I connect with people who engage in the world and in politics, and I support students who work to make a change. I help others communicate their realities as they experience them, and I model for others how to honor the act of storytelling and the genuine stories that people share. I push storytellers to dig a little deeper and to tell their stories to a wider audience, in many genres and via many means.
I am inspired by Anne Lamott’s words in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life:
To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal,
but you have to care.
You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy.
But a writer always tries, I think, to be part of the solution, to understand a little about life and pass it on.
Lamott also reminds me to start small, to look closely, to find a way in not by writing about everything at once, but by finding one story, one moment, one detail, one data point that needs a second look or deserves some attention. As her father said to her brother when he was overwhelmed with a project on birds and didn’t know where to begin, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
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