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Roland Merullo

Choosing what to do with anger

If it’s true — and I think it is — that life always includes a measure of pain, then the past week has shown me two very different responses to that harsh truth.

I’m involved in overlapping projects — finishing a novel and starting on a private memoir for a client. While fact-checking the last draft of the novel, I exchanged e-mails with a representative of a Native American tribe that will remain nameless. The novel’s road trip moves through Indian land, and the narrator uses that opportunity to talk about the wholesale slaughter that took place there in the name of “expansion” or “settlement.” Since it’s a story, in part, about different approaches to spirituality, I wanted to get a handle on the spiritual ideas of two particular tribes.

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