Thursday, October 10, 2013

Steve Blakeley and sister Ronee Blakeley, hometown childhood friends

Precious video of Steve Blakeley and Ronee.  Steve is a beautiful human being and as a gay man was one of the many martyrs to prejudice during the AID's epidemic.  I am so touched by this video, and this is how I choose to remember him.  Last time I saw him he was but a middle schooler, and tonight I get to see him grow up into manhood.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Salmon Tracks by calligrapher, Mike Jones

I have known Mike Jones for fifty-three years, at first because he was Jones and Joo always came after Jones in seating arrangements and because I was somewhat "smart" in literature and writing.  When it came to science and math, I sat behind other folks.  Now when I go home and see my classmates, I am still pleased that I sit behind Mike Jones, sharing thoughts, sharing work.  Here is his latest -- a student of sumi-ye and an admirer of salmon.  Mike is a philosopher and a naturalist and an artist:
"from Outside the Belly" was also known as "TBAsian" from 2008-2010. Thank you for reading.

from Outside the Monster's Belly

from Outside the Monster's Belly
. . . following Earth instead (Rakaia River, site of Salmon Ceremony, photo credit Ruth Koenig)


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Eugene, Oregon
I am a citizen of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. I am a Nikkei descendant sansei (third generation);retired teacher, involved in the Winnemem tribal responsibility to Water, Salmon, and our belief that the Sacred is our Teacher. Working locally for human rights and supporting youth leadership.