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My family has just returned from a long camping vacation around Lake Superior. Our first time there. My goodness, "lake" is too small a word for the great inland sea that the Ojibwe nation calls…
July 22, 2021
Work & Play

“A Mess of Seeds”

This post first appeared in a recent issue of Staying Power, my weekly care package for creative, compassionate spirits. Get a boost in your inbox! Scroll down to sign up.   Back in elementary school,…
June 28, 2021
Mindfulness

“Life Is Too Deep Not to Dive”

Perhaps you’ve noticed: Sometimes, despite meticulous preparations, life just doesn’t go as we planned. Like when you decide to fly halfway across the continent, retrieve your eighty-one-year-old mother, and bring her back home for an…
June 4, 2021
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“Nuggets of Or”

See if you can figure out the significance of my title before I finish. * * * The last few weeks, I’ve been living in the closet, producing the audiobook version of Staying Power: Writings…
May 7, 2021
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“How Do You Be?”

If you’re a movie buff, as I am, you might remember Awakenings (1990). The main character, played by the late Robin Williams, is Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Though inexperienced, Sayer cares deeply about the residents in…
April 20, 2021
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“On This Our World Turns”

Imagine that you are born into poverty. Imagine that, during your grade school years, a teacher recognizes your artistic talent. Imagine that the teacher enrolls you in a government-funded art class, held weekly at a…
April 13, 2021