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Retro News Wednesday Just For You

1) Blast from the past: Miller Lite’s retro beer can returns!

2) Texas A&M unveils ‘leather’ helmet look with throwback uniform

3) Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets

Paperback Image - The Burglary

4) Weirdness: Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Cover (Click to enlarge)

5) Retro Indy: Halloween trick-or-treating

Dawn Lindenmeyer, Jack Gallo and Lisa Traylor all students

6) Monsterama – Hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

7) Popular Elvira: Mistress of the Dark & Horror videos

8) Groovie Goolies Monster Mash Music Video

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.

Vacation name changed to holiday break

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

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


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

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

4. Leading Native American Business Summit Kicks off in Milwaukee
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

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?

Felina Johnny and Jackie see santa

(My Throwback Thursday Photo)


When I was young

My siblings were my closest friends

Trips to the park

Trips to the zoo

Our favorite trip was to see

Santa each year at Christmas

One brother, three sister and there was me

What can we offer him but a smile and our wishes

He doesn’t appear unhappy and cares not just the same

No worries, no blunders,

A lap full of stories most good and some bad

Big eyes, filled with promises

Gone unanswered

No ones to blame

It’s unemployment all around

But Santa knows what to do to make everyone happy

But he’s certainly not telling anyone

For the time will soon be near

To put up the tree

Gather round it and plead

And hopefully upon Christmas your dreams will come true

Copyright 2014 Santa© Felina Silver Robinson

On Friday, January 13, 1984 at 7:13pm, I was blessed with the birth of my first born. She was beautiful as could be. I couldn’t have done better. The deliver was tough, it was come and go for a while. We both spent months in the hospital, but today, she is an amazing young woman.

One, Super Bowl Sunday, January 28, 1990 at 3:15pm, I was blessed with my second beautiful daughter. I was surprised as I had been told I wouldn’t be able to conceive again after the trauma of my first child and the multiple miscarriages. What can I say, god felt differently.

On Thursday, June 3, 1993 at 6:13pm after hours of walking the marble hospital floors trying to evict my two weeks late first son from my womb. He finally decided to grace us with his presence. I do thing I was ever in so much pain. I know right then, that after all that, I was getting my tubes tied as soon as I could. He was a solid 7lbs, 6oz with a head as big and round as it could be, but the smile on his face was unforgettable.

With tubes tied the good lord still saw fit to reward me with a beautiful set of twin daughters on Thursday, March 9, 2000 and my last prize of my 5th beautiful daughter who was born on Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 1:32 pm at which time my tubes were tied for a second time. Remaining grateful for all that I have.

I feel more than blessed to have given birth so many times and given the strength to raise them through all of our trials and tribulations.

I feel even further blessed to have been a part of so many other lives and act as a mother to many other children. Children have always warmed my heart and fill the emptiness that formerly resided in my heart. My heart is now content as all the pieces are In place.

I give my love to my children, to my husband, my family and friends and bless the life that we all have. I wouldn’t trade the past 30 years that I’ve been a mother for anything.

I’ve enjoyed every play, recital, soccer game, basketball game, trip to the pool, every beach, every vacation, every doctor’s appointment, and every time I was needed.

Thank you my children for being such a big part of my happiness.


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