This blog began as a way to stay in touch with family and friends, but my purpose has expanded to include indigenous cultures, spirituality, nature connection, and family history.
My blogging is sustained by a few guiding values. First, my blog should add value to the world. Second, much of what I write points back to simple things like spending time with loved ones or connecting with the earth. Finally, I prefer to write about my own first-person experiences. My greatest contribution to the world is to live courageously and to always speak from my heart.
Sulustu is pronounced: soo-loo-stoo, (with emphasis placed on the last syllable).
"Take away all doubts, all fears, and only your spirit remains: pure love; that is as close to our Creator as we can be." ~Ed Moses
"It is the same for all men. None of us can escape this shadow of the father, even if that shadow fills us with fear, even if it has no name or face. To be worthy of that man, to prove something to that man, to exorcise the memory of that man from every corner of our life—however it affects us, the shadow of that man cannot be denied." ~Kent Nerburn
"The first thing I learned was respect for all things, because everything has a spirit." ~Ed Moses
"My religion starts from the heart." ~Ed Moses
"Songs made from dreams hold their power forever. Any power given in a dream is a gift from the spirit to help the people." ~Ed Moses
"When you hear the music, own it and let your body move in whichever way it takes you. Dance your life. Trust your spirit the way you trust the music." ~Rhonda Moses
"Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry." ~Tom Mullen
"Until you have a son of your own . . . you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honor that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who are haunted by the personal demons that keep them from being the men they want their sons to be." ~Kent Nerburn
"What I wanted most for my daughter was that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be." ~Helen Claes
"A daughter is a gift of love." ~Author Unknown
"My Daughter has made the darkness in my heart light up brighter than I ever thought possible. My Daughter gives me a reason to live and try each and every day. I cannot thank our Lord enough for blessing me with her. And as blessings come, so do disappointments. There are trials and rewards throughout everyone's life. My Daughter had helped me through the most difficult times of my life. I can only pray she will allow me to be there for hers." ~Georgene Maciolek
"Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle.” ~Soren Kierkagaard
"It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons." ~Friedrich von Schiller
Dakota played the part of Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, in a special combined performance of the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Civic Theater. His character sang "A Little Fall of Rain" and "Empty Chairs," among others. He has performed some of these songs before, but tonight was his best performance ever. His beautiful singing moved me to tears!
My niece/cousin Nativia had a wonderful graduation party after earning her GED. My auntie Mary Ann made some pretty amazing frybread, and someone else made a black bean topping for Indian tacos. The food was incredible, but more importantly, it was wonderful to celebrate Nativia's success. Congratulations!
Barry Moses will be offering a free class in the Spokane Language at the Salish School of Spokane at 4125 N. Maple. This class is designed for beginners or for language learners who want to review the basics. The first session will meet on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Class will meet every Friday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
For more information, please contact Barry at (509) 599-4789, or respond to the Facebook post.
Scroll down for directions and additional information.
A yellow school bus
sits in front of the school.
Salish School of Spokane is located
at the corner of Maple and Rockwell.
Directions: From Garland, go north on Maple. The school is located at 4125 N. Maple, on the left hand side, about half way between Garland and Wellesley. Click on the map to view a larger image.
You can park on the north side of the building facing Rockwell Avenue. Open the side gate, go down the stairs, and enter through the basement door. Please do not enter through the front doors.
Years ago, my high school English teacher assigned me to read Elie Wiesel's "Night," an autobiographical account of the author's experience in a Jewish concentration camp. I visited the high school library and checked out a different book by mistake: "Dawn" (by the same author).
"Dawn" is the fictional account of Elisha, a young Jewish patriot who joined a movement to expel the British Empire from Palestine and to create a Jewish state. He was assigned by the leader of the movement to execute a British hostage the following morning at dawn, and throughout the night, he agonized over his impending descent into murder. As the hour of the execution approached, he was visited by the spirits of his deceased parents, along with other shadows from his past. He thought it strange that his dead relatives would return to watch him kill the English hostage. They responded that they wanted to see him become a murderer, and they told him the reason for their unexpected desire: "You are the sum total of all that we have been."
This book had a profound effect upon me. It forced me to re-examine my judgments regarding good and evil.
Recently, I re-read the book during my trip to Cleveland, and I have to say that it affected me even more than before. It caused me to reflect upon my own decisions in life. When the spirits of my ancestors look upon me, what do they see? If I am the sum total of all they have been, who then have we become?