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Voices: Occupied with Hope!:
As Hanukkah has begun, and Christmas and Kwanzaa are but days away. I’ve recently been thinking a great deal about the success of “mighty” organizations that started out small, but with an enormous cause, and have succeeded in helping us to think and act differently in the world: MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), Teaching Tolerance, the Women’s Movement, Bread for the World and Greenpeace, just to name a few.


You know the work of Voices. You know that peace-making is hard work. Help us to keep the momentum going. Through generous giving in 2011 we’ve raised over $40,000. We need another $15,000 to reach our year end goal. Will you raise your voice with ours?

As you plan your year-end charitable giving, donating online is the easiest way you can give to Voices:

You can also donate by check, made payable to Voices Education Project and sent to: 4669 Eastern Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103, USA

Your gift is tax deductible and we welcome gifts large and small. Thank you for participating in the work of Voices, and may we all have a more compassionate, tolerant and peace-filled 2012.

Marilyn Turkovich, Director

Andrew Himes, President of the Voices Board

6710 NE Dapple Ct
Seattle, WA 98110
United States

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WISDOMKEEPERS: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders~ 2:
Wisdomkeepers takes you on an extraordinary spiritual journey into the lives, minds, and natural-world philosophy of Native American spiritual elders. The elders tell who they are, how they live, and what they believe. Magnificent portraits complement the soaring text. Among those profiled are Buffalo Jim, a Seminole who describes the Seminole story of creation as if the Everglades were Eden, talks of his people's individual passage into the afterlife, and reveals that every field of wild plants is, to him, a medicine garden. You'll also meet "Uncle" Frank Davis (Fancy Warrior), a Pawnee Elder who describes the "path to understanding" as a trial filled with scraps of paper, each one a piece of a puzzle. Also profiled is Mathew King, a Lakota who warns of punishments or those who would destroy the Earth Mother. Readers share the innernost thoughts and feelings, dreams and visions, laughter, healing remedies, and prophecies of the Wisdomkeepers, whose humanity shines through every page.

5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading,


Camilla L Riley (Stillwater, OK) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Wisdomkeepers: Meetings With Native American Spiritual Elders (The Earthsong Collection) (Hardcover)

This is a book of incredible beauty - linguistically, visually, and spiritually. In an era which seems to skew more and more to the material and superficial, the Wisdomkeepers who are interviewed bring life and its challenges to the level of essence. Although I have walked in the daily company of Native Americans for more than fifty years, my understanding of the nobility of heritage and centered life grew immeasurably with the reading of every page. Anyone who passes this one up will be the lesser for doing so.

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful:

5.0 out of 5 stars it's an experience,a journey,words cannot describe this book, By A Customer

This review is from: Wisdomkeepers: Meetings With Native American Spiritual Elders (The Earthsong Collection) (Hardcover)

I have recommended this book to anyone I know that is on a path of awakening and can hear the words with their heart.I have given this book as gifts numerous times, but I cannot find it anymore which greatly saddens me. I would love to turn the world on to this book as it so beautifully depicts our Native Americans - OUR indigenous people. This book does justice to out Native Americans which they so very much deserve. I do not know how to thank Steve Wall and Harvey Arden - they have touched my life with this richly textured, genuine and moving piece. No words can express the power behind the span of the eagle's wings, the moving wisdom of a redwood forest or the joy inside to which this book has brought me.

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful:

5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom, May 21, 2007

By Mr. Randy I. Tyler "Okwari" (Canaan, VT United States

This review is from: Wisdomkeepers: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders (Paperback)

She:Kon (Sago)(Hello) To all who read this and hope you are all well. I personally know some of the Wisdom Keepers, Elders whose words are in this book and know them to be of good mind and person. I am Mohawk and Odawa and I come from upstate New York near some of the Reservations and I fully recommend this book for any person who needs to come back to the reality of the living world around them and bring them back to the basic relation between humankind and all the life that is on this earth and surrounds us in the cosmos.



Ecotone - Holiday Newsletter 2011:
What would bring you happiness this holiday season? A Bing Crosby record on the hi-fi? Maybe a glass of eggnog and a warming fire. Or gathering with your friends and loved ones. Whatever your holiday plans, our “Happiness” issue is full of wonderful writing and art that we're sure will bring you comfort and joy.

In the spirit of gift giving, we're offering an unprecedented bundle for the holidays from Ecotone and our partner imprint, Lookout Books. With any purchase of a subscription to Ecotone, you will also get a copy of either Steve Almond's God Bless America or Edith Pearlman's Binocular Vision for only $8 more! That's two issues of Ecotone and a fantastic new story collection for $24.95!Subscribe to Ecotone online today at Lookout Books' website and choose your deal!

Want other deals? We're also offering a tandem of signed copies of God Bless America and Binocular Vision for just $20! Curl up with a hot cocoa and an Almond collection the Boston Globe called “darkly lyrical” and “provocative and memorable,” and a Pearlman collection that the New York Times said “add[s] something significant to the literary landscape” and that was a National Book Award finalist. All for the price of a haircut.

Not enough? For those really in the giving spirit, we're offering unlimited gift subscriptions for only $14.95. It's easy to be generous when you're getting more than 40% off the cover price! Use the code “happyholidays.”

We have so much amazing news to share. David Wagoner's poem “Thoreau and the Lightning,” from vol. 5, no. 2, was reprinted in Best American Poetry 2011, while three Ecotone stories were cited as “Distinguished Stories” in Best American Short Stories 2011: David Means's “The Junction” (vol. 5, no. 2), Marisa Silver's “Leap” (vol. 5, no. 2), and Brad Watson's “Alamo Plaza” (vol. 5, no. 2).

Miha Mazzini's story “That Winter,”from vol. 5, no. 2 (already a Pushcart Prize winner), received an Honorable Mention in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011 as well.

On December 2, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, Edith Pearlman accepted the PEN/Malamud Award for her collection Binocular Vision, released in January by our partner imprint, Lookout Books. The collection was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Congratulations, Edith!

And congratulations to all our amazing contributors!

Just what reading pleasures await if you subscribe today? Our “Happiness” issue features: Steve Almond's paean to the young Don DeLillo. The golden Americana of Harry Underwood's paintings. Poems by child bards, introduced by John Rybicki.

Plus: Sven Birkerts meets kismet. Jonathan Lethem defaces literary Rushmores. Ander Monson eyes our most personal pronoun. Joseph Epstein knows what people say behind your back.

New translations from Denmark, the happiest country on earth. Poems and stories by Naja Marie Aidt, Neils Hav, Nobel laureate Johannes V. Jensen, and more.

New fiction by Rick Bass, Robert Olen Butler, Peter LaSalle, and Melissa Pritchard.

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In addition to purchasing a copy of the issue here, you can pick up Ecotone's “Happiness” issue across the country at Barnes & Noble and many fine independent bookstores.

Announcing the “Abnormal” Issue
What does it mean to be normal? We aren't sure, but we're curious to explore the line where a person, place, or thing crosses into being abnormal. For our fall 2012 issue, we're looking for some intriguing answers to this question—through short stories, essays, and poems. Please send us work that is atypical. Whether through form, plot, characters' quirks, or an investigation of potentially odd subject matter—we want to read things that are outside the norm. To be more specific would spoil the fun. We look forward to reading any and all submissions that explore the “abnormal.”

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Thank you for your continued support. We wish you all a healthy, happy, and warm holiday season.


The editors

Letter to
Twigs of my poetree of Soul:


Timeless, sublime, tonal,
Melodious sojourn into life, self.
River banks, as petal and thorn
Roll, filled by agua's flow;
Entwining on her bed,
Know, love is. Mauna,
Silence, echoes its song;
Which no words could trace.
Thus ananda, bliss, intimates
The eternal, and details
Living shantih, peace.


One lived as prayer,
Their light adding
To the well of light,
Their every step in grace,
They left no footprints;
That will echo always.


Feeling with your spirits hands,
See with the eye of your heart,
Hear with the ear of your soul,
And know with the body
Of life's knowledge,
We can be prayer;
Being forever answered.


While feeling sacred on
This All Hallow's Day,
I also feel pangs of the
Hungry, so wrought by
The profane; for the food
Wasted by us could feed
All the world's…. Yet,
Betwixt, in the mundane
It's only hurled.


You, a joyous lake.
Me, the mountain, underground,
Which, you fill,
That holds you always.
Within and without us,
Is this love.


Were it a cause that
Opened those tiny arms,
Alighting brilliance, a smile,
As I hugged him back, then,
It could not be known.
For, this child towards
The divine leads goes.
Would it be that we say,
It is not the life;
Rather, we know?

V.E. Day

Denatured, this first,
Still, inside life's waters rise
To Spring's tides. We feel,
Below emotions ebbs and flows,
"...Go On"'s vernal
Raison d'etre, to not know!


Will of life's wind howls
There is no fear.
Being all the way live, 'til.

Ring Unbroken

The way open,
Beyond time and bone of space,
In front of nose, original face.


Fire in the sky
And your art,
Entering my eye,


Life's signs and meanings
Perceived by all our senses and
Being's foci of attention, can
Divine from within and without.
That's if our inner-eye
Isn't clouded by false-ego,
Self-conscious self, or doubt.


As my breath is the one, prana,
And the life's pulse, pala,
Reaching angelic source, sura,
So is this mind, manas, a
Flowering unfoldment,
Unendingly touching
The eye that would it see;
Unbeckoning unto thee.
As well, this Bodhi, a temple,
Of the four and fifth, nur,
So entered by atma, a ray of thy sun,
Thus being winged, and
As such with wind;
Flying only in dharma's dance,
Is returning to, Brahma, you.
For, there yet, by thy grace, go I.


Like the wind moves,
Not love, nor hate,
Only everything and nothing
At all; at once.


The depth of one's sorrow
Is the well's fathom,
Of meanings and moments
Shared with them.


As acid rain from your closed eye,
An acre of rainforest falls each
Second, earth's tears bleeding;
For, all you see is grey.

My latest, social justice:


Addressing, not addressing them
Have costs, the former is individual,
The later is global, as well.

what, when, where, how, why, who

Here it’s said the pen is mightier than the sword.
In the East, pen and sword in accord.
The latest great equalizer, multi-media,
In its ever more myriad forms, in the hands of
Media whores, has helped put the con back in the
Convolution. One of its en vogue ‘realisms‘,
Unnecessary, unending war is all good if you
Continually win, as long as its continually whined
About, allowing cover for the supposed left
Marketeers. Destruction to extinction are not
Profit, pleasure, power, for, clarity, is a sword
That cuts all ways, without, as there’s no cutting,
And a pointless point. We must put down the
Sword, and pick up the pen, to be in accord.

united suck of assassins

The corporate structures convolutions
Latest increase in its blitzkrieging speed,
Dictating the gutting of the economy, in
Its devolutionary direction, warring on the
Middle-class to poor globally through
Economic attrition, unending unnecessary
War, and extermination to extinction of
Humanity, large mammals, is their ‘final
Solution’, and it must be stopped. They
Think with spooned nose, speak with
Forked tongue, will "We,", be undone?

C'est La Unvie

A million monarchs lie dead, though,
No less sociological programming of
Upper-middle to rich classes with
Decadence, affluence, inclusion, is.
No less societal determination of
Middle to lower, being excluded by
Division and conquering, privation.
Yet, they, on wing no more, still fly
In our spirit's eye, heal humanities'
Heart. While their silent cry echoes
The 33,000 species extinct each year,
A rate not seen since the last ice age
Ensued; does it move you?
Does your curiosity ask why?
Will you, on this 33rd Earth Day, allow
A tear for all life's fallen? Consider
The losses economic apartheid incurs,
Mirrored by the divide human-centricity
Has levied? Our underlying duplicitous
Disregard for life, greed and oil fueled,
Won't abate for our existence, will you?

( For the beautiful butterflies )


Talk the talk, walk the walk, and even
Be the be, but, if you don't vote the vote,
You won't ever be livin' in a democracy!

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