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Dennis J Banks 1937-2017

His family released this statement:

“Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on October 29, 2017.

As he took his last breaths, Minoh sang him four songs for his journey. All the family who were present prayed over him and said our individual goodbyes. Then we proudly sang him the AIM song as his final send off.

Our father will be laid to rest in his home community of Leech Lake, MN. Presiding over traditional services will be Terry…

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Added by Michael Johnson on October 31, 2017 at 12:28am — 2 Comments

Johnny Cash - Crazy Old Soldier

Crazy Old Soldier

I've had fame and fortune, women come knock on my door

I've lived to the limit and maybe a little bit more

There are so many stories of how I got out of control

Some say it's a woman, some say it's my troubled soul

I'm like a crazy old solider fightin'a war on my own

Just me and the whiskey and the bottles are ten thousand strong

You'd think I'd give up as many times as I've been hit

But like a crazy old soldier, I just don? t know…

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Added by Michael Johnson on October 18, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

Twenty-One

"Twenty One"

Joe Pesci

Baby you're sixteen. That's not old as it may seem.

As for me I can't believe that it's true.

How a little girl who looks and talks like you,

is not mistaken more for twenty two.

Looking in your eyes it's so hard to realize,

that you're a girl who's only in her teens.

But as a woman of my world you are the one

that makes me feel I'm still twenty one.

What am I gonna do, when a young man calls for you

to take…

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Added by Michael Johnson on October 18, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments

Changing

I remember being told once that you can't ever go home again,

well you can but not to the home you left that rainy day in 66.

November 1967

I look out the window at the rain washing down the streets of my Southern California town

and shiver at the cold 49 degree weather.

" I'm still in Vietnam" I whisper wondering if I'll really ever return from that hell hole,

it's only 10 AM and I'm already on my 3rd scotch of the day heading to 10 or more before…

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Added by Michael Johnson on October 16, 2017 at 12:52am — No Comments

I. Bissell’s Ride

I. Bissell’s Ride

By Clay Perry

Listen, my children, to my epistle

Of the long, long ride of Israel Bissell,

Who outrode Paul by miles and time

But didn’t rate a poet’s rhyme.

A postman was this Israel Bissell.

Who on his horse, sped like a missile

On April nineteenth, seventy-five,

And few there are who are now alive

Who’ve read of that ride with the “Call to Arms”

Which summoned men with war’s alarms.

At Watertown where the…

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Added by Michael Johnson on October 12, 2017 at 12:50am — No Comments

Ghosts of the Sun Dance

Ghosts of the Sun Dance-Part 1

Ghosts of the Sun Dance

1. The Path

A quest dating back through our history

Surpassing the flesh, a spiritual path

Human endurance, road to mystery

Dark trail winding through the gardens of wrath

It echoes through me, this deep ambition

Half century of miles, lifetime compressed

Much more than a race, a sacred mission

With light of hardship I hope to be blessed

To outsiders, an act of madness…

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Added by Michael Johnson on October 10, 2017 at 11:11pm — No Comments

It Don't Mean Nothin'

173rd Airborne AShau Valley Airborne Assault

Many Vietnam Vets, frustrated, bricky hot, dirty with an ageless dirt, tired beyond physical endurance, weary to the bone, scared, skeptical of authority that had lied to them too many times before, boys who had done more than they could in good conscience do, seen more than they could bare to see, lost more than they could afford to lose, when conditions seemed impossibly unbearable, uttered these painful words that became a common…

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Added by Michael Johnson on October 8, 2017 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Ode To "Who You Callin'"

Where Oh Where did my little blog go

where oh where did it go

Was it's language severe or to scary

to appear

Oh where oh where did it go

Oh my oh me oh woe

where oh where did it go

is it playing with peers upstairs

or did someone send it below

it's content au-contraire mon frère

Oh where oh where did my little blog go

where oh where did it go

was the topic too frisky

it's photo too risky

oh where oh where-yes where…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 29, 2017 at 5:59am — 2 Comments

Boys To Braids

Local Sacto. Events

Added by Michael Johnson on September 27, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

Derelict by Young Ewing Allison

AVAST! ye lubbers tis a tale below to give ye the collywobbles

perk yer ears mateys lest ye kiss the gunners' daughter

Derelict

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest—

Drink and the devil had done for the rest—

The mate was fixed by the bos'n's pike,

The bos'n brained with…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 18, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Engineers Dying Child Johnny Cash

The Engineers Dying Child

A little child on a sickbed lay

And death was very near

He was the pride and the only child

Of a railroad engineer

His duty had called him from those he loved

And seeing that hope was dim

While a tear he shed to his wife, he said

Just have two lanterns trimmed"

Just hang a light when I pass tonight

Hang it where it can be seen

If the baby's dead then show the red

If he's better then show the…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 15, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments

Hemingway House

I know I know I'm worried about those Hemingway six toed cats when people are suffering! BUT THATS JUST ME!

News

Hemingway House

The Kitties Are OK

Irma Spares Key West

9/10/2017 5:20 PM PDT

Hemingway House's Kitties are Safe After Hurricane Irma Spares Key…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 10, 2017 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Land of Misery Poem by Joe Inca

Land of Misery

On the eastern shore, she knocked on our door

Then drifted away to the west

She then turned north, and steadily forth

With rage upon her crest

As she gathered force, On a steady course

To a land below the sea

Too Unaware, or unprepared

For such a tragedy

Toppling of homes, the shredding of domes

of a wind that relentlessly blows

All the terrain, was flooded with rain

When the lake did overflow

And then she…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 10, 2017 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment

Irma and Florida Poem by Franklin Price

Irma and Florida

By Franklin Price

9/10/2017 - 10:07 AM

We're watching several channels

To determine what's for real

Reporters on the outside,

In the wind and rain's ideal

The place now is Miami

Presentation there's the best

Storm surge rising in the streets

Wind and rain are reaching crest

Palm trees show the blowing winds

Waves rock and roll the boats

Around low lying castle homes

Are quickly rising…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 10, 2017 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

Age Is Better Rod McKuen

Age Is Better

I have been young,

a fresh faced sprout,

with agile legs, a muscled arm and smile

to charm the world I went through

in a rush to get a little older, sooner.

Catching my reflection while passing past

a looking glass not long ago

I discovered I was older, even old. There was

no sudden melancholy or regret, and yet

some sadness in the wonder that it happened

while I wasn’t watching,

No pause to proudly ply the…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 4, 2017 at 12:07am — No Comments

The Summing Up

The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.

W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, The Summing Up…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 3, 2017 at 11:59pm — No Comments

Seasons In The Sun Rod McKuen Translated From Jacques Brel's Le Moribond

This one's for David and Sandy until missing a curve outside Soldotna AK changed everything...

Seasons In the Sun

Goodby, Emile, my trusted friend, we've known each

other since we were nine or ten.

Together we climbed hills and trees, learned of love

and A B Cs, skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.

Adieu, Emile, it's hard to die when all the birds are

singing in the sky. Now that the Spring is in the air

Pretty girls are ev'rywhere. wish…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 31, 2017 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

The Red Road ?

As most of you know who have followed me here on W.N. most of my life has been a battle with

substance abuse and that the A.A. program was instrumental in my recovery from alcohol.

It was not however a factor in my spiritual recovery. Over time I came to realize that what was being offered was a religious program in the guise of a spiritual program and that deference to the Christian

religion was referred to when ever God was mentioned.

This was a problem for me as the…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 30, 2017 at 2:27am — No Comments

Dangerous Waters

The attached photo shows a "floating raft" of thousands of fire ants after a flood the whole colony ready and able to recolonize it's self after the waters recede...this could be in abandoned homes, debris etc.

they will attack when disturbed ..en masse.

Then there's rattlesnakes, gators and lots of other displaced animal life swimming around..Bull Sharks in the rivers...sounds like a movie plot but it's happened before. So hats off to all those heroes in Texas

it's not just…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 28, 2017 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Why some tribes won't watch the solar eclipse

From Yahoo.com

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn.

In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 20, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments


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