November 4, 2013
November 4

A brief update for now:  there doesn’t appear to have been any significant effect from last week’s chemo at this point, and the issues of pain, nausea and appetite continue.

We hope to have a fuller report later. Wishing him and all of you the best in the meantime.



1 Comment

  1. Judy Bertelsen

    Dear Abbot Steve,

    I’m watching a program on KQED television about some Lakota people, and am thinking of you and Doris Respects Nothing, from your October 2 dharma talk. Here is the program description from the KQED website:

    “Thick Dark Fog Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago. The mission of many of these schools in 1950, was still to “kill the Indian and save the man.” The children were not allowed to be Indians – to speak their language or express their culture or native identity in any way at the risk of being severely beaten, humiliated or abused. What effects did these actions cause? Many Indians, like Walter, lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain his past abusive behaviors to his estranged children. But dealing with the memories of his boarding school days nearly put an end to it. “The Thick Dark Fog” tells the story of how Walter confronted the “thick dark fog” of his past so that he could renew himself and his community. ”

    Thanks again for your October 2 dharma talk.

    Judy Bertelsen

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