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Remember when you were a kid and a new school year threatened to end your endless summer? One of the consolations was getting new school supplies. Pens that didn’t leak. Brightly colored pencils. Intact erasers. And fresh empty pages. A bargain was involved: you gave up some freedom in return for a chance to learn something. Depending on your teacher you might even get time, space and inspiration for creation and invention.

This blog is my brand new thinking space. If this course of study had a name it might be “You Are Here 101.” Or maybe something like “The True Price of Things.”

I moved to Texas quite awhile ago but I still feel like a temporary transplant. This isn’t ‘home’ exactly and might not ever be. But while I live here I hope I can better understand the landscape and my place within. You are in a bad space if you don’t know where home is.

How does a person come to know any place? I think I was given some instruction about a half a lifetime ago when I took a guided trip through Canyon De Chelly. I assumed it would be a lame experience — a kind of embarrassing moment of consumer tourism but a couple of remarkable things happened that I never forgot.

The Navajo guide whose name I do forget (sorry) mentioned in passing that each land formation had a story. That when a know-ledge-able person takes a walk he or she really walks in and out of dream time. Even the simplest rock may hold an ancient story. So always pay attention to your surroundings. Show some reverence.

Lately I have been looking around to see what my landscape is saying. I hope to share some of those stories here.

The other thing that happened was a surprise guest appearance by Coyote — unforgettable. And some day when the time is right I will share that story, too.

–Debra

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96 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Debra – it’s been a while since I’ve stopped by. Hope you are well? Have you written anything on neonics and pollinators? I cannot seem to find a search feature under the pecan leaves. :)

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    1. Nice to see you, Maggie. I have not written much about them though it would have made a great topic for pollinator week. The stuff I’ve said has been in passing or in the comments. If there is a specific question you have in mind that I might be able to help with I hope you will let me know.

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      1. The Ontario Women’s Institute has just struck down a resolution to support a ban on neoncis. I am waiting to learn the details of why. In the meantime, I’m looking for information from the opposing view, that is, who sits across the table from those who want to ban neonics? I have an idea that it’s the big corporations and my default reaction is to bet all churlish and cynical. But I do want to hear both sides so I can write strategically.

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  2. Hi Debra, I know what you mean by not knowing where home is. In my case I was looking for my “Home is where my heart is” for the first 30 years of my life. I was born and raised in Germany. A little over eleven years ago, I moved to Dallas, Texas. And I believe I found my place. The Sun shines 300+ days out of a year. And I love the heat. I hope you will find your special place soon. Who knows, it might be on the complete opposite side of the country or even the planet. ;)

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  3. Lived and worked on the Navajo Indian reservation in Tuba City, Arizona for 18 years. As a Bilagona (white man) I made some wonderful native American friends. Get off the beaten path on the reservation and there are some wonderful things to see, all types of canyons and arches.

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  4. Hi Debra, I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. I love your blog – both your photography and the articles on environmental issues.
    You can find out how to get the award by going to mine at http://thestorytellersabode.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/liebster-award/. There are questions to answer and other blogs to nominate. Click on the award logo on my page and copy the URL, then you can put it in your award response and as an image in a widget. :D

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    1. =) heh Thanks. Of course everyone is welcome to look through this cigar box of random things though I admit a lot of it probably just looks like junk to many.

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  5. Hi Debra, Thanks again for visiting my blog. I really like this perspective on place, connecting with the stories, history, energy through appreciation and knowledge. I’ve been blessed to connect to a number of wonderful places, but maybe not as deeply as this. Thanks, Brad

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  6. Its always nice to see people talking about sustainability. We inherited mother earth from our ancestors, let us pass along to next generations in a good shape.

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    1. That is a real honour. Thank you so much. I am frankly amazed anyone would ever be interested in these little bits I write. I have so much to learn. I have to say that I don’t participate in awards though. Mostly, I couldn’t even begin to start selecting who to pass them on to. Writing, developing craft and even feeling free to speak are such a delicate things. For many it can be terrifying just to put anything ‘out there’ for people to see. Everyone who bothers ought to be encouraged every time they try maybe. I can say that I enjoy reading your blog and I hope other people will visit it. Thanks again.

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  7. Debra, what a lovely introduction! I adore your cornflower too. Thank you for your follow, and I’ll look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  8. Wonderful! We had a similar feeling at Monument Valley, and especially with the aborigines in Australia (the Dreamtime). We bought a painting that was composed of dots that evoked the dreaming at the Great Barrier Reef. Magic stuff.

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    1. I really do want to live the idea that everywhere we walk — whether it is in the wild or in the city — we are travelling through a place that is sacred and that it ought not be taken for granted.

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  9. I’ve been to Canyon de Chelly several times, taking sacred trips with an Australian wise woman (sacred pipe carrier, sweat lodge keeper, healer) and doing research for a book I am writing. It is a magical place. What impressed me most, however, is that the Navajos I met have a reverence for the earth that is sadly lacking in so much of the industrialized world. And yes, we saw Coyote, too, and our experience will be woven into the narrative I am planning. Thanks for sharing, Jennie Sherwin.

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    1. Western ‘civilization’ has much to learn from the older sustainable cultures. I look forward to reading more of your blog and your book someday. Ty for dropping by.

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  10. Sounds like the speech I would give on my guided fly fishing trips. I try to imagine what things were like before people stepped into its view, or think what the first thing that came to that persons mind seeing some place for the first time. Especially from mountaintops or from below a big waterfall.

    I like your style, thank you for your posts!

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    1. Thanks for saying so. And I am so glad to hear that you are inspired to help people see the beauty of this world we share. Cheers.

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  11. yes Debra – it is about country about our place – the land we are born into – the land in which we live– same here in this dreamtime country- we are living wandering thru an ongoing creative story that holds the lore/law and its consequences . like you I am observing listening and learning ….it is a magical and practical way to live…
    Sandra

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  12. Debra, thanks for liking my post. Best wishes. Mr. Mustard. Republicans spent $14.6 trillion of our debt yet they blame it on Dems. Enough! Best wishes.

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    1. Honestly, the kindergarten teachers of the world must weep at night seeing how few of us learned to cooperate.

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        1. I do, too. They are so common and yet not commonly talked about. Thanks for helping people understand. i think you are brave and remarkable. =)

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  13. Hi again, Debra! I have nominated you for the Liebster award. If you are interested in participating, please head over to my blog and check out the rules. Either way, I just wanted to acknowledge you and mention that I really enjoy your blog and especially your blog title and catchphrase. :-)

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  14. What a wonderful way of looking at the world. I looked down into Canyon de Chelly from the top — I can well believe the land is storied. I have to remember all the wide world is. Came along the A-to-Z…

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  15. Echoing the above folks, delighted to have found your blog. Well, delighted you found mine so I can trace back to you.

    It occurs to me that the finding of such treasures via the challenge is a bit like your adventures – you never know what amazing things you might find, unless you choose to look.

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  16. Wow, I never thought of taking a walk that way. Perhaps that is why I am being pulled to walk more. Found your blog through the A to Z Challenge as well. Like what I am reading so far.

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    1. Gee. Thanks. I am a bit nervous about this challenge but hopefully it will be fun. Looking forward to reading your entries! Cheers.

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