Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | October 24, 2010

Why Are We Here?

We were talking today at lunch about how much time school is consuming. We might as well be anywhere if we aren’t taking advantage of living in this unique place with this group of people. Last week Hans got out to take the photos of the caribou while Bonnie cleaned up a messy painting project. The next day many of that large herd had moved on.

Today Bonnie decided to go for a walk on the frozen tundra and then visited Elders. At one home they discussed the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention that just concluded yesterday. She had listened to it live on the radio, but Margaret told her that it had been televised all day, every day and she’d watched every minute. So much that she laughingly said all that sitting made it hard to walk. The talk at the second house centered around elderly people raising their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lorena says it’s hard to keep up with the almost 3 year old, and impossible to catch her when she gets outside. She worries about her getting to the lake, which isn’t frozen enough yet. Her solution? To let her be in the house in her underclothes only. That way when she gets to the door, she comes back inside–too cold.  And the third Elder commented on how dark it seemed the other morning. She didn’t think the moon was looking right.

So, here it is, a public pledge to get out more. Because really, why are we here?



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  1. Excellent ?..I just got through with a “pipe/prayer” ceremony and then sweat/sauna with 3 spiritual folks here from Anchorage..we are all here to connect with spirit and Mother Earth..great picture..the moon was intriguing here too last night

  2. We hear ya! You might be surprised that a little extra you time with your surroundings may just create enough extra energy and productivity that you don’t lose any ground at work…maybe even gain a little. P.S. I think the moon looks great.

  3. Lorena is one sharp lady. More power to her. Your moon picture is lovely. Hang it on display!

  4. “THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US; LATE AND SOON”

    THE world is too much with us; late and soon,
    Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
    Little we see in Nature that is ours;
    We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
    The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
    The winds that will be howling at all hours,
    And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
    For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
    It moves us not.–Great God! I’d rather be
    A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
    So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
    Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
    Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
    Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

    William Wordsworth 1806
    Wordsworth 1806.

  5. “THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US; LATE AND SOON”

    THE world is too much with us; late and soon,
    Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
    Little we see in Nature that is ours;
    We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
    The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
    The winds that will be howling at all hours,
    And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
    For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
    It moves us not.–Great God! I’d rather be
    A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
    So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
    Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
    Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
    Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

    William Wordsworth 1806

  6. I really appreciate the glimpse of your lives. Thank you so much. And through Stephanie I hope to send some of your apples this week to Puerto Rico to my dad, who at 86 continues planting fruit trees. May we all be so forward thinking!


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