December 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm (art, culture, education, environment, exploring interconnectedness, Indigenous People, Lakota, life, Native Americans, photography, Pine Ridge Indian reservation, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "width", children, clothing, coats, culture, exploring interconnectedness, gently used, Kansas City, Lakota, life, Locke, Missouri, Native Americans, photograph, photography, Pine Ridge Reservation, Porcupine, project warmth, random, shopping, South Dakota, teacher, weather, winter, Yi-Ching Lin
from Yi-Ching Lin’s “waking up new” album
Tis the season of snow, wind, rain and cold for those of us without warm sandy beaches under our feet. Tis the season of shopping too. Many folks use the gift giving holy days to update clothing needs for growing children. In the Kansas City Metro area there’s a yearly winter clothing drive–”Project Warmth”–where people donate gently used coats at specially designated locations–check it out here –>>> http://www.projectwarmthkc.com/news-events/ . Well, Cheryl Locke’s third graders do not live in the Kansas City Metro area, they live on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and hence will not be receiving any coats or blankets from “Project Warmth.” Having learned that approximately half of Ms. Locke’s students have no winter coats at all –that’s right these children have no coats to wear for a winter in South Dakota–I figured it’s worth putting out a call for a few coats for them. So if your child is getting a coat upgrade this winter please consider sharing their outgrown winter wear with a coatless child. There’s no donation button. There’s no middleman. There’s just Cheryl Locke’s address, coat sizes and eight children in need of some winterizing like the little one in Yi-Ching Lin’s photograph. Thank you.
1-boy size 14/16
2-boy size 14/16
3-boy size 14/16
4-boy size 14/16
5-boy size small, one size below 14/16
6-girl size 10/12
7-girl size 10/12
8-girl size 10/12
If you can share a gently used winter coat, please mail it directly to:
P.O. Box 264
Porcupine, SD 57772
Link to Yi-Ching Lin’s “width” http://yichinglin.com/2011/02/03/width/
POST UPDATE: This particular Coat Crusade is Complete thanks to the Volunteers at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. See the Huzzahs! post for them. But if you’ve got coats which need children, please see the One Spirit Needs list via the Okini list link here http://nativeprogress.org/index.php/en/ .
July 19, 2012 at 4:26 am (art, creative writing, culture, environment, exploring interconnectedness, life, photography, poetry, publishing, random, Writing)
Tags: "no mourning dew", art, Bluebell Books, creative, culture, dew, life, love, photography, poem, poetry, Poetry Slam, prompt, publishing, random, waking up new, Writing, Yi-Ching Lin
first of July comes and goes
searching for you in rain that drops like glitter
from clouds kissing apple orchards
such kisses I daydream of gifting you
even when a disbelieving friend begs a halt
in reply I beg to differ
taint not limitless passion with the bitterish taste of unfaithful fruit
see who comes through dawn’s cooling shadows beneath boughs’ heavy ripening redness
Click ”dew” to see more of Yi-Ching Lin’s waking up new photographs.
Poem is in response to Bluebell Book’s Slam Week 23 prompt. Enjoy more responses via http://bluebellbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/short-story-slam-week-23.html
June 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm (art, creative writing, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, food, humor, life, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "caught", art, creative writing, culture, experience, food, humor, life, mugger, nature, people, photography, plum, random, squirrel, Uncategorized, Writing, Yi-Ching Lin
Yes, indeed, one hot summer day I was taking a stroll across the U of Cal campus in Berkeley and was held up by one of the most audacious squirrels I have ever met. I could hear it yelling from a tree as I walked along the sidewalk. Just before I was about to walk past its post while looking up at the furry screecher and wondering what it was so worked up about—no cats a hunting anywhere in sighht—it raced down the tree trunk and slamned to a halt right in front of me. There it stood screaming for all it was worth. When I attempted to move right or left to get around, it kept right with me, blocking any advance, sidestep or retreat. At an impasse I looked at the pit of the plum I had been relishing during my walk then at the squirrel demanding something, anything for a toll payment past its piece of concrete. There was another plum in my little tote bag. I wondered while the squirrel stood its ground continuing its ear splitting verbal assualt totally not caring that I was like a giant in size. Very carefully I took the remaining plum out of my bag and held it in front of me for the little gangster to see. Perhaps it was the heat of the day combined with the hot breeze that brought the scent of ripe plum to its nostrils —or something else entirely beyond my limited human comprehension–but yes, indeed, la squirrel with the huge attitude was indeed very interested in that ripe black plum. It quivered as it closed the distance between us when I lowered the plum to within reach of tiny charcoal gray digits. In a flash I was relieved of said plum and the little robber was speeding up the tree trunk back to perch on the branch overhanging the walkway. The abrupt ceasation of screeching kept me there watching as my gray mugger inventoried the loot, turning it round and round, until sinking its teeth deep into the juicey flesh. Yeah, I knew just how good that plum tasted, I’d been looking forward to devouring it myself.
Much thanks to Yi-Ching Lin’s photo titled “Caught” on her ‘waking up new’ blog for reminding me of this daring little mugger.