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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

“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

“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

“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

“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