For the Crooked Path of Life is the Teacher of all Things Important

The axiom in life is that it’s complicated, and through those complications, we become better in all things small or large. Take for example, the air conditioner project we’ve been working on. This last January we created a really fine gym in our one car garage, with elliptical, weight bench and free weights, chin up […]

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What is The New Norm?

With the conversation today all about the “New Norm,” we thought it might be interesting to dive into just what is the “New Norm.” Let’s start with the basics… the word norm is a derivation of the word normal, whose roots in latin normalis. With us so far? The latin normalis meant “something made with […]

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What Does the Drum Mean to You?

 The Wisdom Keepers · Heartbeat Drum Several years ago the above question was posed to me during a phone call and I had a very strange response. I totally froze. One of the few times in my life when I was utterly without words. I could feel them stuck in my throat, and I […]

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Weird, Stressful, Heartwarming, Unexplored Times

These are weird times… Really freakin’ strange times. As I write this, there is a simultaneous Major Disaster status in all 50 of the United States, and now every single one of them has some variation of a “stay at home” order in place through at least April 30, 2020. I am amongst the extremely […]

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WeCast: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Yet another calendar has turned the page into a bright and shiny new year. We are almost two decades into this new century and still every household holds to their own traditions to ring in the New Year. One of the most practiced annual habits it that of making resolutions. Do you […]

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WeCast: Merry Christmas!

**SPOILER ALERT**  [This podcast is a bit longer than our others. Jim shares a very touching story with you around time marker 15:30… keep listening, you won’t want to miss it!] Merry Christmas to all our Christian friends and family who are celebrating this day! It is full of traditions, and culinary culture, and fond […]

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WeCast: Winter Solstice… Good Yule!

Winter Solstice occurs on late on Friday December 21 this year which makes December 22 the first full day of winter in the northern hemisphere. It has ancient roots in many cultural traditions worldwide. Who celebrates it? Why? How? What is its history and connection to Christian celebrations? And what other cultures and peoples continue […]

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Three Levels of Ritual

The Deepest Foundations The holiday season is fully upon us. We’ve just passed Chanukkah, winter solstice is on the 22nd, and Christmas is the 25th.  At the foundation of all the frenzy and excitement, lies the rituals – the traditions – each individual and family have carried forth from generation to generation.  Ritual brings the […]

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WeCast: Favorite Holidays & Food Traditions

Staying on the topic of holidays, the whole month of December – this week we discuss our favorite holidays of the year and… get back to the topic of food! Every holiday has certain foods associated with it – from burgers and hot dogs on July 4th to Christmas cookies on Christmas – and everyone […]

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Zi’igwan, The Shortest Day

The Rhythm of the Sun In the time before the pale ones, from a far away place where the sun awakes, came to our lands – when our world changed forever – we had in our culture, times and places for all things. The sun and the moon were then, as always, our guides for […]

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