About

I am a peacebuilder, avid gardener, mother, artist, author and dreamer.

In my professional life, I am the Associate Vice President for Governance, Law and Society  at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).  I am a lawyer (former law firm associate and then federal prosecutor and defense attorney) who made the leap to international peacebuilding about fifteen years ago when I first arrived in Bosnia to work in the field of what is called “rule of law.” From there, it has been an amazing decade and a half of living and working in, traveling to and working with the incredible people from numerous conflict affected and war torn countries. These experiences and the people I have met have profoundly affected me and shaped my view of the world and myself.

In my personal life, I am the proud mother of an amazing eleven year old son and the wife of a gifted artist and writer.  I am a passionate vegetable gardener who loves to grow and harvest (more or less, sometimes less than more) peas, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, carrots, beans, lettuce, chard and herbs of all sorts. I have an inexplicable attachment to soil, seeds, compost, pots, pot stands wheels, cold frames, organic fertilizers and rain barrels.

It is through gardening and peacebuilding that I feel grounded and content.  It is through gardening and peacebuilding that everything connects and makes sense.  This blog is about making and sharing those connections.

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