My outlet today published a piece I wrote on the red Oklahoma earth. As a person who likes to learn and write, it was a good reminder that stories, good ones, hide in plain site.
What I”m trying to say is – I enjoyed my foray into dirt. Yes, dirt.
Working on the piece gave me a good excuse to talk to interesting people, like Gordan Yellowman, a Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member and chief. He explained the spiritual take tribes like his have on the red earth.
Here’s my favorite line:
Atop the striking red earth, we are all here, together, surviving and seeking — like the Cheyenne and Arapaho do — to thrive.
I think about survival a lot. Maybe more than most, maybe not. When you have a child with a life-threatening disease, you sure appreciate being alive. Maybe more than most, maybe not, but I think more than most.
Mr. Yellowman’s people survived a genocide. And today, they’re here, trying to be better, trying to be to happy, to take on challenges, to thrive.
I started at dirt and I ended up inspired.
Here’s the piece.