10 November 2010

I will not live in fear

Here are the prayer, poetry, words of Dawna Markova

I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear
Of falling or catching fire
I choose to inhabit my days
To allow my living to open me
To make me less afraid
More accessible
To loosen my heart
Until it becomes a wing
A torch, a promise
I choose to risk my significance
To live so that which came to me as seed
Goes to the next as blossom
As which came to me as blossom
Goes on as fruit.

This poem gives me courage today to do my part on the borderlands. I look forward to returning to my home of Casas Grandes next week to help with a new conservation education project at El Uno, the Bison conservation ranch near Janos and in the beautiful dunes and water hole of Salamayuca south of Juarez. I don't have time to be afraid. There is work to do and hope to inspire for the children and communities there. Bison, praire dogs, prong hong, some of the most beautiful grasslands left in the Americas; what to do with all that plastic trash; and help women in their communities learn how to recycle; and inspire generations to value stewardship of the land.

A portrait of Indian Ju; We met on the Cabalgata Villista 3 years ago. He is married to a Mexicana from Zaragosa and lives and works in Alburqurque, NM. He is of Apache descent.

NAU BOOKSTORE NOV 10th 3 to 5pm ; Native American Appreciation month

Come visit me and Rex Bizaholoni at the NAU bookstore for Native American Tribute month TODAY 3 to 5pm. We will share our creative works and insight into the connections of Northern Mexico and the Greater Southwest beyond the fear of the borderlands through photography and visual communications. Come see Mata Ortiz Ceramics for sale; learn about bi-national collaborations with RanchoFeliz.com and Somoslasemilla.org, conservation, eco education, and efforts to effect change on the border. Come see what's on the other side of the fence -get inspired - explore connections of the past and think about our future.... LOok forward to seeing you there !

06 November 2010

Do NOT dispair:New moon wishes

New Moon. My dear sister Al Pal's wedding today and here's to making LOVE and healing and saying YES for all the right reasons: A little something from planetwaves.net that really spoke to me this morning: It starts with you not getting beaten down, and to help bring others up who are. Its about sharing food with others, giving some of your extra eggplant that you’ve grown but you just can’t eat, to other people who are hungry. Its about helping other people who are in need, who are alone, who are sick, tired, poor and need to be hugged and held... It starts with you. And you will have the planets and the stars aligned up for you these next few years to do just that.... So take this analogy to heart and keep it there, beating strong: They want you to imagine that you’re weak and you have no power. But you do. Its already there. All you have to do is tap it, put all your energy into it, focus it and use it to defeat them. Use this time to rest up, paint, dance, be creative and make love as often as you can. Limber up for spring training and strengthen your voice. Reject despair. We’re going to need you. You’ve got what it takes. Here's to overcoming those who abuse their power for selfish gain, mean spiritedness, and greed with the exponential power of LOVE.... thank you planetwaves.net!!! Yeah!!! New Moon Wishing.....Here's to the LOVE we make in the world.