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Tholos: Almost certainly, the idea of circular buildings in Greece derived ultimately from the round store huts of the early Aegeans.  Mycenaeans built round tombs and later tholoi, as circular constructions were called, were built in stone and marble for two or three centuries before the example, the Tholos at Delphi, was erected in about 390 BC. Delphi was a great religious centre, where could be found the shrine of Apollo and the seat of the most renowned of Greek oracles, a place hallowed by association, superstition and myth, sited magnificently and dramatically high above the Gulf of Corinth.

Taken from Oxford University 1993 - Roberts History of the World


Abe is the second son of Adam and Eve, who was slain by his older brother, Cain (Genesis 4:1-16). Abel, a shepherd, offered the Lord the firstborn of his flock. God respected Abel’s sacrifice but did not respect that offered by Cain. In a rage, Cain murdered Abel, then became a fugitive because of the curse placed upon the ground (a curse of infertility) onto which Abel’s blood had spilled.

Genesis makes the point that divine authority backs self-control and brotherhood but punishers jealousy and violence. In the New Testament the blood of Abel is cited as an example of the vengeance of violated innocence (Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51).

Taken from Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of World Religions 1999


What is love? ’tis not hereafter;

Present mirth hath present laughter;

What’s to come is still unsure:

In delay there lies no plenty;

Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty,

Youth’s a stuff will not endure.

…William Shakespeare taken from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare


1. Open Crop Art Calls for Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Lou Dematteis/Spectral Q, via Bold Nebraska
The crop art image with HEARTLAND #NoKXL protests the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on a corn field outside of Neligh, Nebraska

2. Archaeological Claims to Kumeyaay Ancestral Remains

3. Mashpee Wampanoags Celebrate New Government/Community Center

Gale Courey Toensing
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recently celebrated the opening of its new government and community center building.

4. Racist Game Justifies Murder of Mexicans and Indians

A screenshot from “Clash of the West Cowboys Shootout.”

5. iGaming Veteran Hired to Lead San Manuel Band’s Interactive Initiatives

6. A Letter to SWAIA Artists Regarding the Departure of John Torres-Nez

courtesy John Torres-Nez
The successful 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market will go down as the first, and last, under Torres-Nez’s stewardship.

7. Tax Day: 10 Things Native People Can’t Claim as Deductions

Mubi.com
Nope, no matter how much you spent detailing that beat-up ole rez mobile, you cannot deduct the cost.

8. Tribe Receives NAFOA ‘Deal of the Year’ Award for copy0M MicroGREEN Investment

MicroGREEN website
MicroGREEN created InCycle Cups to reduce the amount of waste that enters landfills.

9. Snyder’s Redsk*ns Hush Money and KTNN’s Questionable Behavior

10. Video: Man on the Street: Who Was Pocahontas? Pre-Wedding Thoughts

11. Did CNN Need to Apologize for This Racist Segment? 25,000 Said Yes

It is so very funny to mock the traditional dress of indigenous, colonized people, eh CNN?

12. Onondaga Nation Files Human Rights Violations against US

Courtesy Onondaga Nation
Onondaga Nation representatives were in Washington, D.C. today to file a petition against the United States with the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

13. Agrihoods: Emerging Self-Sustainable Communities

Farmer D Organics website
In addition to offering an agrihood, Farmer D Organics sells environmentally conscious farm and garden products, like raised bed kits for edible gardening and window boxes for urban gardeners.

14. Rock, Rattle & Drum: 5 Native Musical Instrumental Makers Beating Their Way to the Top

15. Schimmel Is the Highest Native American Drafted in W.N.B.A. History

Associated Press
Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel holds up an Atlanta Dream jersey with WNBA president Laurel J. Richie after she was selected 8th overall in the WNBA draft on, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn.

16. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Streamlines National Eagle Repository Rules

Tribes and the U.S. Government have been working for years on an eagle strategy that balances conservation with religious freedom, and another piece of this puzzle may be in place with the advent of new rules streamlining the procurement process.

Recently, Carol Thebarge lost her job as a long-time substitute teacher.  She refused to unfriend her students from her Facebook account.  The school policy of Stevens High School in Claremont, NH has a very strict policy against communicating with students via social media.  Read the story by clicking here.

I have to say I disagree with the school’s policy.  I am the proud parent of 6 children.  When social media first came about I was really concerned for my children and whether I would be able to keep them safe.  The truth is, like everything else in life, you have to use safety measures. Be strict about your child’s usage of the internet and educate them as to its proper use and what is allowed and what isn’t allowed.  Then be sure that you check what your children are doing.  Let them know that you are not spying on them, and be clear about the fact that you are just trying to keep them safe.  Let them know up front exactly what you are doing and why.  I find that being up front about what is going on builds trust between parent and child.  Making them feel a part of the situation is key. But just as important is letting them know you trust them and that you are watching out for them is important. Kids are less likely to make mistakes or allow others to mistreat them if they know that they have support from an adult that they trust.

Technology is a blessing, but it can also be a curse.  But not allowing our children to use it when it benefits them would be a waste of valuable resources.   I think it’s great that a student could potentially be on Facebook and chat with their teacher if they get on their homework.  If a student missed the homework assignment for the day, they can see the tweet on twitter.  There are so many ways social media can help our children. It is our job as parents to keep our children safe.  It’s not easy and we are not perfect, mistakes will be made.  Whether it be social media, the phone, or an event outside of the house things will occur that we as parents aren’t always able to handle.  Mistakes will be made but realistically, no one is perfect all the time. We can continue to be vigilant, at least then we know we are trying, and we are working on whatever needs to be worked on.

One last note: Just as all parents should be offered every possible resource to help them raise their children, every teacher should have access to every resource that will make their job easier in teaching our children.


The wind savagely tears at each of my windows

The trees branches cry out as they thrust against my house

Everything in my yard found a new spot to live

My cats run for cover on the heals of one another

Passerby’s discard their useless umbrellas

walkers sigh in defeat for they are no longer dry

Dogs whimper from the chill in the air

I peak anxiously through the window hoping for calmness

Comforted by the fact that I’m here and not out there

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wind?

Not I, Are you?

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Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wind?©

 


A year ago today I was planting in my garden While music from my iPhone played in the background.  I heard the ding of a news alert and grabbed my phone to see what it was.  My mouth hung open and tears ran down my face as I read alert that a bomb had gone off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. My heart began to race and my thoughts were frantic. I ran in the house to let my daughters know what had happened because I didn’t want them channel flipping and stumbling upon the news without me. They were frightened, but seemingly calm.  We were all worried about our friends who had gone into town with their mother who was visiting from France. We were scheduled to have dinner and a sleepover that evening. The girls went back to enjoying their moviethon while waiting for their friends to arrive.  I went back to gardening and listening to music hoping to hear from our friends sooner than later.  Approximately an hour later we heard from one of our friends who told me that they were in the Cambridge Side Galleria when they heard the blasting of the bombs, but didn’t know at the time what they were.  They told us that they tried to head home via the green line, but were told that all the trains had been shut down due to the bombing.  They became frantic and worried about how and when they would be able to get home. Our plans for the evening were of course canceled as they couldn’t guarantee when they would return and were all shaken up about what happened.  I let the girls know.  They were disappointed, but completely understood because they too were scared.

So it was sort of sad that everyone was supposed to be enjoying finishing the marathon and the fact that they are on April vacation.  Instead, people were helping those that were injured, trying to find a way home, wondering where the bombers were and whether or not anything else was going to happen. As the week progressed anxiety rose in everyone. Worried for the lives lost and the lives that were changed forever.  You didn’t have to be there to be affected by what happened.

Fear was all around us, we had to remain as calm as possible and be as strong as we could. We had to move on and deal with what had happened.  But first, the bombers had to be caught.  On April 19th in the wee hours of the morning Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev was mortally wounded by what may have been friendly fire.  His brother Dzhokhar Anzorovich “Jahar” Tsarnaev was wounded but escaped and a manhunt ensued.  Thankfully, later that evening, he was found unarmed and severely wounded hiding underneath a boat in Watertown, MA and was arrested. He is now awaiting his trial.

On April 30, 2013, I posted a story “Do you know who your neighbors are?”. A year later, Nadine Ascencao, who was the former girlfriend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has since moved out of her apartment here.  It was more like her roommates asked her to leave because they didn’t like the constant attention from the press.  She wasn’t there most of the time and her roommates grew tired of visits from news reporters. I’m certainly more than happy not to be dealing with it as well.  The Reporters frequented our house even more because they knew that Nadine and I were acquainted and therefore felt I had to know where she was and what she was doing, but of course I didn’t. In fact I didn’t know her well enough in that way.  I’m just a friendly outgoing neighbor who makes it a point to make sure that the female neighbors know that they always have a safe place if they need it.  As well as someone who is willing to help when and if they need it.

I’m happy to say now that a year has gone by things have calmed down.  The tragedy will never be forgotten, but I think we are all trying to get to know our neighbors a little bit more and hope that down the line nothing like this will ever happen again.

The focus is now purely on staying safe and honoring those that lost loved ones and those that were injured during the events of that day.  Business suffered too and hopefully, everyone is on the road to recovery and enjoying all the events given in their honor.

Boston remains strong. Hopefully, this years running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 will be the success that it deserves to be. Visit some of your local news stations to view their tributes and happenings.

Boston’s Channel 7 – Boston Remembers

Channel 5 – Boston Strong