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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.

A Showing of Neither Wolf nor Dog and some thoughts about arranging public appearances
I will be at the Curry County Library in Gold Beach, Oregon, on Thursday, January 31, to introduce and do
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Update and attempt to tame an out of control website
Hello everyone, You received a post from me today that had some old postings and some odd web formatting.  My
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An upcoming reading and presentation: South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept 22nd
I will be reading from my new book, Dancing with the Gods:  Reflections on Life and Art, at the South
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Your Help Needed. It is time for this Sculpture to find a home.
“We are not apart from nature.  We are a part of nature.” As a writer, you have heard me say
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Sample chapter from Dancing with the Gods — The Slamming Door: The Pain and Challenge of Rejection
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Dancing with the Gods: The book I wrote for those of you who dream of a life in the arts
Do you wonder who you are as an artist? Do you wonder if you can make it? What is it
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I wanted to stay out of political discourse, but these are dangerous times…
TRUMP IS THE AMERICAN MORAL PETRI DISH FROM HELL I’ve been traveling a bit lately, and I see how defeated
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A beautiful photo that I just want to share
This showed up on my facebook page today.  I thought I would share it with you, partly because it is
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An interview about “The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo” that I had completely forgotten
I came across this interview the other day and thought, “Damn, I like this. I was pretty much on my
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Robert Plant, Rick Rubin, and other Upcoming and Recent Events
Folks often express frustration that I don’t publicize my appearances and readings more. It’s just not in my nature or
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Early peek at my new book, Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art
My new book, Dancing with the Gods:  Reflections on Life and Art, will be released by the British publisher, Canongate,
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Basketball, elders, young people, and guns
I am currently in Juneau, Alaska, watching four days of intense basketball competition between teams from small, isolated communities in
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A deeply thoughtful assessment of Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land
David Crumm, the long time editor of Read the Spirit and one of America’s most respected observers of American Religion
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Supporting Mrs. Brown in her new role as a shooter/teacher
Dear Mrs. Brown, I’m pleased to see that Mr. Trump and the NRA have finally decided to take the long
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Thoughts about Voices in the Stones?
I just received a request from woman in a community that is using Voices in the Stones as its community
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Good people, dead kids, and guns
We are better than this. We are better than a war between dead children and the constitution. We are better
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In honor of my friends now in grip of a deep northern winter
I always liked the way I had described my experience driving in a winter storm in northern  North Dakota in
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Another deep winter story from Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land
I feel with you, my friends, my brothers and sisters from the north.  I see that the weather is not
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Homage to a winter storm in the North Country
I see that my old home country of northern Minnesota is under another blizzard and winter storm warning.  Those of
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Native Echoes now available on Kindle
Native Echoes, my quiet, most poetic work, is now available on Kindle through Amazon.  I’m sure it will be up
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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 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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