Death, a Sacred Mystery

trumpeter swan

For the lone swan, for us, death remains a mystery. An important part of grieving and the journey of healing, is sharing this mystery with the help of others. And to be present for others. Often simply to listen

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The Cost of Liberty


I began reading Torch last night—it is terrific. Brava, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, for your persistence and courage.

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A Season for Gifts

One Winter Up North John Owens

A season for gifts. Looking for just the right gift for a child? Or for a friend of any age?  I want to share several of my most favorite books from this year.

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Swish, Basketball

What is a friend?

I am honored to have a poem included in What is a Friend?, the newest poetry anthology from Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. (Listen to me read this essay. Scroll…

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Chinle Planting Hope Mural

painting the mural for Chinle Planting Hope

Adrian Thompson (Navajo) and volunteers are adding a 9 foot by 80 foot mural to the Thrift Store Wall, part of the Chinle Planting Hope and Read at Home projects in Chinle, Arizona. What’s this project all about?

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Why do we paint murals?

Big. Murals are big. Bright. A building becomes a canvas of story, of color, Powerful swooping swirls of yellow, orange, red.

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Read at Home: a New School Year

Selecting books

Approximately 450 subscriptions of Highlights’ High Five children’s “learning and literacy” magazine will begin arriving at schools on a variety of tribal nations.

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Memorial Day 2022

National Native American Veterans Memorial

This weekend the sacrifices made by our soldiers and veterans are especially real and poignant as we realize the terror and destruction of war happening in Ukraine.

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