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A Note from Kene . . .

I watched this year as the summer season morphed to fall. It happened quite abruptly as the September snow fell on the green leaves and grass of an ecosystem that wasn't quite... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Letters

Today I write this to offer my apologies for all the pain my people instilled upon yours (Native North Americans). Ninety percent of my friends are Native, as is my fiancé, and at this time I would like to offer my heart, my soul... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Health Tips for the Holidays

Enhance your chances of having a happy holiday by keeping these healthy tips in mind! 1. Wash your hands often. This time of year lots of people are out and about who shouldn't be. You'll find their germs all over the place, even o... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Patricia Michaels (b. 1967)

When we think about Native American fashion design, traditional aesthetics usually come to mind-intricate beading, fringe and feathers, silver and turquoise-elements that have... — Updated 11/24/2018

 
 By Crying Wind    Perspectives 

The Broken Doll

I was in a junk store a few years ago, it's one of my favorite places to shop. I like used books, and sometimes I find an odd cup or old plate that catches my fancy. Everything in t... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Christmas Traditions

My older brothers had a favorite Christmas tradition. They used to save up the cardboard tubes from rolls of wrapping paper and whap me with them Christmas Eve until my mother made... — Updated 11/24/2018

 
 By Becky Kew    Perspectives 

Slave or Free?

Is there something that calls your name? Relentless and seeming sweet, it will cast no blame. It lures and pushes our buttons inside; when we run to it, it seems like a good place... — Updated 11/24/2018

 
 By Sue Carlisle    Perspectives 

God Uses Small Things to Accomplish Great Things

This past year, I focused my articles on chapters from my book, Walking with the Creator Along the Narrow Road. The book grew out of my own search for direction and healing. I had... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Healing the Heart through Living Water

The Gospel of John has a heart-warming story of a woman at a well in chapter four. This story takes place in an area where there were mixed race people called the Samaritans. The... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

During the Dash-Time

Finally! It looked like we were really going on vacation. My husband had finished his doctor appointments and felt fine for our first vacation since his cancer diagnosis. My son and I had taken time off work. My daughter had... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

Altered Identity

"Stand on the red-painted feet," the officer ordered. "Don't smile. This is not Sears Portrait Studio." With my feet now on the red feet, I stood in front of a massive glass wall... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

When Darkness Comes

When a person commits suicide, every person in the immediate and extended family is touched to some extent. This was a good family, not without problems, but overall a good family... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

I Hate to Exercise

I hate to exercise. I mean really hate to exercise, but my doctor says I need to exercise. He lists a dozen health benefits. It helps avoid heart disease and diabetes, controls... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

Marjorie Louise Tallchief (b. 1926)

Known as one of the Five Moons, celebrated ballerina Marjorie Louise Tallchief (Osage descent) was the younger sister of acclaimed ballerina, Maria Tallchief. Marjorie was born in... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

The Legend of Young Beaver

"Life isn't fair!" Tayanita, Young Beaver complained. "I work all day gnawing down trees and building dams while the other animals in the forest do nothing but eat and sleep. How I... — Updated 9/10/2018

 
 By Becky Kew    Perspectives

Are you Locked In?

On 2012 Mike Dils suffered a terrible stroke that left him on a ventilator, unable to move, breathe or speak on his own. He was totally paralyzed. Mike's family was told by the doct... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

Washing Away the Grime

I think about the miracle of water's cleansing ability every time I wash the dishes, do the laundry or take a shower. Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we couldn't... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

Healing the Heart through Dwelling

As I start this column I am on day number 12 of 16 of a mission trip to Fort Simpson and Hay River and Fort Resolution in the North West Territories. I came with a contact from Gide... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

Diyin God Bé Sodizin

Matthew 6:9 NihiTaa' yá ąąshdi honílóonii, nízhi' diyingo óolzin le', Matthew 6:10 Bee nóhólníihii náásgóó k'ee'ąą yilzhish le'. Áádóó bee íinínízinii t'... — Updated 7/17/2018

 
 By Becky Kew    Perspectives

The Miracle of Tears

Tears are real. They happen every day all around the world. Tears protect us from an infection and they lubricate our eyes. Humans are the only ones who can shed tears as a result... — Updated 7/17/2018

 

For Sale

The pressure was strong. His sales pitch was impressive and tempting, yet I kept declining. "Come on!" he was upping the ante, "I'll make it three and you choose the day." I... — Updated 7/17/2018

 

Parting was Such Sweet Sorrow

Karen Wingate I remembered the feeling of days long ago, before my Christian conversion, when I got high; a feeling of lethargy, as if my arms weighed 50 pounds each. I could... — Updated 7/17/2018

 

It's Cultural

As a well-traveled North American, I'm fascinated by culture. I've been in every Canadian province and most U.S. States. In Nova Scotia, my wife and I were treated like family by... — Updated 7/17/2018

 

Mary Spencer

Winner, National and International Boxing Titles Model, CoverGirl Cosmetics Community Activist Mary Spencer, an Ojibway athlete originally from the Cape Croker First Nation began... — Updated 7/17/2018

 

I Wish I'd Known You

Lately I've realized all the people I knew when I was young have long since passed away. As a child, I had no idea these "old" people around me had lived rich, exciting, even... — Updated 7/17/2018

 

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