This is an exciting time–a wonderful opportunity to share my beloved TWO-MOON JOURNEY with a whole new audience of teachers, librarians and friends. Take a look at my BOOKSTOP page–just click on the image below. And please let me know what you think. Feel free to share this with all your Facebook friends. I am […]
Those of you who’ve read TWO-MOON JOURNEY know that the 13 ears of corn Simu-quah brings with her on their forced journey becomes truly significant for 3 reasons. Hint: One of those reasons has to do with a Native-American tradition that has mentions the Corn of Forgiveness. At my Book Launch party, each family […]
A few hours after leaving the Big Tree at Island Grove, we crossed the Illinois River, another emotional moment for me. We crossed over on a big bridge, but in 1838, the 840 Potawatomi had to cross on hastily put-together flatboats, wagons and all. Though the river was calm the day we crossed, storm surges […]
One emotional moment for me was stopping by the Big Tree at Island Grove, Illinois. We stretched our arms around that huge tree—it took six people to span the trunk, We looked up into that mighty tree, and prayed by it. Some even climbed up into the tree, nestling in its protective arms. It gave […]
Yes, today is Indigenous People’s Day, so meaningful to me after my recent experience, following the Potawatomi Commemorative Trail of Death. It was such a blessing, hearing the stories of Potawatomi elders, Robert Pearl and George Godfrey. as they shared the wisdom of our people in so many ways. Here is Robert Pearl blessing the […]
One of the most personally moving parts of the my recent journey, participating in the Commemorative Trail of Death Caravan occurred right after we left the ceremony at the Menominee statue. Close by is one of the historical highway signs, marking the route the Potawatomi took on their journey. The logo on this sign was […]
It’s happening, it’s really happening. My dear and precious book will be in the bookstores very soon. And I truly believe, if you read it, you will love it, or at least, you will find a part of your deep self touched and changed by the time the book ends. […]
Okay, so I know not all the world will see it, but I am eager for lots of folks to meet 11 year-old Simu-quah, Kinosha her cousin, and all the family. It’s a hard journey they are on, forced to leave their beautiful Twin Lakes village and march across 4 states to a new home they never wanted.
Here I am in Friday Harbor, with 5 of my favorite friends: Judy Bodmer,Nancy White Carlstrom, Katherine Grace Bond, Janet Lee Carey, and Dawn Knight. Together we are mighty: the Diviners Writing Group. Each week on Tuesdays, we meet for an afternoon of reading and critiquing each other’s work.
Wow! It's been a long time since I've posted a blog, though many of you have been following my adventures in Alaska via Facebook. I just arrived home from this amazing trip Thursday night, and my mind and heart are still filled with vast and startling images of Denali and Kenai Peninsula.