The Language of Light - Amy's Blog

Post-Election Love Among the Powerless

It’s impossible to articulate all the emotions following the 2016 Presidential election. I won’t try. But two moments stand out, two that have helped me to crawl out of bed in the mornings since November 9, two that inspire me not to be cowed or afraid. The first...

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Open Heart Open Doors

Hali Morell, Upper School Community Service Director at Crossroads School, invited me to speak at the school’s Community Service Assembly. Having attended our event at the Kirk Douglas Theatre back in June, Hali was moved by the stories of all our students and by our...

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HOW POPS BEGAN

One day Dennis, my husband and co-founder of POPS the Club, visited a former student of his who had been arrested at 17; despite having no criminal record, John was sentenced to a heinously long prison term, and some months later, Dennis traveled up to New Folsom...

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Before There Were Bars

The 2016 POPS the Club anthology, BEFORE THERE WERE BARS, is finished at last off to the printer. Making a book is a complicated, often exhausting, daunting dance, and I’m not talking only about the writing and the artwork—the soul-wrenching work it takes to do that...

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Juxta-Positions

Dennis and I were walking the dogs, one of those idyllic Saturday evenings, cool wind, blue sky with a spray of springtime clouds, Eucalyptus scenting the air. Other neighbors were walking too—one with his growling Akita, another with the friendly Cockadoodle puppy...

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A Happy Story, Part Three

It used to be when something like our visit from a White House representative was in the works, I’d call my dad, political activist, retired lawyer, a man who has always believed deeply in the importance of civic responsibility. If he’d known I was going to meet a...

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Against The Odds

When you acknowledge the integrity of your solitude, and settle into its mystery, your relationships with others take on a new warmth, adventure and wonder. ~ John O’Donohue One day my friend Anna-Majia Lee called and in the course of our conversation about POPS the...

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