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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

 

… 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

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?

 

… plugged in… Pontiac G8’s Blaupunkt 230-watt/11-speaker system… sounding great…

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… full volume!…

 

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… because the scene is always changing.
It’s the world’s greatest video.
And you’re semi-occupied by, you know, driving the car.
So your subconscious is wide open.
Your conscious is busy, so you’re not thinking about the music too much.
You’re just feeling it...
– Neil Young

 

 

 

can you deny, there’s nothin’ greater
nothin’ more than travelin’ hands of time

 

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a blind man looks out through your eye
he hears the color of your sigh
tastes the laugh upon your thigh then roars
but let this be clear my sighing balladeer
i want nothing more than for you to see me now
there’s red iron in the sliding clay
it stains our knees and it points the way
for blood lusty angels looking to rumble in town
but let this be clear my sliding bombardier
i want nothing more than for you to find me now
here’s how i’m leaning word for word
and no matter what you think you heard
when i say bird i mean a bird no less and not more
but let this be clear my leaning auctioneer
i want nothing more than for you to raise me now
i’m thirsting after righteous gloom
with daylight streaming in this room
and the loss of love one day soon may bear me out and away
but let this be clear my streaming volunteer
i want nothing more than for you to hear me now
i want nothing more than for you to hear me now

– joe henry