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  Black Elk the visionary.  But What is a Visionary?   Black Elk was revered as a visionary.  But what is a visionary?  I think Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s definition of a prophet is a good working definition for a visionary. “The prophet is not a soothsayer.  The prophet is someone who tells the truth on the strength [...]

Who Was Nicholas Black Elk?   Nicholas Black Elk was an Oglala Sioux warrior, healer, visionary and holy man. He was born in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, in 1863.  He was part of the twilight generation of Lakota to travel with their tipis, hunt bison and fully partake in their traditional Lakota culture [...]

“Nature has introduced great variety into the landscape, but man has displayed a passion for simplifying it. Thus he undoes the built-in checks and balances by which nature holds the species within bounds.” -Rachel Carson, Silent Spring   Spring returns.  Nature’s engine revs up with a cough, sputter and a gasp.  The morning songs of [...]

Tyranny is the arbitrary use of power that leads to a cruel and oppressive government.  Our founding fathers took a stand against it and subsequently developed our unique form of government with three separate but equal branches to ensure that power would be wielded judiciously.  Each branch is to serve as a check and balance against [...]

Superman and My First Book

Imagine how different the world would be if we each thought of ourselves as superheroes. We would live our lives very differently. Each person would have some power, some talent to share with the world to make it a better place to live. The world may not perceive any one person differently for adopting this [...]