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Have you taken a flight on a airplane before ? When the jet plane lifts off the runway, and heads up and up, zooming past all winds, air pockets, flying higher and higher – notice – no matter how cloudy, lousy and fogged up, no matter how thick the veil that covers the ground, once we get up above a certain altitude, then BOOM ! All the sudden, a breakthrough ! We are above the smog and clouds, and out the window, there’s a VAST blue skies that open up and sunshine EVERYWHERE.

Imagine! We cannot see them but they are up there – sun, moon, sky … the Universe.

All There – still up there – So again, there’s sun and blue skies – and more importantly there’s a SUN within.

There’s a bright sky and a brighter SUN within we can ignite…

So today, maybe we awoke and found the gloom and doom, dim,

Orange sky where sun is nowhere to be seen …. but don’t be sad. Let’s find the inner sun that ignites within that vast body temple within.

The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech of an eagle. But he will not make friends with any of these creatures; and when his heart aches with longing, he will curse me. Have I done all to keep the air fresh? Have I cared enough about the water? Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom? Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness? —CHIEF DAN GEORGE

Geswanouth Slahoot
Salish First Nations
British Columbia, Canada

So sure, there’s No longer need to burn and smudge any sage

Burning sage is said to clear the air of nagative – negatives of sad people who forgot where we really came from, the non-believers of science – what does it take? Global warming is real and exteme weather is here. Earth warming caused by our own doing. Non believers of science also ignore the age-old wisdom to tend to our mother earth… so now,

The Creator is smuding the Air to cleanse the Earth … reminding us that we are responsible to tend to this Planet Earth, our home. Our home is beautiful and we will see the blue skies and the bright sun soon. If we pivot and tend to those we hold dear …

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.

Geswanouth Slahoot
Salish First Nations
British Columbia, Canada

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Made brown rice & cauliflower sushi to bring to a gathering… really had to overcome my fears to actually RSVP yes. Then began to think how to serve what the host asked me to bring “starch” COVID style. This “starch” actually ended up probably not being “starch” or “carb” as this version of sushi was 30% brown rice; 30% roasted cauliflower; & rest finally chopped veggies roasted – topped with chopped fresh herbs and parsley (could not find nori) and chopped nuts. Instead of one heap of chirashi, this time I decided serve in his/her cups – individually topped with garnish. No one needed to serve in this help-yourself style.

The host adhered to all safety precaustions:

1. Seating 6ft social distance around a big table

2. Mask worn except when eating and drinking.

3. She served every plate so there was no shared serving utensils.

4. She kept the party small – our pod of only 6 …seated around and away from the central table with feasts – low lying so we can see each other over the table.

5. And most appreciated that we were in the great outdoors !

6. Wish we each had a mat though. Another appetizer could have been a sweet yoga time … to whet our appetite while strengthening our resolve to find small joys even at times of great uncertainty.

Virus, thunder and lightening, mountain fires, hundreds of people fleeing their homes, grim economics if not for S&P but for our main streets where so many small businesses are struggling. What’s next?

Resolved that I will do my little part to bring joy to others. Like these friends who took the time to feed us and shared …a supper and stories. So tired of zooms and screens – May we return to simple pleasures of seeing in person friends and I love pot lucks. Pot lucks!!! Dreaming of pot lucks! Everyone with roof over our heads and safe in the true sense of that word. We can’t individually be safe until everyone is.

It’s back to wartime like sacrifice where we will pactice all safety precautions in a personal level, so we will overcome this period of pain to … come out on the other side of the curve – maybe by Spring 2021?

Then … we will have our potlucks and kids will be back in school. How we took things for granted. Simple pleasures of gathering, sharing … hugging and talking and laughing loudly without caring about airborne droplets.

Those days will come back. We will have that potluck.


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