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Uncle Silverback

Uncles are important in my family. My mother had two brothers and my father had four, and uncles would hang out at our house, bringing doughnuts and helping with weekend chores. In the Osage language the word for father is … Continue reading

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When dinners were frozen

When did we get caught in the foodie era? Maybe it’s the Portlandia culture but somewhere along the cooking path, I took a turn to foodiedom. My friends and family adore Bittman and Pollan, Kasper and Katzen. Weekends are highlighted … Continue reading

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Learning from Ferguson, Part II

Structural issues—poverty, education, advancement opportunities and health disparities—affect communities in significant ways. Some of the larger issues are being tackled right now, in part because of the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri. Fortunately some reporters, critics, pundits and politicians are paying … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: what’s the point?

Sometimes folks who know my Osage and Sioux ancestry ask if we celebrate Thanksgiving. Sure, I say. My family, my mother’s family, her mother’s family—all through the generations—have shared supper with friends and relatives, thanking the creator for the harvest … Continue reading

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Redskins: bad for business

A new argument emerged this week when a pair of researchers claimed the name of the Washington DC football team, The Redskins, is bad for business. Denizens from Indian Country say the name is offensive and denigrates indigenous North Americans. … Continue reading

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Being Brave

I wish I was as brave as my mother. She was the bravest person I know. We were in awe of her job as a deputy sheriff for the County of Los Angeles, and, as her photo attests, she cut … Continue reading

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Rolling through time

Typically we think of time as passing us by. We are standing still while time whizzes past. Imagine standing still on a city corner while the cars and pedestrians, perambulators and bicycles roll by. Makes me feel stuck. But what … Continue reading

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Smells like vinegar

Easter smells like vinegar and wood shavings. The reason is the dyes for the hard-boiled eggs require vinegar to set the color. So, as a kid and as a mother-acting-like-a-kid, we dyed hard-boiled eggs rainbow colors like pink, green, yellow … Continue reading

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Spoonful by spoonful

Calling myself a weekend Buddhist seems to fit. I’m afraid to stray too far from my Indian upbringing. And I’m afraid to commit to a single way of knowing. Truth is, my spiritual upbringing was obscure: difficult to discern.

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What did you accomplish in 2013?

We still receive holiday cards. And I still send them. Cards are a way to keep in touch with friends we talk to only occasionally. We were a bit lazy this year: we posted our greetings, sent calendars, but failed … Continue reading

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