Yá’at’eeh Ya’iishjááshchilí!

A near holiday in my world is the Summer Solstice. Approaching quickly, June 21, it’s the half way point of the calendar year – the longest day – full of the most sunshine. I find this day a perennial reminder of the need to stay connected to the natural world, a feat in the city. AContinue reading “Yá’at’eeh Ya’iishjááshchilí!”

To Shízhe’e’ With Love

Even after thirty years, I still fall in love with shízhe’e’ (my dad). He is a person who has inspired my vision and encouraged me consistently not to be content with mediocrity. As his Dad taught us to fight – for love and our people – my dad taught me to be brave. Whether itContinue reading “To Shízhe’e’ With Love”

Yá’at’eeh T’ąątsoh: Season Awakening

On my list favorite things are: magic, surprises, unicorns and seasons changing. I recognize how child like this love list is but I am continuously taken over by how much magic you can find when the seasons change. It is incredible how complex our environments are and how they have adapted to changes in environments.Continue reading “Yá’at’eeh T’ąątsoh: Season Awakening”

I Come from Strong Women: A Tribute

“It is through my mother I entered this world.” Everything I have come to understand and even question about my role as a young asdzaan Diné was first nurtured by my mother. She and the women in my life have continuously taught me the lessons I need to know and most important have shown meContinue reading “I Come from Strong Women: A Tribute”

Enduring Love Through Loss

I am blessed my first “real job” out of college was also my dream job. Starting it years ago, I had no idea I would be here this long and while every January work-anniversary is marked with, “has it really been this long?!” it is also a month in which I ache and miss myContinue reading “Enduring Love Through Loss”

Yá’at’eeh Yas Niłt’ees!

Yá’at’eeh Yas Niłt’ees!  January customarily begins with a refreshing vibe, the holidays are over and a new year begins with an attitude tuned to the possibility of a clean slate. In Diné Bizaad (Navajo language), January or Yas Niłt’ees means the “time of melting snow”. One of my favorite months because it seems to correlateContinue reading “Yá’at’eeh Yas Niłt’ees!”

New Year Reflections: A Navajo Perspective

I miss Diné Bikeyáh most in the fall and winter seasons. There is a special connection I have to my land in the winter time when it receives its first dusting of snow.  It’s not solely the look of the land but what the transition signals. The change in seasons means the continuation of keyContinue reading “New Year Reflections: A Navajo Perspective”

Notes of Gratitude

To my dad’s dismay, one of my favorite genres of books is self-help. I find it oddly inspiring to read these books as a way to try to make myself better. My best friend consistently jokes when I reach a roadblock in my life, “Well I am sure you will find a way to fitContinue reading “Notes of Gratitude”

In My Father’s Land

I entered this world through my mother but it is in my father’s land I live and call home. A place called Round Rock, a very small community in the heart of Diné Bikeyáh (Navajoland) in northeastern Arizona. This is the place where I grew up and lived when I was small. The place ofContinue reading “In My Father’s Land”

Tears for the Future, Tears of Hope

A Native American proverb states, “You can’t see the future with tears in your eyes.” I love the poignancy and strength of the phrase. It denotes what, we as Navajo or American Indian people need to remember. We have to understand not only the reality of our present circumstances but also see our future isContinue reading “Tears for the Future, Tears of Hope”