Janet Michele Red Feather

Janet Michele Red Feather
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Janet Michele Red Feather, J.D., M.A., is a ceremonial singer who has learned over 60 traditional songs in Mandan and Lakota and sings in nine different languages. Janet was a full-time defense litigator in California for nearly eight years. Her life changed significantly after she traveled to North Dakota in 1993 to fast and pray for a way of life. A regular columnist for The Edge, she has also appeared in Psychic Guidepost, FATE Magazine and Species Link. Her book, Song of the Wind (2014, Galde Press), dealt with her experiences as an empath, and her journey through Mandan spiritual culture. She is currently a full-time, tenured English faculty member at Normandale Community College, having taught Composition and Literature for a span of 20 years.

Spirit Leaves: The Artist’s Well

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Spirit Leaves: Divine Balance

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Spirit Leaves: Staycation of the Soul

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Spirit Leaves: Keeping it Sacred

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Spirit Leaves: Life at an Empath’s Pace

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Spirit Leaves: Resolutions for an Empath’s New Year

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Spirit Leaves: Spiritual Heart of Winter

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Spirit Leaves: Sail to Simplicity

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Spirit Leaves: Growing Children

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Spirit Leaves: Metaphysical Reflections on Service and Volunteering

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Spirit Leaves: Those Compassionate Canines

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Spirit Leaves: Through Egyptian Eyes

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Spirit Leaves: Zorba, Yogananda and a Wild Heart

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Plant Consciousness: Natural Prehension

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Spirit Leaves: Transmuting Emotional Toxins: From Swill to Sweetwater

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Spirit Leaves: Emergence — Surfacing in Light

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Spirit Leaves: Following the Flow of Ascension

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