Category Archives: National Park

Petersburg National Battlefield

23 November 2021
Petersburg National Battlefield
Entrance to the Mine

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22 November 2021

Stretching. NK Body Philosophy. Goochland
Walking. Appomattox Court House.
Play Something Sweet – Three Dog Night
The Heart of the Land – Eric Bogle
Soon as I Get Paid – Keb’ Mo’
Ain’t No Way – Aaron Neville
Sweet Hitch-Hiker – Credence Clearwater Revival
Think for Yourself – The Beatles
Sky Blue and Black – Jackson Browne
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bad Religion
A Gift of Thistle – London Symphony Orchestra
Carry You – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Broken Arrow – Buffalo Springfield
I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs
Sister – Indigo Girls
Lutece – Don Pedro Et Ses Dromadaires
Duo for Violin & Viola in the Quarter-Tone System: IV. Allegro – Teng Li & Benjamin Bowman
Say Hallelujah – Tracy Chapman

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McLean House

22 November 2021
Appomattox Court House, Virginia

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Purple flower and butterfly, 2

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Chillicothe, Ohio
4 September 2021

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Purple flower and butterfly, 1

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Chillicothe, Ohio
4 September 2021

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Purple, not flowers, lock

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
29 May 2021

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Purple flowers, guest collection #136

Photo by Laura VanDale
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
22 August 2020

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National Park Hike – Grand Canyon National Park

Many things will not happen for many people because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are quite important and will have ongoing negative consequences. Others are somewhat trivial.

I had contemplated a long road trip to view as many locations in the National Park system as possible. I do not think that is going to happen.

I decided to pick a trail in each of the locations and walk that distance. I finished 23 hikes and then stopped. It is time to begin again.



Grand Canyon National Park
Cliff Springs Trail
1.0 Mile

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“I am a man”

In 1879, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca people successfully argued that Native Americans are “persons within the meaning of the law” with the right of habeas corpus. The result of case, held in a U.S. District Court in Omaha, meant that Chief Standing Bear became the first Native American judicially granted civil rights under U.S. law. 

Nebraska recently unveiled a statue of Chief Standing Bear in the U.S. Capitol. A recent story about the statue and Standing Bear in The Washington Post story quotes Standing Bear’s affirmation of common humanity during his trial:

On the second day, Chief Standing Bear was called to testify, becoming the first Native American to do so. He raised his right hand and, through an interpreter, said: “My hand is not the color of yours, but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. The same god made us both. I am a man.”

“I am a man.” – Sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennesse.

“Ain’t I a woman,” – Sojourner Truth.

“I am a person. I am a human being.” – Countless people in countless situations.

Again and again, people have had to make that assertion as they struggle for civil rights and human rights in the face of oppression, discrimination, and prejudice.  The struggle continues today. It is shared across all social identities as structures grant privilege to some but  not to all. Key to creating and maintaining that privilege is denying the humanity of other people. When will we ever learn that everyone – everyone – is a human being entitled to basic human rights? When will we ever learn to treat one another with respect and love?

For Chief Standing Bear and Sojourner Truth and the sanitation workers of Memphis, may we renew our efforts to eviscerate, in the word of the CoInspire Conference, racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, and all systems of privilege and oppression.

Learn more about Chief Standing Bear:

The Trial of Standing Bear – a PBS film

Chief Standing Bear: The Trail Ahead

The Story of Chief Standing Bear (.pdf)

“I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice

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29 July 2019

Treadmill. Gym at the Shire.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.
The Load Out/Stay – Jackson Browne
Calling All the Children Home – John McCutcheon
Home – Karla Bonoff
Bright Path – Jack Gladstone
O Little Town of Bethlehem – The Roches
I Hear a Symphony – Motown: The Musical
The President Sang Amazing Grace – Joan Baez
The Pony Man – Gordon Lightfoot
Finale – Come from Away
Raise You Up / Just Be – Kinky Boots
Waltzing Matilda – Seona McDowell
The City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Eileen Ivers
Third Movement of the Violin Conocero by Aram Khachaturian – Sean Koenig
Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

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