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.

Happiness Is…

Happiness is having an evening free to wander in the middle of the week. A friend invited me to a Chris Thile concert earlier this week. So I wore a cute dress to work, took myself out for the Qdoba Grilled Fajita Vegan Bowl and enjoyed a little walk around the Ohio University campus before the show.

It was ninety degrees at 7 p.m. but it looked like fall and was a nice way to pass a Tuesday night. Not to mention, I had a great time with my friend and got to hear live music.

And, in case you’re wondering, that vegan bowl was delicious!

I Miss Those Days

college days

I commuted to Ohio University and often found myself with time to kill between classes. If the weather was good, this is where you could find me. Countless hours were spent sitting on this sunny hillside plowing through centuries of good books as I pursued my degree in English.

I miss those days. 

It was wonderful having nowhere to be but right here, sitting in the grass with a book in my hands. It was here that I read my first Ian Fleming book as part of a film noir class. It was here that I developed an appreciation for Indian literature and it was here that Jane Austin came to life.

I suppose I could go sit there with a book someday but I’m guessing you really can’t go home again. I don’t belong there anymore. But the memory – ah, the memory of the smell of fresh cut grass, the sun beating down, the feel of a book in my hands –  it’s the best memory of my college career.


A Pop Of Color!

I took my camera for a walk on the campus of my alma mater over the weekend. It was gloomy and cold as I traipsed around the Ohio University campus and uptown Athens, Ohio. That’s why I looked for some pops of color.

Here are a few to brighten your day!


Live Performance Is Always A Good Idea

Darlene Love started her career as a backup singer and consequently treats her singers with the utmost respect.

Veggie Quesadilla at Casa Nueva. Try it with the barbecue salsa- you can thank me later!

The beautiful thing about living so close to a college town like Athens is that there’s never a shortage of good food and things to do, even on a cold Tuesday night.

Last night I spent the evening wandering around town after work. I was there specifically to have dinner at Casa Nueva and to see Darlene Love perform at Ohio University.

In case you don’t know, Casa has the best food in Athens and Darlene Love was a powerhouse in Phil Spector’s infamous Wall of Sound. You may remember her for songs like “He’s a Rebel” and “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry.” Her song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is a staple on most holiday soundtracks.

You wouldn’t guess that she’s 77 or that she’s been performing some of these songs for the better part of sixty years. She’s energetic and her voice is strong. The songs sound fresh and a few of them pretty much brought down the house.

It was impressive.

I say it often and I’ll say it again: if you have a chance to witness live music, do it. There’s an energy surrounding live music that you simply can’t find listening to a tune at home. I always better appreciate an artist after hearing their music live. Last night was no different and I would absolutely recommend seeing Darlene Love if you ever have a chance!

Back To School

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABack to school time always makes me want to run out and buy notebooks and crayons. I’m not clear on why because I really hated school when I was there. College was great though. I’m a proud alum of Ohio University, a Bobcat, and I’m so pleased that life allowed me to study there. It was a great experience that taught me so much both in and out of the classroom. I especially love the quote on this gate – “So enter that daily thou mayest grow in knowledge, wisdom and love.”

This is great advice for everyone, every day. You don’t need to attend college to be curious and to learn or grow. Try to learn something new every day, be curious, be adventurous and you will never be bored.