Friday, September 30, 2016

Nine Years On

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all rights reserved.

This is a bittersweet day.

It's the annual Feast of San Geronimo here, not that we had time to go. This day has always been associated with that marker, of course.

For a year now, it has held deeply personal significance for us in a way that holds great joy. But it's joy that is always tempered by its other association.

Nine years ago, at 1:12 PM MDT, we lost our beautiful BearGirl. She was, for her kind, already longer-lived than most, and yet it was not her time; her body had become riddled with tumors, a terrible side effect of a medication she should never have been given. The photo above was taken nine years ago yesterday, along with some others of her and Hunter with me. The following day, she suffered a small but significant stroke, and it was time.

I did as I always do: Went out at the appointed time, burned cedar and sprinkled tobacco where her ashes were scattered. I can't help but feel that the good that now accompanies this date is due to her, to the sheer force of will of her powerful spirit, ensuring that what she wanted for us came to pass. Years ago, she welcomed me as only a few spirits ever have, all of them of her kind, and while she was first and foremost Wings's girl, she gave me the gift of becoming mine, too, and instantly so.

Nine years on, I miss her presence every day.

We love you, BearGirl.



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The Light of a New Sun

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And once in a while, as on this day, we are granted the gift of a new life, too, one lived in the light of a new sun.



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Friday Feature: In Dreams, We Become

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It's our final Friday Feature of September at The NDN Silver Blog, and today, it's a look at my favorite work by one of the Pueblo's master carvers. It's also an exploration of the nature of identity and being, and how it is given to us in dreams to become, to inhabit all aspects of our selves.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. Inquiries via the site's Contact form. And, as always, sales are much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Thursday, September 29, 2016

In the Light

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They emerge from the mountains, from the vales and valleys between; they emerge from the ruins, from ancient kivas and sacred spaces, out of their old world into this one to walk again, if only for a moment, in the light.



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#TBT: The Power of Dreams and Other Worlds, Guarded by Grandmothers

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It's #ThrowbackThursday at The NDN Silver Blog, with a work of simple elegance and power from nearly a decade ago. It's a piece that evokes dreams and worlds beyond, and the grandmothers who guard them.

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. This piece sold years ago, but if it speaks to you, simply inquire via the site's Contact form; Wings can create a version uniquely your own. And, as always, sales are much needed, so shares of the site links are much appreciated.



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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

For Tonight, Only an Image

Photo copyright Aji, 2016; all rights reserved.

Look at it. Just look at it.

I never thought we could do this.

We have a long way to go — a very long way to go. On Saturday, I'll be launching Stage IV, because we still have an upper level to build, a roof to install, wiring and plumbing and a septic system and mudding and plastering and fixtures and appliances and and and . . . . But I still need costs estimates for a lot of that, and for now, it can wait.

For tonight, all that matters is that beautiful, beautiful image up there, with the goal met.

And it's all thanks to so, so many of you who have helped get us through these first three stages of the process. Right now, I don't have words for expressing our gratitude, only tears. 



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On Such a Night As This

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On such a night as this, the light lives in heaven, and summons hell.




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