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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Native American heritage   Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:26 am

I know that Don Stephens is part Native American, however I forgot what tribe. Can someone please let me know to what tribe Don belonged? 
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:15 am

Don's grandmother was Native American, Ogallala Sioux. His father was the son of Irish immigrants. You'll find this information on the first page of Forever Friends, Abe.

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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:23 am

Thanks Shelagh.  I knew I saw it and that it was mentioned, but simply forgot.  Unfortunately the forgetting is becoming a more frequent occurrence. Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:23 am

Abe F. March wrote:
Thanks Shelagh.  I knew I saw it and that it was mentioned, but simply forgot.  Unfortunately the forgetting is becoming a more frequent occurrence. Embarassed


Strange thing about age Abe, as we age, our short term memory gets lost. We can't remember five minutes ago, but we can remember 50 years ago clear as a bell. I can remember, and even see myself doing something at the age of three, but often find myself standing in a room trying to remember why I went there? I know this about ageing...it does not happen slowly over time, it happens in sperts. From 70.5 to 80 was a big spert for me. Things I do now that have many task were never a problem to me...now I find I need to often use a check list to do the same things...when I can remember to use the check list. I'm not upset over what age does, I do enjoy every stage of my life, and being old gives me a better understanding of old people. I still write, and the characters in my stories, as they age, or are old, I can better bring them to life.
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:15 am

Thanks Dom for your post.  I see I'm not alone and that is comforting.  I did discover something that seems to work for me.  The harder I try to remember something, the more elusive it becomes.  If I just let it be for a time, it suddenly comes to me.  Adjusting to this old-age anomaly is taking its course. Waiting is the part of adjustment that is frustrating when one wants immediate answers. 
You are also right in that I can vividly remember things back when I was very young.  As we age are we reverting to our childhood?  If that is so, wouldn't it be great if the body would follow that same path?
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:25 pm

I have read that music always stays in the mind.  I believe it.  I can remember songs from 1948 word for word.  I have heard that music is a great comfort to people who have memory loss or Altzeimers.  It connects them to their past in a way that trying to remember events can never do.  I imagine it is important to sing or listen to songs all the days of your life to connect your past to your present in a beautiful way.  I can remember the words to all the hymns, nursery rhymes that were set to song, all the words to the music of the 50's and on up into the 90's.  I am a dinosaur, I am sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:05 pm

You're not alone, Betty.  The songs that we grew up with stick.  I often break out in song when a word or words trigger some line in a song.  While singing it, it takes me back to the place/time when I first heard it and what I was doing.  Some songs trigger romantic memories while others can trigger a sad memory.  Music is theraputic.
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:51 pm

Here is something you may face in a few year's Abe. Older often start losing hearing in one ear, say about 50% in the one ear. Your brain will start making sounds. Often it is music. Some years ago they used to think their hearing was picking up music from radio waves. The last few years the medical field found..."With the loss of some hearing, the brain will make sounds you believe you are hearing." I have music all my waking hours. I have learned how to change what songs it plays. I can slow it down, and even have learned to function where I can forget about it, and do the tthings I need to do. I am waiting for the next big surprise old age has for me.

Everything we have heard, seen, smelled, or done is in our brain. If we could tap into it, we could read anything on science just ones, and recall it. I hear Italian songs I have heard in the past from my CD's. I have matched the words coming out of my brain to the words on the CD...they match word for word. We have a great computer brain...if we could just learn how to use it?
The scriptures say with a thought, we could command a mountain to move, and it would move...that would be a good reason not to have any bad people on earth...they would have the same power.
In Gods new system we will be perfect as Adam was...we will have the use of our full brain.
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:34 am

Dom, I have no doubt that we possess much power, but have not yet learned how to tap into it.  There are those who claim that we only use about 10% of our brain power.  There are books about using the power of the mind to heal.  Others talk about using that power to get rich.  The getting rich books sell the most. 
I'm of the opinion that true wealth is what we have within.  Material things can be lost overnight and if one places his value on possessions, it can be an empty shell.  Bouncing back from adversity draws on the power within and that, IMV is the true wealth.
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:37 am

The death of Don Stephens has triggered many thoughts.  Seeking answers continues.  The news report talked about a note he left.  I haven’t heard anything about the contents of that note that may have shed some light on his last thoughts.  It further stated that he went away for a few days.  I understand that he had a son and was estranged from that son.  I imagine that he may have gone to see his son and tried to make amends before he departed this life. Then there is the thought that he may have gone off into the wild to perfom some Sioux death ritual.  Lots of questions with no answers.  
Listening to what others say is important.  It is easier to listen with verbal communication where one can question what is being said.  How to listen to what someone is saying with the written word is not so easy.  One might call it, “Reading between the Lines”.  Sometines a single word can trigger questions.  As writers we know the importance of word use.  Describing a situation that will allow the reader to „feel“ the emotion is easier for the writer who has experienced that emotion than for the writer who imagines how one may have felt.  Dick Stodghill’s book about his experience during the war enables us to feel the fright, the drudgery and the associated discomfort along with the pain.  For those of us who have not had the experience of killing, whether that be in battle or taking the life of another, we can only imagine what took place in the mind of the person.   I keep asking myself, did I miss some clue when Don talked about his wife or when he mentioned the continuous back pain or when he talked about his sister Patty undergoing chemo therapy.  Was he reaching out seeking some form of help or just sharing information to a friend?  Was he looking for some form of comfort or solution?  Those are questions that will never be answered.  Pain is not just physical.  Along with physical pain there is the mental pain in dealing with it and that is where attention requires more focus.  I can only imagine what he was going through from my own experience of depression when I contemplated ending it all.  Even if I had a gun, I don’t know if I would have used it, however without a weapon readily available the delay if finding a method allows time for re-thinking.
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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:31 am

From the report in the newspaper, the evidence would suggest that this was not preplanned. Don was capable of making a decision and following it through, something he had done many times under tremendous stress and appalling conditions. The irony of his action is troubling, in light of the fact that he stated on the forum that, as a trained marksman, he was better equipped than most to keep a gun. Don stated that he carried a gun for protection, and yet he used a hand gun to take someone else's life. At the time, he might have thought that he would be able to explain his reasons for doing so to the authorities. With each passing day, he must have realised that only he knew his real intentions. Facing a life in prison, he chose to take his own life. Sadly, gun owners in America accept this risk of abuse of firearms with the unfortunate consequencs.

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PostSubject: Re: Native American heritage   Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:43 am

I agree with your take on this, Shelagh.
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