I’ve been working on a story about pápsh (douglas fir tree), the tall regal tree who covers much of the landscape in the Pacific Northwest, especially on Kalapuya Ilihi, west of the Cascade Mountains. In my story, I refer to pápsh as my uncle-auntie-teacher-tree, and I admire their grace in swaying gently in the breeze,Continue reading “Lessons from Pápsh”
Author Archives: Michelle M. Jacob
Happy Mother’s Day!
In a moment, I’ll enjoy a special dinner with my partner’s mother and grandmother. How nice to take an evening to honor these special women who give and do so much for so many. I hope you have a great Mother’s Day and celebrate the kind, fierce, and creative women in your life! For ourContinue reading “Happy Mother’s Day!”
Aunties are Superheros
In The Auntie Way, I write about the heroics of Aunties, who kindly and fiercely encourage us to step into our better selves. Aunties encourage us, in big ways and small, with words or gestures, or simply by being patient listeners. Today is National Superhero Day, and I hope we all can take a momentContinue reading “Aunties are Superheros”
Aunties, Related or Chosen
In The Auntie Way, I write about the importance of all our Aunties, whether related or chosen. Aunties are special people in our lives who lead and support with kindness, fierceness, and creativity. In the conclusion of The Auntie Way, I write, “Aunties best distinguish themselves through demonstrating the care and concern of kin, withContinue reading “Aunties, Related or Chosen”
Happy Arbor Day!
I hope you are able to see and enjoy a beautiful tree today, on Arbor Day. In The Auntie Way, I write about the strength of Aunties as powerful teachers and helpers in our lives; Aunties who are “strong and secure and patient as an oak tree”. Take a moment and remember an Auntie whoContinue reading “Happy Arbor Day!”
Aunties are #1
Exciting news: The Auntie Way: Stories Celebrating Kindness, Fierceness, and Creativity is ranked #1 in new releases on Amazon for Native American Demographic Studies! The paperback version is #1 and the Kindle version is #15. The Auntie Way is a book that celebrates the love and lessons we learn from our Aunties. Yay for Aunties!Continue reading “Aunties are #1”
Happy Earth Day!
Mother Earth nurtures us, and so do Aunties! Thank you, everyone, for all of the positive feedback about The Auntie Way! The book was just published and it is perhaps the perfect time for it–we need our Aunties now more than ever. Here is some Auntie logic to help brighten your day: Problem: stress andContinue reading “Happy Earth Day!”
Wisdom and Voice
When asked what message I would give to my younger self, I see and hear so clearly the exact message: You have wisdom and a voice that is unique and important. Find a way to use it. How special and sacred is this message. I can imagine myself as a young child, my hair neatlyContinue reading “Wisdom and Voice”
Childhood Memories and the Heart
As a child, I remember feeling a burning sense of injustice, although I didn’t have the words for that then. But I had the feeling. Do you know the feeling? When someone or many ones whom you love are being treated unjustly by a system that you know is not meant to help them? ThatContinue reading “Childhood Memories and the Heart”