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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Hope For Housing

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The Navajo Nation is a Native American territory covering about 17,544,500 acres, occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico in the United States. This is the largest land area retained by a Native American tribe, with a population of roughly 350,000 as of 2016.  It is beautiful beyond words and rich in natural resources.  The photo below is of Canyon de Chelly, a sacred place with a one-of-a-kind landscape and is the cherished homeland of the Navajo people. 
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Reflections of the way Life used to be

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In the summer of 2016, my life changed rapidly with a tiny bit of forethought and perhaps less foresight than necessary, perhaps not near enough, but I left my home of 28 years, my children, my dogs, everything that was near and dear to my heart. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Westward Ho! Canyon de Chelly and The Sacred Heart Prayer

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In the adobe house, in the back-bedroom, there is a back-door that opens to the back-yard patio. About an hour before dawn, he stirs and cracks open the door, slightly. Filling the room, the mountain air is cool and crisp, fresh and pure, the scent of fall is in the air. I take long, deep, rejuvenating breaths ever-so-slowly; rhythmically. Although a short road trip is planned for the day I lie in bed for another half-hour enjoying the quiet darkness as I continue to draw the intoxicating air deeply into my lungs. I long to live in the mountains once again. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Sacred Navajo Language: One of Sacrifice and Strength

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I could feel the early morning warmth from the bright sun, as I gazed at the puffy white cotton-top clouds floating along a vast blue sky, it was a seemingly normal summer morning or so I thought.  As we were driving towards the fairgrounds the streets were lined with cars, people were milling about and approximately a dozen protestors were standing on the corner with signs regarding the Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River.  Frankly, it’s a good thing I wasn’t driving; the massive sandstone rock jutting 200 feet in the air was directly in front of me and it had completely captured my attention…I was in awe of Holy Mother Earth, as usual....   

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