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  • When Darkness Comes

    Laughing Water|Updated Sep 10, 2018

    When a person commits suicide, every person in the immediate and extended family is touched to some extent. This was a good family, not without problems, but overall a good family with a mom, dad and two children-a boy and then a girl. Life was usual. Then the call came of his death. The dad had taken his life. The emotions that ran through us were close to indescribable, as we had never felt such pain. Nothing could possibly prepare the family for this unfathomable nightmare...

  • Broken Bear becomes Awesome Bear

    Ruth Kathleen Laughing Water Smith|Updated Oct 5, 2017

    I was working for a summer camp as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) pool lifeguard one summer when I was given Broken Bear. I do not know his real name and only know very little about him so I have given him the name Broken Bear. Broken Bear was a Native American about eight years old when I met him. He had Cerebral Palsy, and his parents took him to the hospital and left him there when he was an infant. They never came to visit him, so he became a ward of the state. He was in...

  • A Choice for Life

    Laughing Water|Updated May 12, 2017

    A beautiful young Native American girl sat alone deep in prayer about a choice she would have to make that would affect the rest of her life. She was a slender fifteen-year-old with dark eyes like pools of soft love and long shining wavy dark hair glistening in the sunlight. She was a good, quiet, gentle and loving girl who could make the university track if she wanted to. As she sat praying outside the worship center, she saw an eagle. The eagle was high in the sky, far from...