The pun is the last refuge of the challenged writer, but there it is.
This volunteer writer for One Spirit lives in the Rockies of Colorado at 8650 feet elevation, on lands that once belonged to the Arapahoe. It was the Arapahoe who gave the area near my home the nickname of “the place where the wind gets its revenge.” This winter, this is not an inaccurate characterization. In fact, pretty much every year sees winds continually blowing nearly all the time from late October to May.
Actual temperature this morning- not including wind chill.
One Spirit is looking for people to fill the most trusted position of Area Service Coordinator. These good people work directly with the Lakota families that we serve and will need a cell phone and computer (be computer literate) and can work from anywhere in the world.
No matter which side you come down on regarding the current federal government shutdown, whether it is over a pointless wall on the border (oops, I just revealed my point of view) or the titanic struggle between politicians, there are always consequences for those who depend, at least in part, on the federal government for support and assistance.
This non-political point is one we should all be able to agree on.
The end of a year, and the beginning of a new one, has always been a moment when it seems appropriate to review the past and look forward to the future.
In ancient Roman mythology, the deity that became associated with the first month of the year was the two-faced god, Janus. This is, of course, the semantic origin of the month January. Janus oversaw ends and beginnings, and thus became a metaphor for the change in the years.