Learning how to let go of despair

There are some days (Weeks? Months? Years?) when everything seems like a slog. It’s all too much, too hard, too much effort. Unless you’re super-human, I’m guessing you’ve been there, done that.

In my first article for the media site Medium, I decided to share some of the most important life lessons I’ve ever been privileged to receive.

The lessons were delivered beneath a set of redwood trees in Ukiah’s Todd Grove Park, a great place to hang out, go for a swim, or bring a picnic to free summer concerts. My first trip to the Park was of quite a different nature, though.

In the essay I give a shout-out to all the Native healers who have crossed paths with me and mine. May we all keep healing. May we walk in beauty.

A Heart. A Monster.

We humans can be odd, cruel, empathetic, dismissive, protective, and transcendent in our treatment of others … and of ourselves. I try to demonstrate all of this in a short piece published online in Silver Needle Press.

A Heart. A Monster.” tells micro-stories of intense experiences from my latest “ethnographic safari” across the United States, interwoven with stanzas from an ancient Nez Perce story of origin involving Coyote and a monster.

“A Heart. A Monster.” was named as Silver Needle Pressfirst weekly creative nonfiction contest winner last April. My seventh published essay for the year, it will also be published in the Fall 2018 print edition, and read in person at the 2019 Association for Writers & Publishers conference in Nashville.