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As you can see, I have almost completely given up blogging. The reason is simple: I loved blogging so much that I almost stopped working on my books, because books require long patience, private discipline, and a willingness to operate in great imaginative spaces. Blogging, on the other hand, is immediate, addictive, and intoxicating. It’s a contact sport. The way I practiced it was almost more essay and commentary than traditional blogging, and I think I was very good at it.
I have put the old archives up because they show my thinking at its most unmediated. They also show me responding to events in the world and my life – Katrina, the political events of the last decade, the untimely death of a dog, my writing, and a host of lesser and greater issues. They are a documenting of the times.

Read a few. See how they strike you. Perhaps you will find yourself among those readers who wish I would give up writing books and go back to blogging. Perhaps you will be among those who are relieved that I don’t.

Either way, thanks for engaging in this bit of literary spelunking.

I am going to make a prediction: I do not think we are going to see violence in the streets
These are difficult times.  We miss human contact and get by as best we can.  Teachers, especially, are struggling to
Thank you all who responded to my note about the closing out of our supply of Dancing with the Gods,
I am offering signed copies of what will soon be a Collector's Edition of a book I dearly love --
I have never been much for celebrating my birthday, close as it is to my least favorite American holiday, the
Trump is a fool and a clown and not worthy of our time except for the way he has poisoned
My son, Nik Nerburn, spent six weeks living in Worthington, Minnesota, doing a project for the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. 
Chuang Tzu counseled us to keep an eye to both the great and the small. In these days it is
I’ve been trying to find a value bigger than our poisonous political situation to use for measuring my day.  It’s
A short bit of advice for those who are casting about during this crisis. There are rare times when something
I have been reflecting on the outpouring of grief over Elizabeth Warren’s withdrawal, and I think I have some measure
"Lizzie, we hardly knew ya" What a sad refrain. She splits the difference and is better than either Bernie or
I was so excited.  All our friends and family were coming over for dinner.  It was going to be so
Well, Bernie folks, your boy’s on a roll, and, if truth be told, I’m scared. Not because I disagree with
Several weeks ago I asked my several thousand Facebook followers -- most of whom are on the left, some of
Christmas has become the most difficult holiday.  Like most of our holidays in post-Christian America, it has become detached from
Sometimes you publish a book because you love its heart, not because of its public face.  Native Echoes has always
I am sitting at the Jaipur literary festival here in Boulder, Colorado, watching the fascinating parade of humanity pass by. 
I woke up this morning to the bracing air and clear-edged light of the Rockies. Ever since I was a
Kent Nerburn Kent Nerburn is an American author widely known for his insights into Native American culture.  His trilogy Neither

7 thoughts on “Posts | Archives

  1. I think I’m going to watch NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG yet again, today. I haven’t seen it in a while. Just like an old fine wine, your books and movie is always worth spending more time with. I like to think of your books as ‘comfort books’…. they always bring me comfort.

  2. Your books bring connection to things too often forgotten, things from my past lives, things from memories that had been living in my subconscious for too long. Not necessarily easy, but essential. They explain my reaction to current events, strong reactions to horrible things too often done in the name of organized religion, all necessary to recall. You have a marvelous way of introducing or reintroducing us to things which should not be forgotten in the world we live in today. A word in which the dominate culture would eliminate the history of how it got where it is today, and the horrible cost to cultures which lived with, as part of, the rest of life. Not perfect, but in my opinion, far closer than what we live in today. Your writings give great hope that we may yet return to our place as part of, not destroying. Bless you for all of that!

  3. Thank you, my friend. I appreciate the kind words. Most people I know just try to be kind and helpful by such lights as they possess. I just happen to have a larger platform from which to speak, and I try to use it to speak from my best self. Enjoy your day.

  4. I just wish to thank you for being so kind to the elderly lady when driving for a Taxi Company in New York! She was on her way to a hospice however, you had no idea! You had patience and never charged her a fare! I know you must recall and each time it comes up in my memories I share it again with folks on Facebook! I was just going through the comments and clicked on one with an address to reach your blog! I hope this finds it way to you! I am glad to hear it is a true story and thank you for your kindness in such a time when so much evil is happening it’s so beautiful to read their are still good people out there like you! God bless ANNIE Gagnon

  5. Thank you for the kind note. You must have read a pirated version, as the actual event took place in Minneapolis. The story is recounted in full in my book, Make Me an Instrument of your Peace: Living in the spirit of the Prayer of St. Francis. If you are interested, you can order a signed copy from wolfnordog.com. I think you might enjoy some of the other stories in there, as well.

  6. I just finished Neither Wolf Nor Dog again, and will reread the others next. I have read many good, even excellent books in my life, with First People related in the majority, and these three magnificent books are the best without a doubt. They speak to my soul, and emotions go from joy, sadness, despair, and deepest shame for what we have done. I doubt any other humans would or could have survived us. Thank you for being you!!

  7. We as a nation need to acknowledge what we have done and to learn from both our mistakes and the insights of those whose lives we devastated in our march across the continent. It is late, but not too late. We all need to do our part in whatever way we can.

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