the fight to end the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. I went into the night with a heavy heart but […]

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For Beauty by John O’Donohue

As stillness in stone to silence is wed, May solitude foster your truth in word. As a river flows in ideal sequence, May your soul reveal where time is presence. As the moon absolves the dark of distance, May your style of thought bridge the indifference. As the breath of light awakens color, May the […]

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Join the Blood:Water Book Club

When I lived in Nashville, I spent one Thursday night a month wrapped up in a good book with some close friends. It was a night I looked forward to every month. I loved being part of a book club. That’s why I am so excited to announce Blood:Water is launching its own book club!

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Nashville On My Mind

On the morning I left Nashville to move to California, my Uber driver picked me up and asked me what kind of trip I was taking. “A big one,” I told him. I looked over at my beautiful city. At the brilliant reflection of a six o’clock rising of the day on windows of buildings […]

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Help Send 800 Kids Back to School

I told you a couple weeks ago, Blood:Water surprised me with something wonderful to honor the release of my memoir, “One Thousand Wells.” They secretly began a campaign to build raintanks at two different schools to bring 800 kids in Kenya access to clean water. They called it 1000:1000 — One Thousand Hours for “One […]

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What I’m Reading Now… And Learning From It

I just finished reading a collection of short stories called The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol. They were powerful and masterfully written. The scenes were scattered among geographies and lots in life, but revolving around Jewish identities, communism and the red scare. The writing was vivid, palpable and astonishingly detailed. And though I couldn’t articulate the literary themes […]

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What is your audacious goal?

When I first ventured out with Jars of Clay to bring 1,000 wells to communities across Africa, it felt like an audacious, unattainable goal. But by the grace of God, we reached our goal. It shifted slightly to meet the needs of specific communities — sometimes a raintank was of more value than a well. […]

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