Doula metaphors follow me everywhere these days. I want to start tracking them. The other night this popped out from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ book, Untie the Strong Woman: “Gestation by ego’s measure is most often too long. But by soul’s measure, the length of the waiting and making within, before what is being created… Read More Doula metaphors
And calls it “riveting” “suspenseful” and “absorbing”…! Here.
My favorite bit: We need to think bigger. Poo envisions a network she calls the “Care Grid,” a metaphor drawn from transformative infrastructure projects like the interstate highway system. The grid would unite “public, private and non-profit resources” to build “a comprehensive coordinated system in which elders can age with dignity and their caregivers, both… Read More Another review of The Age of Dignity in In These Times
My father’s father, Liang Shao Pu, lived to the age of 93. A lifelong student and then teacher of tai chi and a diehard Wheel of Fortune fan, he had a slow, deep‑throated laugh that never failed to infect my sister and me, sending us into spasms of giggles. After moving from Taiwan to the… Read More Excerpt from The Age of Dignity
I wrote this piece for people who are resistant to notions of white privilege, who feel shy and uncomfortable talking or even thinking about how life is different for white people in the USA. It was terrifying to post. If just one person glimpses even momentarily their power and their responsibility to engage, then it… Read More On Medium: When Catastrophes Are Revealed as Blessings
Ai-jen Poo talks about security on the domestic front. She’s a MacArthur “Genius” Award winner and author of a forthcoming book with the Book Doula, The Age of Dignity.
There is little that’s more gratifying than getting a long passionate letter from a reader saying that the book you (co-)wrote changed her life. Annie Leonard, whose book The Story of Stuff it was my absolute honor to work on, got such a letter from a student in Costa Rica the other day: I’ve been… Read More Fan Letter for The Story of Stuff book
How exactly to describe the role I take with my clients? That was the question I put to my Brain Trust as I created my new website. Today my work goes beyond editorial consulting and ghostwriting (spiritwriting!) with/for thoughtleaders, and includes offering my perspective on their brand, messages, leadership challenges, opportunities and organizational strategies. Plus… Read More Slippers that did not quite fit