Monthly Archives: April 2016

When Hope Diminishes

When the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks learned his death was certain, he wrote that he was going to stop reading the daily news. Reading and listening to the news each morning is a long-held routine, yet I think it … Continue reading

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Poetry: Day Three

The third day of poem-writing looms. I wonder what’s the purpose is of poetry. True: I am a writer; but not a poet. I don’t know the theories or the patterns or the literature. So I’m stuck with one notion only: … Continue reading

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Where the state tree is a telephone pole

The state tree is a telephone pole, he joked. Zig Jackson (Mandan) began his story at the beginning: growing up in Fort Berthold, North Dakota. Few trees and a lot of telephone poles in that part of the state, he … Continue reading

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A gathering of minds: Indian style

Our conference in Albuquerque focused on narratives and how they shape meaning. Students and scholars from across the United States and Canada—most of them tribal members—delivered thoughtful presentations about how meanings are created in photographs, cartoons, internet games, news media, … Continue reading

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Write a poem a day

  Thirty poems in 30 days? Our local Buddhist community invites folks to write a poem each day, from the start of April to the finish. Sounds like a sweet challenge: can I write a poem a day? Can you? … Continue reading

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