November 23, 2011
This year was kind of rough but even so, I still have so much for which to be grateful. And I want to extend my gratitude to all of you who have visited, left comments, sent emails, and shared so generously your uplifting and inspiring personal and artistic journeys. Thank You!
May you always walk in Beauty.
~ Navajo Blessing
November 14, 2011
Talking Leaves is the name given to the Cherokee written language, or syllabary; a graphic representation of the Cherokee language that took Sequoyah, a Native American silversmith, over twelve years to complete. Realizing its worth, the Cherokee embraced Sequoyah's invention and by 1825, the literacy rate of the Cherokee surpassed that of surrounding European-American settlers. This was the only time in recorded history that a member of a non-literate people independently created an effective writing system.
The name Talking Leaves was a satirical reference regarding the white man's words that "dried up and blew away like leaves."
November 3, 2011
Oh, good gigantic smile o' the brown old earth,
This autumn morning! How he sets his bones
To bask i' the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet
For the ripple to run over in its mirth;
Listening the while, where on the heap of stones
The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet.
That is the doctrine, simple, ancient, true;
Such is life's trial, as old earth smiles and knows.
If you loved only what were worth your love,
Love were clear gain, and wholly well for you:
Make the low nature better by your throes!
Give earth yourself, go up for gain above!
~ Robert Browning