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Seeing is Believing // “Go to the water”. That was the message I awoke with Saturday. I listened. Later that day I met with the soft river, the strong pines, and the knowing deer. But first, I cried. I was puffy-eyed into nightfall from the tears that washed my face in the morning and beyond. Only later, when a homegirl sent me her blessings, I realized the New Moon was in watery all-the-feels Pisces.
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I was caught off-guard, feeling so much, so deeply, so freely. My heart was experiencing growing pains. I was feeling a safety and love I’ve never felt before, with another who has been trusted in my heartspace for a very long time. He is my oldest friend, from the time we briefly dated as punk rock teens, throughout each other’s adult relationships’ highs and lows.
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I’ve been pretty open about sharing my heartbreaks, and the rose-colored versions of relationships that weren’t what they seemed to others—or even me. I’ve been keeping this unexpected love story close to the vest because it’s so very special to me. And although it’s not a linear story it is a true one. One I felt called to share because I believe joy is contagious and healing.
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And because maybe someone else could use a reminder to believe that no matter how badly or often your heart has been broken and your trust betrayed, you have the capacity for love to flow through your heart that’s even greater and truer than what you’ve known before.
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As wondrous as it seems, this didn’t just *happen*. Well, it kinda did. But I also dove into some deep and dark work (honestly there were times I was afraid I’d drown), and when I came up from the depths then I was able to be fully present for this sweetness that had been in front of my eyes the whole time...but they weren’t ready to see it. Abre tus ojos.
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#andhesactuallytallerthanme #andsmarterthanme #andisagoodhuman #andnoassemblyrequired #anddoesnoharmbuttakesnoshit #andknowssocialjusticestuffevenidontknow #andnaturestuff #andlotsofotherstuff
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Aruba has pink flamingos and Gdynia has dignified swans;)
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The video I thought I uploaded yesterday of the bull elk fighting. They have grown so much since spring. Missing their fourth buddy today #backyard #bullelk #elk #goingtowater #tuckaseegeeriver #swaincounty #brysoncity #northcarolina #smokymountains #appalachia #wildlife #ncwildlife #wnc #outdoors #mountainlife

Ripple Effect // Today, I chose to celebrate resiliency and adaptability, hallmarks of my ancestors, engraved upon my heart. I sat at the river listening to the water lapping at the stones, with lizards skittering, crickets chirping, birds singing, and the applause of cottonwood leaves in the wind. And I thought of those who were there before me, before the river carried strangers from far lands.
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While Columbus didn’t get much farther than the Caribbean islands, his four voyages the Spanish crown financed were an impetus for further exploration, conquest, and colonization of the Americas by Spain, England, and France.
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I considered the resulting impact not only on indigenous peoples but our flora and fauna kin, too. European contact—and the ensuing colonization, slavery, plundering, disease, and genocide—altered cultures and bloodlines, as well as the Earth. A lasting influence, from one generation to the next. But the river still moves on, and so do we.
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“There are currently 109 federally recognized tribes in California which is home to the largest Native American population in the country... This [Sacramento] area was and is still the tribal land of the Nisenan people (my side of the river) located throughout the central valley, the Foothills and Southern Maidu people, and the Valley Miwok and Me-Wuk people, located on the east side of the American River, known to tribal people as the “Mokelumne” or Condor River. To the west of the American River and the south of the Sacramento River, are the Patwin people, the Wintun People and the Wintu people.” —Sacramento Native American Health Center, snahc.org
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“We could site numerous accounts of brutal treatment of the Sacramento Valley’s indigenous humans during the first century after the arrival of Europeans to their homelands... While the retelling of those atrocities is an important reminder of the nature of the dominant culture, for this topic we’ve chosen to try to capture the story of the fecundity of the land prior to European settlement. We feel this speaks volumes about the wisdom of the cultures that lived here before.” [Cont. ⬇️]

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"Some say I have an attitude. Maybe so."
Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain, a historical novel by Stan Rushworth
» I love this book so much. Every page has given me something to ponder, something familiar, something I understood within myself but could not put a word to. Most of all it has opened my eyes to things I had not seen, to things I could not know, and I appreciate every word.

"But these men had lost respect for all women by now, had forgotten whose wombs they emerged from. They were already transformed into kings in their own minds, great warrior kings who'd lost their knowledge in a long drawn-out process they'd succumbed to. They had become their own bitter lost empire. There would be no remorse spoken of for what they'd done, as arguments would play out across the country for years on what was done that night. They'd forgotten their own histories, who they were and therefore who they must become again. I can see this now, how the killers were victims too, yet still killers. But I could not see it then, not when I was young."
Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain, a historical novel by Stan Rushworth

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