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       “……..imagining alternative scenarios does not prepare you for them. The grace and calm that you exude must come from somewhere else. Open your ears before you step out of the wings. Let the music guide you. Trust that everything that has led you to this moment will carry you through it. And if you’re wrong––if you fall or forget––you’ll just have to carry on anyway so just get out there and dance.”
(p 74, from “Spinning” by Janine Kovac)
 


   
"I was determined to spend my life seeking Truth while being spared the company of those who claimed to have found it." (attributed to) John Henry Faulk

'I don't know, I just work here." Joseph, Beautiful Painted Arrow, Real (in response to any spiritual inquiry)

"I am a member of 'The Church of There's-Something-Going-on-Here!'" coyote


         He was constantly narrating his own actions in a writerly way, in his head. "I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued." George Orwell

Me, Garrison Keillor & George, and probably a million other writers on the planet. c


    Coyote's Cards, 76! original photographs on beautifully lithographed cards with envelopes. Bob Clancy has created a fully functional page for us. Just Click-the-link!
 
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  (All Spirit Earth Path ceremonies are in Bold!)

(Till we get some moisture all "sweats" are Kiva ceremonies due to fire danger.)

    We're planning the Men's Gathering now. It will take place September 21st-23rd and we will do an email info announcement soon! c

May
24th-27th, The Long Dance
(Contact: Steve & Lenora Breeze for info. 505 286 1159. Better hurry!)
29th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM

June
12th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
26th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
30th, Sweat Lodge, 5 PM

July
10th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
24th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM

"Manage Wildlife",
the trappers say;


We say;
Ban Trapping,
"manage" Trappers!

  
      

Help us support this activist organization: The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Box 25464, Alb., NM 87125. (See the web site at: www.nmwild.org)

And support; ProjectCoyote.org


For some reason we've lost the note on this page that talked about the availability of both the Morgan-Greer Tarot deck ($20) and our book, Intuitive Tarot ($10) from us. (+ shipping)

Also lost was the info about phone readings by Coyote & or Raven. We're available almost all the time (except after 10 PM MT!) Cost $60 for any part of an hour.


Little known movies to rent from Netflix and books to check out;

Books
    My own book, Becoming Coyote, A Journey of Enlightenment (Mostly) is NOW available. Is it worth the read? After 13 edits I never want to see it again.......BUT! you might like it and my writer-editor-publisher daughter (Winter) says it's "...really good." and it DID get good "reviews" from a couple of pre-publish readers....so there you go. It's thick enough (400+ pages) to make a good door stop and has a very nice cover.....which, for some obscure reason, I can't get to load here....?
    


    Anyway; it's $20, which will cover book, envelope, and postage. (No, not available in a "Kindle" edition or on Amazon so rare to begin with....and I'll sign it too!)
               
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     And in case you're around Golden, NM, this fine 100 year old old store run by Desiree' and Al have a few copies!

   

    He’s still around in some form or other but Frederick Crews, Freud, The Making of an Illusion pretty much puts a stake in the heart of Sigmund’s legacy in this one. Even an internet search produces the obvious response to his name these days “Freud or fraud?” Some of the chapter sub-heads tell the story; “White magic” (referring to Freud’s cocaine use, which was extensive and long term)
“The Founding Deception” (lies about case studies that never took place) “Wishing Makes it so” (claims of knowing truths that were unproven)…..and so many more.
    Early in my own undergrad. training I asked a professor if Freud was dead, not in the physical sense of course, and his response was, “The field has moved beyond his understandings.” (A huge understatement by now, and perhaps even then.)
    Though he was a pioneer when it came to understanding, or at least addressing the existence of the unconscious mind, there is little else that remains of his legacy…..and, according to this hefty tome by Crews, with good reason.
    If you’re interested in the history of the treatment of mental dis-ease and of one of the false “gods” of the field, don’t pass this one up.

   If you can find it (at Amazon or your local library) get ahold of New Mexico: Voices in an Ancient Landscape by Douglas Kent Hall. I read it and found three as gifts for other NM lovers. This is a classic! First published in '95 it's a bit dated when it comes to some of the views of the people interviewed, but it's a fine piece of NM and Southwest history.

      I recommend The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman for a comprehensive history of vaccination and the evolution of the search for vaccines that have held off, and in some cases done away with some of the scourges of humanity. (They wiped out small pox and have just about done the same with polio.)
    This book is so good when it comes to explaining how vaccines are made and delivered that as I finished it I actually considered that I might have become a vaccine researcher if I’d just been less unsure of my ability to tackle the field of biology.
    Talk about challenging! What I found really exciting about the field was the quest, the problem solving, the mysteries, the challenges, the determination to defeat an equally determined “enemy” (a virus). This is really fascinating stuff.
    Don’t get me wrong; it ‘s not an easy read. Wadman cites many names and many issues, and some of the unconscionable choices that have been made in testing some of the vaccines while in pursuit of knocking out some of these diseases…..as in, who gets sacrificed in this war in order to achieve a final victory.
    I’m not going to go into all the detail about this in this short review except to say, mistakes were made and there have been unintended consequences BUT, this is not the stuff of conspiracy as some critics have proposed. And understanding this and all of what researchers are up against …..well, perhaps that’s the main reason to read this book.

   
    American Serengeti
by Dan Flores is a well written history of "The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains" (the buffalo, wolves, coyotes, lions, horses) and about attempts to "re-wild" this vast area that ranges all the way from Canada to central Texas (if only). In reality it can't really be done of course, not in any cohesive way, but the story of what it was and why and how it was destroyed makes a great story and Dan Flores is up to the task.

    Dan Rather's book, What Unites Us (2017) is a straight forward, uplifting memoir of the U.S. then and now (covering his life-so-far) and it's a read that will touch you. His topical chapters cover, Freedom, Community, Exploration, Responsibility, Character.....and inside each of these are reflections on voting, empathy, immigration, books, the arts, the environment, public education, courage...and so much more. Please take the time to check this one out.


    What Happened by Hillary IS worth your investment of time. It's a tell-all book and when you read it you will be able discern just how much of what we thought we knew about Hillary was shaped and delivered by a flawed media, yes including the "paper of record" the N.Y. Times, & by the Republican machine.
    Yes, it's worth your time, if only to inform about how dirty politics have distorted the truth about her and about our democracy...... and I think it will make you sad that we all have missed the wonderful opportunity to have someone like this, male or female, at the head of our country. I certainly shed a few tears about it.


   
    “In the absence of fact, myth rushes in, the kudzu of history.” What a great line. It was written by Stacy Schiff of whom it is said, “Even if forced at gunpoint, Stacy Schiff would be incapable of writing a dull page or a lame sentence.” For proof read her Cleopatra, a Life. What an epic work! This is not a book you can rush through, not if you want the full benefit of Schiff’s hard won knowledge about this “last empress” (as described by Schiff).

     For anyone who believes that what pulled us out of the Great Depression was World War II and not anything that FDR did it will be an eye-opener to read Adam Cohen’s “Nothing to Fear”.
I’ll just take two quotes out of the book rather than try to condense all of its information into a couple of paragraphs.

    This is what changed in 1932;
    “In just three months, the federal government changed from being a nearly passive observer of its citizen’s problems to an active force in solving them. From that point on, it would be a matter of concern to Washington when farmers were unable to support themselves, when depositors lost their life savings in failed banks, and when parents could not afford to feed their children.” (p 284)

    “In its lifetime the WPA (Works Progress Administration) employed 8.5 million people and supported 20 million.”
    “In addition to helping millions of American families survive the Depression, the WPA left a rich legacy of socially useful projects. Its workers constructed or repaired more than 125,000 buildings, including 83,000 schools, 800 airports, 950 sewage plants, and 650,000 miles of roads. They built or improved 78, 000 bridges, and 25,000 playgrounds, terraced 271,000 acres of eroded land, and taught two million people to read.
“…..it played a major role in building the San Antonio Zoo, New York city’s LaGuardia and Washington’s Reagan airports, and the presidential retreat at Camp David.”

   
The Brothers by Stephan Kinzer. I did not like reading this book. Not because it wasn’t well written but rather because it fits under the heading of yet another Inconvenient Truth! What the Dulles brothers, John Foster and Allen did to us and to the world was, and remains, so destructive to America and peace in general that it put me in the same frame of mind as reading about the incompetence and arrogance of Lincoln’s generals who, through arrogance and incompetence, prolonged the Civil War. You just want to be able to reach back through history and strangle them.
    I wanted to put this book down less than halfway through, but I pressed on until I came to the final two pages, and distilled from them I quote this; “The half century that has unfolded since Foster and Allen passed from the scene suggests that they share responsibility for much that has gone wrong in the world.     The blame, however, does not end with them. To gaze at their portraits and think, ‘They did it’ would be reassuring. It would also be unfair. Americans who seek to understand the roots of their countries’ troubles in the world should look not at Foster and Allen’s portraits but in a mirror.” (p-327)
    To know how we got here and why, and why any American who cares about an honest appraisal of our history and our responsibility for its impact on current realties should read this book. But I warn you......it won’t be easy. c


    "Audacity"....no this is NOT Obama's auto-bio, the subtitle of this book is, "How Barack Obama defied his critics and created a legacy that will prevail"! by Jonathan Chait.
    Here's a quote from p 238,
    "Many Americans, those sympathetic to Obama’s aims as well as those opposed, spent his presidency believing he had largely failed. This conclusion rested on the premise that Obama had undertaken to bring about a revolution, or a post-racial society, or the banishment of all political disagreement----none of which he had ever actually promised.         What had Obama promised? To unleash structural transformation in American health care and education, to bring down the country’s carbon dioxide emissions, and to spare the economy from another depression. He had likewise promised thoughtful, honest governance and a no-drama president…….in 2008, sixty-nine and a half million Americans voted to entrust the presidency to Barack Obama. Many believed in him deeply, even fervently. Their faith was vindicated."
    This claim by Chait is substantiated by page after page of details about what Obama accomplished in the face of knee-jerk, Republican opposition. Want to re-fund your hope? GET THIS BOOK! c

   
“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the Ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose that what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it.
    “But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.”

                                                                                                                                                                  Thomas Jefferson, 1816


   

   
   
Winter Desiree's book Matchbook is detective-fiction.....not a genre I usually read...BUT! this is one fine piece of reading and as one of the comments on the back cover notes, "You will not be able to put it down."...well, that's for sure. Don't pass this one up, my daughter has written one FINE story and YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN....i.e., I read it in one day, Raven took two. We have 'em so to get a hard copy contact us. Cost is $10 + shipping (probaby $2) read and pass the word, this is a good one.
    Here’s what the late Elroy Bode, author of eight books (among them; Commonplace Mysteries, To be Alive, Texas Sketchbook) said of Matchbook; “…the details, the perfect rendering of people and places…sentences that shine, words, phrases like jewels.”
    He quotes one line, “During the last three years I had submerged the memory of Ella in a river of alcohol, watched as she sank below the turbulent surface of my mind.”  and comments; “There is not a writer alive who would not be proud to have written that sentence.”

PS, She just finished a second, not a sequel, and it's every bit as good as Matchbook.
 She's on a roll. That book, When I Knew You, is now available too.

     
   

    
                                                    Movies (& TV)

    We never darken the door of a commercial movie house, we just stream 'em from Netflix, or Amazon Prime, or Acorn. So no "New Releases" here...but we watched a couple of good ones in the last week or so and they come highly recommended from a couple of old movie buffs.

    "Their Finest" is a WW II Brit movie about making a movie. Really well done and recent (2017) from NetFlix.

    Speaking of "new releases", we started to watch "The Florida Project" but decided it was too depressing to finish. Looked up the 'review" and skipped to the end and sure enough, it was. BUT! Did find a winner on Netflix on DVD, it's "Jimmy's Hall". The (true) story of Jimmy Gralton, called a "firebrand Irishman", he was the only citizen of Ireland ever deported to the U.S. It's a good story and very well done.

   

    The Men's Page

Men's Health
(Up-dated May 15th)


"You Americans and Your Guns!"
(up-dated, April 21st)

Fallout for me.


 


The Notes Page

Just Say No!


Reflections on Elroy Bode


Last Flight

 
Finally


White Privilege?


It was a very good day.

                                                                                   What's in a Name?


    "Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren't things to think about any more. All that matters is value- the ultimate value of what one does." James Hilton

    "Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ... We need wilderness preserved — as much of it as is still left, and as many kinds — because it was the challenge against which our character as a people was formed ... We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope."  Stegner

      “It is easier to get over what has happened to you than to get over what you imagined happened to you.” M. FitzSimons

    “Spontaneous dance, like singing, bypasses the brain…comes from the center of you…it IS you…unfiltered.”
c
 

    "Never regret," Elenor Hibbert said. "If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."




NOTE! White Water Adventure in 2017!!

We give up!

   

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(Yoshi 'n Doug)

Mug shots.

(Bottom four not dead yet.)


    Kierkegaard came up with two concepts that are commonplace to us today: one is "subjectivity," the idea that we all perceive the world — and "truth" — differently; and the other is the "leap of faith," that faith is not possible without doubt. “One must doubt the existence of God to have faith in the existence of God. Belief without doubt is just credulity.”

    Novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace said: "Postmodern irony and cynicism's become an end in itself, a measure of hip sophistication and literary savvy. Few artists dare to try to talk about ways of working toward redeeming what's wrong, because they'll look sentimental and naive to all the weary ironists. Irony's gone from liberating to enslaving.”

    Ben Okri  author of, The Famished Road (1991), incorporates African myth and folklore, which has been labeled magical realism. Okri disagrees: "I grew up in a tradition where there are simply more dimensions to reality: legends and myths and ancestors and spirits and death. You can't use Jane Austen to speak about African reality. Which brings the question: what is reality? Everyone's reality is different."

"Be yourself; everyone else is taken."

anon*

(*Actually it was Oscar Wilde)

    



Dick Prosapio, MSW, aka Coyote; ceremonialist, psychotherapist (recovering), writer, drummer, photographer, dancer, and leader of experiential workshops for 30+ years. Co founder of; The Foundation for Common Sense. Elizabeth Prosapio, BFA, RMT, aka Raven; leads WildWoman weekends, is co leader of The Long Dance and Shadow Dance, leader of Woman's Spirit Weekend, a (very) fine artist and massage therapist and co-wrote Intuitive Tarot. (US Games pub.) Elizabeth is available for "Soul Face" drawing (more info by contacting her) and is also the co founder of; The Foundation for Common Sense.


For more information on any event listed, contact us at:

coyotecall@spiritpath.net

raven1680@gmail.com

Spirit Earth Path
66 Snowy Owl
Stanley, NM 87056
(505) 281 4824
cell: 505 331 1654/1740
email: coyotecall@spiritpath.net

Raven's Email: raven1680@gmail.com

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(All hot-rocks sweats are dependant upon the weather situation....attendance....and the energy level of the leaders. i.e. if we're too worn out by circumstances we are more likely to not do one. HOWEVER! If we're not doing a "hot-rocks" sweat we are at least doing a kiva "no-sweat" ceremony. Be sure to RSVP!)
                                     


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