When I was picked as one of Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotans, I was given an award and had to answer a questionnaire. One of the things we had to answer on this questionnaire was who our hero was and why; it would then be read to the audience as were getting our award. The […]
I know I’ve been gone, long gone. But I’m here. And for the first time in a long time, I’m happy, really happy!
Big news, we’ve sold our little ranch that we had bought, and moved into, right before I started writing for Life As A Human. I loved the ranch, loved the views, but really hated the solitude it brought. I really disliked the community that we were a “part of.” I use quotes because I never felt a part of it, the whole time we lived there. I was always a lurker, always held at an arm’s length.
I preferred my deaf friends and “my” deaf community to my hearing ones. I started freelancing as an interpreter and I attended many deaf community activities. I began to look into colleges that were predominately deaf, and look into speech therapy and sign language interpretation degrees. But, as time wore on, I found my birth family and moved to South Dakota. I did not search out a deaf community and pretty much lost touch with that part of myself. I still signed anytime a favorite song came on the radio and I started to teach my boyfriend-turned-husband to sign.
A mother ponders taking a job that will reduce her time spent with her child. Will others see the sacredness of her child when she is not there every minute? Are either of them ready for this?
The Wounded Knee Massacre is a tragic part of history. For Mary Black Bonnet, a Lakota woman, it’s personal. Here, Mary takes readers into the powerful story of a courageous people whom the government tried to eradicate.
A writer meets a remarkable teacher who inspires her to be a writer and embrace her passion for words.
When her brother returns, Mary looks forward to a new beginning and to having him in her life. But nothing is as it first seems.
A 7th grade science projects involving dog training results in one one girl bullying another, with long-term implications and a few hard-won lessons.
When babies cry, everyone’s blood pressure goes up and no one is sure whether to offer help or not. Mary Black Bonnet looks at a society where people don’t communicate. Oh, except for the babies. But are we really listening?
A mother reflect on parenting as a sacred act of helping her child navigate the “maze of a world and have her come out of her journey with her sacredness and her soul intact.”