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       "Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have."
                                                                     
Garrison Keillor


    “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


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November
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

   
    I came upon this little gem of a book, "The Day The Sun Rose Twice, The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945" by Ferenc Morton Szasz. It opens with this; "In December of 1945, the Indian pueblo of San Ildefanso, New Mexico prepared to celebrate its annual deer dance. That year they invited a square-dance club from nearby Los Alamos to join them." There follows a description of the celebration which then ends with, "Finally to the unusual accompaniment of accordian and Indian drums, the two groups danced together."
    World War II had just ended months before and this was the first Christmas in four years that would be observed in peace. (Wish we could have another invitation like that from the Pueblos so that we could all dance together again this time for both peace and harmony.)
    The book ends with this, "What happened at Trinity Site....evolved into the most crucial issue of the twentieth century." One of the Los Alamos scientists said, "Forty years ago we meant so well.....but it did not turn out so well."
    In between this opening and closing is the story of the people who worked to create "The Bomb". This is a very interesting piece of work.

    After finishing the above I dove into a larger piece of work, In the Garden of the Beast, by Erik Larson. This is about the Dobbs family. He was the ambassador to Germany from 1933 to '37 so in the midst of Hitler's rise. He was accompanied by his wife, daughter and son (this is not fiction by the way). This is a very behind the scenes story of life in Germany as the Nazi party took over. I have heard a lot of comparisons about what is going on in our country today and Nazi Germany back then and I must say that those who want to spend time being hysterical about democracy being doomed and fascism taking over, etc., etc. really need to read more history to get things in perspective. Having lived through those times I can tell you (and them) that the only comparison that is valid would be in the fear being expressed and the language being used.
    Example, if someone is physically attacked because of their skin color or religion in our country today, the attacker is usually arrested and held accountable. In Nazi Germany, attackers of that sort were not only state supported they were sanctioned. This is a huge difference. And never mind claims of "fake news", there was NO news outside of state controlled newspapers and radio. You could be put in a concentration camp, or shot, if you criticized the government. There was no "freedom of speech." We are no where near that kind of country. This "empty vessel" in the White House (so described by a reporter when asked what the current occupant might think about an international problem) may scar us somewhat and cause us to loose our standing as a nation to look up to for a time, but this is a temporary aberration and the pendulum WILL swing, we WILL get rid of this gang. (Yes I know that's what many sane Germans thought when Hitler and his gang of thugs was in power too) but we are NOT Germany in the 1930s. If you doubt this read "In the Garden......." and get some perspective. And take a breath, we're on the road to getting rid of this latest version of thuggery.

    Just a short look at the third book I finished this week (this is why I'm not getting any of my own writing done....but I AM trimming trees after all so it's not like I'm slacking off). This book is Red Cloud, a bio of the Sioux chief by Robert W. Larson. It's a good read and a very clear description of the times (mid 1800's to early 1900's) and this important Sioux presence.
    By the way, I also want to plug any book by Mari Sandoz who was a genius of a writer about so much in the west and the Great Plains....and the Indians of course. Read anything by her and she will take you there both in time and in language. Some readers back in her day (mid 20th Century) didn't like the fact that she did not romanticize the Old West...quite the opposite. Another writer worth your time.



    Just finishing, The Improbable Wendell Willkie by David Levering Lewis. Willke ran against FDR in 1940. The first half is a bit of a "plow" because Lewis has a bit of an arcane style (which I won't go into here) but the second half sails and is well worth the journey. I just want to quote this one thing, which is nothing Willkie said, in fact it was Max Lerner who wrote it ca.1941;  “…….despite the divergences of economic systems, of race and color and language and social structure, the world is compassable, interdependent, organic.”
("Compassable" is a seldom used word which means comprehensible...understandable.)

    What struck me about this is that currently we have in the White House a world leader who has never read this quote and if he did could not connect with the concept. Nor, it seems, have his supporters. It is shear madness that we have such a character in such an elevated position. He should be gotten out....sooner rather than later. c
   

    I haven't read much about  WW1, just never got into what has been written about it.....till now, and that's because To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild is one of those fine, rare pieces of writing that will grab you from the first paragraph. It's a combination of the best Civil War accounts like The Killer Angels by Shaara and the movie The Fog of War. Of course Shaara's book is fiction, this is not. But the truth of WW 1, how it began (NOT with the assassination in Sarajevo) and how it was prosecuted is not. Hochschild is very clear about how crazy it was to get into the nightmarish mess to begin with, and how the madness deepened as it went on year after year with the slaughter of young men seemingly endless, and truly pointless. I couldn't put this one down, and I wanted to, but the human drama, the basic human insanity Hochschild writes about so well wouldn't permit it because, of course, it, WE haven't gotten much more sane. It was amazing, for example, to read about how people who strongly opposed the war were, as the losses mounted, inexorably drawn into it and began to support it because it became about COUNTRY and survival. I wondered if much has changed given the times we live in now......100+ years later.

   
   
   
    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!)
               
                

     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......yes, every day.  c

   
    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!
   
   

   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).

    


    "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.

   

   

    The Men's Page

Men's Health
(Up-dated November 8th)


"You Americans and Your Guns!"

Fallout for me.


 


The Notes Page

Where Have You Been...?
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I'm Losing it!
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Considering Beginnings
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What Are You Doing.....?
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Rainbows and Frogs


Return with me Now....


I Usually Avoid Backward Glances


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Football & America


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.”
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    "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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