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It has become a truism for those who care about such things that “we are a part of nature, not apart from nature.” Yet it is hard to remember this, or, at least, to feel it in your bones while living in the clutter and clatter of urban reality. I’m currently house- and dog-sitting for […]



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"The best storytellers

“The best storytellers make you feel that they are speaking directly to you, and the best-told stories resonate in the heart and soul forever. The Wolf at Twilight will be permanently etched in your consciousness.”

Dan Agent, former editor of the Cherokee Phoenix and screenwriter for Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School

“Twist and turn the imagination

“His characters twist and turn the imagination as they reveal, slowly, the wonders of the natural world and our relationships within it.

Kent's work has been my companion and will always remain so.”

Robert Plant, Musician

“An unlikely friendship

“An unlikely friendship brings into light a dark period in American history and bridges understanding between two worlds. The story of this unique and captivating journey…is a remarkable gift that we are honored to receive and obligated to pass on.”

Steven R. Heape, Cherokee Nation citizen and producer of the award-winning documentary The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy

"This is storytelling

“This is storytelling with a greatness of heart.”
Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce

Louise Erdrich, Novelist

“A poignant portrait

“The author’s ironic self-awareness as he serves as a foil to the various native people he encounters…deepens the very Indian humor that permeates a story that another, lesser writer might have seen as either tragic or inconsequential. It is also a poignant portrait of what it means to be a Native elder and a survivor of the often bitter experience of the Indian boarding schools of the 20th century.”

Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki, award-winning poet and author of Code Talker and Skeleton Man

“Elegant, yet powerful

“Elegant, yet powerful. The emotional truth that resides in the rich storytelling of The Wolf at Twilight is a testament to the strength and endurance of Lakota culture, and provides insight into the remarkable, painful nature of the story as it removes barriers to understanding our common humanity.”

Winona LaDuke, founder and executive director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project

“Speaks to the heart

“Kent Nerburn's gift is not just to build bridges between the Native and non- Native world, but to transcend those differences with a narrative that speaks to the heart of the human experience>

Anton Treuer, Ojibwe Author and teacher

“With a poet’s grace

“With a poet’s grace and a craftsman’s precision, Kent Nerburn has written a powerful and deeply moving meditation on what it means to live the life of an artist – and, ultimately, what it means to be human. Dancing with the Gods might be the most inspiring book you’ll read all year.

Daniel Pink, Author and producer

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Kent Nerburn4 days ago
The current stalemate of the Democrats over Joe Biden's candidacy reveals just how far we are as a culture from understanding the true role and responsibility of the elder.

As commentators pointed out after Mr. Biden's press conference, there was a clear distinction between his understanding of the issues and his capacity to communicate that understanding.

Mr. Biden has a depth of insight about our world situation and a wealth of wisdom that only comes from deep experience. But because of the natural attrition of age he cannot surface his thoughts glibly and quickly. He needs time to shape his thinking and time to spool out his thoughts in a coherent fashion. Lacking that time, or the crutch of a teleprompter, he comes off as incoherent and bumbling and sets everyone on edge as they wait for him to stumble and fall.

The problem is that he is trying to hold onto the role of active leader rather than withdrawing to his appropriate role as counseling elder. He should be offering considered reflection and measured guidance. But instead, he is trying to lead the charge, and he is not capable of it — at least in any sustained sense — and no one, most of all Mr. BIden himself, should be under the illusion that he is.

He should take a clue from Nancy Pelosi, who slapped down AOC when she tried to claim leadership too soon, saying, "You are not ready; wait for your time," but also willingly handed over her leadership to Mr. Jeffries when she felt it was time to pass the torch. She moved gracefully from leader to elder and is listened to and valued as a result.

Mr. Biden should learn from her. Embrace the role of the elder. Lead from behind. Offer wisdom and counsel to those with less experience and circumspection. Find those with talent and mentor them. Be the voice behind the voice, whispering with the wisdom of years.

There is nothing wrong with being old. But there is much wrong with pretending that you are not.
Kent Nerburn
Kent Nerburn3 weeks ago
excerpted from Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace:  Living in the Spirit of the Prayer of St. Francis by Kent Nerburn

There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gambler’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab.

What I didn’t count on when I took the job was that it was also a ministry. Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total anonymity and tell me of their lives.   [READ MORE]

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