Choosing our Words

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 In 2021, let us be kind and compassionate toward our fellow humans. Let us choose our words warmly and wisely. Let us build people up rather than tear them down. Let us move past the hate, the division, the vile words of the past year. Bring anRead more

The Drumbeat

It echoes from soul to soul Long ago, yesterday, here and now The drumbeat Eternal through time Continuing through ages In myth and unknowing A pounding of words Washing of mind Untruths repeated The drumbeat quickens Spreading fear, doubt Deleting intelligence, validity The people accept It must be true Heard over and over and over again It is loud and voracious Eating sanity Drowning out awareness The drumbeat cares not Of its intent and repercussions It embraces darkness No turningRead more

#WATWB: Love in Writing

A month or so ago, I was lamenting to good friend and roommate Natasha about how I missed volunteering due to the pandemic. I missed the people contact and serving the local community. Soon after, Natasha sent me a link that would allow me to be a pen pal to an elderly woman in an assisted living or nursing facility. I let that go at the time for reasons that required justification and laziness. This past week, I thought aboutRead more

With Freedom’s Light and Voice

My country, ‘ tis of thee,Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;Land where my fathers died,Land of the pilgrims’ pride,From every mountainside let freedom ring! It is election day in a democratic country. Of all days in the United States, it is one to reflect on our liberty and freedom. Given to us by our forefathers after a hard-fought battle, liberty and freedom of voice, choice, faith and the ability to live our lives in equality is a constitutionalRead more

All of Us…

“None of us are free until all of us are free.” -Emma Lazarus (1800’s) (variation) -Fannie Lou Hamer and Martin Luther King Jr. (1960’s) -Janelle Monae (2017) -Kamala Harris (2020) This would be the preferred motto of democracy. That all people are free, not held in chains, not held back by law or public opinion. Acceptance and love of all. No judgments, no grudges, no feuds, no wars. Acceptance and love. Honoring. Respectful. Viewing humanity in color, but treating everyoneRead more

#WATWB: There’s a First for Everything

For the September edition of We are the World Blogfest, I am focusing in on a cyclist who has become the first tribally recognized Native North American to participate in the Tour de France, a multiple stage bike race, which was held from August 29 to September 20, 2020. The modern-day edition of the Tour de France consists of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period and cover around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 mi), an average of about 167 kilometersRead more

Football and Grace

I woke up the morning of September 11th and scrolled through the news feed on my phone. Acknowledging the 19th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, I zoned in on a story that did not receive widespread attention. It centered around the start of football season in America and a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans and an action that left a disheartening shadow. At this game, during the national anthem, the Kansas CityRead more

We should look…

  “Sometimes we don’t look. We don’t much look.” ~ Buck Cannon, The High Chaparral TV Series ~ Buck was referring to the positive things he had recently learned about the American Indian, aside from the conflicts of the time. If we judge other humans based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, political differences, general appearances, disabilities, or some other illegitimate reason, then we are not looking much. Instead, we make assumptions, succumb to fear or rumors, join the unenlightenedRead more

#WATWB: A Sweet Birthday Treat

Often, during the past couple months of staying safe at home, roommate Natasha would yell out the patio window,“Hey FedEx (or UPS) person, thank you for working the front lines! Thank you for your service!”  We have been doing a lot of online shopping in order to avoid the stores whenever possible. Much like the grocery story or the postal delivery workers, the package delivery people have played a very important part during the COVID-19 pandemic, making our lives saferRead more

Love and Affection

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Romans 12:10 Whether you are religious or not, I think we can all use repetitive words of love and affection in these crazy, unsure times. The Bible scripture comes from 3-Minute Devotions for a Cat Lover’s Heart. (If you know me, you would not be surprised at all that I have a cat-themed devotional. If you don’t know me, welcome to the land ofRead more

Equally Vulnerable and Wonderful

“Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat.”  “In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants — we are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together and we are determined to rise. God bless you all.” ~George W. Bush~ I did not vote for former President Bush while he was in the White House, but I have much admiration and respect forRead more

Land the Plane, Arrive

To arrive on the other side of pain isolation flying into the sun Find patience   To arrive down river of anxiety stress knotted shorts Breathe, dammit   To arrive across the bridge of fear sadness laying in the mud Ignore angry trolls   To arrive without delay detour roads closed fixing flat tires Avoid potholes   To arrive on land sanity intact clear-headed peaceful in meditation Let go of smelly dung   To arrive on the other side isRead more