Saturday, August 31, 2013

Heart still on Rosebud

 Alan - we've watched this child dance since he was 3!
Drumming is his new passion, 
along with his 'grass dancing'

 Sage - one of our HFH 'partner families'

Although in this heat, 
I can't say I'm not glad 
my bode is in AC
and not on the Pow wow grounds!

Can't even imagine how hot some of the dancers are in their regalia.
The beaded dresses 
can weigh about 20 lbs or more!

Headed out for some 'sisterhood' time of my own.
Stay cool, my friends!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's a World Gone Mad

I have NO idea how it happened.

I’m blaming it on a weekend of 28 hours drive time combined with then sitting for 24 hours at the Pow-wow and all the blood pooling in my ass and not circulating to my brain - but, whatever the cause - it scares the bejeebers out of me.

I read an op-ed piece yesterday, found myself agreeing with nearly every point and, only then, noticing it was written by Newt Gingrich!
Holy Mary, Mother of God!!

Who would have dreamed the day would come when I agreed with anything written by the drug addled Lothario of the Republican Party.

But honestly… we’re seriously talking about heading down another freakin rabbit hole with our troops!
 We’re not even out of the last mess we got into – a decade ago – also supposedly over some mythical weapons of Mass destruction!

What is it about men and war?
How does a President who received a Noble Peace Prize get himself in the position of even thinking of inserting us into the middle of another country’s Civil War?

Totally agree – chemical warfare is an abomination.
But is it truly so much worse than drones, landmines, Uzzis, bombs and rocket launchers?
What’s the scale to use when weighing what method of killing someone crosses some line of morality? Don’t they all?

Just because we have ‘footage’ of people apparently seizing and dying doesn’t make it more compelling than stories of innocent people bleeding to death on the ground or being vaporized by a bomb.
Do we honestly think ‘combatants’ are the only ones that die in attacks during a war?
If that were true, there’d be no need for the term ‘collateral damage’.
And knowing chemicals were used says NOTHING about who’s responsible for using them?
Do we honestly think Syrian ‘rebels’ wouldn’t use them if it meant getting international press - resulting in folks being riled up and believing some line in the sand had been crossed?
I expected this nonsense and knee jerk macho response from Newts party…
I thought we were smarter.
The tables have turned.

I am NOT, at all, happy with that reality.

Back Home

which feels light years away 
from the joy 
and movement 
of the weekend

and a people who use
time differently
yet take some of that time
to honor our four legged relations,
the Horse Nation.

 I miss Rosebud already!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mitakuye Oyasin

A Lakota phrase meaning "All my relations"; 
reminding us that we are ALL related.

And, as usual when family gets together,
there are some kooks
and great food!

(And no, Fry bread BLTs are NOT typical Weight Watchers fare...
that's what bonus points are for!)

There is so much brokenness in this beautiful place
and you can either concentrate on that,
as some have,
or you see the beauty
and strength 
in the broken places.

For me, the choice is simple.

The weekend is flying by...
can't believe it's almost time to head home.

At Sunset

I carry you with me into the world,
into the smell of the rain in the wind,
the words that dance between people;

for me, 
it will always be this way,
walking in the light, 
remembering being alive together.