I'm joining Service Space because ... I believe in the community and want to engage with people who believe in kindness, love and each other.
A good day to me is when ... I get to see someone realize one of their dreams.
My hero in life is ...are strangers who smile while walking on the street
My favorite book is ...From East Till Dawn the biography of Amelia Earhart
One thing I'm grateful for is ... nature metaphors
Nov 21, 2017, 2 comments, 3 smiles Another sacred story from Ann Sieben, the Winter Pilgrim that I have been honored to capture and share here. She's currently walking, without any possession but her clothes in Bulgaria. This particular story is from her pilgrimage in 2010: *** Fear Not the Narcotraficantes A Glimpse From Pilgrimage #4 -Denver to Mexico City: Dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe -Start: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church, Denver, CO, USA, Sunday October 10th, 2010 -Finish: Basilica Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City, Mexico, -Wednesday, January 21th, 2011 -Days: 95 -Distance: 3,321 kilometers/2,064 miles Some events in life define what you really think, even if you never consciously had the thought. Increasingly in my walk south through New Mexico, many people, particularly priests, cautioned, even scolded me about continuing my pilgrimage on foot through the Chihuahua Desert. Not because of the desert itself, with its own inherent dangers, but because of the narcotraficantes, the heavily armed, ruthless, lawless men who control ... Read Full Story
Oct 21, 2017, 1 comments, 5 smiles Few years back, Ann Sieben, commonly known as Winter Pilgrim was on an Awakin Call. Since that time, I've had the honor of being of service to her every time she slows her steps and regroups. Often, over hour long coffees, Ann will sneak in a story or two from past pilgrimages between the curation of walking routes and other tasks needed to prepare for long journeys on foot. These stories have profoundly shifted my life and how I am of service to others and we've talked numerous times about the best way to share them never really landing on a way until this past summer. After 10 years on foot with near 30,000 miles of steps taken she found herself with a few weeks open weeks and wrote out some of those stories while sequestered in an attic in a Quebec convent. She has no desire to publish them but ... Read Full Story
Sep 27, 2017, 2 comments, 5 smiles This past Saturday I was helping my partner set up a converted office building into migrant worker housing. Here on the island of Maui men are flown in from other Hawaiin islands, Guam, the Philippines and Mexico to build new things, like structures at the airport and water tanks for new housing. As we were putting the sheets on twin beds, three to a room, I imagined what it would be like to sleep in the same room as a stranger instead of my loved one every night. As I cleaned the kitchen that included a tiny half fridge with no freezer, one hot plate, and a few dishes I wondered how it would feel to share a small kitchen with 8 other men. I recalled how my boyfriend, who works alongside these men and then works 2 hours more coordinating schedules and supplies, silently stared for 20 minutes at ... Read Full Story
Sep 16, 2017, 1 comments, 9 smiles Few months back I reached out to fellow Laddership Circle alum Neerad for a face-to-face conversations around a few simple questions such as, "when was the last time your were laddered?". True to form, the conversation emerged into many stories touching on Laddership themes like holding space, paying-it-forward, and community. The video and transcript are below. I have a feeling many will be touched by this conversation as much as I was. Thank you to Neerad for the late night call and to Niki Flow for transcribing it. Nicole: One of many reasons why I wanted to connect -- one of many -- is I was so inspired by the one-on-one calls we did as part of our Laddership Circles. Those one-on-one calls were originally your idea, and I was thinking that you could maybe talk a little bit about how that came about for you. Neerad: Absolutely. Absolutely. Nicole: Then I just ... Read Full Story
Apr 27, 2017, 2 smiles Inspired by The Gifts of Strawberries Guri shared few posts back, a few recent reflections on walking, as well as the Introduction in Studs Turkel's last book he wrote before passing "Hope Dies Last" I wrote this reflection in my journal and thought I'd share: An exploration of gifts A morning walk reawakens the dendrites silenced by yesterday's internet clicks. Today I will do better with that. This morning ritual, often denied, gifts hope. Hope in the hang loose from the school bus driver & a myriad of hellos from the many different types of birds. Hope is in the fallen flowers blanketing the path, some bruised some still fresh and waiting for another way to give, possibly they'll make it to the side of a strangers ear. Hope is in the hello of what may be the happiest man on earth, who sleeps in a tent at the edge of the ... Read Full Story
Mar 03, 2017, 2 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. From practices of deep inner listening reflecting into outwards labors-of-love, we watch as the ripples from them continue to touch family and community.
Jan 09, 2017, 2 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. With their unique journeys, Laddership alum continue to seed, blossom and harvest various labors of love around the world, as we embark onwards into 2017!
Nov 27, 2016, 1 comments, 9 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. As our Fall 2016 Laddership Circle continues to connect the dots of worldwide love warriors, a Laddership alumni explores the impact of those connections in his own life's adventures.
Oct 21, 2016, 1 comments, 1 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. In giving we receive, the saying goes. Below are just a few, of the many, stories around the Laddership ecosystem of alumni listening for and crafting unique ways to give to their communities and beyond.