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Kiri Westby

What Does It Really Mean To Say 'I'm With Her?'

Kiri Westby | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Kiri Westby

There I sat in a non-descript ballroom in downtown Denver on a sweltering June day, listening to Hillary Clinton speak about the staggering inequalities women in the U.S. still face, while two blocks away, a man walked into the Colorado Recycling Association offices, shot his ex-wife multiple times and then fatally shot himself.

The Dalai Lama's Unique Advice For Moms

Kiri Westby | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Kiri Westby

I planned to ask about motherhood, despite the fact that multiple people warned me that it could come across as silly. "What does he know about motherhood?" They wondered. "You should ask about something more profound. Something spiritual."

A Historic Breakfast With My 6 Year Old

Kiri Westby | Posted 06.10.2016 | Parents
Kiri Westby

This morning, I sat with my daughter, Hillary and a bowl of Coco Puffs and talked about all the possibilities of what she can become and achieve, no caveat, no second place...

To All My Friends 'Feelin' The Bern' From A Young-ish, White, Liberal Who's 'With Her'

Kiri Westby | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Kiri Westby

What's really bothering me is how much Hillary bashing is coming from you, Bernie lovers; from people whose opinions I admire, from folks who've spent their lives creating a better society.

The Foolproof Way To Teach Your Kids To Share

Kiri Westby | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents
Kiri Westby

From now on, when I feel the urge to dictate that my kids behave generously, I'm going to turn the mirror around for a few seconds and ask myself, "What can I do, in this very moment, to display generosity?"

A Mother's Résumé... Because it's 2016!

Kiri Westby | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Kiri Westby

I am one of roughly ten million American moms who've left the workforce to raise young kids, a percentage of the population that is steadily rising, not falling.

Stop Being a Good Mom

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

n no other line of business, no other profession, do we judge ourselves, our very nature, so harshly as motherhood

Spare the Love, Spoil the Child

Kiri Westby | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

As a young parent in today's world, I worry about over-doing it and I worry about under-doing it, constantly walking a tightrope of give and take... so I thought I'd examine what it means to actually "spoil a child."

Why I Travel Without My Kids

Kiri Westby | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

Why isn't it OK to jump off and explore the world without my family? Why did I feel like I was abandoning my post? My partner leaves once or twice a year, for a week or two, and no one even remarks on it. It's culturally acceptable for him to leave.

What Happened Next? The Good, the Weird and the Ugly of Coming Out of the Pot Closet

Kiri Westby | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

The moment we admit we toke up, there are a whole slew of assumptions and images based on stereotypes. If we call ourselves potheads, then the term loses power and legitimacy.

Confessions Of A Pothead Mom

Kiri Westby | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

In light of our very recent emancipation from the illegality of pot, I say it's high time that we lift the veil on marijuana and motherhood.

Yoga for People Who Hate Yoga

Kiri Westby | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

Doing yoga with Francisco Kaiut is doing yoga from the inside out. In fact, to say the word "doing" is already too active, too aggressive, as it's more of an un-doing.

One Billion Raped, One Billion Rising

Kiri Westby | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Kiri Westby

This V-DAY, February 14th, ONE BILLION OF US will rise up in towns and cities around the world. People like you and me, coming together to show their support for a different kind of world.

Faces of Change, Women Activists on the Front Lines: Leyla Yunus

Kiri Westby | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Kiri Westby

How would you react if you had five minutes to evacuate your home, all the while knowing the destruction was taking place because you had the audacity to speak the truth?

You And The Secret Millionaire

Kiri Westby | Posted 05.28.2011 | Impact
Kiri Westby

What we often forget, or perhaps were never taught, is that the happiness we seek can only be found when we reach outside of ourselves and help someone.

Contemplating Death While Creating Life

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

How do we balance our parental instinct to protect and nurture with the tendency to become overprotective, fear-based parents who raise fearful, reticent children?

3 Tips For Surviving Holiday Traffic

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

Thanksgiving is a joyous occasion, full of laughter and cranberry sauce...once we get there. The getting-there part is usually not so fun, full of stress and traffic, which can put a damper in the joy of the holiday.

Sleep And Pregnancy: 5 Tips To Manage Your Changing Needs

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

I'd sleep on planes and on airport benches, in the back of taxis and rickshaws and twice I've slept like a baby at Mt. Everest Base Camp, regardless of the 17,000 ft. altitude.

We Cannot Let Fear Turn Into Hate: Iran's Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Speaks

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

Last Friday I went to hear a keynote address from Iran's only Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi. I was blown away.

The Power Of Fear: Lessons From Ft. Hood

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

Although I have made friends with fear, I have not conquered it. Fear arises as an instinct. But the more we work with it, the less it controls our actions.

The Magic Of Winter Solstice: Celebrating A Different Holiday

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

Though our extended family would send Christmas gifts and I knew about Santa and his reindeer, the real magic for me came during the Winter Solstice.

Count Your Blessings: Two Must-See Films Hit Colorado This Week

Kiri Westby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Kiri Westby

As someone who has spent time in Chinese detention for protesting on behalf of Tibetans, I recommend you see both Tibet: Murder in the Snow and Blessings.

Refusing To Be Silenced: Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi to Speak in Boulder (Part 1)

Kiri Westby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Kiri Westby

This is a rare opportunity for all of us to hear from a leading Iranian peace advocate about her vision for human rights and women's rights in Islam.

Can Yoga Save The World?

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

Instead of just obsessing about what we need for ourselves, we can take the yoga teachings that have helped us and use them to alleviate the suffering of others.

Are You On The Right Path?

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

If we can't trust ourselves, if we don't hone our ears to hear our inner warnings, then we can end up acting out of social responsibility or just rote memorization, trapped in a routine that is not serving us