A month ago, Grindstone Lake still had open water, and ducks, and eagles. This lake is the only lake in the area that is 150 feet deep, and can support trout species. But I like Grindstone Lake because of its picturesque Northwoods qualities. I had a great time paddleboarding on this lake last summer.
Last night I dreamed I found an owl in the trees by the house where I grew up. I was able to pick it up–I knew right away it was a boreal owl, even though it had white, gray, scarlet and turquoise patterns on its back. Owl told me it had two broken wings, and […]
It is late afternoon, and the copper vessel of water is now entering St. Croix State Park for the last leg of the journey to the mouth of the Kettle River. Our route so far today has taken us along about 20 miles of roadsides ranging from quiet gravel lanes to busy state highways. Kim […]
Part 1 of this series can be found here. “Ngah izitchigay nibi ohnjay!” I do it for the water. These are the words that are spoken as the beaded copper vessel is passed from one person to the next. The transfer is swift, done while both women are walking so the vessel does not stop […]
We are standing in a small circle at the T intersection of State Highways 18 and 23, north of the town of Sandstone, Minnesota. As pickup trucks rush by on this Sunday morning, I think to myself “what an odd place to hold a ceremony.” But it is part of the Nibi Walk ritual: The […]
I have always known that certain musical chords and intervals evoke strong emotions. Humans have been making music as long as humans have been on this earth, just like we have been using the healing herbs, and even yes, the fermented spirits. Tonight I drove 40 miles to attend a musical event. My friend Charrie […]
It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. ~ […]