Art in parks builds community

I had achieved a bit of notoriety for my ARTSparks Artificial Light installation at Occidental Park summer 2011.  After a month of painstakingly sewing sweaters around the trees, they only got to stay up for an additional month.  When the project was taken down to make room for other installing artists in the program, I…

Boots on the ground in Roads

A woman in my neighborhood and I have daughters who are college age.  When we meet, we talk about our kids. Late last spring, she told me that her daughter, Thu, was graduating from high school. She proudly showed me pictures of the ceremony, and of Thu’s co-valedictorian medal. Impressed, I asked what Thu was…

Purpose

On March 24, 1989, on my way to a biology class to fulfill the prerequisites of a nursing degree, I heard the news about an oil tanker spewing tens of millions of gallons of oil into a pristine marine environment. The Exxon Valdez killed thousands of individual creatures, eliminated entire marine communities and species, and left…

Yearning

I want to be the best leader I can be.  I have a strong yearning, deep from within my soul, to be part of a change that improves our world.  And yet, when it comes to vision, this is truly where I have been struggling recently. I have a difficult time seeing that we will…

Welcome and belonging

I was sitting across from a panel of four interviewers as they took turns to ask me questions about why I should be hired as a management auditor at the King County Auditor’s Office. When it was the turn of county auditor Kymber Waltmunson to ask me a question, she took the time to explain…

Sanctuary

There never seems to be any sanctuary in the jail. Barren walls, bright lights, noise, no privacy. We sit and talk about the hardest things, the most heart breaking things, while guards watch us and other chaplains and youth sit together, not more than twenty feet away. There is no holy place to be quiet,…

Turning around an old story about government

I learned the power of how long an old story about government can persist when I started work as a contractor to the US Army Corps of Engineers many years ago. I was directing a year-long leadership development program in association with Antioch University, Seattle where I taught. Thrilled to have won this contract, I…