October 2017 Blog Posts (22)

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…


Added by Michael Johnson on October 31, 2017 at 12:28am — 3 Comments



It only takes one person

To change how other people will see the world

A simple kindness

A smile

A please or…


Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 30, 2017 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Antonio Gaudi

Antonio Gaudi…


Added by Jorgelito Hagens on October 25, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Interoceanic Ship Railway 19th century

Interoceanic Ship Railway

Wood engraving illustrating the plan for an "Interoceanic Ship…


Added by Jorgelito Hagens on October 22, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A Simple Sign ???

There are many  beliefs involving Hummingbirds

Some say they carry messages from heaven

That they seek  the sweetness of life hence their love of sweet nectar

Yet as a windstorm moves in

Rain is falling hard upon the earth around me

She seems to know when I am outside in…


Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 21, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments


Gargoyles were the original rain gutters of the 13th century. They diverted rainwater from running down the exterior of buildings.…


Added by Jorgelito Hagens on October 20, 2017 at 10:00pm — No 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…


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


"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…


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


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…


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

Anyone near Bangor CA

Just in case there is a hero out there

Horses needing a ride out of the fires in Northern California...

Anyone near Bangor CA - Here is a distress call...

Please share to horse people close to Grass Valley. There is a bad fire very close to (ERC) Equine Rescue Center. They have no PGE and can't get much out. She asked someone to post and get the word out that she needs help. Please share as far and wide as you can! Text Monica at 831-840-1412. They are at 1944 Robinson Mill…


Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 15, 2017 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Humble enough ?

Success puts you up on a Mountain

You are what you wanted to be

But are you humble and thankful

For all those valleys you walked

That taught you how to survive

Built your courage to change

And the strength to follow through

The greatest times in my life were in those…


Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 15, 2017 at 6:59am — No Comments

REALLY HAPPENING IN Puerto Rico.via a friend via a friend


First hand report from on the ground in Puerto Rico,via a friend via a friend. They encourage your sharing widely, though you must cut & paste copy perhaps, as it was sent as text from cellphone:

"Its 0400 as I write this, can’t sleep again. I keep thinking about what needs to be done. Sure, we have a plan, ration the water, the gasoline, the food. We’ve been very fortunate. We didn’t get flooded, thanks to 4,100 pounds of sand bags. Yes, I’m…


Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 12, 2017 at 6:14am — 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…


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

A Meeting With a Lakota Woman

A few months back, I met a Lakota woman in town. There were allot of Lakota's here.


As a Catholic, I have always wanted to ease the pain the Christians have wrongly caused the tribes. I read their books, learned their culture. I went to Catholic school. I learned their ways. In 2nd grade we were learning from the Bible of how those who live in Harmony with the Creator's laws are disease Free. Then I had my first vision, it was of a plains tribal people. It's a…


Added by Thomas Goldenheart on October 11, 2017 at 3:21pm — 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…


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

California Hospital Request

Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa is trying to reach all on call physicians and nurses. Just saw a notice on the news due to the cell service being down. Landline for the Queen is 252-4411 ext:2911. Can everyone share on their page by copying and pasting? here and on Facebook

Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 10, 2017 at 4:42pm — 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…


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

"LOST WORDS" written by my Friend & Sister

Like the covered bridges that are all but gone,

so are some words missing in our lives.


In today's fast world, "TIME", is slipping away from us, literally.

So have some words that were common-place, in daily life.

Words that were used to show an individual's character,…


Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 6, 2017 at 6:59am — 1 Comment

Sharing Wisdom from Brother Tsoi

Many times when I feel the world is in total chaos I find wisdom and a peaceful feeling knowing that Brothers and Sisters are feeling the same way..

Wisdom from Brother Tsoi

Osiyo Sister,

Yes we live in interesting times...seems to be so much anger in the world of humanity and I sometimes wonder…


Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 5, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Truth

So many tell me they are strong and independant

Yet they cannot close the door on the past

So they can live for today

They refuse to forgive hurts

Dragging those hurts into each new day

Blinding them

From the truth

Added by Loretta Riddell (Elohi) on October 4, 2017 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

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