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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tony Hillerman

Today I learned that mystery writer, Tony Hillerman has died. The Arizona Republic carried the story in the front section today, and it was also reported on Sunday by the Associated Press. The AZ Republic article did confuse his two most popular characters, Navajo Tribal Police Detectives Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, but otherwise it was a nice story. I haven't read all of Mr. Hillerman's books yet, but through what I have read, I can tell he had a deep love and respect for the Dineh and their Native Lands.

I know his Navajo friends and his readers are mourning his passing. I am very grateful he left us such a great mountain of work to enjoy, share and learn from. 18 novels is quite a legacy! I think I'll read one of his books next! Thanks, and travel safe Tony! We will miss you.

[This is an undated file photo provided by HarperCollins, through the Associated Press.]


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Does Macedonia have a new Football Star?

Rene was always a bit clumsy as a kid...in fact her Indian camping name was "Princess Runs Like a Duck." Yes, she was understandably deeply embarrassed by that title, but we stopped taking her camping with us when she was about 14, so she was spared from total teen angst after that. Besides, she had other talents in those years...she was a great fireside storyteller, and our camping pals would always ask when Rene would be "on" so they could get comfortable for the show.

We enrolled her in dance classes at a very young age, but she dropped out. She tried tennis, track and diving in high school, but again, she dropped out. Her Dad, himself a star Little Leaguer as a kid, resolved himself to her un-jockness, and moved on to little sister Stacy, who really liked softball.

But now it appears that Rene has found a new, blossoming talent! You can read all about it on her blog, at WhereisRene.wordpress.com. And we always thought she hated sports!!