Stories

Whole People, Complex Lives, and What Culture Eats for Breakfast: Tributaries February 2022

February 21, 2022

In mid-January I received an email from one of my staff members. I read and re-read one sentence that stuck out to me: “I feel vulnerable sharing this with you,…

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Resting with Grief: Tributaries December 2021

December 16, 2021

In November, my brother in-law passed away. His death was unexpected. He was young. He meant the world to the people who loved him. Now there is a huge gaping…

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On Stress, Sabbaticals, and Systems Change: Tributaries October 2021

October 19, 2021

“Maria, I don’t have any fight left in me,” my friend told me recently over lunch. She shared the impact that years of organizing and advocating were having on her.…

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What a Tree Taught Me: Tributaries August 2021

August 24, 2021

The tree in my front yard has started to lose its leaves. I learned recently that trees do that to survive drought conditions. A tree drops its leaves to conserve…

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A Learning Year in Review: Tributaries February 2021

February 16, 2021

Inhale through your nose. Pause and count to four. Now, exhale and blow out your breath through your mouth. Notice if your shoulders are bunched up near your ears. Relax…

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Tributaries: November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

As I write this piece, cases of coronavirus continue to rise, both here in Minnesota and across the country. Like you, I am managing so much uncertainty. My wife, my…

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Tributaries: October 29, 2020

October 28, 2020
White letters against a black backdrop spell out the words "Racism is a pandemic"

Recently, one of my board colleagues at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice talked about the dissonance she is experiencing between her head knowledge and her heart knowledge. As I listened…

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Tributaries: September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Being the president of this 36-year-old institution is the honor of my lifetime. But, like so many leaders, I often suffer from imposter syndrome. Who am I to lead this…

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Introducing Tributaries

July 12, 2020

July 13, 2020 I have written and re-written this first paragraph too many times to count. This post was supposed to be the inaugural piece for Headwaters’ new project Tributaries,…

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