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My Poem of the Day

(10/22/14)

Slowly Dying©

You left me crying while you lay slowly dying

Stumped by a system bent on tradition

To turning a blind eye on those who need them the most

You sat in a cell

Living through hell

Day in and day out

Battered and bullied

By those who always have something to prove

Don’t ask me why I’ve relied

on

A system that’s always plotting

To be certain that you wont walk out talking

About the cracks in halls of justice

Once you fight their actions

That caused you

To no longer want

To be here among the land of the living

Instead you left me here crying while you lay there slowing dying

While I stand here fighting and relying on “we the people”

To bring you justice

Copyright 2014

Slowly Dying©

Felina Silver Robinson

This poem is a tribute to my niece Maryann Hamilton


My Poem of the Day

(10/18/14)

On the Charles©

The river is host to many an event

The Annual Head of the Charles Regatta

Athletes from 32 countries come to showcase their talents

Hoping to be on top at events end

The picturesque walking paths host many walks and runs for all types of causes

The Hatch Shell is the home for weekly Flicks during hot summer nights

Don’t forget the fourth of July celebrations

and

Summer concerts

I’ve seen many a family picnic upon the open green

How about some Zumba to keep you fit

The Charles brings miles of smiles to all kinds of faces from all kinds of places

I’ll always fondly remember my time on the Charles

Copyright 2014

On the Charles©

Felina Silver Robinson


Please don’t take my manners or holidays away by Felina Silver Robinson

Today I read an article and shared it on my blog “Marshfield Residents Want Christmas Vacation Back.”  It made me remember the first time I heard it our schools in Brookline Massachusetts as “Winter Vacation”. It made me further remember various schools not wanting Halloween celebrated at their locations.  Newton Schools have continued to ban Halloween activities. Here is a small collection of some earlier articles speaking to these bans.

1. Newton (MA) Elementary School Bans Halloween (Newton, MA – 10/27/2005)

2. Banned at the schoolhouse door: pint-size ghosts and goblins (Raleigh NC – 10/31/2005)

3. Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They’re Insensitive (Somerville, MA – 10/15/2011)

4. Valentine’s Day Candy Banned By Horace Mann School In Massachusetts (VIDEO) (Newton, MA – 02/12/2012)

My daughter recently came home and told me that her and a group of her friends got in trouble for hugging each other during school. Hugging is no longer in Brookline Public schools. I remember reading an article back in August about a Student punished for saying “bless you”.

While I certainly agree that some holidays can be offensive, like Columbus Day and Thanksgiving.  I believe that there is a difference when a holiday directly affects the emotional well-being of an individual such is the case with Native Americans and their feelings as they relate to Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. However, taking an opportunity away that one has had since birth whether it be a 100 years or 10 years is just preposterous.

Taking away Halloween and any celebrations around Halloween is just so sad. Just because someone chooses to celebrate Halloween, it does not make them a witch or a devil worshiper. Personally, I attended church and Sunday school my entire childhood, well into adulthood. I have never given up on my Christian beliefs and no Holiday will change that. Some of my fondest memories are attached to Halloween.

Taking away holidays and renaming holidays is one thing. To add salt to existing wounds, people have moved on disallowing touch and disallowing the use of the term “bless you” when someone sneezes. Personally, I try really hard to just say “bless you” instead of “God bless you”, but there are those that are still upset with that, to the point of suspending a student for it as noted in the article mentioned in paragraph two. Being raised to say “God bless you” since childhood upon the sound of a sneeze, it feels quite rude when it is not said. I will always find myself compelled to say it and I don’t intend to apologize for that.

My closing thoughts: I have never thought for one second that I had the right or felt the need to take part in removing any holiday celebrations aside from Thanksgiving and/or Columbus Day as it directly affects who I am. I would never expect anyone to give up their own beliefs for mine. None of us have the right to dictate what others believe in. We all try to find a place where we fit in. Sometimes this doesn’t come easy. We all want to feel comfortable. The best way to do this is to allow others to be themselves as long as they are not hurting anyone. Changing life long tradition should not be the goal just because a small group of people prefer to think badly or be frightened by kindness.  While we all realize that change is necessary and will come no matter what we say or do,If things change too much we lose too much of where we come from, then we lose a sense of ourselves as well as a sense of belonging.


1. Attention Native Filmmakers, Artists, Techies: Tribeca Film Institute Wants You

2. Classic ’70s Posters: Ganienkeh, the Mohawks Who Took the Land Back

Source: Ganienkeh.net

3. Sovereignty Without Compromise, Since 1974: The Story of Ganienkeh

Source: Ganienkeh.net
Photo from the ‘Moss Lake’ location of Ganienkeh in 1974. Source: Ganienkeh.net

4. Leading Native American Business Summit Kicks off in Milwaukee

Wikipedia.com
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

5. Native Youth to Attend Cape Town Summit

American Friends Service Committee
George Soctomah Neptune, a Passamaquoddy citizen from Motahkmikuk (Indian Township), will travel to Cape Town, South Africa as part of a youth delegation from the American Friends Service Committee to attend the Global Youth Indaba: Leading by Example.

6. Keres Energy Team Signs With EMAT in a Move of Sustainability Innovation

Tim Chavez, Keres’ President and CEO and member of the LLC

7. ‘Unspeakable Poverty of Loss': Intergenerational Trauma and the Bakken Oil Fields

Greg Bull/Associated Press
The Bakken oil fields, origination point of the Sandpiper oil pipeline proposed by Enbridge Corp. to Wisconsin, through Anishinaabe territory.

8. Shoni Schimmel Visits Flathead Reservation; ‘Be Proud to be Native!’

Rodney Harwood
Shoni Schimmel walks through a crowd of children at Salish Kootenai College before speaking to more than 500 people.

9. 10 Common Ailments Eased By Native Remedies

Wikipedia
Yerba mansa is a multi-purpose medicinal herb.

10. Morongo Law Enforcement Chief Honored as Nation’s Top Tribal Cop

Courtesy Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Mike Levine, Morongo Law Enforcement police chief, was recently named Police Chief of the Year

11. Bianca Jagger on Mother Earth: ‘Our Children’s Children May Never Know This Beauty’

Courtesy IFIP
Pictured, from left, are: Pei-Un Yee, IFIP Executive Associate; Bianca Jagger, BJHRF; Evelyn Arce, IFIP Executive Director.

12. Do Other Countries Celebrate Columbus Day?


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John Ritter, Tyler Ritter