On Being Blog
Setting the tone for an interview with Sitting Bull's grandson — with respect, grace, and humility.
This is a personal entry, in the spirit of the “Your Voices, Your Stories” door we open to you each week. I hope my experience will prompt you to share your own stories and reflections.
I’m a melting pot of religious identity: a lapsed Catholic, sometimes agnostic theist, envious of Buddhists, awed naturalist, live-by-the-golden-rule spiritual seeker. I worry that this may be off-putting, but maybe that’s my guilt as a “lapsed” Catholic.
We often struggle with crafting interesting or catchy titles for each new program. Sometimes we latch on to something one of our guests said in the interview, as was the case with our recent program, which may win the dubious honor of having the longest title: Curiosity Over Assumptions, Interreligiosity Meets a New Generation.
But, please do know that it was not without much debate and extensive brainstorming among our entire staff to try to arrive at a title for the work of Aziza Hasan and Malka Haya Fenyvesi. With humility, I share some of the runners-up:
Live Interview with Ernie LaPointe, Great Grandson of Sitting Bull
Trent Gilliss, online editor
UPDATE: In a delightful twist of events, I was able to set up a live video stream of Krista’s interview with Ernie LaPointe using his home wireless connection in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I also taped the conversation with a couple of HD cameras, and will do my best to produce this interview in the coming weeks.
Thanks to all for watched the interview. It’s gratifying to see several hundred people watched at least some of the conversation during the workday!
There are books that become so important to us they become like old friends. Or, books that we find so transformative our lives are never the same. What are the books that have changed your life? What are the books that became your best friend?