A comforter draped chair awaited me. For a few minutes we spoke about events of the day. We then moved on to concerns, at the time, pressing. Eventually, we seemed to settle on old milestones: vacations, reunions, the like. The space between our whispering grew. Soon we were silent.
I became aware of how the pine trees formed a colonnade around the edge of our backyard; shadow sentries between us and the canyon below. Above the pines were the stars and a crescent moon over the Seven Sisters to the east. There were so many stars, so many; and planets, too, coursing overhead like an hour hand across the Zodiac. We were all still as a lake, and welcomed the galaxies in.
The universe is an unconquerable mystery, and so are we; both can be so beautiful, so achingly beautiful: ourselves, the still moon and stars. We try to decipher what few answers we can about the questions they pose. Not from some noble quest, but simply to know.
Over the past sixteen years, at my best, Ive tried to chronicle the beauty and the questions as theyve come to me. Mostly, Ive had to be satisfied with the mysteries big and small. And that is what I write about.
David Lawrence Rooks was born the second of premature twin boys in Phoenix, Arizona in 1956. He spent 10 formative years near there in the valley towns of Chandler and Tempe, Arizona. He then moved with his family to his father’s Native land of the Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where he graduated high school at Red Cloud Indian School in 1974.
He attended College at Mount Marty in Yankton, SD on an academic/ athletic scholarship, and later attended Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. on the GI Bill. He learned life lessons on the oil fields of Colorado, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming. He also served our country with the First Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas for four years.
Dave has worked at Red Cloud School, and written for several newspapers and magazines, including the Rapid City Journal where he has been a columnist from 1997 up to the present. In his spare time he has coached soccer for a decade to young boys and girls across Western South Dakota. He currently lives in Hot Springs, SD where he and his wife are raising their six children, two cats, a dog, twelve fi sh, and one black widow spider.
Bill is a lucid, rational and powerful speaker who intent is to inform and to empower his audience. Standing room only is normal. His presentation and information transcend partisan affiliations as he clearly addresses issues in a way that has a striking impact on listeners of all backgrounds and interests. He has spoken to many groups throughout the United States and has appeared regularly on many radio talk shows and on television. In 1988 Bill decided to "talk" due to events then taking place worldwide, events which he had seen plans for back in the early '70s. Since Bill has been "talking," he has correctly predicted the lowering of the Iron Curtain, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the invasion of Panama. All Bill's predictions were on record well before the events occurred. Bill is not a psychic. His information comes from Top Secret documents that he read while with the Intelligence Briefing Team and from over 17 years of thorough research.
"Bill Cooper is the world's leading expert on UFOs." — Billy Goodman, KVEG, Las Vegas.
"The only man in America who has all the pieces to the puzzle that has troubled so many for so long." — Anthony Hilder, Radio Free America
"William Cooper may be one of America's greatest heroes, and this story may be the biggest story in the history of the world." — Mills Crenshaw, KTALK, Salt Lake City.
"Like it or not, everything is changing. The result will be the most wonderful experience in the history of man or the most horrible enslavement that you can imagine. Be active or abdicate, the future is in your hands." — William Cooper, October 24, 1989.
"A Course in Miracles" is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. As a three-volume curriculum consisting of a "Text", "Workbook for Students", and "Manual for Teachers", it teaches that the way to universal love and peace through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy.
The "Text" presents the theory of the Course and has built into its study the development of the experience of forgiveness that is the Course's goal for the student.
The "Workbook for Students" includes 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. It begins the process of changing the student's mind and perception, though it is not intended to bring one's learning to completion.
The "Manual for Teachers" is written in question-and-answer form and provides answers to some of the more likely questions a student might ask.
Also included are Supplements to the Course: "Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice" and "Song of Prayer"