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On August 20, 1994 a White Buffalo was born on a small farm outside Janesville, Wisconsin. Her unusual hue, reminiscent of an ancient Native American legend in which a buffalo turns several colors, drew thousands of visitors to Her farm.

I was one of them.

At that time, I was living in Tacoma Park, Maryland and working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. I hadn't heard Her legend. I read about Her birth in the Washington Post and went to see her as a curious tourist. Years of visiting Her converted me into a believer in things unseen and unspoken words heard as a truth from within.

"Who was She? What was She? Could I begin to say? Could I pretend to know? Who among the ancients heard the voice of the Oracle at Delphi? Who spoke to Blake or Black Elk? Was She the same small voice that whispered to Socrates or the Great God that came to Moses in the form of a burning bush? Some would say She was the sweet rhythm of my own intuition, others that She was nothing more than a large mammal on a Midwestern farm. She was significant to native peoples, and all of the world's religions have their someone special; their own way of understanding, explaining, communicating with or coming closer to their God and embracing the peace that relationship brings."

And, so, I share my story of visits to Her farm.

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By the Side of the
Buffalo Pasture


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The Sequel:

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Reflections on a
Haitian Pilgrimage



"i"I would like you to know that I really enjoyed your book. I do not know what else to say except that the book left me with a most pleasant feeling of hope. That may be all that matters." y
Murray, Swannanoa, North Carolina.

"I read your book and it was incredible. I couldn't put it down. By the Side of the Buffalo Pasture gave me insight into the beliefs of the Native American Indians. The story of Miracle was truly magic and enlightening. I only wish I could have made the trip to see Her in person." kk Michelle, Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

"Your book answered questions that I have been searching for answers to. I am already reading it a second time."
Linda, BullsGap, Tennessee.


Kathleen Buerer’s memoir, By the Side of the Buffalo Pasture, evokes
yearning for meaning in life. This woman of courage left a materially
comfortable existence in pursuit of that which is intangible yet as
necessary as water. Clearly and compassionately, she describes her
experience of leaving her position with the Environmental Protection Agency
in Washington DC and the promise of a “fat retirement check” in search of
something more.

That something more begins to unfold after she reads a newspaper article
about the birth of a White Buffalo on a farm in Janesville, Wisconsin. She
plans to visit the farm during her next trip to the Midwest. When she gets
there, she feels drawn to Miracle, a “muddy beast” that in Native American
culture represents the fulfillment of an ancient prophesy.

While many in midlife might turn to materialism to avoid confronting the
mystery of life, Buerer chooses to delve deeper into life’s purpose and find
meaning in her own existence. She visits Miracle repeatedly over the
animal’s life span of 10 years and finds herself learning lessons from those
encounters. She becomes more sensitive to the environment. “Love the Earth”
is fixed in her subconscious. She becomes sharply aware of consumerism and
the carelessness of the modern age and examines what it means to be a woman,
a keeper of the earth, a mother.

Miracle, the White Buffalo, represents an era that has passed and the
author romanticizes a simpler time when herds of buffalo roamed the plains
offering their lives to sustain Native peoples. The captivating mythological
Legend of the White Buffalo Calf Woman is beautifully retold and reminds us
of the wisdom in the search for the still voice within. Buerer poignantly
takes us back to the simplicity of the earth, the beauty of nature and the
search for those things that make life worth living - love, compassion and
honoring the planet and all of its inhabitants.

This book is an easy read. And well worth the journey.


Kathleen shares the journey she took to the farm of a White Buffalo. Then she brings that experience to her readers.
Diana, Asheville, North Carolina

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