It Occurs to Me

Along the Way. . . Experiences, Insights & Humor on the “Long Road Home” By Steven Maisenbacher I seem to have found a new hobby. It involves just staying in my bed, thinking, and letting my mind wander across the fields of my thoughts and wishes, ear plugs in, eyes closed, blankets pulled up, orContinue reading “It Occurs to Me”

LONG ROAD HOME (24)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 24 I Have a Dream October 2021 When my “Out Date” arrives in about a year, I will be going to a Halfway House where I will receive the help and assistance needed to readjust and get on my feet. The counselors there will have a packetContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (24)”

LONG ROAD HOME (23)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 23 Roll The Footage Finally, the ordeal of the pneumonia – cancer – TB was over and my mind relieved. But all during the two-week quarantine, I still had the huge concern that my cell mate was using drugs and worry whether my personal property, especially theContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (23)”

LONG ROAD HOME (22)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 22 Headaches, Heartaches & Spiritual Challenges Jason has left, I’m by myself but another Native is in the block. He had several falls to the addictions of his past while in other units. He had ended up going to the hole but coming out clean and soberContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (22)”

LONG ROAD HOME (21)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 21 Lockdown! And They Mean It The last day of March, my friend and cellmate of more than a year suddenly decides he wants to move out. I didn’t really know why, but it didn’t bother me much that I would have the cell to myself forContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (21)”

A Woman’s Last Noble Act

Thoughts from Raccoon Valley, Tennessee By Edna Peirce Dixon It’s hard to remember how long ago it was; at least twenty years. I was in my early sixties and had this notion of learning to play some of the old-time fiddle songs Jack and I enjoyed at the annual fiddler’s convention down at Townsend inContinue reading “A Woman’s Last Noble Act”

LONG ROAD HOME (20)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 20 Calm Before the Storm February 2020 – Our spiritual group had been complaining for more than a year about the lack of materials to re-build the sweat lodge. See, if you are not of the professed faith group of one of the institutional chaplains, getting anythingContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (20)”

Going to Water

Sacred Medicine Ways – Part 10 A Teaching by Ghost Dancer In the old days and even back to the ancient times of the mounds, our ancestors had a Sunrise Ceremony. This was our traditional way of renewing our birth connection to our Mother Earth and Grandmother Sun. When we are in our mother’s womb,Continue reading “Going to Water”

LONG ROAD HOME (19)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 19 Wash the Pain From My Soul A week, 10 days, 15 days, then 17 days go by and I’m thinking these staples sure hurt and I’m noticing a green discharge through the bandages. I never got a call out to come to medical to remove themContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (19)”

LONG ROAD HOME (18)

By Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher Chapter 18 Gonna Be Days Like This If it wasn’t for Mike Lunsford who gave me the “smuggle buggy” as we named the walker he gave me – and that medical eventually authorized me to have – I would have had a lot more problems, even more painContinue reading “LONG ROAD HOME (18)”