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     “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

Crowfoot, Blackfoot Elder
Bow River, Canada

Long HousePerhaps Crowfoot was trying to tell us to remember those small miracles of the natural world because when we reach the end of this earthly time, these miracles will be our most important memories. Seeing insects in the dark and being able to actually see breath or witness something of the daytime disappearing into the setting sun, are moments of experiencing the edge of the natural world. The edge implies there is a supernatural realm that can be seen if we are willing to search beyond the obvious. Contemplation is the definition of that search into the shadow land where great and wonderful mysteries await our relaxed attention. Such moments come when we are relaxed and are at peace with both life and death. Read the rest of this entry »

Comments (0) Oct 24 2012

The Mesa

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From somewhere in the night, comes a gentle mist as though some Long Housewispy cloud decided to settle here among the rolling mesas to become part of the ancient landscape. Indian maiden tea grows along the roadside alongside chaparral and bits of mountain sage. As the road turns upward toward the pine trees, prickly pear appears occasionally among the rocky terrain and a raven struggles on the path to keep hold of his giant berry as a tiny brown bird tries to steel it from him. Raven emits a raspy “caw” as he protests the invasion of his breakfast. Raven’s voice blends with the sound of my footsteps as they crunch the tiny rocks. Long shadows from old growth evergreens make colder places along the journey and I pull my hands into the ends of the sleeves of the hooded sweatshirt tied closely around my face against the early morning chill. The road becomes steeper now and I lean into the rising hill in front of me. To the left a Joshua tree sends her flowered stem toward the rising sun and a rooster crows to mark the beginning of a new day.

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Comments (0) Jun 22 2011

An Earth Day Giveaway

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Our home is just a few acres outside the Yavapai/Apache Nation Long Housereservation area in Central Arizona. On Earth Day, the Tribe gave away free baby trees at a gathering near the Cliff Castle Casino. We had a Red Road meeting at the house that day and were unable to attend the gathering at the reservation. The next day a Tribal member who was aware that we had not attended, was kind enough to bring us some baby trees to plant on our property. Of the two Tribes on this reservation, Larry is Yavapai. He was the first Tribal member to come bless our property when we first moved here. Larry has well over twenty years sober and has been carrying the message and helping people all over Indian Country, Arizona and beyond, as long as anyone can remember. A military veteran and a Grandpa to many, he is happy man with a great sense of humor and some very traditional medicine.

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Comments (0) May 04 2011

The Medicine of Dandelion

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According the New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses, Dandelion Picture of Fran Dancing Featheris a potent diuretic, laxative and anti-rheumatic. It stimulates liver function, improves digestion and reduces swelling and inflammation. Fresh leaves can be blanched and are eaten in salads or cooked like spinach. Flower petals are sometimes made into wine. Dandelion is used to treat gall bladder and urinary disorders, gallstones, jaundice, cirrhosis, dyspepsia with constipation and edema associated with high blood pressure and heart weakness. It is also used for chronic joint pain and skin complaints, gout, eczema and acne. It has quite a list of extraordinary medicinal effects. Harvest is done in early summer and dried for decoctions. Leaves are picked in Spring and used as a fresh vegetables and roots are lifted in Autumn from 2-year old plants and pressed for juice.

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Comments (0) Apr 20 2011

The Ceremony

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I met the medicine man several years ago at a sober Indian convention in Albuquerque. My husband and I had gathered lava stones and herbs for the sweat lodge and I asked the elder to bless them. He talked with me for a long time because I was young in my recovery and still had so much to learn about Ceremony. He was sitting at a table in the shade on the north side of the building and I sat down with him and gave him some herbs as an offering in exchange for his wisdom. His hair was silver and the dappled shade allowed the sunlight to reflect off his hair like the highly polished turquoise and silver of the rings he wore. We are people who honor the visions and dreams but we must respect the old ways and allow the elders and medicine people to guide us as we journey through this life. He was a kind man with a great sense of humor and he made me feel comfortable and welcome in his native land in New Mexico.

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Comments (1) Apr 06 2011