Lessons From Crazy Horse

Living near a college town has its advantages. One is that there’s usually a concert, lecture or some other event going on. Last week, the university’s Multicultural Center hosted author William Matson and Crazy Horse Family Elder Floyd Clown Sr. for a 90 minute talk.

They were here to discuss and sign their book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy” which is based on the family’s oral history.

I learned so much from this talk that I don’t even know where to begin.

Mr. Clown spoke a lot about truth, honor and respect. He spoke of the assassination of Crazy Horse and how Crazy Horse had a vision that showed his death fifteen months before it occurred. He spoke of how his family lived in fear and actually kept their connection to the Lakota warrior secret for 124 years.

Grandfather is a term of reverence for an elder male family member. He talked about how his grandfather led by example and encouraged all to do the same by treating others with respect and by walking gently on this earth. In other words, he treated the earth and other people with kindness and honesty.

He also said that all are equal under the eyes of their creator. There is no skin color- just a red heart.

What a beautiful way to express an idea that so many struggle to understand or accept.

I now own a signed copy of the book and look forward to reading their stories. This was their 259th talk about this book but it seemed fresh and they kept me engaged for the full ninety minutes. My only regret is that it didn’t last longer.

Pick up the book or go see them if you have a chance.

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Bob Evans Farm Festival

It’s been a southern Ohio tradition for 49 years and it’s happening again this weekend. It’s the Bob Evans Farm Festival!

For just five bucks you can gain entrance to this fun fall event where you’ll find crafts, quilts, music, kids activities and food. But the best part is seeing artisans at work. You’ll find people working with cast iron and making knives. There are basket weavers and lumber jacks, animals and live music along with lots of other things to see and do.

I’ve gone every few years for most of my life and can attest that there’s always something new to enjoy.

It’s held at Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. Want more info? Click here.

Just a Cool Picture

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This is a close-up of details on a friend’s biplane. I love the color and the shapes and just think it’s a neat picture. If you’re an airplane enthusiast, it’s a 1929 Travel Air that he calls Ace and you can take a ride in it if you’re inclined. I rode in his other plane this summer and thought it was great! Read about that here!

Have a pleasant day, friends. And don’t forget to look closely for the beauty in the world around you. It’s there – you just have to see it!

American Sign Museum

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Have you been to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati? It’s one of my favorite places in the Queen City and a fun way to pass an afternoon. They display about one hundred years of signage and in such a thoughtful way that you see something different from every angle.

They have about 20,000 square feet of display space that’s packed full of interesting things.  Of course, I prefer the mid century stuff but there’s plenty of other fun pieces from advertising history.

Want to visit? You’ll find all the details on their website.

This Face

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Who could say no to this face? We humans like to say that we rescue animals but sometimes I wonder just who did the rescuing. I gave Scout a place to live and hopefully a good life – but he has repaid me twofold with more companionship and laughter than you can imagine.

If you have a chance to rescue an animal in need, I suggest you do it. You’ll undoubtedly change both your lives forever.

Project Time

When the weather turns cold and the snow starts to fly, I have to settle down and start organizing digital pictures.

There are duplicates and bad pictures that need to be deleted.  That’s time consuming but easy. However, some are organized by date and others by topic and this is where I run into trouble. In the long run, organizing by date doesn’t work because you have to know what year or month to look under to find anything. This works for birthdays and events you associate with a specific date but not much else.

So I think they need to be organized by topic and then by date but this part of the process sounds overwhelming. Plus, I have pictures burned to disc and saved on Snapfish but not anywhere else. Not to mention the stacks of prints waiting for albums.

If I get started this November, I should be all caught up in five or six years!

Who has tips for organizing digital photos? I would love to learn from your experience!