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… long before the arrival of the whites my ancestors had developed a concept and practice of warfare based on demonstration of courage rather than killing an enemy. it was more honorable and far more courageous, they thought, to touch a live enemy in battle than it was to kill him. warriors were killed in battle now and then, but killing was not the first and foremost intent. other tribes had similar philosophies, and sometimes pitched battles were fought in which only a few men were wounded; whichever side demonstrated more daring, skill and courage was victor. this approach to warfare was set aside once the lakota began in earnest to resist the whites militarily. in our estimation they didn’t understand our sense of honor, but they did understand killing. several historians and writers have stated that the great warrior crazy horse emulated the fighting tactics of the white soldiers because their way was superior. that is not the case. crazy horse was one of the first to point out that the only way to defeat the whites was to kill them – because that was their way…

“the lakota way”
stories and lessons for living
native american wisdom on ethics and character
Joseph M. Marshall III

 

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cicada
crickets
birds
… train approaching
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… train passing
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… helicopter passes overhead
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… FULL MOON…
… distant train
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… humility was a virtue that the lakota of old expected their leaders to possess. a quiet, humble person, we believed, was aware of other people and other things. an arrogant, boastful man was only aware of himself. interestingly, our methods of selecting leaders today seem to favor the arrogant and boastful… if humility was a virtue important for everyone to practice, it was absolutely necessary for a leader. humility can provide clarity where arrogance makes a cloud. the last thing the people wanted was someone whose judgment and actions were clouded by arrogance…

“the lakota way”
stories and lessons for living
native american wisdom on ethics and character
Joseph M. Marshall III

… ale brewed with black pepper, hickory bark, dandelion root, spices, molasses, and maple syrup with cayenne peppers, star anise, raisins and dates added

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we tried all the seats
we walked the grass
we leaned on the rail
and watched time pass
the boats
the ducks
the mud that dried
the big blue bridge rose to the sky…

… it came down and we watched in awe
could not believe the sights we saw

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got the dreamcatcher last year when we went to Brevort in the UP…

the bluebird feather found in our back yard last year also…

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the bluebird feather has climbed about 2.5″ through the leather strap of the dreamcatcher since last fall…

what has caused this?…

vehicle vibration, music vibration, some intrinsic properties of feather construction prone to ascension?

 

 

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