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I am the Fifth Wind



I am the fifth wind
I am here, here, and here
Ebb tide
Dark moon
I pull the roots down deeper
Yank with my teeth
Hunt down sickness in its hiding place
Stop lying
I will level the village
Wearing fire for a skirt
I bathe in the dust
Dancing counter clockwise
Don’t follow me where I go
You, The Dead cannot trouble me
For I am the blue deer
And can capture all your medicine
From my mouth comes the fog
Lightning born
I gather the waste and remove it
Yerba Santa and Grindilia
          combined is my Medicine

Copyright © 2015 Jolaoso Pretty Thunder.  All Rights Reserved.

first appeared in Community of Writers’ Café

A poem I wrote.

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front & back of my new notebooks 🌸🍃😌

My favs

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Mushroom and Garlic Saute / Recipe

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Harald Sohlberg
Winter Night in the Mountains

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Sisters by Sharon Elliott



Sisters of the long grass

Sisters of the crashing sea

Sisters of the short skirt

Sisters of the hurricane

we are all daughters

birth the world

behind eyes

Sisters of the tall talk

no darkness reigns

simply the unseen

shaking feathers

Sisters of the sharp smile


Cannabis Corn Syrup by Jolaoso Pretty Thunder



Many people choose not to smoke their cannabis, preferring instead to consume it, especially those with COPD and other lung issues. Making hard candy is a great alternative. It’s portable, discreet and pretty easy to dial in your dosage. The main thing you need to make candy or cough drops…

Nourishing our Health Through Winter by Rachael ‘Spatula’ Henrichsen


imageAs the weather grows cold, and in many places more damp, we must keep a keen eye on our digestive fire, to keep our bodies feeling their best in this cold season. Soups and warming herbs play a key role in keeping our immune systems strong as well. Shifting the diet to include more cooked food…

The Elders Have Sighed by Adwoa Tacheampong


Stiffening limbs try to carry a weary body
Tired Eyes slope downward on the road to sadness
Feelings over come might
The elders have sighed

Scanning lightly over the plain
Watching children plunge
Wrinkled hands, tremble with strain
The elders have sighed


Creating Peace and Healing by Darasia Selby-Adebisi



I give thanks to the orisas and the ancestors. The World Peace and Healing Initiative of December 2014, the brainchild of Baba Miguel “Willie” Ramos, a renowned priest and oriate in the Lukumi tradition, could not have been inspired and implemented at a better time. The recent cases…

The Border, Ferguson, Gaza, and the Endless War (Part 2) by Odilia Galvan Rodriguez



When I wrote the first part of this article a few months ago little did we know that the police and paramilitary forces, and those who condone their actions, would up their abuses all over the globe. The US courts have escalated this nation’s outrage by coming back with not very surprising…

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Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour

When Selena Savic walks down a city street, she sees it differently to most people. Whereas other designers might admire the architecture, Savic sees a host of hidden tricks intended to manipulate our behaviour and choices without us realising – from benches that are deliberately uncomfortable to sculptures that keep certain citizens away.

Modern cities are rife with these “unpleasant designs”, says Savic, a PhD student at the Ecole Polytechnique Federerale de Lausanne in Switzerland, who co-authored a book on the subject this year. Once you know these secret tricks are there, it will transform how you see your surroundings. “We call this a silent agent,” says Savic. “These designs are hidden, or not apparent to people they don’t target.” Are you aware of how your city is manipulating you?

In 1999, the UK opened a Design Against Crime research centre, and authorities in Australia and the US have since followed suit. Many of the interventions these groups pioneered are familiar today: such as boundary marks painted around cashpoints to instil an implied privacy zone and prevent “shoulder surfing”.

San Francisco, the birthplace of street skateboarding, was also the first city to design solutions such as “pig’s ears” – metal flanges added to the corner edges of pavements and low walls to deter skateboarders. These periodic bumps along the edge create a barrier that would send a skateboarder tumbling if they tried to jump and slide along.

Indeed, one of the main criticisms of such design is that it aims to exclude already marginalised populations such as youths or the homeless. Unpleasant design, Savic says, “is there to make things pleasant, but for a very particular audience. So in the general case, it’s pleasant for families, but not pleasant for junkies.”

Preventing rough sleeping is a recurring theme. Any space that someone might lie down in, or even sit too long, is likely to see spikes, railings, stones or bollards added. In the Canadian city of Calgary, authorities covered the ground beneath the Louise Bridge with thousands of bowling ball-sized rocks. This unusual landscaping feature wasn’t for the aesthetic benefit of pedestrians walking along the nearby path, but part of a plan to displace the homeless population that took shelter under the bridge.

So next time you’re walking down the street, take a closer look at that bench or bus shelter. It may be trying to change the way you behave.


I remember about 25 years ago reading an article that claimed that the landscaping of UT Austin had been changed in the 1970s and 1980s to better facilitate riot and protest control, including the erection of lots of labyrinthine retaining walls.

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When osprey fish, they soar above the water until they spot their prey. Then they dive talons-first into the water, often submerging themselves completely.

After making a catch, osprey will adjust their grasp on the fish so that it faces forward. This aligns the fish with their direction of movement to make flying away more efficient.

Images: Michael Wulf, Txema Garcia 

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