Dear TMR Readers,
In the 2000s, I published this web site as an experiment in global-local journalism, reporting and writing stories about the international dimensions of life in southeast Minnesota.
In 2005, I was interviewed by NPR’s On the Media, which called me “Glocal Man” for using journalism to connect my patch of rural Minnesota to the world.
The narrative nonfiction impressario Mark Kramer blurbed my 2007 book of global-local reportage -- “Here: A Global Citizen’s Journey” -- by saying:
“Doug McGill is a complete original. Heavyweight journalism + a grownup political consciousness + wry Zen consciousness.”
In the 2010’s, my growing interest in meditation and Buddhadharma led me to an ongoing project to reconcile journalistic free speech with the moral imperatives of right speech.
In recent years, I’ve been running a meditation center and teaching journalism at Carleton College and University of Minnesota Rochester.
Please do check out a recent creation though -- “The Leaf Artist” -- if you possibly can. I’m really proud of it, because I’m really proud of my 91-year-old Mom for dealing with her progressive dementia with such incredible creativity, wisdom and love. Many people have seen the site and let me know it’s brightened their world.
Here are remarks I shared at the Aug. 6, 2014 Peace Lantern Ceremony in Rochester, MN to commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945—"Dispelling the Illusion of Separateness."
“Ten True Tales of Minnesota” is a recent project created by my journalism class at Carleton College. I’m really proud of my students for creating the wonderful stories on that site.
Love & connection always,