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       Bumper sticker of the month:
    "Talk is cheap.....due to an overabundance of supply vs demand."
(Seen in Edgewood, NM.)


    “An individual human existence should be like a river; small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionatey past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged with the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being." Bertrand Russell

    Hermann Hesse offered; “My advice to the person suffering from lack of time and from apathy is this: Seek out each day as many as possible of the small joys.”
 


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

            The Men's Gathering will take place September 21st-23rd and the email info announcement was sent out to my mail list. If you didn't receive a notification email me and I'll get it to you! c

August
21st, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
25th, Sweat Lodge, 5 PM-Cancelled (out of town)

September
4th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
7th-9th, Denver Psychic Fair
18th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
21st-23rd, Men's Gathering

October
2nd, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
12th-14th, CO. Springs Fair
16th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
27th, Sweat Lodge, 5 PM
30th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM

November
13th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
24th, Thanksgiving Sweat, 5 PM
27th, Mens' Circle, 6:30 PM

December
11th, Men's Circle, 6:30 PM
NY Eve Sweat, 5 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


                                Little known movies to rent from Netflix and books to check out;
Books
    You will probably not get this book….but I really want to tell you about it just in case you might get interested….it’s a Smithsonian book called, Journey, an illustrated History of Travel. I passed it up on the library shelf a couple of times and then decided to give it a whirl….you know, I figured I'd just zoom through it. I've been reading it for a week now and am only 2/3rds through.
    What will discourage you is that it’s 12” x 10.5” x 1 ” and weighs in at 5 pounds! (it’s a heft to get it up for a lap read.) But! It’s FULL of really good historical information about journeys and the means to undertake them and what has come of them beginning with….well, the first one in the book begins in 3000 BCE and goes from there to "The Ancient World", "Trade and Conquest", "The Age of Discovery", "The Age of Empires"…and includes the birth of steam-driven travel (that’s way after camels by the way) the emergence of Grand Hotels, the Gold Rush, the use of the “Astrolabe”, the Mughal Empire (Asia) ….."Measuring India” (imagine) and so much more that I'm not going to try to include much more of it here…complete with (good color) pictures of course. Yes this is a “coffee table book” but not one that will gather dust once opened.
    You might want to open one in your local library….but prepare to spend the rest of the day. Yes, it's that good....so good in fact that I just ordered it from Amazon ($16 with free shipping). This should be a text book in our middle or high schools.
    Well, I could go on and on about it but I'll just say "Get it!" and leave it at that.

   
    Here is a very important read; How to Change Your Mind, What the new science of Psychedelics teaches us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. (Michael Pollan)
    Do NOT pass this one up! The title might seem to predict a dry read about self-help tricks, but that is not the case at all. This one is well written, a first person narrative about how to change how we both perceive and experience what we keep believing is reality. If you invest time in reading anything over the next few weeks, make it this one!
   
   

    My own book, Becoming Coyote, A Journey of Enlightenment (Mostly) is not quite as "important" as Pollen's BUT! it's NOW available and is it worth the read? After 13 edits I never want to see it again.......however, 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....? It beats any over-the-counter sleep aid and has no horrible side effects. (so far)
     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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     This is Mike Cooley, friend, poet, Wildman, Long Dancer, Vietnam vet (Marine & Marine Guard, Washington, DC), dad, friend-of-the-Earth, dog lover, City Planner, therapist, compassionate man. 1947-2018. He died this past June. We miss him every day.

   
    The Wolves at the Door,
by Judith L. Pearson subtitled; "........America's Greatest Female Spy" is about a well-to-do, 20 something woman becoming one of the best spies in WW II. Talented, clever, strong, determined....she could not parachute into France because she had a wooden leg so she went by boat.....twice (even after being identified by the Gestapo and betrayed by a double agent). A master of disguise, multi-lingual, a crack shot, a planner, organizer....well; it all reads like a great novel...but it ISN'T! Virginia Hall did it all and it's a better story than any 007 tale (even without the car chases). This was an amazing woman who never wanted any publicity lest her underground activities by compromised. A very good read and should have been a movie!
   
    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 “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.

   
   
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 b.s. 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.

    "The Last Movie Star" stars, of all people, Burt Reynolds.......and he's remarkably good, as is the rest of the cast. Plot: Burt, a long over-the-hill movie star is invited to a film festival featuring his list of movies (as the character not as Burt). It is a very low-budget-affair, which he has become as well, and he is insulted and furious about it.....and, well THAT is the thematic material for a very good story. It's on NetFlix & Amazon and really worth a look.

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

    Check out "Drop Dead Diva". The premise is one that has been done before....a sort of switching places thing where beautiful super model suddenly inhabits the body of short, fat, genius lawyer...ho-hum you say? Well, so far themes have included body image and our societies prejudices about this, breast cancer, legal ethics, murder.....well, it ran for 6 seasons and we've only seen season 1 so far. It is funny, emotionally honest and topical. (On Netflix)

    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 July 17th)


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

Fallout for me.


 


The Notes Page

Rainbows and Frogs
(New)

Return with me Now.....
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I Usually Avoid Backward Glances
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The Albuquerque Big Band
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Football & America
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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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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.


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