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There is almost no way to prepare a family for the news that a child they had been waiting to welcome into the world did not or will not survive. It’s so sudden and so overwhelmingly that only those who have experienced stillbirth can explain it. Stillwater’s Catie MacDonald was away from home, all the way in another state when she went into labor at 18 weeks. A previous pregnancy had been high-risk, but she was told new treatments would allow her to avoid previous complications.

For most of my adult life, I’ve bought into the “balance of nature” thing, perhaps ignited by reasonable absorption of elementary school “book…

Here, where we live, many have been here for a generation or longer. Others may have settled within their own lifetimes. Our experience with the land as settled people makes us different and unique from a wider worldview of an average person on the planet.