I don’t think this is the final version I delivered at Beacon (and also to the Comox Valley Fellowship) back about ten years ago. But it is now on the roll to the left. Thank you mOm for finding it for me.
There are a lot of men rubbing their eyes and scratching themselves and thinking…. the math isn’t right.
This homily has now been posted. I don’t know why it wasn’t, before. See to the left.
Physio was AWESOME. No needles, this time, just manipulation and exercises. I don’t see the bone doc until NEXT Friday, so my next physio is the Monday after that. I am driving again; I am playing mandolin again, but only short hops for driving and only 15 minutes for practicing. Physio says I can add a song a day as I get stronger. I am making 100 percent progress for some kinds of mobility, and less than is good for others… so pretty much a standard recovery for a fat middle aged woman.
I have learned to my startlement and wonder that the US’s only TDCS clinic is 20 MILES from the GAFilk hotel. I am going to try to book an appointment, as it is one of the few treatments for mental thrumps and emotional hollow heels. Okay, Read This Article and see why I like the idea.
I have finished Thomas King’s the Inconvenient Indian. I have a much clearer idea of what a settlers have gotta do if they want to be allies to REAL INDIANS as opposed to Dead or Legal ones (he makes a distinction, a very interesting one, in his book). I am going to follow his lead. Native people are Indians if you’re using the “what nation/tribe/linguistic grouping/band they are hardly matters, they all got shafted by the settlers and this is now the uneasy general term white and First Nations people use” line of reasoning. But they are Thomas King (Cherokee) and Buffy Saint Marie (Cree) and Elijah Harper (Red Sucker Lake First Nation) and Tantoo Cardinal (Métis) if you are referring to individuals; for they belong to a lifestream that is rooted in a way of life on this land, their land, that goes back ten millennia, even if the middens and the weirs only go back five millennia. I am a settler. Well, I’ve hated ‘white’ as a term for light coloured people for 20 years at least now. I want to call us the pink people, cause we are. White is such a bullshit term. But settler, that I can deal with. I am three generations removed from it. It’s part of who I am. Even so, there’s a picture from my family history that always makes me smile when I think about it. Back in the day, there would be rodeos, and Indians would be invited, because cowboys without Indians are not very exciting. (I know, right?) There’s a pic of my mother’s father squatting, in a line, with a bunch of other white ranchers. Behind them, arrayed in panoply, are Indians on horseback. Makes for a nice change, in terms of optics. I know it made no difference in daily life. But it happened.