Month: July 2024

Ben Oofana – Ancient Healing

From a very early age, Ben was drawn to indigenous cultures and their spiritual practices. He was particularly fascinated by the paranormal. Native Americans, like peoples of other indigenous cultures lived with a foot in two worlds, relying on the assistance of supernatural forces to assist them in their everyday lives.

By the age of 12 Ben was reading everything he could find about tribal cultures. Around the age of 14 Ben began to learn of the traditional medical, psychological and spiritual practices of a number of different tribes of North America. It was then that Ben decided that if he ever found the opportunity, he would train under a traditional American Indian doctor.

While still in high school, at the age of 17, Ben decided to live among the people he loved and admired and moved to a community of predominantly Kiowa and Kiowa-Apache Indians. During this time, Ben immersed himself completely in the culture and participated in the tribal dances and spiritual and healing ceremonies. It was there that Ben met his mentor, Horace Daukei, the last surviving traditional Kiowa doctor (Medicine Man). He immediately recognized Ben’s capacity to become a healer. Ben felt very fortunate because very few apprentices are chosen during a doctor’s lifetime.

Ben formally began his apprenticeship under Horace at the age of 20 and continued for the next three years. As his assistant, Ben was able to see firsthand the phenomenal results of these traditional medical practices.

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Angels Among Us

Yesterday we encountered several angels on our trip south from Tok towards Valdez.

The rest of our group left on Friday, but I had been extremely sick with a stomach bug Thursday.  Apparently, I gave whatever I had to Sandy, because she was even more sick late Thursday night and all-day Friday then I ever was. So, we stayed back an extra day to recover. 

Alex was scheduled to do a glacier hike and a copper mine tour with the group on Saturday, so Cooper also stayed back with us so we could watch him while Alex did his adventures. 

We stopped at a rest area about two hours into our drive.

I got out to let Cooper go potty, I noticed that our outside passenger side tire was extremely low on air. We were at least 30 miles from the next services and there was no way that we should drive any further with the tire being as low as it was.

There were several other vehicles in the rest area, a few RV’s and some camper vans. Sandy walked over and asked a couple of people if anyone happened to have an air compressor.

Luckily, an older gentleman and a younger gentleman in a van did, but they didn’t have a source for electricity. I told them that wouldn’t be an issue, we’d just fire up the generator on the rig.

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Lois Letchford – How We Learn

In this episode of the Journey of My Mother’s Son podcast, I talk with Lois Letchford.

Lois is the author of the book, “Reversed: A Memoir,” which chronicles an extraordinary journey of overcoming daunting odds, offering inspiration and hope to parents and educators navigating desperate situations. At the age of 39, while teaching her second son how to read, she stumbled upon her own “learning difference,” an unexpected revelation that ignited an unwavering pursuit for answers.

With sheer determination and unyielding resilience, she confronted challenges and battled self-doubt head-on, proving that no obstacle is insurmountable. Through relentless effort, she witnessed the transformative power of perseverance, achieving significant milestones and experiencing profound personal growth.

She discovered the immense value of trusting her instincts. This experience led to her appreciating literacy learning as being more than a “set of skills to acquire.”  Embracing foundational knowledge of “how children and adults learn,” and adopting a growth mindset, she unlocked true potential, shattering self-limiting beliefs.

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Dan and Sandy – Oh, Canada

In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, Sandy and I talk about our trip up the Oregon Coast, into Washington, and eventually across the border into Canada.

After almost two years in the making, we were excited to meet our friends and grandson, Alex in Great Falls, Montana to start our 3-1/2-month journey throughout Canada and Alaska.  Even though we had only been in Canada for a little over two weeks when we recorded this episode, we have already seen so many amazing things and made incredible memories.

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