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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.
Spiritual Fragment — Some Thoughts on Civility
I’ve been trying to find a value bigger than our poisonous political situation to use for measuring my day. It’sRead more.
IN TIMES LIKE THIS — A THOUGHT FOR THE MOMENT
A short bit of advice for those who are casting about during this crisis. There are rare times when somethingRead more.
Road Kill from your Father’s Oldsmobile: The demise of Elizabeth’s candidacy
I have been reflecting on the outpouring of grief over Elizabeth Warren’s withdrawal, and I think I have some measureRead more.
“Lizzie, we hardly knew ya.”
“Lizzie, we hardly knew ya” What a sad refrain. She splits the difference and is better than either Bernie orRead more.
Guess who’s coming to dinner. . .
I was so excited. All our friends and family were coming over for dinner. It was going to be soRead more.
Bernie, the Monster, and the Train Coming Down the Tracks
Well, Bernie folks, your boy’s on a roll, and, if truth be told, I’m scared. Not because I disagree withRead more.
Thoughts on the responses to my facebook question about what belief you won’t give up in these politically fraught times
Several weeks ago I asked my several thousand Facebook followers — most of whom are on the left, some ofRead more.
SALVAGING CHRISTMAS — SOME THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON
Christmas has become the most difficult holiday. Like most of our holidays in post-Christian America, it has become detached fromRead more.
Native Echoes — Reflections, Meditations, and Stories about the time of year we are about to enter.
Sometimes you publish a book because you love its heart, not because of its public face. Native Echoes has alwaysRead more.
Some thoughts on immigration, differences, and the Jaipur Literary Festival
I am sitting at the Jaipur literary festival here in Boulder, Colorado, watching the fascinating parade of humanity pass by. Read more.
The Light and Air of the Rockies
I woke up this morning to the bracing air and clear-edged light of the Rockies. Ever since I was aRead more.
Come on by if you are in the Denver/Boulder area– 21 September, 12:45, Boulder Public Library
Kent Nerburn Kent Nerburn is an American author widely known for his insights into Native American culture. His trilogy NeitherRead more.
The Fall speaking begins, a kernel of an idea, and a shout out to the look of the new edition
I have a few speaking engagements coming up in the fall. They can be found in the “upcoming events” sectionRead more.
Here’s the South Dakota tour Schedule
This is my schedule for the South Dakota tour. I will also be on Minneapolis’ wonderful independent radio station, KFAI,Read more.
The Traveling and speaking begins. Come one, come all
I have a spate of speaking engagements coming up this summer and fall. Here is a starter list. I’d loveRead more.
A favorite interview and an inspirational encounter
Earlier this year, on the cusp between winter and spring, I found myself in my old home stomping grounds ofRead more.
Responses to the Notre Dame fire
Immediately after the tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame I asked folks on Facebook to tell how itRead more.
25th Anniversary edition of Neither Wolf nor Dog
I’m pleased to announce that a 25th Anniversary Edition of Neither Wolf nor Dog, with a new foreword by myRead more.
A reader’s thoughts on Dancing with the Gods
Yesterday I received a note from a woman who had just read Dancing with the Gods. Not only did sheRead more.
An opportunity you might want to consider — a writing seminar with my New World Library publisher and me
FROM MARC ALLEN, Publisher of New World Library: I’m really looking forward to our teleseminar that begins February 28 onRead more.