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Thoughts on writing, reading and life...

  • 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...
  • November 12, 2013
    On November 8, I spoke to 130 middle schoolers from the Washington, DC area at the Fall Model UN Conference on child soldiers. I spoke about the difficulties faced by tens of thousands of child...
  • November 3, 2013
    Ida, our youngest daughter, lives in Congo where she works for Human Rights Watch. This October my husband and I traveled to Congo to visit her and to do some reporting.