Monday, April 2, 2018

4 Thoughts


23. Twenty-three years is a short long time. It is exciting because of what is not understood, known or discovered, yet. As each day is a step into adulthood one is undressing childhood. Unlearning is what this process is called. It is exciting, yes; but it is more difficult without wise elders to be tutored by, and without ancestral links to your people you've decided to walk without the wisdom...- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 3/21/18


There is a deep feeling conveyed in a mother's touch and even better is the reciprocation of love taking on meanings inconceivable in our younger years. We never know what maturity is like until we mature, and we never fully embrace our mothers until their essence embodies ours when they leave here. These mysterious interactions are meant to be what they are: mysterious. Because we don't understand everything we have the luxury of enjoying everything we learn to appreciate...

Mommy left me with this knowing I'd come to feel this. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 3/23/18


You know this, but others need to understand the basis of Native life: spiritual responsibility has natural responses in every act of living. Without the sense of spiritual responsibility in one's life any brutality can pass a litmus test. Without the people fully engaged in their spiritual responsibility chaos would race across all of existence creating terror within a type of hell too horrible to live through, and hard to describe to the simple minded or those living deep in denial... - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 3/22/18 


"A racist theory on athletics would have you believe that athletic blacks are not exceptional because their athleticism is natural but blacks that are non-athletic are defective while athletic whites are exceptional, the product of commitment and discipline, but non-athletic whites are just normal. Exceptional is just that, without regard for race." - Karl Brower 3/21/18

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