Wednesday, September 18, 2019

There was a wedding this weekend

It didn't involve anyone famous.
You probably were unaware that it even took place.
But I need you to know that it gave me hope.
In a world in chaos,
seemingly bent on its own destruction,
2 imperfect people thought it was the perfect time
to commit to a future together.
And those of us who love them rejoiced.

So many of my thoughts, observations and feelings 
during the festivities
can be summed up in the poem below
by William Stafford.

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.

People wonder about what you are
pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
 While you hold it you can’t get lost.
 Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
 Nothing you do can stop times unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
It's a wonderful reframing of the observation that
so many of us 'are hanging by a thread'.
May you all be so lucky.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Rosebud Fair, looking back

It's almost time.
In less than 1 month, 
I'll be headed back to Rosebud Reservation
for the Annual Wacipi (Pow Wow) and Fair.

It's one of my favorite events of the year.
Nothing matches it for color, movement, sounds 
and a glimpse into 
a segment of our country that we rarely see.
 Am I the only one who thinks this little one looks like a Kardashian?
These two dancers have long been some of my favorites -
I'm sure they have wonderful names;
but in my head when I see them 
they're  Screamin Eagle and Pine cone Man
OK, so not everyone is happy to be photographed.

When I asked his mom if it was OK to take his picture, she laughed and said "Good luck",
 so I'm not taking it personally.
One of our partner families through Habitat for Humanity;
photo by a wonderful photographer who lives on the reservation, Kernit Grimshaw.
Grannies with purses,
pretty much the same in every culture!
Getting excited!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Land of Enchantment

Santa Fe:
the most un-American looking American city I've ever seen.
Just one of the reasons I love it.
 So much to draw me there.
 So much to keep me here.
Will have to reconcile myself to living a divided life
and find the right balance.
There are worse ways to live.