Out of the Fog - Author’s Introduction

Through the ages writers have talked of their muse, or daemon. I always wondered what they meant. Then through shamanic teachings and practice, I learned about another world of guiding spirits who are available to teach and inspire us when we’re ready to listen. When one’s ego steps aside and allows this force to work through you, many Native Americans say you are being a “Hollow Bone.”

The journey of writing this book began while watching a ferryboat emerge from a fog bank. While not claiming to be a “Hollow Bone”, from thereon, it has seemed as though Spirit was guiding and speaking through me as I’ve been personally blessed by many of the visions which the hero Dan experiences. They are woven into his story where they seem to fit best.

Part-Indian and part Irish, Dan lives in the modern world and is struggling with lack of inner direction or knowledge of the richness of his either of his heritages.

My intention in writing this book is to inspire readers to learn from indigenous traditions, such as Native American and Celtic, that respect the land and animals, and then to act with more awareness of the natural environment.

It seems many people feel socially disconnected or driven by addictive lifestyles, so it is my hope that this story will challenge readers to find integrity in their own personal path.

In some respects, this novel is my own story, couched in Dan Waterson’s mixed heritage and learning path. My family has Celtic roots which have much in common with the values and traditions of Native Americans. In a larger sense I have experienced an extended and healing vision quest through shamanic journeys and teachings.

Like the Waterson family, my family has also experienced a deep and intimate relationship with alcoholism so I’m painfully aware how damaging that can be. There are other situations which I have portrayed that also come from my personal experiences.

Living across Agate Passage from the Port Madison Reservation – home of the Suquamish Tribe, Chief Seattle, and Old Man House Park – has been invaluable in opening my eyes to the realities of Tribal life over the past 150 years and also to witness the revival of their traditions such as the annual Coast Salish Canoe Journey and Song and Dance group.

On August 3rd., 2009 I was thrilled to witness eighty seven canoes land on the beach just below the Suquamish Tribe’s beautiful new community center, the “House of Awakened Culture.” All that first week in August, the Suquamish graciously hosted thousands of tribal and non-tribal guests and volunteers for the 2009 Canoe Journey – the 20th. anniversary of the “Paddle to Seattle.”