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General Information

Name:  Kathleen Buerer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Born: in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Buerer was born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs. She graduated from Elgin High School and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Currently Buerer resides in Roscoe, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kathleen was raised in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and relocated to Washington D.C. She was a Research Associate with the Environmental Policy Institute before joining the staff of Senator Paul Simon. In 1989 she completed her graduate work at Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law and found employment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in Washington, D.C. In 1995 she visited the farm of Miracle the sacred White Buffalo in Janesville, Wisconsin. Kathleen appreciates Dee Brown's sentiments in his introduction to Doug Boyd's Rolling Thunder. There he said that "Almost everyone who has ventured even slightly into the spiritual world of the American Indian can related inexplicable happenings." Inexplicable happenings describe a series of events that occured at Miracle's farm throughout the years Kathleen was a guest there. In By the Side of the Buffalo Pasture, Kathleen describes those visits as well as Miracle's influence on Kathleen's spiritual journey. In 1997, Kathleen moved to North Carolina to focus on writing. Some of her commentaries were published in the local newspapers. By the Side of the Buffalo Pasture, a memoir of visits to Miracle’s farm, was published in August of 2006. Kathleen journeyed to Haiti in the Spring of 2000 and published Reflections on a Haitian Pilgrimage in August of 2009. This tale continues her commemoration of Miracle's influence on her life. Kathleen is currently working on Walls which will complete her trilogy of tribute to Miracle. Her desire to share the experience of having visited Miracle led to the creation of a meditation workshop. Titled Intuitive Grace, it is based on excerpts from her first book. During the workshop, Kathleen leads participants on an imaginary journey to the side of Miracle's pasture.Kathleen's books are available for purchase from her website: [].

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By the Side of the Buffalo Pasture
ISBN: 0978788001

White Magic Publishing. 2006

On August 20, 1994 a White Buffalo was born on a 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. The author was one of them. And she shares her stories of visits to the farm in this memoir.