Monday, September 7, 2015

As Long as the Grass Grows 2015 on YouTube

I am happy to share "As Long as the Grass Grows: A Treaty Song from Saskatchewan" on YouTube as our community prepares to host the 29th Annual Treaty Four Gathering in Fort Qu'Appelle, September 14-20, 2015.

With special thanks to my friends, Keitha Brass and Charlene Tupone, as well as my husband, Michael Koops.

A special thank you to Elder Alma Poitras and her sister Delma for help with translation, and Alma's vocals, too.

Thank you to Felicity Sweet Nokusis and Doug Song for vocals and bass, respectively.

Thank you to Gord Barnes and Jim Hutchings for having us on Amnesty International Regina Human Rights Radio.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happiness Is

Happiness is walking to work in the sunshine, cool  air on my legs, breeze in my hair. Happiness is picking chokecherries that hang like grapes along the road, eating the plump berries for breakfast, spitting the seeds into the aspen woods. Happiness is seeing new student faces in the hallway, getting a few hugs from old students, starting a new school year in a good way. Happiness is new responsibility like the roles of teacher librarian, grade nine English, and Native Studies. Happiness is a new blog for my class Happiness is seeing my youngest daughter in the hallways with her little grade eight buddies. Happiness is playing table tennis in my high heels at noon. Happiness is walking home and driving Arwen into the city for some mother daughter time. Happiness is being a teacher who is thankful for this land, this livelihood, these relationships.