Tying Avery’s Shoes

“This is where the sacred resides, in performing an unpretentious task mindfully.”
— Karenna Wright

Anti-Heroin Chic published one of my short memoirs. It’s a true story, of course, but for this piece I’ve changed Alan’s name to Avery. Read it here or below. If you’d like, please leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think of it.

Tying Avery’s Shoes
by Karenna Wright

I’m waiting for Avery to get dressed. It’s the first day of autumn, and we’re taking a day trip to the mountains. He finally appears, calmly proclaims he can’t  Continue reading


Still on the Shelf: One Thousand White Women

Here’s another of my Still on the Shelf series, where I tell you, book by blessed book, why I periodically run a dust rag across them, pull them off the shelf, and open them up to read.

A lifetime of reading has left me with a sizable number of books. Throughout the years I have donated them for tax deductions and traded them by the carload for credit at used book stores. But for all the trimming and weeding my collection has undergone these past decades, the ones remaining on the shelves are there for a reason: they’ve withstood the tests of time. Although I’m most inclined to pick up my Kindle these days, there are still plenty of books on my shelves, and One Thousand White Women is one of them.1000 White Women

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
by Jim Fergus
St. Martin’s Press, 1998

Back in the day, news about this book spread through my old neighborhood in Colorado faster than you can say “Manifest Destiny.” The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association proclaimed it a Regional Book Award Winner, and rightly so. This work of fiction, a story told through the journal of one who lived it, is one of cultural misunderstanding and manipulation and the efforts of the Cheyenne people to help right it.

In September 1874, Cheyenne sweet medicine chief Little Wolf traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Ulysses S. Grant and members of Continue reading