Category Archives: Courage

About Tribes

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Humans don’t mind hardship, in fact they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary. Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary. It’s time for that to end. … Continue reading

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Talent – A Book Review

I enjoy writing book reviews for Story Circle Network for so many reasons: I keep up with the latest books by women indie writers; the reviews support the finest Book Review site on the internet for these well- written books … Continue reading

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Ordinary Grace

This afternoon I read Ordinary Grace  by William Kent Krueger, a book that took me to a small town, New Bremen, Minnesota in 1961, where complex tragedy strikes a small family and ripples through the community in astonishing ways. Krueger … Continue reading

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Homelessness: One Man’s Story

In recent months, I’ve been deeply moved by a Story Circle Network blogging friend’s writing as she courageously brings forward her son’s long-term homelessness in California’s Bay Area. Margie Witt has written several compelling articles about her son’s journey from … Continue reading

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Another Sunday with Nelson

You may remember that every other Sunday, my grand dog, Nelson, spends the afternoon with me while his human, John, goes to Almost Home, our local Humane Society, and walks dogs who are waiting for their forever people to come … Continue reading

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An Incredible Talent for Existing: A Writer’s Story

“In 1965, when I was eighteen, I ran away to Portland, Oregon. Running away was an act of rebellion, but also of faith. In one beautiful leap I would escape my family, my past, and the insufferable person I’d been … Continue reading

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Opening a New Chapter in Life

  This morning my youngest daughter, Susan, left on the first leg of her move to California, where she will open a new chapter in her life. A new job, a new unknown-as-yet-to-her state to live in, some long-time friends, … Continue reading

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John, the Border Collie Puppy

It was early December 1991, when our border collie, Patch, began to deliver her puppies just a few hours before we left the house for a long-planned commitment. Returning with great anticipation about four hours later, my daughter Polly, who … Continue reading

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Leaving the Farm – 1994

I trudge from the old farmhouse, my slender arms embracing a worn cardboard box as a light drizzle is misting my bifocals, causing me to look out at a blurred world. On this, my final trip down the hill, I … Continue reading

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Rising From Dark Places

Recently, a perfect storm of events collided in my life and, stunned, I slid into a dark place I’d not visited for more than fifteen years, when I’d been severely assaulted by a client in the residential program I then … Continue reading

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