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"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

          At certain moments, the ordinary rules of cause and effect are suspended. Living in a sacred space, surrounded by sacred images, following a guru, a teacher, or a prophet who seems prescient and nudges you toward a specific path––––impossible things happen. Since you cannot explain them through reason, you must acquiesce to unreasonable theories. After that, everything begins to make sense again, but in an unexpected way: all impossible things begin to seem quite possible after all.
                                                                                                                (Larry Brilliant from, Sometimes Brilliant.)


                        "Fully embrace the fragility of the present moment....rather than fear it's loss." c
                                                                            (I would love to remember this!)

    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


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2017
(Check this now and then, dates and times are subject to change.)



September
22nd-24th, Men's Weekend
(Contact Coyote for details.)

October
3rd, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
13th-15th, Colorado Springs Fair
17th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
21st, Sweat Lodge, 5 PM
31st, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM

November
14th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
28th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
25th, Thanksgiving Sweat, 5 PM

December
5th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
19th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
31st, New Years Eve Sweat, 4 PM


"Manage Wildlife",
the trappers say;


We say;
Ban Trapping,
"manage" Trappers!

  
      
New Mexico is STILL supporting trappers and "Coyote kill contests"! This is, of course, outrageous....but the ag. interests and ranchers run Game and Fish so we're stuck with 19th century thinking and outcomes in our state.        
What can we do? Get them out in 2018!
   
    By the way, the U.S. Dept. of Ag. (Fed. version of the many state operations) funded the extermination via poison and other means, the deaths of 320 wolves, 866 Bobcats, 24, 390 beavers, 345 mountain lions, 419 black bears, 12, 186 prairie dogs, and 75, 326 coyotes in 2013. This wholesale slaughter of our wildlife continues unabated to this day funded by our tax dollars. Please try to make a difference with this issue!

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 ($15) 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
   
    Captivating auto-bio (now a movie as well) The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls. Think you had a tough childhood? Check this one out. Once into it it's hard to put down.


    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.”

    Whenever I see questions from conservative critics like; “What did liberals ever do to help this country?” I know there has been a failure in our educational system, or these people dropped out in the 4th grade.
    The answer to this question can only include a small part of all the facts. What liberals did in the late 30’s included (but was not limited to):
    Setting up Social Security
    Making the 40 hour work week (with time and a half for overtime) a standard for labor.
    Setting up a Federal Minimum Wage.
    Putting a stop to children under 16 working in factories.
    Creating the FDIC to protect your money in a bank.
    Creating Unemployment Insurance.
    Much more since then of course and MOST of it has made this a better country to live in for everyone.             Conservatives, especially the far Right, will argue that Big Government needs to be cut down, way down, but they cannot show in any way that “small Government” can accomplish much of anything the country needs.
    We cannot and will not go backwards over time. Yes, it will be one step forward and two back for awhile, given the efforts to retard progress being put forth in D.C. at the moment. But this will change and it will change soon. The blocks to progress have been thrown in place before (Goldwater, Gingrich, G.W., Reagan, & the current flying monkeys) and they do not last.
    Thanks to forward looking people such as those who made it happen in FDR’s administration, Francis Perkins, Henry Wallace, Harold Hopkins & many more, things got done that have changed this country for the better and they will endure.
    Those who have been created in the same mold, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and yes Hillary Clinton, will work to get our National train back on the tracks. Support them.




    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

    "Insane Clown President" was a title I was attracted to for obvious reasons. Author Matt Taibbi has collected a series of his own reflections while following the Trump campaign in 2015-16. But as I began to read I found myself getting more and more depressed about just how the whole thing played out and decided I didn’t need a post-mortem of the whole wretched thing, so I bailed on the book
But before I returned it to the library I checked out the last few pages and came across the same sentiments that were written about in "Audacity", the book written about the Obama presidency and its legacy. Here’s what Taibbi has to say;
    “At one of our lowest moments, the person at the very center of this horrible maelstrom of hate was the one urging us not to give up. Obama’s detractors may not hear this message now. But history will.
    “Donald Trump may have won the White House, but he will never be a man like his predecessor, whose personal example will now only shine more brightly with the passage of time. At a time when a lot of Americans feel like they have little to be proud of, we should think about our outgoing president, whose humanity and greatness are probably only just now coming into true focus.” 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


    The book version of "Touching the Wild" (the movie recommended below) is even more powerful than the movie, and a greatly expanded exploration of the subject matter (the mule deer of the American Southwest)....and our relationship(s) with wildlife in general. By Joe Hutto, it's well written and not apologetic when it comes to stepping on toes of environmentalists and hunters alike.

   
Johann Hari has written a book that is a must read for everyone from you and I on up to the White House. Chasing the Scream, the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. He makes the case with "Superb journalism...." research, interviews, facts, interviews and narrative to tell the story of why we, and much of the world that we influence has been and continues to be on the absolutely wrong road when it comes to dealing with drugs and human beings. This is a MUST READ! The war-on-drugs has, in reality, been a war on poor people and people-of-color, there is no other way to see it, and it has got to stop. Read this important book!
   
   
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 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.

      I do a lot of reading on a wide range of subjects (as you can see from this list of reviews) and I’ve just come across a book you will probably not want to bother with unless you too like to uncover an unusual gem now and then. It is the Mari Sandoz bio of ,"Crazy Horse, The Strange Man of the Oglalas”.
      It’s noted by Stephen B. Oates who wrote the introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition, “…she altered her language to reflect (that) oral tradition, so much so that it reads like a story being told around an Oglala campfire, complete with Indian sounds, similes, and simulated dialogue.
    “Chief Standing Bear understood her technique perfectly; he said she wrote, ‘…juat like the good old Lakotas spoke.’”
     What is also remarkable about this biography is that people like Custer are treated as minor characters in, what is essentially, an Indian experience. He is seen as, …..just “another white man who comes to kill our women and children.” (attributed to Crazy Horse.)
    This is not an easy read to begin with, but once into the rhythm of the Sandoz style, there is no turning back. Probably the best biography of an American Indian I’ve ever read.

    James McPherson wrote a bio. of of Jeff. Davis (who doesn't come off very well) and has done a fantastic job with this bit of Civil War history. It's, The War That Forged a Nation. See the review on the Notes page. A very good read...and timely and not just about 1860-1865, it's about how that war, and the politics of 150 years ago are STILL present in our lives today.

  
Though racism was certainly a part of the mix that caused our government to put Japanese-Americans into prison camps when World War ll broke out, there was more to it than that and the reasons for the paranoia were born twenty-five years before. What got us into World War l? “The sinking of the Lusitania.” is what most readers of history would reply. Not by a long shot......there was MUCH more to it than that. Check out “Dark Invasion”, a story that reads like a B movie plot but is true! Amazing stuff by Howard Blum.


   

    
                                                                                  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.

    "Madame Secretary" (season 3) is BACK! on Netflix.......a sort-of West Wing with the focus on the Sec. of State 'sted of the President. Great show!


“The Dressmaker” pays off with its out-of-nowhere developments, until it collapses into a pit of death, destruction and despair. I can’t say this is the best film you will see all year, but I can assure you won’t see another one like it again for a long time. (Partial quote from a long, and good, review by Susan Wloszczna)


Critics Consensus: Captain Fantastic's thought-provoking themes -- and an absorbing starring turn from Viggo Mortensen -- add up to an above-average family drama with unexpected twists.  (From Rotten Tomatoes)

    This one is better than "above average family drama", it's actually a good movie.

    Don't miss "Touching the Wild", the story of a man being willing to spend a great deal of time connecting with the mule deer herd on his land in Wyoming. This is a beautiful and touching story that will impact your view of the true nature of the animal life we sometimes take for granted in the sense of thinking they are much different than we are when it comes to consciousness.   

   

     The Men's Page

Men's Health (New)

"You Americans and Your Guns!"

Fallout for me.


 Becoming Coyote, a Journey of Enlightenment, Mostly


will be available soon.
(If I can get through the editing process!)

An addition to our "Intuitive Tarot", an up-date which will be in booklet form will be available sooner.............or later i.e. as soon as I can get to it. c

  
   
The Notes Page


Reflections on Elroy Bode
(New)

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

Next Sweat;

                                                                                                                     October 21st, 5:00 PM.
                                                                      

                                                                                 
       September is filled with the Men's Weekend so had to skip a sweat. We hope that we will ACTUALLY be able to do one, a hot rocks sweat, on the October date......to celebrate Coyote's return to full health!  
                             (For the full story of this read "Life These Days" on the Notes page.)                                 

                              
                  (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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