For Greta, the noblest one

Warning: Politically incorrect, satirical text.

Often, when invited to speak at a conference or join a panel, I’ve had the impression that the organizers wanted to add something feminine, preferably nice-looking, in the same way, that you’d add a flower arrangement on a set table, a final touch. A recent…

I never thought the pain would be physical

Like a hole next to my heart

Or is it here, close to the gut?

¿En las entrañas?

(I never cared much for anatomy)

So many years busy being parents

Groceries to buy, forms to fill, meals to cook

So much running…

Me volvió a suceder ayer. Me habían invitado a dar una conferencia sobre gestión de impactos en una escuela de negocios de Ginebra (Suiza), donde vivo. Tras la sesión, uno de los estudiantes se acercó a mí y, con una sonrisa pícara, me preguntó si era pariente de Pablo Escobar…

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It happened again yesterday. I had been invited to give a lecture on Impact Management at a business school in Geneva, Switzerland, where I live. After the session, one of the students approached me and, with a roguish smile, asked me if I was related to Pablo Escobar. “Here we…

For Camille, and for parents of LGBTQ children

Note: This personal essay was first published in Keeping It Under Wraps, an Anthology edited by Louise Bryant, Tracy Hope and Alnaaze Nathoo (2021)

Photo: Mirjam Wirz, 4th LGBTQ Diversity March, Cicuco, Bolivar, Colombia, July 2021

Another massage session with Li Hua is over. I feel relaxed, oxygenated, content. I’ve been coming here for…

(Confessions of a voyeuse)

I bike away from cars, buildings, cement

Into nature

I crave the connection, the experience of the spiritual

I sit, camouflaged, surrounded only by trees, birds and minuscule species

Ready to tune in to the energetic, the primal current, the breathing earth

No human voice, just…

Elles ne se connaissent pas. Elles sont assises autour d’une grande table garnie de fromage, de pain, d’olives et de thon à tartiner. Au début, personne ne touche à la nourriture. La lumière est chaude, il n’y a pas de musique ; ce serait une distraction. Onze femmes d’âges, de…

Ximena Escobar de Nogales

Colombian, Swiss, and Spanish, mother of three, volunteer tutor in prison. Impact advisor, co-founder El Boga Foundation, apprentice storyteller, dog walker.

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