Letter from Birmingham Jail

Some things are not meant to be forgotten.  Fifty-three years ago on this day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”  The letter is one of those things that must remain an important part of human thought. Five years ago, we first posted a piece that speaks to the heart of […]

Mitakuye Oyasin

Those of you who regularly follow this website know that one of my favorite expressions is “Mitakuye Oyasin.”  I learned it many years ago.  As a Buddhist or Hindu might greet you with “Namaste,” “I salute the God within you,” the Sioux Indian would say, “Mitakuye Oyasin,” which means “We are all family.” As I walk […]

Our Greatest Blunder

Redemptorist priest Pat Hawk spent his last day on earth three years ago in 2012.  He was a quiet, contemplative man.  Although I did not know him well, I did attend several of his open ‘pathless path’ sessions at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Picture Rocks.  Father Hawk was a Roshi, a highly venerated senior […]

The Town by the Bend in the River

Several years ago, my friend Gerry told me the story of the star thrower, which I often refer to in posts and general conversation.  It is a terrific story with an important message: you can choose to make a difference regardless of the circumstances stacked against you. I have come across another story that I […]

The Most Beautiful Story I Have Ever Read

In 2014, I have read three books by Minnesotan Kent Nerburn.  I know him for his stories on Native Americans. Last week as I searched for new books for the bookstore I volunteer at, I found a book written in 1999 by Mr. Nerburn titled Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, Living in the […]

Live As Though You Remember

It occurred to me this morning as I was researching my ‘manuscript in process’ that I have used the idea of “remembering” early in each of my historical novels. “I’ve been tempted to lose count of the years as each comes and goes, but I remember.  Remembering is important.” – The Olympian: A Tale of […]

True, Good and Useful

Last Friday, I viewed an interesting film, “To Save a Life” that opened with a young, friendless boy walking into his high school, firing a handgun into the air to get everyone’s attention, and then turning the gun upon himself… One year ago, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was seriously shot in the head less than […]