Saturday, September 28, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 28

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 28
"Love is something that you can leave behind you when you die. It's that powerful."
--John (Fire) Lame Deer, ROSEBUD LAKOTA
The Old Ones say, love is all anyone needs. Love doesn't go away nor can love be divided. Once you commit an act of love, you'll find it continues. Love is like setting up dominos one behind the other. Once you hit the first domino, it will touch the second one which will touch the third one and so on. Every love act or love thought has an affect on each person as well as touching the whole world. If you live a life filled with love, the results will affect your friends, relatives, and other people, even after you go to the other side. So... Love.
My Creator, let me love. Let me put into action the love dominos.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Keep Riding

Crater Lake 25 sept 2013

John Trudell

26 Sept, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 26

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 26
"No one likes to be criticized, but criticism can be something like the desert wind that, in whipping the tender stalks, forces them to strike their roots down deeper for security."
--Polingaysi Qoyawayma, HOPI
You move toward and become that which you think about. Creating a vision is what guides our lives. If we get off track with our vision, then we experience conflict. Conflict is nature's way of telling us we are not in harmony. Criticism can be a way for one human being to help another. Often our Elders will give us criticism. This feedback is intended to be helpful. Criticism from our Elders helps us grow strong.
Great Spirit, today, if I need it, please provide me positive criticism.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 25

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 25
"Even the trees have spirits - everything has a spirit."
--Mary Hayes, CLAYOQUOT
The trees are great teachers. The trees are great listeners. That is why we should meditate in their presence. The Great spirit is in every rock, every animal, every human being, and in every tree. The Great Spirit has been in some trees for hundreds of years. Therefore, the trees have witnessed and heard much. The trees are the Elders of the Elders. Their spirits are strong and very healing.
Great Spirit, teach me respect for all spiritual things.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

You've got what it takes.....

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 24

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 24
"Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise men turn to fools and robs the spirit of its vision."
--Tecumseh, SHAWNEE
It's not an accident that firewater is also called spirits. Firewater affects our judgments. The Great Spirit created a set of laws and principles by which we are to live our lives. When we have problems we should pray and ask for the wisdom of these laws. If instead we turn to liquor, our judgement will be affected. It is the decision and choice made under the influence of booze that causes us to be fools. We need to learn to lean on prayer and not on the spirits of alcohol.
Great Spirit, teach me to pray. Let not one drop of liquor touch my lips today.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Chicken Breast Dinner :]

Perfect for low carb, pair this with a salad and your have a great low carb meal!


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded (you can use up to 6 oz)
1 c frozen spinach, thawed and drained (you can also use fresh cooked spinach)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp breadcrumbs (I use Italian style)
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Lots of toothpicks


Preheat oven to 180 (350 degreesf ).

Flatten the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness.

In a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, spinach, salt and pepper.

Combine the Cajun seasoning and breadcrumbs together in a small bowl.

Spoon about 1/4 c of the spinach mixture onto each chicken breast. Roll each chicken breast tightly and fasten the seams with several toothpicks. This part requires a tiny bit of skill and I typically use about 8 toothpicks in each roll to ensure none of the filling seeps out. Be sure to count how many total toothpicks were used!

Brush each chicken breast with the olive oil. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning mixture evenly over all. Sprinkle any remaining spinach and cheese on top of chicken (optional).

Place the chicken seam-side up onto a tin foil-lined baking sheet (for easy cleanup). Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove the toothpicks before serving. Count to make sure you have removed every last toothpick. Serve whole or slice into medallians
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Buckaroo Traditions

Buckaroo Traditions
On Mud Knots and War Knots...All Buckaroo tail knots are mud knots. I'm afraid the misnomer "War Knot" has been used interchangeably and that is incorrect; a bit more "romantic", but incorrect nonetheless. The origin of the War Knot comes from Native American culture and was tied in a horse’s tail...when going to war. It was as much a part of the culture as the signs and symbols painted on each horse according to status and mission.

The Mud Knot is tied in the tail to keep those long beautiful tails from being stepped on; a much nicer alternative to "shortening" the tail whether by cutting or pulling. It aids in keeping the tail out of the mud, the knot also keeps the tail from getting tangled in the brush. I have read where the weight of the knot helps keep an errant rope from being pulled up under the tail.

To be or KNOT to be? If the tail is long and beautiful, by all means tie a Mud Knot in that tail and carry on this beautiful and practical tradition. — at San Simeon Creek.


I choose to be a Warrior

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 23

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 23
"When that spirit comes, we don't ever ask questions. If I don't understand, I just hold onto it. Then later down the road, maybe in a couple of years, I understand what that spirit meant."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
At certain spiritual events or happenings, it is possible for the spirits to come. Sometimes these spirits look like sparklers of light, sometimes you can feel them, sometimes they will look like live human beings. The spirits always come for a reason. When we deal with the spirit world, we need to be patient. The Great Spirit will tell us the meaning of these happenings when He is ready.
Great Spirit, let me be aware of Your presence.


Understanding how your horse's hearing and reactions to sounds differs from yours can give you valuable insights into his behavior.

You're riding along when your horse spooks, then freezes: Head held high, ears flicking back and forth like bug antennae. Your heart pounding, you strain to hear whathe's listening for but, as seconds pass in silence, come to the conclusion that your horse is hearing things.
He is hearing sounds that you can't hear. Understanding how your horse's hearing differs from yours and how his reaction to sounds differs, too, can give you valuable insights into his behavior. It can help you anticipate and perhaps avoid a dangerous spook, or reduce his anxiety in such noisy environments as horse shows.
The Sound of SilenceLike all animals (including you), your horse has binaural hearing, meaning his ears can hear sound concurrently. His external ears, known as pinnae, act like satellite dishes to capture sound waves and funnel them to his inner ears. Because of the large, cuplike shape of his pinnae, especially when compared to your small, flat ones, very little sound spills out of them, so he can capture noises you might miss.
Another reason your horse can detect sounds you can't is his ability to hear a wider range of high-frequency tones, such as the ultrasonic squeak of a bat. For a prey animal, which he is, this hearing acuity makes sense. In his natural environment (open plains), other animals, including predators, are the only things besides weather that generate noise. Predators generally don't vocalize when stalking prey, so your horse is hard-wired to listen for the sounds of stealth--the snap, crackle and pop of grass and twigs under, say, a mountain lion's paws.
These telltale rustlings contain high-frequency sounds, which your horse uses to locate the direction from which they came by gauging which ear hears them first and at what intensity. Unlike animals that can hone in on a precise location, your horse needs only an approximate indication of where the sound erupted, so he can prepare to run in another direction. If the sound tells him action may be warranted, he'll follow with eye movement, then finally raise and turn his head so he can better focus, freezing his body so as not to give away his position. (You've probably seen grazing horses do this. You'll notice they also quit chewing, the better to hear.) If he perceives danger, he'll likely spook and run.
Emotional HearingAh, the spook. Then there's the spin. And let's not forget the bolt. These equine survival tools underscore the fact that your horse not only hears differently from the way you do but also can react quite differently to sound. That's because horses have a very strong emotional response to whatever sensory input they might receive. And the emotion is fear. Fear triggers your horse's flight mechanism (and puts you in danger of being run over, into, or away with). We humans often curse it, but that hair-trigger response is an important thing to have. A horse doesn't want to be brave. If he is, a lion is likely to eat him. His best shot at survival is to run first and think later.
If you spend much time around horses, you've likely noticed that some, like some people, are more "emotional" or reactive than others. One horse may spook at the slightest sound; his "Steady Eddie" barn mate takes everything in stride. Male horses may react more strongly to sound simply because they're traditionally the herd watchdogs. They don't necessarily hear any better than females do, but they feel a need to alert "their herd" to perceived danger. That's why some horses suffer more anxiety than others at shows or in any new environment. A strange place can put your horse on high alert for danger, causing him to be emotionally aroused and to make his reaction to noise even stronger than it would be in a familiar setting. If he's of the "bombproof" variety, his anxiety may not result in undesirable behavior. But if he's reactive by nature, it could not only hamper his performance but harm you.
Hearing Loss in HorsesLike you, your horse can lose his ability to detect sound as he ages. Age-related hearing loss in humans begins at about age twenty (roughly the same point as age five for a horse), starting with the higher frequencies and working down the scale. High-frequency hearing loss isn't generally obvious in humans until sometime after fifty (equivalent to fifteen for a horse). But because your horse has a wider range of high-frequency hearing than you do, he can lose more of it before you notice a lack of response to sounds you hear.
The more tuned in you are to your horse's hearing, the better off you'll both be.
A professor of psychology in the Laboratory of Comparative Hearing at Ohio's University of Toledo, Dr. Rickye Heffner has specialized in mammal hearing since 1976.
This article first appeared in the August 2000 issue of Practical Horseman magazine.

Take to the Land Lightly...

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Crock Pot Breakfast

Breakfast casserole in the crock pot! Cooks while you sleep!

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1 bag 26 oz. frozen hash browns
12 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon ground mustard
1 16 oz. roll sausage
maple, sage or regular sausage.
Salt and pepper
16 oz. bag shredded cheddar cheese

1. Spray crock pot and evenly spread hash browns at the bottom.
2. Crack 12 eggs in a large bowl.
3. Mix well (and slowly) using a whisk.
4. Add the milk.
5. Go ahead and sprinkle in the ground mustard. This might sound like a weird ingredient, but I've come to love (and use) this in most of my recipes.
6. Add plenty of salt....
...and lots of fresh pepper. Mix well and set aside.
7. Cook the sausage on high heat, drain and set aside.

8. Add sausage on top of hash browns.
9. Is this enough cheese? Maybe? Probably. Throw the whole big bag in there.
10. Mix it up well. Or good, depending on where you're from.
11. Pour the egg mixture over everything in the crock pot. Using a wood spoon, even everything out so it's spread evenly.
12. Turn the crock pot on low for 6-8 hours.

Idle No More

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 22

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 22
"I think the spiritual values come first and everything else follows."
--Leonard George, Chief Councilor
To properly develop, the human being needs to learn the guiding principles. It is from these principles that we make our decisions. Spiritual values are the guiding principles given to us by the Great Spirit. He says if we live by these spiritual values, the results we experience will be good. These spiritual values will develop and guide the human being by helping us to think right. Right thinking will improve our choices and decisions. Doing this will bring good consequences.
Great Spirit, teach me values first.