Letter to Sen. Ron Johnson about Gun Violence, etc.

Dear Mr. Johnson, I grew up in rural Wisconsin. After being away for 16 years, I am back, living in Oshkosh. I am happy for this because Wisconsin has been taken over by bigots like Scott Walker. I hope to be part of giving back rights to the people, and not the McDonalds.  I am … Continue reading Letter to Sen. Ron Johnson about Gun Violence, etc.

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Part IV of the Shaman Series: Ojibwa Healing Ceremony

Initially the ceremony was supposed to be a sweat lodge. In the end it was at the shaman’s house. The sweat lodge was no longer an option, but I do not remember why. The shaman is part of the Ojibwa tribe in Wisconsin Rapids. I travelled to the ceremony from Chicago with Mona, my roommate … Continue reading Part IV of the Shaman Series: Ojibwa Healing Ceremony

Part III of the Shaman Series: The gift of a name

Thanks again to guest writer Gertrude Gingerly for this enriching piece on her experience with a Lakota Shaman. On the days prior to the ceremony, I remember feeling insatiably hungry. My stomach was an endless pit that could not be filled. The temperature in Chicago was hot to an unbearable degree and the air conditioning … Continue reading Part III of the Shaman Series: The gift of a name

Part II of the Shaman Series: A journey to the jungle with ayahuasca

Guest writer Gertrude Gingerly is back with another story in her search for spiritual truth. I was staying in Quepos, Costa Rica. It is a small town located on the west coast of the country. I  was trying to catch a taxi into town from the place I was staying.  To get a cab you … Continue reading Part II of the Shaman Series: A journey to the jungle with ayahuasca

Part I of the Shaman Series: The Vortex on Mountain Drive

This is special guest writer Gertrude Gingerly. She has traveled to corners of the world seeking spiritual refuge in search of finding something she does not know, but knows exists. Gertrude is going to write a four-part series on Shamanism. From the jungle of Costa Rica to the mountains of Santa Barbara, Gertrude’s series is … Continue reading Part I of the Shaman Series: The Vortex on Mountain Drive

14 or 15 steps in how to facilitate communication between relatives that voted for Clinton or Trump

First You must be a human that lives on the planet Earth. Second An American who is able to vote in an American election. Third Be white (otherwise, you probably will not be having this conversation). You did not vote for Trump, have an upper-middle-class family member who owns a yacht, has a hot tub … Continue reading 14 or 15 steps in how to facilitate communication between relatives that voted for Clinton or Trump