September, a Poem

September is my favorite month of the year.  I invite you to listen to this poem, September by Helen Hunt Jackson (1830 – 1885), an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the United States government.  September as read by Garrison Keillor…         September by Helen Hunt …

September on the River

There is no better month than September, the month when green leaves give way to pale yellow, then blush in vibrant red and orange.  Black-eyed Susan’s wilt with little thought to their future resurrection.  The change has little to do with temperature, rather, because the earth tilts its axis 23.5 degrees to its orbital plane while …

Making the World a Better Place

I know for certain that THE MOST EFFECTIVE way to make the world a better place to be is by greeting, smiling and waving at every creature – man, woman, child, animal, and plant – you encounter throughout the day.  Those simple gestures go much farther than any dollar you could contribute to the most …

Mitakuye Oyasin

I first encountered the Lakota phrase ‘Mitakuye Oyasin’ as I planned for a vision quest in the summer of 2012. In preparation, I used Sister Marie Therese Archambault’s A Retreat with Black Elk, Living in the Sacred Hoop as my guidebook.  Since that time, we conclude many posts on this website with that sacred phrase, …