Spreading News, Pics, Poems, and Love from Lake Keewaydin
Peacham, Vermont. photo by Margaret Mclean
photo by Arch Owen
Buds and Suds
3 photos by Sue Rowan
by Wendell Berry
Universes Being Formed. (Webb telescope)
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American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World
For four hundred years from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the U.S. Army's massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. During that time t...
History Books We Never Read in School
Only when we know all sides of history can we move forward. These books explain the systematic and destruction of native peoples on our continent. When we acknowledge our collective crimes we can then embrace a more fair and just future. James Loewen’s book Lies My Teacher Told Me is a good place to start. In it, he shows how most history textbooks distort and water down history in order to sell more books in California , Texas and Florida. Truth can be debated, but only when we see all the evidence and see that history is a rich tapestry of stories, not a list of dates,places and hero’s defined by those who won.
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
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A Great Spirit for Oneness, Peace and Love, Walks On
My friend, Kevin Locke, left this earthly realm on September 30th. He was a warrior for the oneness of humanity and love, and a healing balm for all who crossed his path. In 1994 he was on tour in Middlebury ,Vermont and came to our local elementary school to hoop dance for the children and tell them about their nobility as human beings and how they must strive to be their higher selves in life. On the wall of the gym was a painted image of an indian chief because the school’s basketball team’s mascot was the Raiders. I was so embarrassed, but Kevin just worked the image into his presentation. He pointed to the chief’s eagle feathers. “They represent your nobility,” he said. “We must all strive to be our better selves in this world.”. Years later, I would write a children’s song called Know Your Higher Self and started touring the country singing it to kids. I can trace that song back to that day in 1994. Kevin was my greatest mentor and influence. I cannot accept his passing. I always imagined him visiting us here on Keewaydin and playing his flute. He was a world renown native flute player and did much to revive Lakota culture.
He often ended his presentations with the Lakota Prayer beneath. I love the last stanza because it says that all life is a preparation for death and to live in such a way that brings dignity to yourself, your family and to the whole world. I am confident that Kevin lived this way. Nothing will take away this gnawing pain but I will continue to feel his presence in my work and in the sacred world of nature that surrounds us. To see this lesson watch the video below. Kevin will never rest in peace. He continues to soar like the eagle in Crazy Horse’s vision. Thanks to Lee Attix for sharing this with me.
Acclaimed Native American flute player, hoop dancer has died
Kevin Locke, an acclaimed Native American flute player, hoop dancer, cultural ambassador and educator, has died in South Dakota at age 68, according to his family. A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and from the ancestral line of Lakota and Anishinabe, Locke died Friday night after returning to his hotel room in Hill City, his son Ohiyesá Locke said Monday.
Empty Nest Eagle photo by Ralph Fletcher
This makes me think of Kevin now. Another eagle leaves for heaven and we here staring at the empty nest, a hole he once filled in our hearts.
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Robert Frost. (cousin of Jack)
Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in the United States. Known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, Frost frequently wrote about settings from rural life in New England in the early 20th century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes.
Frequently honored during his lifetime, Frost is the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution".
Listen to the Song Version by Keewaydin’s own Sam Guarnaccia
Sam Guarnaccia is a composer, performer, scholar, and founder/director of Sam Guarnaccia Music (SGM) www.sam guarnaccia.com. A classical guitarist, he studied privately, at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and received a Master of Fine Arts from the Califo
Read an essay on the poem above
Lee and Sue Talk about Their Electric Bikes😆
Lee and Sue talk about their power assist bikes.
Eric Aho Exhibit at Bates College
Last February , lanscape painter, Eric Aho came to Stoneham to cut ice and reproduce an image in a Marsden Hartley painting. Things did not go as planned but this October 28th Bates College in Lewiston will be exhibiting the work of 8 contemporary artists whose work is influenced by Hartley.Eric’s art will be included in the exhibit. For more info click on the link above. If you want to go to the opening, call me at 802-345-9193 and maybe we can carpool.
Stoneham Rescue Hunter’s Breakfast: Deer for dinner?
Special Report from Uvalde, Texas
I have been bringing my kindness celebration, the Forcefield for Good, to the children of Uvalde and San Antonio Texas for the last 2 weeks of September. So many people from town have asked me to report on this for the Chronicle so I will be including some dispatches on my work there in the coming issues. To be in a place like Uvalde, that has experienced such a profound and horrific tragedy, does something to how you see other people and our role as community members. After a day there it was clear to me that the worst tragedy brings out the best in people. Fred Rogers said, to always look to the helpers. He was right. I could not help but think of my Stoneham neighbors and how they are there for each other in times of need.
Eva Mirales was a Force of Nature
Just before I left town, I spent an hour at the 2 murals of the 2 teachers who were lost at Robb Elementary. I filmed the 3 women who were close friends and colleagues. They stood in front of the murals telling stories, laughing and crying. Eva and Irma came alive more with each anecdote. I am going to edit the video and give it to them as a gift. It struck me that when you lose a teacher the profound loss extends to all their students and colleagues. I thought of all the lessons not taught, all the children who lost an advocate in a system that can make them smaller. Eva Mirales, who was a crossfit trainer and weight lifter was also a fierce advocate for every child’s needs. In other words, a real badass teacher,
The Heart Pledge: The Last Class I Taught in Uvalde
The last class I taught at Uvalde was a 5th grade at the Uvalde Dual Language Academy, a school where all students learn in both Spanish and English. I wrote the words. I pledge allegiance to my heart on the board and they wrote the rest. Here is the text as they wrote it, without a single edit. I wrote the last line and turned it into a song below. In Texas, children pledge alegiance to both the US flag and the Texas flag. Why not add a 3rd pledge that actually helps children to reflect on what it means to be a citizen in a thriving, peaceful democracy?
The Heart Pledge
I pledge allegiance to my heart.
I will always stay true to myself.
I will show grace to myself and to others.
Love will always matter even when I am mad.
I won’t let the sun go down on my anger.
I will choose the kinder path.
I will choose the kinder path.
I will choose the kinder path.
A Song for Uvalde
Before I left Stoneham, Carol-lee and I wrote this song for the children and teachers of Uvalde. My favorite line in this song was written by Carol-lee, “My heart is like a fortress that I can stand inside and feel my feet beneath me whenever I try to quiet my mind….
Hearts can be broken , but that does not mean all the love is lost. Love is a renewable resource. Never ending, eternal, or as a third grader named Ivy described it to me last week, “It goes on for eva and eva and eva and eva…”
Practicing Heart Meditation
Think of all the love in your heart and who put it there. This is a meditation I learned from Mr Rogers, Deepok Chopra and life in general. A heart is a haven, a home for kindness and love and grattitude
Practicing Kindness at Elementary Schools
A 3 year old opens her heart to the world. I got to work with most of the children that were affected by the tragedy. Healing is slow and circular. Teachers are dedicated to creating the safe spaces that create love and healing and learning. I did three workshops with teachers and know that the main reason they returned is not for themselves , but for their students. To call teachers heroes sounds like pandering most places, but not in Uvalde.
Memorial at Robb Elementary
The first place I stopped when I got to town on Sunday night, was the impromptu memorial at Robb Elementary school. I was overcome with grief and sadness at the the sight of all the outpouring of love expressed in all the stuffies and flowers and prayers. The memorial is guarded 24/7 by the Texas State police. The building will be torn down in the coming year and a more permanent memorial built on the site, but this will always be the real memorial. News stories never really penetrate the surface when it comes to such horrific loss. To stand there among the heaps of colored offerings sent from people all around the world is to know that love endures, even on the worst days. Love lasts.
My trip to Uvalde was sponsored by Solu ToneStream, a meditation app for your smartphone. Used with a bluetooth speaker or headphones it creates the Forcefield for Good whereever you are. www.solu.app. Try it for free.
The New Pumps at P and K
Our favorite gas station has new pumps. And now it offers paper receipts.
The Old Pumps
Some day in the future, in the land beyond fossil fuels, there will be old pumps everywhere.
Fly Away Farm: Local Food Grown by One Family
10 years ago our a young family started growing organic vegetables and we all got healthier. Jenn and Justin Ward started Flyaway Farm. Their shop is just past the Center Lovell store and is the best place to pick up nutrition packed organic vegetables. Some people think that organic only means that the vegetables are not grown with chemical pesticides. True, but the real story is that vegetables grown in organic soil , tastes better and has been proven to have a better nutritional value. The downside is the cost but, thanks to ocal farmers like the Ward family, we can pay a little less and give all the profit to the people who help create our food. 150 years ago there were organic farms everywhere in Oxford County but those people either went out to the mid-west where the soil had less stones or disappeared in the Civil War,. One family came back to grow real food and we are grateful.
Digital Equity Comes to Maine
Local author Sue Golder Tells a Lake Story
Olly the Wonder Dog: From Charles Boyer Wellesley, Mass
KC Virtual Pet Talent show
Epic Battle between Poopsie ( the cat) and Reishi (the Action Hero)
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Close Encounter with Smokey Scented Bear
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Mondays 2-5 in Waterford on the green.
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Celtic Shamrock Whiskey Tumbler Box Set - Etsy
The "Celtic shamrock" whiskey tumbler box set is the ultimate tribute to our Irish culture not to mention our love of whiskey ! The perfect gift, for Christmas, St Patricks day or indeed any other occasion where celebration is required ! Gift set comprises of two tumblers decorated with an iconic shamrock enhanced by intricate celtic knotwork.