Tuesday, December 19, 2017

With Sorrow: Teddy Draper Sr. Navajo Code Talker

 I had the privilege of knowing Teddy Draper Sr. and to learn his story over the last few years.  He passed away on December 16, 2017.

I am a writer and yet he taught me about language.  Not only how it was used with courage and bravery by the Navajo Code Talkers in the pacific in World War II.

I learned from Teddy Sr. that language truly can be sacred.  Words are not just words but they carry the power of the actual things they represent. 

He said,  “It is by our language that the Navajo People know who they are, how we are related and where we come from”. 

I will always remember the time I spent with him.

It is a sorrow to know he has passed.   And a comfort to know he left quietly with his family around him.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wishing You Hope for the Holidays and into the New Year.

A shout out to Peebles elementary school for this little tree inspired by Circles of Hope.

Hope for the environment and...

 some recycling, creativity, imagination and determination.  Inspired by Galimoto.