Early Morning Light

It’s daybreak on my Yakama homeland. Aan (Sun) is preparing for another day of work, perhaps like me drinking a morning cup of coffee. Aan touches the eastern horizon with light and I feel lucky to witness the artistic transformation of the sky–from a cool blue to warm yellow, and now bits of orangish-pink. IContinue reading “Early Morning Light”

What the World Needs

What the world needs is love–powerful, fierce, quiet, flowing, generous, abundant love.  Love you can swim in.  Like Nch’i Wána (Columbia River).  She gathers up gifts and returns them one hundred fold.  She nourishes us.  She and her tributary sisters have carved the landscape we know best.  She sustains us.  What the world needs isContinue reading “What the World Needs”

What We Want for You

Where do strength and creativity come from? Where do vast stores of energy arise from? Where do quick smiles and joyous laughter originate? For me, these gifts come from my strong and unwavering sense of home. They come from a loving and unbreakable connection with all lands and waters that feed and are fed byContinue reading “What We Want for You”

Beautiful Reflection

Sometimes when I look outside it feels like I am gazing into a mirror. The greyscale landscape, frost clinging to every surface, the muted tones of sky blanket above us–they seem to reflect exactly how I feel. Freezing fog is a companion and messenger, reminding us: slow down, think carefully, move with intention. At firstContinue reading “Beautiful Reflection”

Beautiful Time of Preparation

I’ve been too busy lately. I can feel this in my shoulders and neck. I’m craving a slower pace–more spaciousness and sweet, easy fun. Space in my calendar. Space to breathe on my journey of life. I know this feeling. I know it’s time to pause from the busyness of life and do one thing.Continue reading “Beautiful Time of Preparation”

Returning to Ourselves

I’ve been asked to write about my greatest hope for Indigenous education research. Of course, we do research to understand the past, to have a more meaningful present, and to work toward a more loving, just future. At least that is my understanding of the purpose of research. Sometimes research is done with good intentionsContinue reading “Returning to Ourselves”

Morning Lessons and Star Blessings

This morning while I heated water for my coffee I had the good sense to turn off the light and look outside. Ahhh…morning sky on a cold, clear autumn day. Without going outside I know the air is crisp, like the yellowy-gold leaves crunching under my feet yesterday. That recent golden memory contrasts with theContinue reading “Morning Lessons and Star Blessings”

Full Hearts and Beautiful Dreams

My heart is full. It is the first week of The Auntie Way Writing Retreat Fall 2021 Sessions. My heart is full because I have the tremendous joy and honor of sitting alongside brilliant scholars and inviting and encouraging them to dream…what is it they want in their writing, their lives, their futures? I loveContinue reading “Full Hearts and Beautiful Dreams”

Morning Lessons with Niní

The morning is quiet and calm. Niní (aspen trees) hold their pose, still as a photo, their slender white trunks and thousands of leaves remain static, perhaps in deep prayer at this holy time of day when Aan (sun) rises to light our way. Even magpie, blue jay, and squirrel, who so often use NiníContinue reading “Morning Lessons with Niní”

Smile at Dawn

I love the peacefulness of dawn. The air is cool and still. Birds narrate morning greetings. Squirrel chimes in with a loud song that sounds almost like laughter. Sky changes colors, tone, and brightness in what seems to me a masterful meditation practice. Trees stand absolutely still. Are they meditating as well? I hear woodpeckerContinue reading “Smile at Dawn”