hello seattle !

this morning wifeling adele & i again with our saint-of-the-day
in robert ellsberg’s best 1995 all saints

seattle, chief of the suquamish ( 1786-1866 )

( via chief seattle’s message in power of the people,
eds robert cooney and helen michalowski )

we’re so touched. adele says, gotta call him to thank you
so right away that she does, all the way to MARYKNOLL

secretary puts him right away on. adele can’t believe it
thank you, thank you, daily-bob !

so here, what we just read, is this holy day . . .

    Seattle was born in a Suquamish village along Puget Sound, sometime around 1786. As a child he witnessed the arrival of the first whites in the Northwest. They were trappers and traders who did not come to stay. But for Seattle and his people, it was the beginning of irrevocable change.

In his early twenties, Seattle was named the chief of his tribe. By this time the early white visitors had opened the way for an ever-increasing stream of settlers. It fell to Seattle to set a strategy for dealing with these invaders and their insatiable claims. Seattle rejected the option of violent resistance and put his trust in the possibilities of peaceful dialogue. But as the full intentions of the whites became clear, his goal was reduced simply to ensuring the survival of his people.

In 1830 Seattle and many of the Indians in Puget Sound converted to Christianity. As a leader of his people he tried to integrate the principles of his faith with the beliefs of his ancestors. But with each passing year it seemed that his traditional world was growing smaller. Ultimately, Seattle came to believe that the struggle with the whites really represented the contrast between conflicting spiritual values. In particular, the Indians and the whites held to completely different understandings of the relationship between human beings and the earth.

The whites considered the land something to be bought and sold. As Seattle observed,

    How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us … Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people … We are part of the earth and it is part of us.

In 1855 Seattle signed the Port Elliott Treaty, which trasferred ancestral Indian lands to the federal government and established a reservation for Native American tribes in the Northwest region. The alternative, he believed, was the extinction of his people. But he took the opportunity to address a letter to President Franklin Pierce. It is a haunting and prophetic document, often cited today by the proponents of ecology. It certainly does reflect Seattle’s profound ecological imagination, as well as the spiritual vision in which it was rooted:

    We know that the White Man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next,  for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on.

    One thing we know, which the White Man may one day discover -our God is the same God. You may think now that you own Him as you wish to own your land; but you cannot. He is the God of humanity, and his compassion is equal for the red man and the white. The earth is precious to him, and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator … Even the white man cannot be exempt from the common destiny. We may be brothers after all. We shall see.

Chief Seattle died on June 7, 1866, on the Port Madison Reservation near the city which today bears his name.

thank you seattle ! thank you robert, robert, helen, and more
after all that, sure gotta find more . . .

here, have a look at danish manisha’s own beautiful, first music video of the same story

loneliness is the poverty of self

. . . solitude,  richness of self

~ may sarton

sierra club daily ray of hope, 6/5/17
photo white-crowned sparrow in albuquerque, nm by michele weisz

tribute to life

our 200 greenwood farm + nearbys

our first outdoor decade together in central florida

( 20+ mins, 5 sections )

want to connect with mother ?

. . . not better than by one of my favorite people, thomas berry

forwarded recently by genesis farm for restoring paradise
the article appeared originally in 2003, just before berry left us

it all gets closer & closer, especially here in ugliest of new times
take your time. do let it bring you back to the real

” I have been having coffee with Confucius, for heaven’s sake. This person is as giant a thinker as Confucius -and I’ve been having coffee with him !” Speaking at a conference in Berkeley, California in November 2002, cosmologist Brian Swimme recalls his astonishment after first meeting in 1982 with the person who has emerged as one of the leading thinkers of the world, and who became his primary mentor and co-worker: Thomas Berry. The description seems apt . . .  ( finish intro in pdf )

( click on title for pdf – pick your best reading size on title page )

MYSTIQUE OF THE EARTH

loop the lake

 

home acting with mother earth

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ma’s day – my day

. . . coming together again for 2016

at last bertrand piccard takes off too on april 21st
from hawaii headed for california back to first round-the-world solar flight

way to go bertie
long one of my own dreams
RIGHT HERE AT THE MAC

same days, once again tadpole fundles ma’s green & blue posh
this time south on florida’s wondrous
WITHLACOOCHEE BIKE TRAIL

( sorry – my video’s a bit off this time )

top poet friend, our own bernie, he’s along too this time
with this in hand – always whatalaugh !

RucquoiJim - HE TRAVELS FOR HER GLORY II 2.pages

ma’s all-earth guardian editor, following those strong dec paris days
brings us up to date once again at UN’s signup

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Hello,

Yesterday was EARTH DAY. Fittingly, more than 170 countries went to New York to SIGN THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT, a record-breaking number of first-day signatures for an international treaty. ( In case you wondered, the Convention on the Law of the Sea was the previous record holder, with 119 countries in 1982 ).

But Ban Ki-Moon, who hosted the ceremony along with heads of state and climate champions including Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio, pointed out that other climate record are being broken right now. RECORD TEMPERATURES GLOBALLY, NEW LOWS FOR SEA ICE, MASS BLEACHING OF CORAL REEFS and UNHEARD-OF LEAPS IN CO2 LEVELS IN OUR ATMOSPHERE.

Against that alarming backdrop, the pressure is on countries to do more and do it faster. Our correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg as been talking to experts including Jeffrey Sachs on what happens next, and HOW GOVERNMENTS ARE STILL FAILING TO GRASP THE URGENCY OF DEEPLY CUTTING EMISSIONS.

Webby Awards

I’m also writing to thank those of you who generously took minutes out of your day to VOTE FOR US IN THE WEBBYS FOR OUR COVERAGE OF THE MEKONG. It now looks likely our coverage of the river and its people’s fate will win an award, and the issue will get a much needed spotlight.

Adam Vaughan
Editor, THE GUARDIAN.COM/ENVIRONMENT

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finally friends, speaking of earth day, lets have a look at this
what all-year bunch tells us about rising positive happenings around our globe

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ride for ma

climate ride’s come a long way since my pedals for her
especially if you’ve much more time on this planet than us oldies
travel down her coast with your gang

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have a look at all 2016’s great moves – CLIMATERIDE.ORG

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