Slavery exhibit at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Yesterday, I went to the Slavery exhibit at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The exhibit is a historic event; the first large scale public acknowledgement of the role that the slavery played in Dutch colonial and domestic history. It’s open until 29 August and I encourage everyone who can to get yourself a ticket and go. […]

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Stack of books: 84, Charing Cross road by Helene Hanff, Real Life by Brendan Taylor, Ark Angel and Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz, The Yield by Tara June Winch, and Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

March 2021 Book Reviews

My reading mojo returned in March, perhaps the sun woke it from a winter slumber. All of this to say, “I read a bunch of books in March.” I had gotten into a bit of a slump, but 84, Charing Cross Road in particular pulled me right out of it. Read on to find out […]

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Three stacked books. Slightly Foxed No. 65, Bestiary by K-Ming Chang, and Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

February 2021 Book Reviews

I’m quite pleased to look back at my February reading list and see that I did a good job of working on my goal to read more Asian authors. This little project of mine has gotten me thinking about what it means to read Asian authors, what it means to read Asian authors who are […]

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Text: Benefits of Storytelling, Storytelling and Antiracism Series

Storytelling & Antiracism: Benefits of Storytelling

This blog post is the third in a series about Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to read the first post: Storytelling and Antiracism or the second, Choosing Stories. Storytelling is a powerful experience that can include benefits for the storyteller as much as for the audience. On the one hand there are the nerves that […]

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January 2021 Book Reviews

2021 started with a serious reading month. A number of these books lead to serious reflection and deep thinking. I usually try to spread this kind of reading out with some lighter fiction, but January was just right for hunkering down. So here are notes on a selection of titles in the order that I […]

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Storytelling and Antiracism: Choosing Stories

This blog post is the second in a series about Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to read the first post: Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to download your FREE Storytelling & Antiracism summary and reading list. Storytellers do a lot when they tell a story. The storyteller’s voice occupies a space between the story and […]

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Storytelling and Antiracism

This blog post is the first in a series about Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to see the whole series: Storytelling and Antiracism. Click here to download your FREE Storytelling & Antiracism summary and reading list. Storytelling is one of the most valuable tools in antiracism work. Story is the best way to learn, to […]

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3 ways to find the details that make your story lively

There is nothing like flying into Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and looking down and seeing the particular Dutch landscape. As the plane descends over the North Sea, the coastline comes into view and as it flies ever lower, the shapes of fields and cities emerge. If we’re lucky, our flight path goes over Haarlem and I […]

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December 2020 Book Reviews

I read ten books in December. Books are how I rest and recuperate, which is exactly what the end of December called for. The Netherlands went into its first full lockdown just before school let out for the holidays. The first thing we did when they leaked the news was go to the library an […]

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