Talent Crush

There are women who light us up with all that they are and all that they have accomplished. This is where you get to crush out with us.

Florence Nightingale Talent Crush

Florence Nightingale

Healthcare in America is a mess. Thousands of good people are doing their best to care for their patients as corporations and politicians thrash about, generally making things worse. If it weren’t for America’s nurses, the healthcare system would have fallen to ruin decades ago. One person we have to thank for their good work is Florence Nightingale. Read more

Senator Elizabeth Warren Talent Crush

Senator Elizabeth Warren

As we talk about angry women this week, I can’t help but admire the way that Sen Warren is angry.  If I could emulate anyone’s anger, it would be hers. Her anger is potent, controlled, just and deeply effective.   Read more

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Much has been written in the last two weeks about the nation’s latest hero, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  Women across the globe watched as she did the bravest thing many of us can imagine.  She shared her terrible story with the world, not because she wanted to, but because she felt it was her duty. Read more

Brené Brown Talent Crush

Brené Brown

I was introduced to Brené Brown by a friend who recommended an online wholehearted parenting course to me.  It was a beautiful course based on her book, Daring Greatly, which combined artwork and journaling with lessons on parenting.  I was immediately hooked by Brené’s authenticity and subject matter. She studies the topics that are hard to talk about, but are absolutely integral to our human experience, shame and vulnerability. Read more

Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott

A few weeks ago we were talking about reading. I couldn’t decide who my talent crush was so I picked two books and one sort of type of book.

Wait, I have to go upstairs and grab the second book. I cleaned off my desk a week ago and took the book back upstairs. I don’t think I like living in a house with two floors. Hang on.

Well shit, now I can’t find it.

Okay, I got it. Sheesh. It’s a disaster up there. Read more

Kristen Bell Talent Crush

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell tells the story of how her mom sat her down and told her if she ever feels sad and dark to get help. She obviously tells it better than that but it’s her story so please watch here or read here or both. Read more

great teacher talent crush

Mr. Lofthouse

Mr. Lofthouse was Older Son’s third grade teacher. First and second grades were tough on Older Son. He read late and had to go to summer school between both first and second grade as a prerequisite for promoting to the next grade. I think his dislike of school was born during these years. Read more

Book with pages shaped as a heart

I Can’t Decide!

I was setting myself up for failure when I thought I could have one single talent crush during a week dedicated to reading. Should I admit failure and just make a list of all my favorite authors with links to each author’s page or wikipedia entry? Read more

Julia Child Talent Crush

Julia Child

My mom thought Julia Child was silly. When I was a kid, I would watch her show and my mom would yell from the other room, “What is that silly woman yodeling about now?”

I wouldn’t respond. I myself often had no idea what Julia was on about. She talked about wine and cheese parties and coffee and champagne parties (!) and I had never in my life seen or heard of these things. She talked about feeding a hundred people at a party and I couldn’t fathom that many people at one party, let alone making each person their own little omelette. My mom microwaved scrambled eggs. They were just as awful as they sound. Read more

Close up of Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban came for Malala Yousafzai, she was on a bus sitting next to two of her friends. The two girls were hit by bullets meant for Malala. They were not as severely injured, but their trauma was just as real as Malala’s. And that is Malala’s message. All young women are at risk of having the harm done to them that she had done to her. If a young woman dares to speak out against the edicts of powerful men, they risk their lives. Despite what many of our societies try to tell us, being young and female will not protect you.   Read more