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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.
Help choose a title
No politics in this; just a heartfelt request for an honest opinion, especially from those of you who have aRead more.
Politics and a life of the spirit
Not long ago, when I first made a comment about the Katrina disaster, I received an email from a readerRead more.
Watch carefully, listen closely
There are two phrases, in rampant use in American society, that speak of lack of character and moral conviction. 1.)Read more.
Better than the cavalry
By boats, trucks, and buses, they are coming. From Maine, Idaho, and Texas, they are coming. Bringing food, water, blankets.Read more.
More hard truth on Katrina
Here, I’m afraid, is the hard truth, and it is not pretty. We did not immediately go in to saveRead more.
Where is our President?
As I watch the unfolding of the horror of Katrina’s aftermath, the thought keeps growing, “Where is our country?” IRead more.
A Hard Comment
Katrina is a tragedy of unimagined scale here in the United States, and it has galvanized us as a people.Read more.
Start of a Fall Resurgence?
Could this be an indication of my recovery from blog fatigue? Let’s hope so. I want to get back inRead more.
Thoughts on Visiting my Mother
I recently went down from my home here in the north woods to visit my mother in Minneapolis. She isRead more.
Praise for Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce
Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce has been a long time in the writing — almost fourRead more.
The interment of Moses
Well, it’s summer, and the living is easy. This is the time when people read fluff books and do theirRead more.
HELP NEEDED FROM GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, NEWSLETTERS, AND FRIENDS
As Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce moves into production (click the image for a larger view),Read more.
A Day at Red Lake
Any place that houses dark memories — the scene of a crime, the site of an accident — has aRead more.
Well, well, well. Look who’s back.
Yes, I’ve returned. From Europe, from Chief Joseph, from a fire in my son’s bedroom, from a frigid northern MinnesotaRead more.
Back in the Saddle
Hello all you faithful blog-checkers. I’m back from Europe, making my way through the piles of mail and email andRead more.
The Pope’s Passing
Dying is not a Catholic event, it is a human event. And in his dying, this pope showed us aRead more.
A Weary Heart
It has been a hard week. I still hurt for my community. Small town living, for those of you whoRead more.
The Red Lake Shootings — The Media Recedes
The media frenzy is subsiding. They heard the explosion, came running, found little to photograph and few with whom toRead more.
CNN’s “Inside the Blogs”
A blogger named Trey Jackson captures news video clips for his blog called Jackson’s Junction. Earlier today, he posted aboutRead more.
A Message to Journalists about the Red Lake Tragedy
And so it begins. The grieving people at Red Lake have closed the town and shut out the media, andRead more.