For early twentieth-century historians, the story of church in the wild west involved a racially informed moral tale of transforming savage disorder to settled order.
Though a product of colonial violence, Frank Waters’ Book of the Hopi offers an alternate vision and a critique of our ultimately self-destructive assumptions, values, and modes of living.
Review of the 1993 documentary film “Road Scholar” featuring Romanian American poet Andrei Codrescu in a sometimes hilarious, sometimes alarming commentary on the American dream.
Listening is more than being still and letting the other person talk. Skillful listeners are actively involved in the conversation. They build trust and hear the deeper messages.
A short review of The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by renowned seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō.
The moment of “between,” that instant of bardo in dreaming, in meditating, and in the pause between every breath, quivers with ambiguity. In the bardo between people awaits a double potential.
A review of Don McLean’s nearly forgotten self-titled album that explores alienation, separateness, the agony of memory, the deeply painful dimension of nostalgia.
Review of Trace: Memory, History, Race, & the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy, which weaves history, geology, and personal memoir in profound tales that peel back layers of a place called America.
Recent posts that review Kaniksu: Stories of the Northwest by Thomas F. Lacy, an engaging memoir of the Kaniksu of northern Idaho and the Lolo of western Montana in the 1920s and 1930s; and our monthly pilgrimage to Poplar Tree Lake in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park to view the full moon rising ♨
Review of Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks, edited by Kim Wyatt (Bona Fide Books, 2011), an assortment of short recollections by writers who lived and worked in national parks. Sometimes adventurous, even frightening, often poetic, this collection offers intimate views rarely experienced by the millions who enjoy American national parks each year. ♨