A collection of insights into life, love and the search for truth
Some things are really hard to say. For organizations, some things are incredibly hard to talk about. But, what about the powerful grace of Transparency? Does anything ever truly stay hidden indefinitely? Cheers to The National Association of Independent Schools, NAIS, for getting this piece into print. Enjoy.
We watch the social and political world take form, we watch the world change form, and sometimes, the intersection of big ideas becomes perfectly clear…
Enjoy the full article here: https://vanessaosage.medium.com/america-at-the-crossroads-7428e0380ba3
There’s telling a story, then there’s telling a story. Wow. Working with audio engineer, James Dunstone, of Rafiki Music over months of COVID… bringing in narrator Andy Wargo. Enjoying the help of (lovely-voiced) friend Nicole Whitney. Adding original recording of the speech I gave in 2001 (yes, hear me in-the-moment at 23, when I couldn’t even imagine a day I’d record an audiobook). Well, this is a personal, vulnerable telling like no other.
Visit this page at Audible to hear a sample of the telling – sign up, get the book, be transported. Enjoy!
Some people hide from accountability, and leave a maze of confusion in their wake. Some people face themselves and their choices fully, then become a beacon of light for what comes next. Reverend Jeff Grant has been serving the White Collar community on the other side of these reckonings for eight years now. He provides counsel, facilitates a support group, and hosts two podcasts. This is the kind of social healing that can support all of us!
Enjoy my conversation with Jeff Grant of Progressive Prison Ministries and co-guest, Advocate Associate Chloe Coppola, about systemic abuse and institutional reform. Aired Monday November 16, 2020. Such an honor to share with these fine folks!
Listen through SoundCloud, Podbean, or watch on Youtube. All available at: https://prisonist.org/white-collar-week-with-jeff-grant-podcast-ep-17-truthheals-systemic-abuse-institutional-reform-with-vanessa-osage/
What can you do when the Governor of your state says, “Stay Home, Stay Safe”? Well, I thought of something:
Announcing my very first book! Published by Stone & Feather Press, October 7, 2020. Can’t Stop the Sunrise is the inspiring story of one person speaking up over decades to reveal the truth that so many have tried to silence.
Useful Skills for Rebalancing Power,
a Roadmap for Personal and Collective Healing,
an Examination of Patriarchy and Privilege,
& a Guide to Transforming Corruption
Vanessa Osage introduces a warm, wise, fiery, and relatable voice to the cultural reckonings of #MeToo, institutional abuse in the Catholic Church, and cover-ups in elite boarding schools.
What happens when a former student steps off the legal path and insists on honesty?
This story illuminates a nation’s value system through its gender roles, sexual health, body politics, news, and education.
“Why is it okay for the headmaster’s nephew to do what he did and get away with it, while those who commit more minor offenses are immediately expelled?”, asked a student at an All School Assembly at Lawrence Academy of Groton, Massachusetts, in 2014.
To understand that question and all of its implications, we must look back. Can’t Stop the Sunrise explores the origins of one school, inside one society, while tracing the life of one student who challenged the corruption she saw and decided to do something about it.
Most importantly, to resolve that question, we must look forward.
Can’t Stop the Sunrise is a much-needed breath of fresh air – a message of hope that points the way to a new solution.
Just before the world-as-we-knew-it shut down, a fabulous parent educator named Casey O’Roarty reached out to ask me to be a professional speaker on her Joyful Courage podcast. This is my hour-long interview on the Sex Ed for Parents of Teens Summit. Our topic? Emotional boundaries, codependency vs. clarity, abusive vs. healthy relationships, a framework for talking to kids about sex, and more . . .
Sometimes, when corruption is everywhere you turn, and the work of transformation leaves you weary . . .
A feature article in Coaching World, of the International Coach Federation (ICF), published September 19, 2019
I was just featured (May 2019) as a contributor to a Fupping article on emotional health. See if you can guess which book I suggested (my clients have a good chance of hearing about this one from me). Here’s to the emotional health revolution!
Another gem from the archives: The theme was “Liminal Spaces & Altered States”, from The Confluence Journal, Winter 2017.
An oldie, but a goodie. Here is my first published piece in print. “Ascending, On Being a Mentor”, from the 2016 Circles on the Mountain “Wild Card” Issue, #22. Scroll the page 57 to read my philosophy on what it means to fill this role for anyone in our lives.
Ok, who wonders about the nature of language and how that shapes culture? Ever given serious thought to the way we use curse words? Only proceed if you are ready to question the way we talk about sex, and giggle at some adult-language-words. Enjoy.
Featured December 17, 2018 on the Role Reboot blog: http://rolereboot.org/sex-and-relationships/details/2018-12-get-the-f-out-of-sex/
What was that storm that blew through the American (worldwide?) consciousness this late summer? A woman was compelled to share a very relevant truth and hold someone accountable. It had never been done to that extent, and with such consequences. It was a high moment in a rallying cry for far better encounters in the sexual realm. It turned out rather oddly… But what did it all mean? My spoken word piece:
Have a listen to my conversation with Emma Johnson at WealthySingleMommy.com on the Like a Mother Podcast. Emma gives away $1,000 of her own dollars every month to single moms doing amazing things. I was selected for November 2017 as the “Kickass Single Mom” grant recipient.
So, how do we begin talking to kids about sexuality? What are some guidelines, parameters… give me context, please!
A piece I wrote for the Youth Passageways Network blog, called Speaking Reverence, Speaking Truth. Written for rite of passage guides, but relevant to anyone who cares for and oversees young people (and longs for more comfort in addressing sexuality). Enjoy!