Feb. 13, 2010

Meet me & a ga-zillion other folks at the Florida coast, Feb. 13, 2010 just after lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Link hands along the shore.
Let our leaders know how protective we are, of Florida’s shores.

This is organized by a Seaside Florida restaurant owner.

Visit www.handsacrossthesand.com
or the Facebook page of the same name.

If we don’t show our strength & carry the day, we’ll all be searching for appropriate gear to wear for continual beach clean up. Here’s a future newspaper I conjured up from the coast town where I spent childhood time at the beach. Tar balls, anyone?

Thanksgiving 2008 & American Buffalo in Florida

Native Tribal People &

their heritage

receive the short

stick from our tasty national

holiday in the U.S. , Thanksgiving.

A few days before the 2008

Thanksgiving I took a detour with my

sister & we found this roadside

surprise  in Alachua County,

Florida.(c.) 2008 Jan Godown Annino

It was late in the afternoon, with a cool breeze

tickling the palm fronds.

As I watched this creature clip the field

for dinner,

near U.S. Highway 27,

I thought of archival reports from

the Old West, of

the thundering herds of bison that

could stampede for days,

which sustained the First Peoples

of North America.

This ranch buffalo of 2008 represents legit Florida

heritage, although the Florida bison were scant

compared to the way their cousins once blanketed the mid-West

& The West.

(Buffalo are featured in the book


the “Crossing Creeks and Prairie” chapter,

by my own self,  Jan Godown.  The chapter guides

you to the lucky chance for your own encounter to see

(c.) Jan G. Annino 2008

(c.) Jan G. Annino 2008

buffalo in a natural setting at

Paynes Prairie State Preserve)


For a fine picture book about the adoption & care of a buffalo calf by a father and son and the restoration of the Pablo-Allard herd, please see Joseph Bruchac’s BUFFALO SONG. The author consulted oral history recorded in part in the 1920s & 1930s in Montana. A 1926 Salish tribal story is woven into this lyrical book.  I like the information on it at Oyate.org and at the blog by Debbie Reese American Indians in Children’s Literature


To begin to understand the interesting work of Carol and Joseph Bruhac, please see


For another picture book about the woman who helped save American Buffalo, please see the story of Mary Ann Goodnight,  BUFFALO MUSIC, by

Tracey E. Fern. I like the review of it by children’s book maven Esme Raji Codell, posted  at her blogspot blog, Planet Esme.

(Look for the Oct. 14.200 blog, it’s after her review of a fine picture book bio on one of my picture book heroines, Wanda Gag, who lived for some time in the region where I grew up.)


To fully immerse in the topic, Steven Rinella’s new book, AMERICAN BUFFALO, recently reviewed on NPR (I’m pretty sure it was an interview with the very fine Terri Gross) follows the herds in history & also one particular buffalo that the author brings down on foot in Alaska, after winning a spot in a hunt lottery,  butchers by himself & then packs out for eating later. Not for everyone who reads nature nonfiction,  but if you fish ( I have) or hunt (haven’t, wouldn’t, unless for survival) or if you enjoy the buffalo steak in the cafeteria of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.   this book may be for you.

Lichgate labyrinth

Lichgate Labyrinth

As The Wizard

didn’t give to The Tin Man


“that he didn’t didn’t already have”

a labyrinth arriving at a site

such as Lichgate on High Road

becomes a natural tapestry

illuminating the precious pathways

Laura Pauline Jepsen found

when she first

climbed over the barbed wire fence

into her precious world

A Lichgate labyrinth

will beckon travelers

to discover

the peace of mind

already here

It will beckon travelers

to explore

the spirit

deep within

the one who travels

And as our area glows with

more and more labyrinths

we can become known

as a “city of turns”

much as holy cities have

long been called, for their

spiritual spiral walking paths

image for illustration idea only

source  http://www.jhu.edu/~chaplain/labyrinth.gif

For information on labyrinths worldwide begin with

Veriditas  http://veriditas.org  or  The Labyrinth Society http://labyrinthsociety.org


We readers & teachers & artists & writers & dancers & storytellers

usually have a favorite punctuation,

& mine is the ampersand.

It derives from ET or et, Latin for “and.”

It is a logogram & the name is said to derive from

“and per se and the character & by itself is the word and”

See a variety of &&&&&&  @

the Wiki entry