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Prejudice Unveiled in – A Buffalo in the House – by Rosen

“The civilization of the Indian is impossible while the buffalo remains upon the plains….I would not seriously regret the total disappearance of the buffalo from our western prairies….” Columbus Delano, US Secretary of the Interior, under President Ulysses S. Grant, from his 1883 Annual Report

Veryl Goodnight and her husband Roger, in the year 2000, began raising a bull buffalo calf they named Charlie, from a few days of age to his untimely death at age three. Rosen, in his book A Buffalo in the House, captures Charlie’s story as well as the current plight of the plains buffalo.

Once a majestic sight, herds of buffalo roaming the great American plains are gone. Few buffalo remain, most living in Yellowstone National Park, where there is not always protection from death due to prejudice many years in the making.

Veryl and Roger, in raising Charlie by bottle, are walking in the tradition of Mary Ann, wife of Charles Goodnight, Veryl’s great, great uncle. Charles and Mary Ann are credited with the salvation of the buffalo in the 1870‘s after they began a herd on their ranch.

To recreate Mary Ann’s bottle feeding in bronze, Veryl, a sculptor, used Charlie as a model. Neither Veryl nor Roger suspected how deeply they would fall in love with Charlie, or buffalo. After Charlie’s death Roger begins a quest to stop active killing of buffalo.

Rosen has captured a true story of an unusual love, loss, and enormous prejudice against the buffalo, an amazing animal.

I personally have experienced the buffalo’s majesty, also called bison, when I lived amongst Oglala Sioux Indians as a teenager. My heart breaks reading about the tragedy occurring today against the buffalo. A Buffalo in the House contains information to inform and if one desires – become an activist in protecting buffalo against outrageous killing.

Worth a read: A Buffalo in the House, by R. D. Rosen, ISBN: 978-1-59558-165-5

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Victory vs Defeat

“We should respect our Victories, rather than dwell on our defeats.”

by Dan T. Davis

How often do I say – If only I had done it another way, I would have been successful? Maybe rhetorical, but definitely a question to consider how this can focus on the negative instead of the positive.

On the other hand, how often do I celebrate my victories? More often, I say: “Accomplished, what next?” as if to say a victory is another checkmark off the To Do List. Thinking this thought, without regard to what victory meant for my life, and then moving on as if victory had little meaning. Never celebrating, never examining how this victory could change my life.

My life would be different if I sought out the positive and celebrated. My focus would change and I believe that would be good.


Listening To The Love

After two hours of working with my artist on direction, I placed the phone on the receiver, sighing. I was tired, but pleased with the art for  A Carpenter’s Legacy. We were close to finishing.

Turning around in my chair I saw my dog, in her ‘den’. She had adopted the small space, where feet normally fit, under my desk. With sad eyes she gazed up at me hoping to be petted, but expecting me to ignore her as I had for the last two hours.

Her adoration was compelling, and I reached down to caress her face, telling her she was special and loved.

Her tail began to thump loudly against the desk.

Listening to her love for me, expressed by her tail, I was reminded of the blessing God gave me when she came into my life. She brightened my day, and my caress brightened hers.

I was Listening to her Love.

Yummy Vegetable Soup

Last week I made a yummy vegetable soup. It was easy and fun.

Here is what I did.

To prepare the vegetables I diced the onions and celery, then sauteed them in a little bit of butter to caramelize them.

In a large soup pot I placed a four quarts of water and added the chunked carrots, beets and Swiss chard, letting them cook until tender. When the onions and celery were cooked I added this to the soup pot. I added more water as needed.

Taking half of the beet greens, Swiss chard greens and parsley leaves – I added them to the pot, letting them wilt.

To the Soup Pot I added coarse ground Celtic sea salt to taste.

To the Soup Pot I added 2 Tablespoons of Herbs of Provence.

To the Soup Pot I added Hot ground Cayenne Pepper to taste. (For me this was one heaping teaspoon for 7 quarts of water and vegetables.)

I let the soup simmer until all the ingredients wilted and the chunks of carrots and beets were soft.

Then I put the soup I would not use away and added to the dinner portions some of the saved greens. I allowed these to wilt partially before taking them off the stove top. Each time I used some of the leftovers I would wilt some more of the greens.

This Soup can be served with a side dish of meat if preferred, or as a vegetarian meal. It is quite tasty and filling.

Ingredients:

Onion – diced

Celery – chunks

Carrots – Julienned and bite size

Beets – bite size

Swiss Chard – Rainbow colored, bite size

RO Water (specially filtered water with no chlorine)

Beet greens – small squares

Swiss Chard Greens – bite size

Parsley – Italian, leaf only – one bunch

Cayenne Pepper – to taste

Herbs of Provence – 2 Tablespoons

Sea Salt – Coarse Ground – to taste

Chat Roulette

Ever wonder what the world is like for someone in a different country than yours?

Join Chat roulette. If you are not nexted you will connect with someone and be able to learn. But you don’t get to choose your country. Remember the internet is wild and wooly still!

What is Chat Roulette and Nexted you ask?

Best explained in the video link: http://vimeo.com/9669721

However, my understanding is you need access to the internet via broad band and a computer with a camera and keyboard.

By typing Chat Roulette into Google search, then clicking on the Chat Roulette link, you can get into the largest Chat room ever made to date. It has video, but not audio. Instead you type and read what your chat buddy has typed.

If however you do not want to talk with the person who randomly comes up in the chat video – you Next them which means you click on a link again which takes you to the next random chat user to pop up.

The obvious assumptions apply. Pretty young girls will have less nexting than others. Meaning – more people will want to talk with them and they will not be nexted as often.

A very interesting addition to our current computer world.

Blast From The Past

Made a connection last week with a friend, via her daughter, over Facebook.

Call it the proverbial Blast from the Past.

One phone call later and we were friends all over again. We were sharing stories of our current lives, as well as remembrances from over 30 years ago.

I am reminded of a close friend from my fourth/fifth/and sixth grade who I would love to reconnect with today. Yet I do not know where to start. Maybe I never will. But with the advent of social networking on the computer and the World Wide Web – who knows. Anything is possible.

Connections with people in my life are important. As I watch news videos of both Haiti and Chile earthquakes – people connections seem even more important to me. Their stuff just floats away, or falls in the rubble with the damaged condos. It is the living who matter and are worth the effort to save. Seeing a person or a dog pulled alive from the wreckage, brings Joy and Hope for more who survived these tragedies.

I find myself asking what am I doing to make connections with friends and loved ones? My friends and loved ones might not be in an earthquake zone, but they are important just because they are!

If I work at it, I can change my world daily, by letting the people I am connected with know they are valued.

So for those readers who know me: You are Important and a Precious Child of the Living God!

A Glimmer Of Spring Is In The Air

It seems like every time I turn on the local weather they are saying “unseasonable cold temperatures throughout this week.” They have been saying this since Thanksgiving!

I like winter and the cold weather it brings, but I am anticipating spring as much as everyone else. Today I saw a glimmer of spring. Instead of bundling up, I stuck my coat in the car and wore only a woolen shrug. I was fine while running errands.

But the real harbinger of spring today was seeing a cardinal alit on my front shrubs. There was some lingering snow on them and this beautiful cardinal male showed brilliantly against the white and green. This sighting, coupled with birdsong in the morning when I let Crystal out, brings Joy to my heart. I love spring!

Can We Trust God?

It is Sabbath again. I am comforted to know Jesus loved to sing hymns.

Mark 14:26 tells of a scene which happened before Jesus and Disciples left the table for the Garden of Gethsemane. They sang a hymn.

What if that hymn were Psalm 118?

A few excerpts:

v1 – Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

v6 – The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?

v7-8 – The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.

v 14 – The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.

v 17-18 – I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD. The LORD has disciplined me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

v 22-23 – The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone. This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

v 24 – This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

v 28-29: You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. NASB

Imagine singing this hymn before being captured, tried, judged, taken before Pilate, lashed 40 times and crucified.

How can I begin to comprehend this kind of trust Jesus had in God, knowing what would happen to him?

This is the kind of trust I pray for.

For those who wish to have the complete Psalm 118 – it follows:

Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Oh let Israel say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Oh let the house of Aaron say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Oh let those who fear the LORD say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.” From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place. The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me? The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in princes. All nations surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off. They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off. They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off. You pushed me violently so that I was falling, But the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD. The LORD has disciplined me severely, But He has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; The righteous will enter through it. I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone. This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.  NASB

I pray God’s Blessings Upon You!

Gifts From God

It is feeding time at the Lazo-Davis home; feeding time for our dog Crystal. Each time I feed her, you can tell she sees her food as a gift to her. If I am a little late, she will come lay her head on my lap. If I tell her to wait, or it is not time yet, she will patiently wait until I am ready to prepare her food.

Are we this gracious when we ask God for something?

Jesus tells us to not worry over our needs, God will provide.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:31-33  NIV

However, when we pray, do we trust God to provide, as my dog simply trusts me to provide? If I do not feed her, she will wait on me. If she has to fast, say for some surgery on the next day, and I do not bring food to her, she still loves me. I assume she figures it is not for her to have food tonight.

Yet when God similarly does not grant us something we just totally know we need, do we accept His decision? Or instead do we rant and rave? Do we pout? Do we beg?

Or do we Trust and keep asking in humility, waiting upon God because He knows what is best for us?

Something again I dwell upon.

Your Sacred Writing Space

Ever think about the place you write? Is it sacred?

With what and whom are you surrounded? Do you invite God into the process of your writing?

Are you able to imagine yourself in a globe of sorts where Creativity and Inspiration happen, even in a crowded environment? Are you able to write in a separate room with a closable door?

Writers need both Creativity and Inspiration as well as Perspiration and Determination to write. Bouts of silence are needed so you can listen to promptings from God.

Being able to touch the heart of your mind so you can translate it to the keyboard or paper requires concentration, reflection and prayer. Yes – you can achieve this in a crowed room of people eating or drinking warm beverages. However, it is hard to achieve this when you are interrupted by others, whom you care about.

I personally have a closed door policy. If the door is closed – please do not interrupt, unless you are dying. This allows me to pray uninterrupted, or spend some time reading scripture in quiet while I am  writing.

If the door is almost closed – it is fair game to interrupt. 🙂

Remember above all else that your writing is important! You are expressing the very essence of who you are. This makes writing an important skill to be honored and honed. Regardless of whether you win awards with your writing, your writing is due respect.

Creating a sacred writing space so God can participate will keep your writing fresh and pertinent.