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A New edition of Letters to My Son with three new chapters

Twenty years ago, when my son was five years old, I published my “literary firstborn”, Letters to My Son.  It  had a clarity and purity of heart I would never achieve again.  I love it dearly.

In it, I wrote about falling in love, the mystery of death, partners and marriage, and a host of other topics that I believed my son should know about if I were to die before he reached adulthood.  Blessedly, that did not happen.  But the book lives on, embraced by single mothers who wish to pass a father’s words on to their sons, fathers seeking to offer their sons a voice of clarity about life’s most important issues, and young men who want a thoughtful companion on their journey toward a worthy manhood.

For this twentieth anniversary edition I have added a chapter on being gay, a chapter on leaving a relationship or home or situation in life, and a quiet epilogue about the mystery and majesty of life’s journey.

I am excited to introduce this book to a whole new generation of readers.  I hope you will help me pass the word.

Here is a short interview I did regarding this new edition.  Go to the link and click on the video.

The book can be purchased from (autographed copy),, the big dogs like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and, of course, through our most favored source, your local independent bookstore.


An update on the Hiawatha Asylum

One of the central elements of my most recent book, The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo, is the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians that was built at the turn of the last century in the small town of Canton, South Dakota.  I wanted to bring attention to this inhumane institution and do what I could to bring it back into the historical consciousness of America.

At the same time, a group was forming in Canton to do what they could to bring attention and some measure of honor to those people who were incarcerated there during its 30 years of existence.  This short video updates some of what is going on in this regard, and shows a few photos of and artifacts from the asylum.

I hope you will all watch it and pass the word about this institutions and the efforts being made to bring healing to all those involved.  Canton as a community deserves great praise for acknowledging this dark past and doing what it can to make things right in the present.

I hope you will also take the time to read The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo.  It will give you an inside look at the whats and whys of that sad time and that dark institution.

Here’s the link: