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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.

Robert Plant’s Foreword to the Canongate edition of Neither Wolf nor Dog
For those of you who doggedly remain signed up for this website, in a few days I will be printing
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“NATIVE ECHOES — Listening to the Spirit of the Land” is here!
Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land is Kent Nerburn's most poetic book. It blends Native American thinking
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The Hay Festival in Wales, The Black Hills film Festival in Rapid City, and Wisdom Ways in St. Paul
Ah, the season for talking, traveling, and generally coming out from under a rock has begun.  The first emergence will
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An interview, a reading at Powell’s, and bit of this and a bit of that
I haven’t been writing much on this site lately.  For that, my apologies.  I tend to use my website for
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Voices in the Stones makes its first steps into the world
When you work for one of the big publishers, they throw hard money at the promotion of a book when
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Reading at Annie Bloom’s in Portland on January 25th.
I hope to see many of my Pacific Northwest friends at my reading from Voices in the Stones at Annie
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Reading this Wednesday, January 25th, at Annie Bloom’s in Portland, Oregon
I hope to see many of my Pacific Northwest friends at my reading from Voices in the Stones at Annie
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A delightful surprise: a blog in my inbox that has an image of one of my sculptures
Periodically, one of you readers will ask about my previous life as a sculptor.  Since I stopped sculpting in the
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Voices in the Stones — my new book and a thoughtful review from a good man
David Crumm, who quietly serves as one of the true allies of people laboring in the fields of spiritual and
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A DAY JUST LIKE TODAY — Thoughts on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Recently I was flying across the country on one of those rare cloudless days when you can watch the full
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OUR CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE A wise woman named Robyn Sand Anderson just posted this in the blog comments as a
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We need to move forward. Here are my first thoughts.
Listen to me. This is important. Trump won. We don’t know how; we don’t know why. Somewhere inside we thought
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Why your responses sometimes are not getting through
You would not believe the garbage that gets dumped into the “comments” section of a blog. There are messages in
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Would you support a kickstarter to republish A Haunting Reverence?
I’m thinking of doing a kickstarter to republish one of my favorite books, A Haunting Reverence.  It would be retitled
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Two upcoming events: September 23rd and October 1st.
I am usually pretty derelict about posting my public appearances.  So here is some advance notice of two events. PDF.
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Thoughts on the pipeline after Obama’s injunction
Regarding the injunction against the pipeline, I don’t wish to throw cold water on what is obviously a great (though
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The Pipeline protests
I have been watching the pipeline protests with dismay.  Can there be a more stark example of the conflict between
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Thoughts worth pondering
Someone recently sent me this blog entry I had written about 1o years ago.  I had forgotten it completely.  But
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Some personal thoughts on the passing of Dave Bald Eagle
There are people you meet in life — and they are not many — who have an air of true
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Audio of Letters to My Son — a wonderful moment
Now here’s one of the true joys of the writing life, and one of my proudest quiet moments. The audio
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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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