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Thoughts on writing, reading and life...

  • November 2, 2015
    Last week, Rebecca Cooper, the middle school religion teacher, invited me to speak—as part of her unit on the Congo that focuses on social justice and putting faith into action.
  • October 7, 2015
    I met Grace Akallo several years ago when she was a college student living outside Boston. She had been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army from a boarding school in Uganda.
  • July 15, 2015
    India's midday meal program is the largest free lunch school program in the world. It feeds 120 million schoolchildren and employs 2 million women.
  • May 16, 2015
    William Zinsser died this week. He was 92. He left behind the classic, "On Writing Well," not only well-known, but much used.
  • March 6, 2015
    The snow lay on the ground. A little baby girl is born. She will call me Baba as the others do. So many hands reach out to hold her. Big and small hands.
  • February 13, 2015
    I don’t write poetry, but I do often write pieces, (or children’s books) with a prescribed word count. I know that each word matters.
  • July 17, 2014
    The Pulitzer Center has just released "Congo's Children," a new e-book that my husband Jon and I co-authored, with design by Meghan Dhaliwal.
  • June 20, 2014
    Omar Sarwari, a 12-year-old Afghan boy, flew to the U.S. along with 48 other students to perform music in three American cities. He couldn’t wait to do three things: play his clarinet, eat pizza and...
  • January 16, 2014
    Washington writer Deborah Kalb publishes a website with daily historical factoids as well as interviews with authors. Many thanks to Deborah for posting an interview with me on January 15. She asked...
  • December 6, 2013
    On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison—a free man after twenty-seven years. Tall and thin, he carried his head high as he always had. But something was different. His good friend...