"Never before in my life have we needed mentors who could show us the path back to kindness and connection, compassion and hope. Even amid the sickness and meanness of a broken world, animal teachers promise us hope."
How to Live on the Edge was inspired by a combination of questions that materialized in my mind six years ago, after I discovered that I had a BRCA gene mutation. [...] The following questions spun in my mind...
Discussing about race in the classroom can be uncomfortable for some teachers but provides a powerful experience for all [...] Just like teaching about race in the classroom, you have to start at the base and build a foundation.
Tackling what frightens us and discovering things are not as scary as they seemed is one thing; finding out that our worst-case scenario is indeed at hand is another. That is when courage asks something deeper of us.
The inspiration I felt leaning back on the brilliance of the original book, even as I forged new, unexpected writing paths forward, afforded a world of creative possibility and play that enchanted me as I wrote the book.
Birdsong is a celebration of relationships, an intergenerational friendship between two neighbors, an older artist named Agnes, and a young girl, Katherena, told from the child’s point of view. Agnes sees Katherena as an equal, and I hope readers will be able to find themselves in this book.