Home: Our United States of America







Keeping the shop filled with inventory, upkeep on the building and working in the village gardens keeps me busy in June. The freezer is filling up with black raspberries. There are still plenty to share with my neighbors.

I took a friend to the hospital today for a test and saw many people fighting age and illness. A nurse walked by with a tomato plant in a wheelchair. I called out, “I hope your tomato plant gets better.” and she laughed.

I finished watching the Ken Burns and Stephen Ives DVD called The West. Once you pick yourself up from the floor, the history of settling the western part of the United States has much to teach us now.


This is the criteria of Cheyenne people when choosing a chief for the tribe:

  • He must be a father to all members of the tribe.
  • He must be good, generous, brave, courageous and must have concern for the welfare of the people.
  • He does not acquire wealth for himself; but to give to the people who are less fortunate.
  • He has led a morally up-right life and is respected.
  • This is how the people choose a spiritual father, a true servant of the people.


Four of the last seven governors of Illinois went to prison. They were very bad chiefs.


Stay strong America. We must have courage and not become apathetic. We must close our ears to the self-serving people who tell us good people are weak. That is a lie.


Good leaders know how to compromise for the well-being of the people, all of the people. Democrats and Republicans, throughout history, have used tactics to block the meaningful decisions of good leaders. That is wrong. We should not allow this.


We are Americans first. This is our America, all of ours. We must act and think like chiefs.




23 thoughts on “Home: Our United States of America

  1. We are in a sad state of affairs and it’s easy to be discouraged at the immorals we read of. However as Americans (a melting pot of cultures) we have the strength to not surrender our hopes and dreams for a better country. It’s been said before: That’s what makes America great! Love the photos!

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  2. Ginene! I’ve missed your posts! What a beautiful village you live in. Can’t you just imagine the stories those homes could tell? Quintessential Americana. . . . And the landscaping! I hope your neighbors appreciate your prolific green thumb! :) Well, here’s to a fun and relaxing July 4th to you! ~Joanne

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  3. Amen! One thing I can honestly say about the devastation in the #WVFlood situation right now is how compassionate and loving, caring and giving people are, both residents and neighbors from across the country. It’s a miracle, a lesson, and a humbling experience, all simultaneously. God Bless America.
    By the way, I adore the purples & greens under that Japanese Maple – so beautiful!

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    • I, too, thought that out pouring of empathy and kindness was a real moral builder. I cannot imagine what it must be like to lose one’s family and home in one devastating day. It is beyond comprehension.


  4. Excellent post and I love how you used what you learned from watching the documentary. I watched that one several years ago and it was an awakening of just how much we were never taught (in school). I love watching documentaries and learning from them. History is not something we should shy away from, on the contrare, it should be something we learn from. I applaud how you pulled in the Indian criteria of what it takes to be a good chief to compare to our system of picking good chiefs. As Americans, and especially I, an African-American, truly know and understand the value and importance of freedom and what it took to have it. Though we get frustrated with the “chiefs” in power, we as a body of people must not give up the confidence and faith of believing in one another. I once heard this phrase in a song “Freedom is not free to be dumb” and that made a whole lot of sense. Enjoy your holiday and God Bless. ps.. I’m glad you’re back – been missing you.. :-) hugs

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    • Jamala, after I found out that much of what I learned in school, from the newspaper and on television during my formative years was just someone’s spin and not the truth, I was one rebellious teenager. Since then, I’ve had a lifetime to think for myself, and more importantly, learned how to find out the truth, but that documentary floored me. Again. There was one thing that was said that, I think, may be debatable in the film and that was when it was said that the Chinese people built this country. Not to take anything away from them, but I think we all know who built this country.

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  5. Ineffably beautiful pics blending with your upbeat narrative here, Ginene, speaking the language of enterprise, struggles and fortitude in braving odds and surmounting obstacles, that went into the making of a great nation of Lincolns, Jeffersons, Washingtons, Roosevelts, and Eisenhowers. Stay strong and growing, America. The inspiring saga must continue, more than ever before. Now and for all time to come.

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  6. I won’t even get started on the political situation in our country! :) Thanks for the reminder that we can make a different in our little corner of the world! I think anything that Ken Burns does is well done! We are currently watching, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. I will have to add The West to our list of programs to watch.
    P.S. Your post pointed me back to faith and the perfect love of the Chief (Jesus) who gave His life for us.

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  7. Ginene such lovely images and thoughtful words to ponder. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the tiered tray post. Most of the images (with the exception of the first two I think) have fairly good “how to” instructions. They all vary just a bit. If you click on each photo in the post it will take you directly to the individual creators DIY post. (I’m big on giving credit where it’s due and not sending readers on a wild goose chase. :) I’m sure you’ll find the perfect tray construction for you. Happy day!


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