Kay Eck’s moving and melodic memoir brings us in close-range view of her map-less journey to consciously uncouple from her husband of nearly 30 years. She takes us along as she sorts through thorny emotions and potent truths before finding solid footing in her own life. Her sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous path takes her on a rich and bumpy ride through self-discovery, unplanned healing and luminous growth. Beautifully written and honestly portrayed, Divorce: a love story cracks marriage wide open revealing the hidden light radiating from within every partnership, especially the one we have with our Self.
Divorce: a love story
" I just finished this beautiful book...or poem...there's not really a name that I know of for what it is. More than a story about conscious uncoupling, it is a window into the heart of a mystic that also happens to illumine a "(r)evolutionary antidote to the mass hypnosis that would have us sleep-walking through the unconscious habit of trying to "ex" love out of our hearts. I loved it.' --T.A.
Cousin of the Sun
The Story of Robert Horse Stands Waiting
Out on an ugly patch of deserted gravel, after drowning himself in sorrow and alcohol, a young Lakota man named Robert Horse Stands Waiting became a forced participant in the tragic murder of an innocent woman. Even as the horrific crime unfolded in slow motion around him, there was an air of inevitability. He is Indigenous. This is South Dakota. And those two factors alone mean one will likely end up incarcerated or dead.
At just 15, with a childhood tainted by extreme poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, violence and instability, he was thrust into a disturbingly flawed criminal justice system. He had already experienced more human devastation than any child should. But there was more to come. Much more. Condemned to two consecutive life sentences in an adult maximum-security prison, he continued his journey into the darkest dark night. His unfathomable story of growing up in prison pulls at the loose threads of a fraying American society, pressing us to re-examine everything we believe about justice, human dignity and compassion.
With an undimmable light and wisdom beyond his years, Robert set out to create a meaningful life for himself and his community of inmates. His remarkable rise to human rights advocate and spiritual leader reveals a way forward for a humanity longing for reconciliation in a devastatingly divisive time.
Once released after 20 years on the inside, Robert is divinely guided to tell his story for the first time to a white woman he has never met. What transpires between them as the narrative unfolds will change them both forever, revealing a template for the healing of all hearts, everywhere. If, that is, he can withstand the forces that want to keep him mute and powerless. The still-unfolding drama of Robert’s story reminds us that if we can find the courage to open our eyes, ears and hearts to both the inevitable harshness and undeniable beauty of the truth, we just might find ourselves freed from the insistent prisons within.
This Morning I Pray for My Enemies
And whom do I call my enemy?
An enemy must be worthy of engagement.
I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking.
It’s the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind.
The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun.
It sees and knows everything.
It hears the gnashing even as it hears the blessing.
The door to the mind should only open from the heart.
An enemy who gets in, risks the danger of becoming a friend.
-- Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate
Watch a video of the conversation I recently had with Robert Horse Stands Waiting