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WALLOWA LAKE, JOSEPH OREGON

BACKGROUND

Forty years ago I started writing about addiction. I got hooked. The more research I did and the more I wrote about the subject, the more impassioned I became. Myths and misconceptions about addiction persist, preventing  people from getting help. When people don't get help, they suffer. Some die. Too many. Families are torn apart. The suffering is unimaginable. So I keep plugging away.

STORYTELLING

All writers are storytellers. I've been privileged to work with several people who trusted me enough to let me help them tell their stories—William Cope Moyers, Elizabeth Loftus, Arthur Ciaramicoli, Chris O'Dell, and Mel Pohl, MD.  

Ernest Kurtz, my coauthor on Experiencing Spirituality and The Spirituality of Imperfection, introduced me to wisdom stories which use words in ways that go beyond words to speak the language of the heart. These stories help us explore the most basic human questions about meaning and time and life itself. As we write in our book, "stories convey the mystery and the miracle—the adventure--of being alive."  I feature many of these stories in my weekly email messages beginning in mid-late November 2018, along with "real-life" stories that invite us into the experiences of others and help us understand that beneath the surface, deep into the invisible regions of the heart and soul, we share the same dreams, desires, fears, and hopes.  In those invisible spaces that define what it means to be human, we are all made of the same cloth.

Ben and Miriam's wedding, July 8, 2017