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Mohawk Grandmother Sara Smith, N. Asheville Library 7pm 10/25/07

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Mohawk Grandmother Sara Smith, N. Asheville Library 7pm 10/25/07

Thursday night, October 27 - The public is invited to a
talk, 7:00pm, at the North Asheville Library, Community
Room at 1030 Merrimon Avenue (entrance at the side).

The quotes are from an interview in “The Book of Elders, …” as
told to Sandy Johnson, photographs by Dan Budnik…(1994,
HarperCollins)…

“We are given choices. Which ones are we going to make? Where
do we see our lives taking us? And what about the little ones and
the ones still to come? I think it is time to begin the deepest
search within ourselves for the coming generations.” …

“There is a legend about why the rabbit has such huge ears.
It’s because he has been made to listen. So we have go to become
like our brother, the rabbit, and develop the spiritual ears to
not only hear what is being said but hear even that which is not
being verbalized. We no longer hear the wind, we no longer hear
the language of the stones, the colors, any of the forces of
nature; we don’t tune in to them anymore because we have long
closed our ears and allowed them to go to sleep. It’s time to
wake our own ears up and listen. Every other living thing has
maintained and is carrying out their duties and responsibilities;
it is we humans who have forgotten to do that. We have taken
things for granted. We have used and abused all of the sacred
gifts that were put here for our use so the we could learn from
them. The elements are our greatest teachers, the wind, the
four-leggeds. Each comes to us with its unique teachings. All
birds are messengers; they teach us to rise above the situation,
to be free and rise above. Right from the tiniest winged ones to
the eagle, their message is the same, to rise above situations and
be free.”
– Grandmother Sara Smith, Mohawk


Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
Tel. 828.683.3662
Fax: 828.683.9211
Email: paul@longbrancheec.org
Web Site: www.LongBrancheec.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org

”We all go home in October”

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Dear Relatives,

”We all go home in October”

When we are generous with our sisters and brothers
We call it hospitality.
When we are in need of healing
We call it going to the hospital.
When we offer a smile or a kind word
We help to heal our sisters and brothers.
When we go to hospice
We remember we’re just guests here after all
Returning home.
Like the leaves of the standing people,
Returning home.
Healing Earth,
Ah, healing each other!

“We are all part of the great cycles of things.
And so magnificent and harmonious is this universe,
it’s still a Great Mystery.”
– from the Prelude to the Thanksgiving Address,
Ted Williams, Tuscarora Elder

”We all go home in October.” — Jack Kerouac

Love and Bear Hugs,
Paul

Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
Tel. 828.683.3662
Fax: 828.683.9211
Email: paul@longbrancheec.org
Web Site: www.LongBrancheec.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org