The sweat lodge Chapter for the Water, Sky and the Earth.





The sweat lodge

A Chapter by Coyote Poetry


Healing need the body to be clean. The mind free of disturbance and knowing calm and peace.


                                The sweat lodge.   Chapter for the Water, Sky and Earth.

“If you are invited to a sweat, the 24 hours previous to the sweat should be spent in cleansing, fasting, prayer and meditation on the intended purpose of the sweat, and you should be free from drugs and alcohol. For the greatest spiritual benefit, these conditions should be met.

Chief Joseph and Don Francis worked most of the night. Chief Joseph was content the moon was complete. A blessing for the smokehouse. He…

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Memorial Day 2014: For the love of country, they gave.

Thank you to every military man and woman who served where their country sent them. Hugs, Barbara

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl - America is Waiting for You

Memorial Day 2014

“They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.”

~ Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

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3 dead, 1 wounded in Myrtle Beach motel shooting

So sad. So wrong.

Global News

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Three people were killed and a fourth person was wounded in a shooting at an oceanfront motel in Myrtle Beach, one of South Carolina’s most popular tourist destinations.

The shootings took place around 11 p.m. Saturday in front of crowds of tourists at the Bermuda Sands Motel along the beach’s new boardwalk, Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said.

Officers draped towels over the balcony of a breezeway just outside the doors to the rooms of the motel to shield two of the bodies from people on nearby Ocean Boulevard.

“We’ve got detectives working on it around the clock,” Knipes said Sunday. “We don’t have any suspects in custody.”

Knipes would not say whether detectives have determined a motive for the shooting, but said it didn’t appear to be a random shooting.

Witnesses and police said the shootings happened when a large fight broke out in…

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The Wonders of the Weekend

View of falls at Letchworth State Park, NY. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

View of falls at Letchworth State Park, NY. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

This weekend, in the U.S. at least, Americans are celebrating  our country, our veterans and our families and communities.  Here at my house, the windows are open and the air is fresh. The fragrance of the flowers fills the air and the house. Birds sing and wind chimes sing and raise your spirits. The beach has waves breaking against them. Rib fests are going on. Picnics are the favorite way to eat dinner. Grills come out of storage and succulent food begins to cook on the grills and in ovens. Music plays. Children dive into pools. Music fills the air and the birds sing a long with the notes floating on the breeze.
















“All life is your own,

All fruits of the earth

Are fruits of your womb,

Your union, your dance.

Lady and Lord,

We thank you for the blessings and abundance

Join with us, Feast with us, Enjoy with us!”

Blessed be.      ——Starhawk



“Bless Adoni

who spins day into dusk

With wisdom watch

the dawn gates open, with understanding let

time and seasons

come and go,

with awe perceive

the stars in lawful orbit

Morning dawns,

evening darkens,

darkness and light yielding

one to the other,

yet each distinguished

and unique.


Marvel at Life!

Strive to know its ways!

Seek Wisdom and Truth,

the gateways

to Life’s mysteries!


Wondrous indeed

is the evening twilight. ”    —-Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro


“May all things move and be moved in me

and know and be known in me

May all creation

dance for joy within me.”   —Chinook Psalter



I love the soft sound of running brooks and rivers

I love the soft sound of running brooks and rivers




          Bestor Park Chautauqua Institute, oldest gated community in America  Photograph taken and copyrighted by 

   Barbara Mattio 2014