Commencement 2015

☆ May 18, 2015

Shreve Stockton 2015 CSU commencement from daily coyote on Vimeo.

I had the great privilege of giving the commencement address at Colorado State University, College of Natural Sciences.

Full text of the speech may be read HERE.


126 Responses to “Commencement 2015”

  1. Patricia Long
    May 18th, 2015 @ 8:45 am

    I did not watch all of the graduation ceremony but I thought your speech was great. It was short, simple, and very wise. You never, that I could see, looked down at notes and I don’t think I could have pulled that off! It was extremely generous that you gave a copy of your book to each graduate. Great job Shreve!

  2. Stella
    May 18th, 2015 @ 8:54 am

    Well done – thanks for posting it.
    As always, I am inspired.

  3. Sheri Nugent
    May 18th, 2015 @ 8:58 am

    Great speech. Your poor voice! That said, your “poor voice” made the point, didn’t it? Very nicely delivered – and nice of you to share your wisdom with the graduates.

  4. Theresa Szpila
    May 18th, 2015 @ 9:02 am

    Thank you, Shreve, so very much for posting this. It was wonderful to “see” you, and even better to hear what you had to say. Short and sweet, indeed; more importantly, very, very wise. Thanks so much!
    Hugs and blessings to all,

  5. Joy
    May 18th, 2015 @ 9:07 am

    Brava! The softness of your voice juxtaposed with the truisms of life made for a beautiful, elegant and moving speech. I cried. :-)

  6. Nico
    May 18th, 2015 @ 9:11 am

    Brought tears to my eyes, thank you for sharing your empowering truth so that others can find their own.

  7. shreve
    May 18th, 2015 @ 9:15 am

    Thanks, you guys!!

    P.L. ~ It was actually the dean & university who gifted a book to each student. Such an amazing gesture – for the graduates and me :)

  8. Karen
    May 18th, 2015 @ 9:16 am

    What a beautiful message! Thank you for sharing it.

  9. scotty
    May 18th, 2015 @ 9:53 am

    well done S~. you will have a lot of new fans after this. very very well done.

  10. Ericka
    May 18th, 2015 @ 9:56 am

    What an amazing speech! You are a true inspiration, and I thank you. I woke with a heavy heart today, but your words help make me stronger. Thanks for the Birthday gift (I know these words were written for others, but I feel as if they were just for me)

  11. Karen
    May 18th, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    What? There you are, with a voice that is still healing, saying words that are incredible. Congratulations on this honor— what a wonderful way to find your balance after your year of physical woe. Brava, girl.

  12. penny kipley
    May 18th, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    Shreve that was AWESOME!!! Much different than ours. Really touching and insightful. So great that they invited you!

  13. Amanda
    May 18th, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    Just beautiful and needed.

  14. TB
    May 18th, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    What a fantastic speech! I hope your voice heals soon. Your words were inspirational, and ones that I needed to hear today. Thank you for sharing this with us. I also loved finally getting able to see what you look like! :)

  15. Julie
    May 18th, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    Perfect. What a wonderful speech. Just 7 minutes long? Absolutely brilliant, I know driven by your voice (lack thereof) but in the end, short wins out. Always. You packed each minute with a truth that is layered by truth. Completely brilliant. I wish every graduate, everywhere, could listen to this.

  16. Eileen Fritz
    May 18th, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    Well done… truly are an inspiration!

  17. mj
    May 18th, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    Wonderful words of wisdom. Hopefully some will remember those very words during their times of need and understand that “it isn’t personal”…it just is. Thank you for sharing the message that is pertinent for all of us, not just graduates.

  18. bonnie
    May 18th, 2015 @ 11:32 am

    thank you once again for the reminders. and for your generosity of spirit.

  19. JaneK
    May 18th, 2015 @ 11:46 am

    wow! what I needed to hear today. thank you for sharing.

  20. Wo
    May 18th, 2015 @ 11:52 am

    FanTAStic speech Shreve. I watched it with a lump in my throat & tears in my eyes. What a great way to send those graduates off to their own truths. Brava!

  21. Corrie
    May 18th, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

    Shreve, that was awesome!
    Your reminder to follow my truth regardless made me cry. Thank you.

  22. Susan
    May 18th, 2015 @ 12:51 pm

    Outstanding speech! I would love to see you speak at my alma mater, the University of Wyoming. I think a lot of folks here would be touched and inspired by your move to our state.

  23. Rose Marie B
    May 18th, 2015 @ 1:08 pm

    Loved it! What an honor for you to speak to the graduates and for them to hear your message. I’ll probably listen to this one a couple more times, for myself.

  24. Steven Lee
    May 18th, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

    Awesome speech Shreve! And all through it I was nagged with the thought of having to tell you … now you know what it’s like to be a 15 year old boy.

    Seriously though, hearing what you said did make me a little misty because you so succinctly named it. I started following my truth not to long ago and am finally living and loving my life.


  25. Jeanine
    May 18th, 2015 @ 1:48 pm

    A voice is not always what comes from the larynx. It comes from the heart and from the soul. Although your voice was soft what you shared from your heart and soul is wise, true, loud and clear. Thank you so much.

  26. Maggie
    May 18th, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    Awesome speech! Healing voice or no, you spoke really well and conveyed maybe the most important message those graduates will get!

  27. ELAINE ~ TX
    May 18th, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

    You ARE amazing and so was that speech, you make me all teary eyed. BRAVO!!! And it was finally nice to see you. What an honor for you and THANK YOU for sharing your timely words with all of us. XO

  28. Debbie lee
    May 18th, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

    Great speech Shreve, was lovely to see you in person. Congratulations x

  29. Sarah
    May 18th, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

    I can honestly say that the wisdom you shared in that auditorium and then with us, your devoted web followers, was probably the most wise and useful commencement speech I’ve ever heard! Thank you for sharing!

  30. 1stepcloser
    May 18th, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

    You sharing your wisdom has brought many to find their truths. I am in awe of what you have accomplished in life and hope one day I will find my truth. I know I am finally on the right path when I was lost for so long.

  31. Jamie Weaver
    May 18th, 2015 @ 4:19 pm

    Blessings dear one. Not everyone is willing to face their Truth, you have.

  32. Ellen
    May 18th, 2015 @ 4:21 pm

    Oh Shreve, your speech was fantastic! I felt SO PROUD of you up there, and got tears in my eyes when they showed the pics I know so well. I was thinking “That’s right, people, you have no idea how AWESOME this lady is and you should be so grateful that she’s speaking to you today!” I realized afterwards that I felt the way I do when one of my friends does something really cool. I DO feel like we’re friends, because I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning. You know nothing about me, but I’m thankful for your blog and everything you do. Blessings to you!

  33. Renee
    May 18th, 2015 @ 5:47 pm

    Oh, Shreve, now I feel like I REALLY know you! I was absolutely mesmerized. Wish I would have had someone tell me this when I was young. I may not have spent so much time being disappointed! Lucky graduates.

  34. Bea
    May 18th, 2015 @ 7:17 pm

    Awwww… just BEAUTIFUL and “PRICELESS”. What a gift you were to those graduates. I am very proud of you as well. Love that they were all given a copy of your book too!
    I cried when I saw the familiar pictures, especially Ricardo. My heart is still broken over his horrible death. Precious little guy. I look forward to seeing him in person one day. SO nice of you to share this with us. IT is so very special. Much love to you and the critters!! XOX SO… thankful to have you in my life. Praying your voice heals very soon. <3

  35. Laura
    May 18th, 2015 @ 9:54 pm

    very touching words for all of us. it was just amazing to see and hear you. i’m sure all that were there, and everyone who watches this will be inspired by your words.

  36. Patricia Long
    May 19th, 2015 @ 6:35 am

    It was good that the school gave a copy of your book to each graduate. I also loved the photographs they showed as you spoke!

    Thanks again,

  37. Leslie
    May 19th, 2015 @ 6:53 am

    Pure love.

  38. Deborah Dutko
    May 19th, 2015 @ 6:56 am

    Congratulations on a wonderful, truthful message. It made me cry.

  39. Melissa Edwards
    May 19th, 2015 @ 7:12 am

    Well said Shreve. I’m so glad you had the opportunity to give that speech. I hope your voice continues to improve as you heal and that all is well with you, Mike and the farmily.

  40. yvonne
    May 19th, 2015 @ 7:32 am

    Eloquent and honest speech! Nicely done!

  41. janice a.
    May 19th, 2015 @ 7:37 am

    You made me cry a very “good” kind of cry. you are a wonderful person. Thank you.

  42. Andrea Tyner
    May 19th, 2015 @ 7:47 am

    Beautifully expressed! I was so thrilled to finally see you “live.” Your words and your life are an inspiration to us all, Shreve!

  43. Becky Arntzen
    May 19th, 2015 @ 7:49 am

    Good speech, Shreve. Brief, truthful and to the point. You really proved that less is more. I wish you a full recovery.

  44. Anne Umphrey
    May 19th, 2015 @ 8:19 am

    It has taken 74 years for me to come to an understanding of what you expressed in 7 minutes. Thank you for your gift of the words, for your photos, and for your gift of sharing your life. Heal soon, and heal well.

  45. Mary Thomas
    May 19th, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your speech with us. It was a wonderful speech filled with so much wisdom. Your voice was perfect. You inspire us all so very much.

    Mary Thomas

  46. Cindy Schmidt
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:21 am

    I woke up this morning still in bed, grabbed my phone and started checking emails. I’ve been following your blog and photos of Charlie for several years. When I saw that you had posted a video of your commencement speech I was excited. I’ve never seen a video of you. But when I listened to your words I got tears in my eyes. I was so incredibly touched by your words and your wisdom. I’m 56 and wished I had heard and heeded those words 30 years ago. You gave those graduating students a beautiful and inspiring gift. But it was gift to me as well. I’m going through a struggle of my own and your words were quite fitting for me as well. I thought to myself “I’d like to hear this speech everyday IT would truly help and inspire me to continue forward…even through the bad times”. So thank Shreve!! All the best to you as you continue in life and in your own healing!!

  47. Carol Moore
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:33 am

    Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to hear your words. You are an inspiration… and a life messenger I believe in the power of putting thoughts and words out to the universe and I believe good things will happen. We are here for a reason, we have to embrace life and make the best choices we can.
    Thank you again for sharing and for Charlie!

  48. Bev
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:43 am

    Congratulations on a job well done and thank you for sharing the video. Very inspirational!

  49. Joan Swanson
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:46 am

    I read Daily Coyote shortly after it was published, re-read it recently and have followed Charlie on Tuesdays for years. You are a beautiful soul and an inspiring young woman, as well as a gifted writer and photographer. Good to see you sharing those gifts with young graduates. I’ll be praying for your continued healing and health….

  50. dogheart
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:48 am

    Great! Glad to see you speak — well said!

  51. Linda Lu
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:56 am

    Shreve, That was great. So sorry that your voice is still not working the way you would like, but perhaps it was meant to be that way at this particular time, as it hopefully made those students really listen to what you had to say. I am echoing many of the posts before me, in that I also wish I had someone tell me about all the ups and downs of life and how to deal with them. I loved the pictures shown of Charlie, Eli, Ricardo, and all the other members of your farmily. May you continue to heal and be well. Thank you so much for sharing your life and all the wonderful pictures of Charlie and the farmily. I love them and look forward to each new picture every day. I love the book and hope that you will someday grant us another that we can enjoy and treasure. Best to you always. Hope that some day we can meet you.

  52. sabina clarke
    May 19th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

    Beautiful…wise and straight from the heart!

  53. Cynthia Bryant
    May 19th, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Congratulations on being asked to speak Shreve. I was at my daughter’s Masters ceremony at the University of Vermont this past weekend. I read your book several years ago when I was going through a tough time. Although I have an adventurous spirit like you, you showed us it’s actually possible to follow your dreams and find your true north. I truly commend you, and I’m slowly getting to realize mine. Love your stories and pictures of Charlie. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with the world. You truly are an inspiration!! May you heal quickly and thoroughly.

  54. Dan Becker
    May 19th, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    Shreve, I am a parent of a CSU graduate and had the pleasure of hearing your speech. I have to say that it was the BEST commencement address I’ve ever heard. (I am old; I’ve heard many!)
    I have an adult son with severe chronic leg pain that sat beside me and absorbed every word. He’s been struggling with “Life” and your words were a godsend. If you ever published about this topic, you could help so many others, I think. Thank you for being at the right place, right time for us last Saturday! Dan

  55. Heidi
    May 19th, 2015 @ 11:27 am

    Not nearly as eloquent as your speech was, but: Way cool!

  56. Susan Fleming
    May 19th, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    Beautifully said. You are a commencement rock star!

  57. Kay
    May 19th, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

    Well done!

  58. PatH
    May 19th, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    How awesome to deliver the First Noble Truth (there is suffering) as a personal experience to the graduates and the outcome when you find and stay in your truth! Shreve you are a wise one to transmit this truth so authentically. I attended almost 30 years of commencement speeches at UC Berkeley and this is the only one I’ll remember.

  59. kathy grossman
    May 19th, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

    I felt as though I was watching a close friend give a commencement address. It was wonderful learning more about you by hearing and watching you give your words and thoughts. I feel as though Charlie and the rest are part of my family too. So sorry about your having to have surgery recently. But you seem to be bouncing back beautifully. Thank you for sharing your exciting life with the rest of us.

  60. Judy
    May 19th, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

    It was a thrill beyond measure to see and hear you today. Thanks you for sharing your wonderful wisdom and self with all of us. xox j

  61. Laurel Johnson
    May 19th, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

    Shreve, those kids will remember your powerful words, so well spoken, for the rest of their lives! Thank you for posting this. You are an inspiration!

  62. LaRue King
    May 19th, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

    Shreve: Loved your talk to the grads. Wise words that we will all have pain in life at times and to find truth. God is good and offers a way out of the bad times and teaches us many valuable lessons. There will be a time when pain, death, and sorrow will be done away with. [Rev. 21:4 – God’s promise in near future for all of mankind.] Love your story(s)and enjoy your writings very much! May you heal quickly and be stronger than ever! Good wishes and healing prayers!

  63. Arno
    May 19th, 2015 @ 2:33 pm

    Give us one of the truths of life ~ how arrogant of you! But in fact you did. That’s why I follow you. You never fail to show the way and that’s why we love you so much.


  64. Cinda
    May 19th, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

    Congratulations, Shreve. That was extraordinary. Truly an honor and a wise mapping of life for people of all ages. You are a gem and I hope that if you want to, you will give more speeches and post them on your blog. I watched this one twice in a row and will watch again.

  65. SHerri
    May 19th, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

    Well Done! And thank you for your wise words… I should listen to this everyday so i can stay on track!
    Keep healing………. sounds like a little more TLC is needed xo <3

  66. Maddy
    May 19th, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

    In a nutshell, you speak the “truth”. Thank you. Well done.

  67. Felyne
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:09 pm

    You are not what I had pictured in my mind at all.

    Congratulations on the speech, empowering words.

  68. Gabi
    May 19th, 2015 @ 6:44 pm

    I´m afraid I didn´t understand half of your speech, but what I understand shows me that it´s worth to follow you in the future. Thank you for your everyday photos of Charly. They had become a part of my life. Warm regards from Germany!

  69. Ailsa
    May 19th, 2015 @ 8:30 pm

    Ditto what Ellen and then Dan said. Boy oh boy. If only Dan’s son took in your words, that will be enough. But I hope it resonated with others — I remember years ago being in that space and thinking I was unique, with no lessons to be learned from anyone. You spoke from your heart, gave a glimpse into your world and offered the answer to those virgin minds and souls. You are awesome and I hope your speaking voice comes back soon and joins your writing voice.

  70. Roger
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:39 pm


  71. Beth Surdut
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

    Sometimes a gift comes at just the right time. Thank you.

  72. Michelle
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:52 pm

    Thanks you, Shreve. I needed to hear this message today. You helped me realize that pain is unavoidable and I have a choice in how I perceive and react to it. I choose to follow my truth.

  73. Sarah W
    May 19th, 2015 @ 11:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s just what I needed to hear. I know my friends are just trying to protect me from misfortune, but sometimes it’s like, do you even know how strong I am? So I very much appreciate the reminder that it’s wisest to follow your truth. <3

  74. TomT
    May 20th, 2015 @ 5:30 am

    Oooh, I needed to hear this. That was really great! Thanks Shreve.

  75. torre
    May 20th, 2015 @ 5:43 am

    what a moving speech- thank you so much! I’ve been through a rough year and am at the point where i can move forward. very timely! This message needs to be heard – over and over. i feel so many are ‘protected’ from life’s downs – just got to learn how to deal with them. and i loved seeing the pictures

  76. susan b
    May 20th, 2015 @ 9:03 am

    as a reader of your books and a long time follower of your blogs, photos and twitter, i, like everyone else here was so pleased to finally “see and hear” you. you radiate an intangible inner spirit that does jump off the written page and emanate through your photographs, but it is almost blinding when seeing and hearing you in person. thank you for this gift of sharing yourself with so many others than those fortunate graduates! your words will go with me, strengthen me and bolster my courage when others try to protect me from myself. i am 60 and wish i had heard your words many years ago, perhaps my life would have taken a different path, but the words are here now, so that path will open up from today. better late than never!
    is there any way your could publish your speech? either by blog, or possibly as something through your website for purchase? a small pamphlet or booklet perhaps? it would not have to be a fancy “published” thing unless you so choose, but i am sure there would be an audience to read and share and gift your wise words. thank you and many blessings in your continued journey and love to the farmily!

  77. Deanna
    May 20th, 2015 @ 9:12 am

    What a very special treat to see you “in the flesh” and speaking your wisdom albeit with a weakened voice. The message wasn’t weak and it was not just for students. It was for all of us. Thanks so much for sharing, Shreve.

  78. Catherine
    May 20th, 2015 @ 9:37 am

    So much time has passed since you started the blog!
    You are looking great and I am happy they honored you at Colorado state. You should be a great inspiration for the graduates. I was happy to see pictures of Ricardo and the Gang. You made the right choices, you made it work for you
    and your honesty won us all. Long live Charlie !!!!!

  79. Barb
    May 20th, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    Shreve…I SOOOO wanted to hear your speech, but for some reason my computer doesn’t have the volume. Could you please post the TEXT???? It sounded like something awesome! Thanks!

  80. Jenny C
    May 20th, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

    Wow, Shreve. It couldn’t possibly have been a better address. Not a single wasted word or pause, and every word breathtakingly wise. Hope it wasn’t too uncomfortable for your throat; as many have mentioned, it added poignancy to your words… as if any more poignancy was needed or even possible. And by the way, you looked lovely.

    Took my pre-dent @ CSU; loved it there. What an honor for CSU that you spoke @ their commencement. Smart dean for selecting you as speaker & for giving your book to grads – smart dean indeed. Thx so much for sharing the video w/us.

  81. Vickie Zimmerman
    May 20th, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    I too went to CSU! What a really inspiring speech! You are my inspiration for being brave in many areas! I’m glad you are getting better day by day. It was also really special that you shared with us and to get to see your beautiful face that Charlie sees daily. I too keep hoping for another book from you, I almost have “Daily” memorized!! :) Thank you so much for the great speech!!

  82. Fox Lishman
    May 20th, 2015 @ 5:16 pm

    I left a comment on a prior post but it might have been overlooked. Your voice sounds just like mine did after I had surgery on my cervical spine. They went in through the front, same place as thyroid surgery, because its less invasive.

    The bad thing about it was that they damaged the nerve leading to my vocal folds. The left one is completely paralyzed. They didn’t notice this until A YEAR after my surgery when my voice STILL wasn’t back. The damage was permanent and I was due to have surgery to thicken them but the right one ended up growing over to meet the left and my voice came back.

    Have you had them check to see that both of your vocal chords are moving?

  83. shreve
    May 20th, 2015 @ 6:02 pm

    FL ~ I have an appt to get scoped in June, we shall see!

    Everyone else ~ your comments have made my life! Thank you so much, wow.

  84. Ticia
    May 20th, 2015 @ 6:11 pm

    Excellent!! Such a great speech and it was so good to hear you, rough voice and all!

  85. JulyAries
    May 20th, 2015 @ 6:43 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful truth. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  86. Julie
    May 20th, 2015 @ 8:41 pm

    I was so inspired by your talk, Shreve; and thank you for sharing it with us. You are a very wise young woman and I still refer to some of the lessons you shared in your book about Charlie, particularly your realization that you needed to be the leader of Charlie’s pack, and that that involved living with the “sacrifices” you both had in that commitment.

  87. Karen
    May 20th, 2015 @ 9:57 pm

    Thank you. The Universe just nudged me!

  88. Wendy Smith
    May 21st, 2015 @ 3:25 am

    How lovely to finally see and hear you! A brilliant speech I am sure you inspired them all

  89. Colleen G
    May 21st, 2015 @ 6:26 am

    Way to go Shreve and very inspirational. I also teared up as soon as you started showing the pictures, especially when I saw Ricardo. Those students were blessed to have you as a speaker. I am clapping my applause to you over here in my computer chair in Pittsburgh!

  90. ClaireB
    May 21st, 2015 @ 9:19 am

    Great speech and great topic. Different kinds of pain are part of living. Congrats on being a speaker.

  91. Alexis
    May 21st, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

    What an excellent speech. I was very moved to say the least. Thank you.

  92. LianeB
    May 21st, 2015 @ 2:43 pm

    Awesome….thank you for sharing it with us.

  93. Jane
    May 21st, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    awesome and inspiring!

  94. Kelley Rico
    May 21st, 2015 @ 4:04 pm

    AWESOME. xoxoxxo

  95. karen
    May 21st, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

    Beautiful words…i will save for my teen daughter who is graduating high school in a week and my son who is going through his first girl heartbreak this very moment… my heart hurts for him now<3 thank you so much

  96. Jill
    May 22nd, 2015 @ 9:08 am

    Such a valuable perspective presented with clarity. It is so easy for us to default to approaching life from a place of avoidance and fear–fear of loss, failure, and disappointing others. When we do this we keep our lives so much smaller than they should be, and also reinforce the smallness of our friends and families lives. Congrats on living your truth and many thanks for sharing your experience!

  97. Marci Green
    May 22nd, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

    Shreve, how fantastic to finally see and hear you! The students were extremely lucky to have you as a speaker! I know I feel very lucky you shared this with all of us. You spoke powerful and wise words…a truly awe inspiring speech! Thank you. I hope you continue to heal and be well.

  98. mj
    May 24th, 2015 @ 2:30 pm


    Lovely speech. As a speech pathologist specializing in voice problems, I would bet that you have a paralyzed vocal fold. I hope that the ENT you see can offer you a swift fix. A medialization procedure (using Restylane, collagen, or other synthetic material) can be done in the office under local anesthesia in about 20 minutes, and would do wonders to strengthen your voice (and your stamina, swallowing, etc). I’m glad to see that you’re going to get scoped soon.


  99. Charley
    May 24th, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    Well done Shreve!
    It was wonderful to me to see you front and center. I was surprised and glad to see the photo that you graciously approved for the cover of my book.

    Best to you and farmily as always.

  100. Karen
    May 25th, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Post Script: I love how so many of your readers commented on Ricardo’s picture. Oh how we loved that goofy goose!

  101. Sue Blasavage
    May 26th, 2015 @ 5:49 am

    You are a most remarkable human being. You are ALWAYS inspiring others in every thing you do, Shreve. You have been blessed with the gift of self understanding from such a young age. You are a perfect example of how to live in the present moment. Your message at commencement was profound, full of grace, and perfect in every way. God’s blessings to you.

    I hope your voice returns soon.

  102. Janet M
    May 26th, 2015 @ 12:49 pm


  103. Johanna Leary
    May 26th, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a few years, and read your book about Charlie (and so much more). I am not a big “commenter” so this , I think, might be my second comment on your site. (the first regarding the child-free lifestyle). My first urge is to fawn like a silly person, I admire what you have done and continue to do, and love that you share it with all of us. But I will not go on in this vain because I really want to simply comment on this speech. It is a very freeing thing you say to these graduates, that one cannot avoid pain! A most wonderful reality which can give one the liberty to peruse that which frightens us. This is a wonderful message, and I am happy to hear it now. Though I am 46 years old and know this, hearing it put this way, your way, makes me feel so much more brave, maybe because I know you are right? But hearing you say it made a bell ring for me. I just wanted to let you know that. Thanks again for what you share with the world.

  104. Johanna Leary
    May 26th, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

    P.S. I love the photos too!

  105. Marva
    May 27th, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    Well done! Very powerful message and delivery, Shreve. I too teared up when seeing Ricardo. Thanks for always sharing your truth with us.

  106. Meg A.
    May 27th, 2015 @ 8:23 pm

    A lovely message. I enjoyed watching you speak, thanks so much for sharing!

  107. pogonip
    May 28th, 2015 @ 1:43 am

    Thoughtful, encouraging and brave–the kind of speech that will continue echoing in their memory as situations arise in the future. I know it’s gonna stick with me. Here’s to following your own truth!

  108. taffy
    May 31st, 2015 @ 12:03 am

    It was so beautiful, full of love and caring. A very thoughtful and freeing gift. Seems your Charlie book has the same message of that kind of peace. Such a truly well done and wonderful speech!

  109. carol
    June 1st, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    Your wise words to the graduates resound in my inner thoughts about how I usually first react whenever my adults children are making their own life decisions. It seems my first reaction comes from a deep well of fear soup that gets stirred up and wants to boil over to warn them of all the potential dangers and pitfalls they might encounter with every new change in their lives. Your words form a solid touchstone that I can use to calm my inner fears for my children and let them make their way free of extra baggage from me. Well done and thank you!

  110. Cynthia
    June 1st, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    Very well-composed and well-delivered speech – even in a compromised voice! I’m glad you did this.

  111. hello haha narf
    June 1st, 2015 @ 3:39 pm

    wonderful words. great message.
    so well done, shreve. thanks for sharing!

  112. jenny cruickshank
    June 1st, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

    So awesome!!! I graduated from CSU back in 1997 and immediately moved to Bend, Oregon…to follow my truth. Pain has been part of my experience and I value it for allowing me to learn and grow. Thank you for such a wonderful commencement speech. I am sure you had a great impact on many, just as you have on me. I have been following you for the last 5 years (?) I guess? Charlie was little and you had just moved to the ranch. I am mesmerized by your courage and devotion to following your intuition…your truth. Thank you for the gentle reminder of its importance and value. Cheers Shreve. If you are ever in Bend, Oregon I’d love to buy you a gluten free beer.

  113. carmel carnegie
    June 1st, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

    When you are old and full of sleep,
    And nodding by the fire, take down this book…


    So much wisdom and truth in your words. You are wise beyond your years and thanks for sharing. Lovely to see and hear you…rest now and speedy recovery.

  114. Michelle
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 8:51 am

    Such an inspiration. You’ll never know…

  115. Leah
    June 7th, 2015 @ 8:50 am

    Wonderful speech and so inspiring! Great message and one that I didn’t realize I needed to hear. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  116. Steve Williams
    June 10th, 2015 @ 7:30 am

    Your thoughts on the inevitability of pain reflects a powerful lesson. It’s easy to go to sleep and search for the painless path.

    Thank you for sharing your experience and hope for filling the space between bad times with good ones.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  117. Keri
    June 16th, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

    Wow. Those were the exact words I needed to hear today. Life has been knocking my family down for the past two years and counting. We followed our truth and the pain came anyway. Thank you. Brought tears to my eyes.

  118. Nicole Frisbie
    June 18th, 2015 @ 11:32 pm

    That was really beautiful. You are very insightful and so lucky to have that. It looks like I am not the only one that needed to hear what you said. I have been feeling very disconnected and angry and I needed to hear that reassurance to let go and not take the safe route. Your speech gave me one of those soulful cries, a release.

  119. David
    June 19th, 2015 @ 12:21 pm

    Your commencement speech was outstanding in content and presentation. I am 71 years old and have followed you and Charlie since he was a puppy. Thank you for sharing yourself and your fur babies. You are as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.

    God bless you.


  120. Sandy G.
    June 19th, 2015 @ 2:59 pm

    I am very moved by your speech and your wisdom therein. I have had recurring medical surgeries and disabilities over the past 12 years and have had very difficult traumatic events in my family. Your wise words have really inspired me and help me to see these difficult events as hurdles to get over and to move on to my truth of trying to live a good life. I have always admired you and been amazed by you and all that you have done. (I’ve been a follwer since Charlie was a darling little pup). Your wise words and beliefs you have expressed regarding your own struggles touched my soul, and I thank you and wish you more strength and courage to heal through all of your difficulties (which as you made me see) we all suffer from in some way. God Bless you, Shreve, and Thank you! I love you like a daughter, and would be very proud of you if you were one of my own daughters!

  121. Melody
    June 19th, 2015 @ 7:01 pm

    Your speech was fabulous and so wise. Your words are so timely and I thank you for sharing (I’ve listened twice). Wishing you a speedy recovery on your voice.

  122. Marlene
    June 20th, 2015 @ 11:15 pm

    Thank you..I needed to be reminded of it spoke the truth..a wonderful gift fir the graduates! Marlene from Cambria

  123. Colleen
    June 24th, 2015 @ 2:12 am

    I hope your words are heeded! Well done!

  124. Bob J
    June 24th, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Weak voice but a strong speech and a STRONG indivual! Thanks for the much needed inspiration and God speed with your continued recovery!

    Bob J

  125. montanarose
    November 21st, 2015 @ 1:55 pm

    Catching up with this VERY belatedly. Thanks for sharing with us — I live in Boulder and, had I known you were speaking just up the road from me, I would have driven up to FC just to see and hear you. Just curious . . . did you, by any chance, get a chance to meet Professor Temple Grandin while you were there? I think you two are kindred souls. I’ve only heard her speak once, but it was truly a “transplendent” experience, as I’m sure your address was.

  126. Cindy
    February 17th, 2017 @ 8:30 am

    I just finishe’d reading The Daily Coyote and have been looking at everything else I can find on you, Shreve. Loved seeing and hearing you! Love your book! I was so afraid it was gonna have a sad/bad ending… I was raised in Michigan woods and am always amazed when a “city person” can move out and rough it. Good job!

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