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When News is Like Magic

What you don’t see can hurt you James Tankard, one of journalism’s key scholars, talks about news reporting as a “magician’s sleight of hand.” Tankard means that we muggles pay attention to the rabbit and the high-top hat, while oblivious … Continue reading

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Never Stop Learning  

It takes guts to examine your failures, but that’s just what we need to do in order to learn and grow. The take-away in a brief news item in today’s New York Times notes that taking time to consider why … Continue reading

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When Words Harm

  And Actions Matter  In my profession (writing and researching words, and thinking about their meanings) we argue: words mean. Exactly what they mean and how is worthy of conversation, especially because humans create the meanings we attach to words. … Continue reading

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Threading the Needle

Closing the Osage-Buddhist Circle We spent the last weeks—months—on a sewing project, creating a Rakusu: a garment worn when you become a practicing Buddhist. The Rakusu has a rich tradition. The garment is a rectangular cloth with straps that you … Continue reading

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Dependence within Independence

I wonder about the meanings of dependence on the day that celebrates independence (and my birthday): July 4. Thoughts about independence are buried deep within our nation’s stories, including myths that our Indian ancestors roamed free and wild and independent, … Continue reading

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Honoring Ancestors

  My heritage—in addition to being a North American native–is English, French, Osage and Lakota. Turns out, I know more about my Indian ancestors than my English or French relatives. It’s not because my relatives kept good records: they didn’t. … Continue reading

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Becoming Buddhist

I am inching toward becoming a Buddhist and find myself torn. When practitioners “become” Buddhists, they are given the name of an ancestor. And this is where my panic digs in. It’s not just the accoutrements of religion–the bowing and … Continue reading

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What if folks can tell when you lie?

In the era of alternative facts and post-truth, fish police the liars When some fish display their anger, their pals can tell when they’re lying. A study of Cichlids—a common freshwater fish you can find in your local pet store—showed … Continue reading

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The fight for environmental sanity

Yet another oil spill Bill McKibben, a college professor and environmental scholar, writes eloquently in the New Yorker that objections to oil pipelines—actual and proposed—that cut through North America (from Canada through the Dakotas and end in Texas) are a … Continue reading

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Celebrating Native Humor

Countering the Stoic Indian  Artist Zig Jackson takes gentle digs at the intersections of cultural humor in Indian Country and urban America. A recent collection displayed at the Portland Art Museum showed an Indian in headdress (Jackson) poised against a … Continue reading

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