Please enjoy these posts from my The Auntie Way Blog. Thanks for reading!

  • Rock Your Mocs (and Your Life)
    When I ask myself: What do I want in my work and life–on this chilly dark morning, a time perfectly designed for quiet reflection, a time when Aan (Sun) pauses, delays, and resists the go, go, go push and pull that can feel so common in our lives and work. Aan is such a beautifulContinue reading "Rock Your Mocs (and Your Life)"
  • Honoring Wisdom Across Generations and Place
    Thank you for reading my blog, in which I share writing that honors key teachings from my book, The Auntie Way. While topics vary, what remains consistent is a commitment to bring kindness, fierceness, and creativity into our lives. One of the greatest joys as an author is to share one’s voice and vision withContinue reading "Honoring Wisdom Across Generations and Place"
  • Beautiful Time of Preparation
    I’ve been too busy lately. I can feel this in my shoulders and neck. I’m craving a slower pace–more spaciousness and sweet, easy fun. Space in my calendar. Space to breathe on my journey of life. I know this feeling. I know it’s time to pause from the busyness of life and do one thing.Continue reading "Beautiful Time of Preparation"
  • Returning to Ourselves
    I’ve been asked to write about my greatest hope for Indigenous education research. Of course, we do research to understand the past, to have a more meaningful present, and to work toward a more loving, just future. At least that is my understanding of the purpose of research. Sometimes research is done with good intentionsContinue reading "Returning to Ourselves"
  • Morning Lessons and Star Blessings
    This morning while I heated water for my coffee I had the good sense to turn off the light and look outside. Ahhh…morning sky on a cold, clear autumn day. Without going outside I know the air is crisp, like the yellowy-gold leaves crunching under my feet yesterday. That recent golden memory contrasts with theContinue reading "Morning Lessons and Star Blessings"
  • Full Hearts and Beautiful Dreams
    My heart is full. It is the first week of The Auntie Way Writing Retreat Fall 2021 Sessions. My heart is full because I have the tremendous joy and honor of sitting alongside brilliant scholars and inviting and encouraging them to dream…what is it they want in their writing, their lives, their futures? I loveContinue reading "Full Hearts and Beautiful Dreams"
  • Morning Lessons with Niní
    The morning is quiet and calm. Niní (aspen trees) hold their pose, still as a photo, their slender white trunks and thousands of leaves remain static, perhaps in deep prayer at this holy time of day when Aan (sun) rises to light our way. Even magpie, blue jay, and squirrel, who so often use NiníContinue reading "Morning Lessons with Niní"
  • Back to School Hopes and Dreams
    It’s back to school time for many colleagues and students. I have so many hopes and dreams for this school year. I’ll share them with you even though it feels risky to hope and dream amidst the ongoing pain, loss, and uncertainty of the pandemic. Yet, one of the lessons from the pandemic I’m carryingContinue reading "Back to School Hopes and Dreams"
  • Sounds of Summer
    Last night I sat in my rocking chair on the patio outside my grandpa’s old home. Clouds had rolled in and the shade felt delicious. A cool breeze provided additional relief, and I think all beings were glad to get a break from the hot sun and smoky air. Maple tree leaves fluttered and dancedContinue reading "Sounds of Summer"
  • Smile at Dawn
    I love the peacefulness of dawn. The air is cool and still. Birds narrate morning greetings. Squirrel chimes in with a loud song that sounds almost like laughter. Sky changes colors, tone, and brightness in what seems to me a masterful meditation practice. Trees stand absolutely still. Are they meditating as well? I hear woodpeckerContinue reading "Smile at Dawn"