This morning I hiked a hill above our home. It was so steep that my lungs began to explode with burning, short breaths. At the crest of the hill, my breathing returned to normal and I compared the tremendous effort and exertion with the energy it is going to take to maintain freedom in our […]
Museums, Art & Culture
In my first year as a Board Member of the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington, DC collection of 19 museums, research centers, and a zoo, I have learned more about presenting art and culture to the public, and the controversy that can sometimes arise. With 210 affiliates in more than 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama, […]
End of 2015
Dear friends, I do not always end the year with a life-changing event. Nor do I often share my personal life, other than cheering for my three phenomenal children & the girls at Daraja Academy in Kenya, which I do unabashedly. I usually write about the inspirations & insights I receive in nature, my morning […]
The values and ideals I live by were inspired by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone’s book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy. Macy, ecophilosopher, scholar of Buddhism & deep ecology, is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, & I had the great honor of taking one of […]
I feel gratitude for many things: sunlight, birds in the oak trees in my garden, Daraja Academy, the ability to learn & grow, being in a body & all of the discoveries that brings. It is a gift to receive each day & all of its moments, to accept what life offers, to do all […]
This sculpture by Andy Cao & Xavier Perrot at Cornerstone Festival Gardens in Sonoma held me captive for many minutes. Called Red Lantern, the reddish orange crystals hanging over the water held the sun’s light on the windswept day I visited. I sat cross-legged at the end of the railroad ties, asking the art to […]
In These Arms, A Song for All Beings “” Jennifer Berezan
In this time when the news shows humanity’s increased disharmony, forgotten interconnectedness, and our leaders using war as a solution to war, I send this beautiful song of remembrance from Jennifer Berezan. We all want to be happy and not to suffer. We all want love. Let’s be that love.
2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Deborah welcoming guests to the opening reception of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrating Kenya and China. She was also one of the sponsors of “Divas Night,” celebrating women singers from Kenya.