I am cleaning up my links this week…some blogs that I like cease to exist and I have found new ones to add to my Blogroll. Today I am sharing the blogs I already read but haven’t had time to keep up with in the last few months but now that I am set for Christmas I have more time.One of my favorite bloggers is Ordinary Sparrow. Her blogs are filled with beauty and grace… perfect getaway for this busy holiday season!
Here are her ever expanding blogs
ORDINARY SPARROW’S MOTHER NATURE
ORDINARY SPARROW’S SACRED SILENCE
For those of you who like to travel and learn about new places:
The guy that does A LANDING A DAY has his computer programmed to pick a random place in the United States and he proceeds to write about the geographical and historical surrounding….has a thing about watersheds too! Like I said its random so sometimes he ends up in the desert! ! although he finds a way to make it interesting!!
A LANDING A DAY .
Here is an Oregon blogger…they take quite a few good pictures and always seem to be having fun traveling and partying…not sure if it is a group but the photos are good!
This is a another Oregon blogger who posts pictures but not so regularly…
PNW PHOTOBLOG (Pacific Northwest)
If you like photographs AND food for thought of the political/cultural check out Eugene Johnson’s…
PUDGY INDIAN 2
Speaking of FOOD!! Here is an awesome blog from the Portland (Oregon) area…they are lucky I live on the other side of Oregon or I would turn into the uninvited guest that shows up at mealtimes!! (just joking)
BREAD & HONEY
All excerpts are in italics and from THE UNQUIET GRAVE by Steve Hendricks.
I have been avoiding these posts because of this chapter on Bill Janklow and Jancita Eagle Deer. It’s like I want to crawl out of my skin….turn myself inside out rip my heart out. It drives me crazy.. I wish I could copy and paste this part of the story because I want it to be over…but I have to read and type because I can’t find a good version of what happened.
I wrote the above early yesterday morning and had to quit…the story of Jancita Eagle Deer is so sad and filled with despair…one of the many reasons that Joseph Trimbach and his FBI colleagues should be in jail along with some goons, Bill Janklow, probably half of the United States government…Monica probably thinks it should be more! (finally I made myself laugh this morning)
There seems to be little support or concern for Indian women…the men of AIM beat their chests and congratulate themselves….they seem to be more concerned with a power struggle and prestige…titles. Things the white government has taught. It is the same for all women…we have lost much of the ground during the eight years of the Bush administration…but in America today it seems that Indian women are so strong and the most abused and looked down upon.
I think the two stories have been merging on me as of late…injustice for women continues. You can read more about Anatomy of a Threat on THE ABUSE PAPERS
Here is a picture of Jancita Eagle Deer and a link to her story here and here and here.
Other strong and beautiful women I have encountered surrounding this and the issue of abuse are
Monica Charles who got me involved in this
Martha Alvarez a young woman who speaks with such conviction against her abuser…she has inspired bloggers to confront the issue.
Anna Mae Aquash who through her spirit is working tirelessly as ever.(There are no sites that I know of that are non-biased about Anna Mae Aquash…they all seem to have an agenda. Everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks that they are right. While I am reading The Unquiet Grave, I have formed no opinion on who did it. I do have a strong opinion that the FBI was grossly negligent and incompetent in their duties to American citizens.
Shusli of Spring Thunder blog who was one of the original supporters of Martha Alvarez’s right to speak against her abuser.
Mary Ann Little Bear a little girl who had her eye shot out and the FBI and BIA police couldn’t be bothered to investigate. I truly hope she is doing well now.
Ellen Moves Camp...who had the courage to ask “Where are all our men?”
I have encountered some good men, the most graceful and humble Jumpybird on alt.native he probably does not know that his example does have a profound effect on some.Then there is brave Eugene Johnson from Pudgy Indian 2….Having a hard time coming up with more will add them later if I can think of any.
Peace to all..
and my prayers to Runningwolf in this difficult time she is experiencing.
Much love to Ordinary Sparrow who is a constant reminder that there is another way.
But to begin a reminder via Ordinary Sparrow….(how is it that everything she writes is a message to me???)
HONOR by Joy Harjo
Honor everyone who crosses your path. Everyone includes time as a person or persons. It includes sky, earth, air, water and other elemental beings. It includes your body. Think kindly; think light. Even each email, text, each word is a transmission. Each transaction brings either light or confusion. Paying attention is honoring. I will never forget the roly-poly bug making his way across the bathroom of my hotel room in Kolkata. It was only when I went into my light body, in which we were equal, that I saw the light around him, and the light trail his path made across the bathroom floor.
I have been struggling with this issue for the last twenty hours and when I read this my emotional chaos melted away….
These are from my last trip to the Redwoods I finally got the film back from Costco and they must have done something cause they turned out pretty good…for me.
I LOVE THESE WOODEN BRIDGES
I ALSO LOVE THE DESIGNS ON THE BARK
BEEN MEANING TO BUY A FILTER FOR MY CAMERA...THOSE ARE NOT ORBS
WASN'T SURE IF IT WAS GOING TO GRAB ME WHEN I WALKED BY
CUTEST LITTLE SKUNK CABBAGE
YOU WOULD THINK THIS WOULD LEAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT!!!
YES I TAKE PHOTOS OF TREE BARK!! I WANT TO REMEMBER IT
FROM INSIDE A BURNED OUT TREE KIND OF LIKE THE VIEW OF MY SOUL LOOKING AT ORDINARY SPARROWS BLOG!!!
I AM IN LOVE WITH LIGHT HITTING THE GREEN LEAVES
TRILLIUM RULE KIND OF LIKE SPRINKLES ON ICE CREAM
WHY CAN'T I BE LIKE THAT FLOWER AND JUST "BE" NOT A "STILL" CELL IN MY BODY
When I started this blog as you can see by the description I meant it to be more fun and then that post on Buffy Sainte Marie sent it off in another direction…..such is life. While Monica Charles opened the door to exploring our history it was those dumb fucks trolls at AMERICAN INDIAN MAFIA who shoved me through the door.
I almost put this poem up on the last Anna Mae installment….I started laughing when I read it…..sort of reminds me of me…..asking Monica too many questions!
You asked me what I did at Wounded Knee
“What is the woman’s role in history?”
“Did you hold a rifle on the rooftop?”
“Did you know my friend, he said he was there?”
“He wore a denim coat, and cowboy boots.”
“He likes to tell stories and laughs a lot.”
“He’s vain about his braided hair with an
Eagle feather fluttering in the wind?”
“Did you meet anybody famous there?”
Breathing icicles, hunger thundering
Death guessing our names chasing away sleep
Frozen fingers stitched quilts from old clothes
We made the men trigger finger mittens
A teacher from Brooklyn started a school
Cooks made magic with plain macaroni
For seventy one days of sweet freedom
We laughed and danced and prayed on a frozen world
Made from our fate dreamemd by the Ghost Dancers
I have been feeling out of balance and out of sorts at times and then along comes Ordinary Sparrow to bring me back towards the center. I was way over the line and brought myself back far enough to not get burned but it was a struggle and reading her blog has a way of making it easier calming the crashing waves. She put up an incredible post last night which you can read here. As I have said she has the most beautiful blog I have come across….and when you are feeling out of sorts it is good to go there and just look at the pictures…read a few words and soon a smile replaces the frown.
So to balance the anger and frustration that the Anna Mae posts bring about here is a bit of Rumi…
A few months ago I would have rolled my eyes at the idea of making friends with people on the internet!