17 comments on “ON THIS DAY

  1. I am looking back and I see many
    so empty hours
    I feel Fear embracing me
    I feel this Fear because I know
    How much passed
    but I don’t know
    how much Time left for me…

    And I don’t want just pass by
    (I want to leave mark of my existence)

    So many days
    has past without
    my careful participation in them
    Time it to put at end
    this what maybe
    may be never come

    And I don’t want just pass by
    (I want to leave mark of my existence)

    I have to move on
    and walk my own way
    to find my Destiny

    So clasp your hand with mine
    And lead me
    and allow me to lead you too
    Let’s go there
    where we’ll all find
    our Destiny

    (one of my native prayer – protest songs, I see it so describing First Nations and you )

    Thank you for being here Rezinate, for your voice.
    For speaking about all those things that really matter in life 🙂
    I am glad I found this place/blog 🙂

  2. My sister and I would thank you for these words. We too have seen the conditions
    you speak of and your words of children looking for meaning has brought the
    tears to our eyes, You have a good strong heart and say clearly and with wisdom what others will not.
    Annie Mae Aquash would be a grandmother now with children playing around her
    if there were more men like you and the liars and the takers would never have been.
    We are Native American women and it is our lives that we live, we could live a better
    life if the white people would stop making idols of the liars and takers and listening
    to them.

  3. I’ve thought alot on this. As iron is first part of the earth, it could be argued that it IS earth. But then there is a change done, and it is no longer what the mother made it, but instead has been changed to fill a want.

    And these little ones are stripped of needed things.

    As always speaking when others would stay silent, good job rez.

  4. nesotonohe, one voice in a growing chorus with yourself, stonefeather, meoquane, Jess, and others who have responded in different blogs and elsewhere-this clasping of hands stonefeather spoke of-epahavatamano’e nesene

  5. I know this is a old post, but I see your blog more as ‘Library’ than blog.

    Steel, Iron. Alien.
    The same things that puzzled and perplexed many about ‘what to do about it’ if indeed anything could be done.
    Husband also sought an answer this, as he was taught as a child to knap and shape flint and stone…yet knew lived in a world of steel.
    As he tells it, it was like a splinter that bothered him from the day he realized such, until the day he found the answer.

    Make It Our Own.

    Iron, comes from stone, iron ore, from the Earth, a gift we could not see…as the Obvious always hides beneath one’s nose, the best of hiding places.
    He sought out the earliest ways of things, ways that our Grandfathers and Grandmothers from long-before-remembering could have done had iron not hid from us. 🙂

    He found the oldest of ways.

    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1365533/bloomery-process

    http://iron.wlu.edu/

    He spent time teaching himself this craft, every failure a success as it removed one more mis-step on the way to finally understanding it

    In time, weeks having become months, he found understanding of it. The first product, used to this day in our house, is a knife, hand-made of that iron, not even the slightest touch of a machine was upon it.

    That knife, is the Beginning of OUR Age Of Iron, and from there we shall once again become The People Of The Nations. Sovereign. Strong. We will take our proper place among the other nations of this world, the Younger Nations, in our time, in our way, by our own Will.

    Now, he teaches me this craft, and we will pass it down and along. This craft, we practice and share it for you…all of you…our People Of The Nations.
    And we will yet do more…this was only a first step on a long journey.

    • Two essentials in today’s world are mobility and utility – an example would be the kind of
      work I do, the need to transport materials (mobility) and the tools to do the job in a
      timely fashion ( utility).
      Adaptation and adoption facilitate that unless a person lives as a hermit in a cave. But
      there is notable difference when you add the third “A” word of assimilation, the historical
      goal of policies addressing the “ndn problem”.
      Acquiring skills and passing that knowledge on to others is a building block of self reliance,
      no less so than those who understand and are grounded in traditions and pay them forward as
      well, as these above all other considerations are what define us as a people and nations.
      Adopting modern appliances and devices in many ways lend themselves to leveling the playing
      field – steel, iron, and all metals can be either beneficial or destructive depending on
      how they are perceived and utilized
      The hunter/gatherer days are over, now we hunt and gather in different ways and new
      responsibilities are associated with that.
      We have become sedentary in that we remain for the most part in fixed locations no longer
      moving with the seasons or following herds – unless a person has the where with all to do so
      or a time share in Florida we are obliged to create a sustainable habitat where we live.
      That readily translates to adapting and adopting.
      “OUR Age Of Iron”….well said, and what it comes down to – owning the steel and iron, the
      appliances and devices, rather than being owned by them.

      • TY and in-kind, VERY well said!! May I use the above as a blog entry all on it’s own??
        As for ‘things’…there’s useful, then there’s just…stuff. I have NP with appliances and such, and enjoy running a very sustainable house, but all the ads on TV for things like the ‘specialty coffe makers’??
        Uh…no thanks. I’d much rather take a wander down to the local cofee place, give them business and have it made by People. 🙂
        And while fixed-point living is the standard now, well, one can always wander and explore the world around one, meet folks…Live.
        Garborator, in-sink garbag disposal…gotta say, the way hubby rigged it to feed into the compost ‘pit’, one does get better compost/mulch. Modern appliance serving an Old Way of doing things. 😀

      • Feel free to use whatever you like – a disposal feeding a compost pit,
        an excellent idea, the proverbial killing two birds with one stone.
        Multi tasking so to speak.

      • Thank-you! Likewise of course if there’s anything of mine you’d like to use! 😀
        Husband…he does NOT think like any other man I have ever met. 😀 I consider myself very lucky to have met him and to have married him.

        The worms in th compost ‘pit’ well, they are a definite sign it’s the right way to have gone…they get any bigger, we’ll need to look up Weightwatchers for them! LOL Seriously, I never knew earthworms could get that big!
        The compost is half soil and half ‘mulch’. The way we work it is we stir it (so to speak) once a week, and the end result is potting/planting soil that’s incredibly rich. The soil that goes into it has been Sterilized, using a solar ‘dish’ (Mylar-lined old satellite reception dish) to kill off anything unwanted such as inimical molds/fungi, after worms have been sifted out carefully, then that sterilized soil goes in where it gets enriched/revitalized.
        Surplus worms, and there’s plenty, we give to other folks with gardens and such.
        It might seem silly we’re so careful with worms, but if you touch one, they react, so we know they feel pain, so we do not harm them and do our best to not harm them accidentally.
        Somewhere in there, is a Story about worms, I have to give that some thought…something to build and tell our kids someday. 🙂

      • Sounds like a very well thought out and efficient system, but also doable for
        others with.
        In the fall after there is no more to harvest we spread mulch and then spade
        the garden over – in the early spring we repeat the process before planting
        a week or two later and the rewards have been obvious.
        As to worms, any discovered in the vicinity are relocated to the garden which
        seasonally becomes a worm megatropolis.
        Worms, like bees, are an essential part of the ecology and should be treated
        with respect.
        And interesting site you have, nice theme and well laid out, quite a variety
        of topics as well.
        In speaking of gardens and such things it reminds me of a time the women
        thought to add a scarecrow to the garden and really got into it.
        During the process grandfather and I watched a little amused but with
        words of encouragement and offers to help.
        The hounds were sprawled around entirely indifferent – indifferent that is
        until the scarecrow had been completed and stood regally attired, then as
        a unit the hounds attacked and in a matter of seconds completely destroyed
        it, frame, clothes, and everything.
        Women shouting in multiple languages to no avail and grandfather and I
        unable to contain ourselves cracking up, which became contagious and we
        all had a good laugh.
        The garden is zealously patrolled and guarded by the hounds, the
        assumption was they viewed the scarecrow as an intruder and carried
        out their duty as they saw it – this is now officially a scarecrow
        free zone.
        Satellite dishes also make excellent sleds to tie a rope to and pull through
        the snow behind a horse – a lot fun. Especially when you make a ninety
        degree turn at a lope or faster and the sled makes those long arcing turns
        following along.

      • TY and I will pass the compliments along to hubby when he’s home!! 😀
        I like your method, it’s simpler, and more….’something’, a feeling I don’t know how to put to words, so I hope the sentiment comes through. It’s a Good feeling though. 🙂 We have a very good-sized yard, but our farming is part of hubby’s practical development of really efficient micro-farming, using ‘shelves’. The idea, whe it’s Proven ready for folks to rely on, is to ‘de-centralize’ food.
        So, yard-wise, lots of room left for Hector & Achilles to rage around in when there’s fresh snow. 😀
        LOL…well, if they bring it up again, just tell them that they did a good enough job of it to fool the Hounds. 😀
        A compliment, and also sounds to be true. 😀
        Closest we have to that is when Roomba met Georgina, our 60+ Lb Canadian Lynx. Well, Roomba learned ‘Don’t Crowd a Lynx’…she sent it wobble-flying’ through the air about five feet and it landed FLAT…so, scratch one Roomba. Hubby salvaged it for parts, so it lives on in a few projects that do not risk angering Teh Lynx. 😀
        Gonna have to try that satellite-dish-sled thing!!
        Worms, we have ‘worm stones’ in the yard, these leftover 1/2 inch thick, non-glazed dep rust red hexagonal tiles 4 inches wide from when hubby did the kitchen floor. It occured last summer while out rescuing worms stranded on the concrete platform below our deck after a rainfall, that we could save them a lot of trouble.
        So, hubby set them in the grass, pressed down to allow lawnmower clearance, and the worms found them right away the next rainfall, and has NP getting off them and back to the earth. FAR fewer worms need rescue from the concrete now, and those leftovers FINALLY are out of the way!
        Bees, again agreed! We’re going to try a ‘glass jar apiary’ this summer…why pay for honey when we can get it for free and help increase the bee population?

        http://www.honeybeesuite.com/comb-honey-in-glass-jars/

        Also, have you noticed bees are getting BIGGER??? I saw more than a few this past summer the side of the end section of hubby’s thumb.
        Any bigger, thy’ll need aircraft marker-lights…

      • Lynx are magnificent animals and definitely not something to tangle
        with.
        I was working inside a house once and the owners had a roomba and
        cat that didn’t like it at all that wouldn’t hesitate to lay in
        ambush, too funny.
        Grandfather has an agreement with bees I addressed in another
        blog, he will set out a bowl of honey in a secure and abundant
        area and in short order they build a hive – part of the agreement
        is he will look to their well being as he can and only take what honey
        is needed.
        When doing so he sings a song he says they gave him when he was
        a boy.
        Not familiar with a glass jar apiary but now in having seen the
        term have a mental imagine and will check the link.
        A growing global concern related to bees and would be a good
        idea for others to follow the link as well.
        Not long ago Lowe’s caught some heat for spraying the plants
        they offer with pesticides that were killing bees, they swore
        to forgo the practice but as I understand it they’ve been caught
        again.
        Rows of marigolds in a garden will deter many insects, also spraying
        with a mixture of cayenne and water, and people can also purchase
        ladybug eggs by the thousands for next to nothing as they are predators
        of various offenders.
        Making a powder of certain types of tobacco to apply to plants works
        well also, and it like cayenne when a vegetable is harvested and washed
        leaves no residue or taste, you don’t need to apply much anyway.
        Hadn’t thought of worm stones but it sounds like a good idea.
        Decentralizing the production, distribution, and availability
        of food is an idea whose time has come – one way is communal
        gardens/farms and another are home gardens like the Victory
        gardens of WW2.

      • Of roombas and cats…look up ‘Roomba shark’ on youtube. 😀 If nothing else, it will brings a smile to your face. 🙂
        Lynx are, I agree! Georgina was found as an orphan by hubby about a year before we first met, this 2 weeks old, semi-starved, scared, wet, cold little kitten…he scooped her up in his jacket and scouted the area for any sign of mother/siblings, found nothing, and then right to a 24 Hr Emergency Vet….then 10 sleepless days after she was stabilized moter-henning, syringe and bottle feeding, always right there with her.
        I owe my marriage to her, she liked me, unlike the previous women he dated, and because of that we kept dating.
        I will say, Lynx are more careful with their claws than housecats, only once has Georgina ever nicked me, and that was just bad timing, I went to move a toy for her JUST as she went for it, got a claw-cut on a finger. That was MY fault. 😀
        As for The Great & Terrible ‘Va’Koom’…well, she’s not afraid of it, and has beaten it into knowing it’s place. She actually LOVES being vacuumed as we have this grooming attachment…which is a MASSIVE help because when they shed in Spring, it is Epic!!

        Your Grandfather, a Keeper of The Ways. I sense he’s such not from intent…it is just Who he is, and that is a comfort and gives me Hope.
        We do not know the song, but we ca offer them honey (from a local bee ‘ranch’, which we know to be safe. I don’t trust the ‘honey’ in non-local stores anymore.
        That anyone would Intentionally harm bees, which are such an essential Key Point in things…is a level of mindless stupidity I cannot fathom, and we will NOT be dealing with Lowe’s unless we are wholly without option. I like bees, the only time I don’t is when one’s in the house, meaning gentle-catch-and-release…and they NEVER cooperate!! 😀
        I’ll pass on the info about buying Ladybug eggs to some friends, their areas seem to have a dearth if such, here…we might start Exports of them. And TY, I didn’t know one could buy their eggs!
        I was wondering about tobacco, I’ve heard, here and there vagueries about such and cayenne, but nothing definite nor useful, and will pass that info along to hubby!! TY again!!
        Always wondered why we have marigolds, never occured to me to ask…live and learm. 🙂

        The worm stones were just a ‘let’s try and see’, which worked. they’re set about 4 to 5 feet from each other. They, of course, need to be pressed into the ground so the worms can get on them…worms are NOT record-setting climbers after all. 🙂

        Absolutely agree with you on food production, and yes, the Victory Gardens is a very good example of how well it can be done. With modern knowledge, and organic principles, they’re able to be even more productive and lower-maintenance as-per the tips you spoke of above!
        And every one of them is a way to keep Heirloom seed stock alive while giving the Finger to Monsanto.
        Thank-You again for the tips!!

      • Was thinking about this while working and so after returning home,
        cleaning and putting up tools browsed through the archives and found
        the below link to an earlier blog from 2011 discussing tobacco as a
        pesticide.
        As mentioned Mantis work well but not a good idea in combination
        with lady bugs as the lady bugs become what’s for dinner.
        Mantis have an insatiable appetite and will eat anything that ventures
        near,including bees, moths, and butterflies -their saving grace is that
        if your garden is infested with anything they will clean house in short order.
        Lady bugs not only feed on “pests” but also the nectar of flowering plants,
        so if you add marigolds to the garden equation it’s a sort of doubling
        down that will also attract other benefical insects who will coexist.
        A good source to learn where to locate either is asking the agricultural
        department of a University, browsing the net, or a local nursery.
        They can also be purchased live with next day delivery.
        Once established and having a potential lifespan of two to three years they
        will reproduce, maintain a generational presence throughout the season,
        and will hibernate in winter in clusters upon finding suitable shelter that
        provides a measure of warmth and water.
        Another advantage over Mantis is that women and children generally find them
        “cute”, non intimidating, and endearing. Lady bugs adorn jewelry, art, and
        even prose and song – can’t say the same for the T Rex Mantis, but they have
        a role, a niche to fill, and should be respected.
        A fine thing to rescue anything that needs saving, and it sounds as though
        Gerogina the roomba battling lynx has found a good home.

        https://rezinate.wordpress.com/tag/organic-gardening/

      • Mantis sound good as a ‘housecleaning’ option, but it gets VERY cold up here, like -45C in winter at times, doesn’t seem to faze Ladybugs, no noticeab;e effect on their populations in the Spring, but Mantis, would they be able to handle such? Their eggs? Thus far, no major infestations, but Nice to have a Final Option like Mantis available if needed! TY!! I know what you mean about Mantises, they have a ‘friendly’ appearance to the Human eye. And as Art subjects, they work in almost any medium, and quite well in Steampunk Art!

        I rescue, ID and relocate spiders also, bought a 2ndhand fieldguide, so I know which one’s go where. 😀 After all, THEY don’t know about things, so someone has to place them where they will not starve to death, or get nommed by cats. 🙂
        Georgina, Queen of the house, is the heart of this house. Family. Big, furry, sprawl all over so Hoomanz haz no sofa seat family. 😀

      • Extreme cold will decimate just about species and it gets sub zero here at times.
        I don’t know much about the mantis but do know they have a shorter lifespan
        than ladybugs and I don’t believe they “hibernate”.
        Someone told me once who I consider to be knowledgeable that mantis are related
        to termites and cockroaches, something I never would have guessed.
        Will make a point to find out more now.

      • Yeah up here, Cold…it can Sterilize things quite effectively. -45C, even the AIR changes…
        As for relations, well, Crabs and lobsters are related to spiders and scorpions, which when I learneed that was a surprise, but also seemed so ‘obvious’. Mantis…well, they’re so different, no reason to suspct inter-relation.

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