A chilly week, light snow now and again but not enough accumulation to halt the shrinkage of the snow pack. Today is forecast to be warmer with snow and rain. The perfectly shaped, leaf-bared maple tree that is framed by … Continue reading
It is cold, so cold the schools are closed and folks are encouraged to stay home. Light snow falls intermittently and is blown about by a stiff breeze. We Vermonters are used to the cold but it has been several … Continue reading
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This is what I grew up with. No wonder my family did not want anyone to know we are Native. My dad’s family wouldn’t talk about it. My grandmother would just say, “We must protect the children”. In the case of my sister and I, this meant setting us adrift between cultures. So we would be singled out as Native by the nice people and told we are not Native by some Indians. The final picture shows all my father hinted at, and brought the shock of recognition. So painful. My heart is filled with gratitude for this post.
Nice Folks are a problem: usually because their greatest aspiration is to be nice.
To be “nice”, they are specialists in “going along to get along” – or is that “getting along to go along”? They’ll literally join any crowd; go in any parade; accept anything that’s going on around them to – well, to simply make sure they don’t stand out. They just run their lives based on something called “Common Sense”; which they think means the same thing as “Reality”, and practice like a religion. The fact that their common sense is simply a mix of myths and legends that they learned in school – or the movies – or on TV – doesn’t seem to intrude on them. Common sense is easier that Google, and serves them to get through their lives; walking with the herd; not getting into any kind of trouble.
The picture above is…
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