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Kudos to just-published family members!

The most amazing thing happened a few days ago. My cousin, Pulitzer Prize nominee Greg Barrett, has been laboring over his new book since 2010 and it was just released. But here’s the surprise – he included the refrain from a reggae-style song by Lazar (my son, now of Tribal Frequencies, who hold the #1 […]

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New book acknowledges S.Oregon songwriter as inspiration...

The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq, by Greg Barrett

With a Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Afterward by peace activist Shane Claiborne, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq is a true story of people from the small desert town of Rutba, Iraq who saved the lives of three American peacemakers when a car wreck nearly killed them on their way out of the country, just days after the Shock and Awe campaign began in 2003 and despite the fact the Rutba General Hospital had been destroyed by bombs just 3 days before. Southern Oregon songwriter Lazar had the honor of a refrain from one of his songs published, along with a thank you for his music, in the book’s acknowledgements.

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Helping Children Cope with Hurricane Irene: Start with Family Rituals

Post-disaster, participating in a creative activity together empowers families and activates storytelling about positive events previous to time of the traumatic event. And it becomes even more effective if psychologists and counselors encourage famili…

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