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The Hollow

The Hollow by McCarthy Cathy
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Cathleen McCaffrey has just watched her beloved grandmother die, surrounded by strangers chanting meaningless songs, burning sage and sweet grass. The Ojibway people of White Earth Minnesota with whom her grandmother chose to spend her final years claim she is their blood relation and ask her to take on the family mantle of Bear Clan Shaman Healer.
Awe-Struck Publishing; August 1999
175 pages; ISBN 9781928670377
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Title: The Hollow
Author: McCarthy Cathy
 
Excerpt
"Another fine day, Katie," Bridget pronounced quietly stepping onto the porch with her own cup of tea.

"Uh huh," Cathleen replied without taking her eyes from the quickening fireball at the end of the field. She shed her blanket in the warming air and stretched her cramped legs.

"When are you going to climb down off your high horse and tell me what's eating you to pieces?" Bridget sighed and drank deeply from her cup.

"What makes you think I'm being eaten to pieces?" Cathleen turned to her.

"I see it in your eyes, dearie. Just as I saw it in your grandmother's eyes when she was trying to decide whether to go or to stay here."

"I wish it was that easy." Cathleen sighed looking back toward the mist rising off the grass. "You know, I used to think everything was black or white. The choices you made were always between doing the right thing or the wrong thing. What happens when both your choices are wrong?" She looked over to her aunt.

Bridget knit her brow, looked deeply into her eyes, as if the answer lay somewhere behind them. "At some point we're all faced with the same question, aren't we? What are we to do when everywhere leads somewhere we don't want to go? Look what your grandmother was faced with, staying with the man she loved, staying with her child and wrecking countless lives or returning to The Hollow and lying with another man."

"So why did she choose to lie with another man?" Cathleen asked.

"To answer that would be to know your Grandmother's soul, Katie. Over the years, I've learned that you can tell if someone's spirit is pure, truly shaman if what they do comes from the same place, from the same fundamental principle held within one's heart. To the spirit, the answer is always clear."

Cathleen sighed, returning to the rising sun for solace.

"Stop thinking about it, Cathleen. Give your heart a chance to answer." Bridget heaved herself out of the chair and moved toward the screen door. "I'll get breakfast started."

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1928670377
9781587490194
9781928670377