A Cherokee Legend on Fire

A Cherokee Legend

In the beginning of the world, there was no fire. The animal people were often cold. Only the Thunders, who lived in the world beyond the sky arch, had fire. At last they sent Lightning down to an island.

Lightning put fire into the bottom of a hollow sycamore tree.

The animal people knew that the fire was there, because they could see smoke rising from the top of the tree. But they could not get to it on account of the water. So they held a council to decide what to do.

Everyone that could fly or could swim was eager to go after the fire. Raven said, “Let me go. I am large and strong.”

At that time Raven was white. He flew high and far across the water and reached the top of the sycamore tree. While he sat there wondering what to do, the heat scorched all his feathers black. The frightened Raven flew home without the fire, and his feathers have been black ever since.

Then the council sent Screech Owl. He flew to the island. But while he was looking down into the hollow tree, a blast of hot air came up and nearly burned out his eyes. He flew home and to this day, Screech Owl’s eyes are red.

Then Hooting Owl and Horned Owl were sent to the island together. But the smoke nearly blinded them, and the ashes carried up by the wind made white rings about their eyes. They had to come home, and were never able to get rid of the white rings.

Then Little Snake swam across to the island, crawled through the grass to the tree, and entered it through a small hole at the bottom. But the smoke and the heat were too much for him, too. He escaped alive, but his body had been scorched black. And it was so twisted that he doubled on his track as if always trying to escape from a small space.

Big Snake, the climber, offered to go for fire, but he fell into the burning stump and became as black as Little Snake. He has been the great blacksnake ever since.

At last Water Spider said that she would go. Water Spider has black downy hair and red stripes on her body. She could run on top of water and she could dive to the bottom. She would have no trouble in getting to the island.

“But you are so little, how will you carry enough fire?” the council asked.

“I’ll manage all right,” answered Water Spider. “I can spin a web.” so she spun a thread from her body and wove it into a little bowl and fastened the little bowl on her back. Then she crossed over to the island and through the grass. She put one little coal of fire into her bowl and brought it across to the people.

Every since, we have had fire. And the Water Spider still has her little bowl on her back.

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A Voter’s Letter to Prime Minister Abbott Post Budget 2014

I found this open letter to the Prime Minister of Australia after delivering their first that basically liked you but only if you earn over $250K or a major corporation. It’s worth the read;

 

Dear Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey,

 

I’d like to start off this open letter by stating that I have never supported Labor, OR Liberal. Both parties are against my political ideal, and I feel that the Labor leadership battle left themselves in a mess to which you were able to take advantage. Kudos to you…credit where it is due. For this reason I do not need to hear any attempted rebuttals of “it is Labor’s fault”. Just like in the Disney film ‘Frozen’, “LET IT GO”.

 

This letter is in enquiry to the announcement of your 2014-15 Federal Budget. An announcement that you state is necessary to get the budget out of deficit and into surplus (a deficit that is the fourth lowest debt in the entire developed world, but a deficit nonetheless). You have both stated that it is time that Australians ‘tighten their belts’ because the time for ‘luxurious spending’ is over.

 

My first question to you is, what is ‘luxurious spending’? Spending money to support people with physical and mental disabilities that prevent them from working to support themselves? Funding low interest loans to allow young Australians to be able to choose and strive for a career that does not necessarily need to involve retail, manufacturing, hospitality or mining (not that there is anything wrong with those career choices. That is the great thing about Australia. We have choices.)? Spending money on education and health in order to keep Australian’s educated and healthy? Ensuring that all Australians that fall on hard times have the opportunity to get back on their feet (particularly if you are under 30)?

 

If so, you need to reevaluate your priorities. Luxury is renovating The Lodge for an ‘unspecified’ amount of money. Luxury is dressing your daughters in Moschino gowns for post-election galas. Luxury is having Rupert Murdoch on your side to propagate an unknowing Australian public into believing this is the only way out. Try to correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure even the Oxford English Dictionary would correct you on what is ‘luxurious spending’. I hear you went to Oxford once upon a time, Mr. Abbott. Shitting on your own dictionary. What class.

 

My second question to you is, why make cuts in these areas when there are so many other options available? Like the $7.4b you allocated towards defense and purchasing aircraft (did you read John Marsden’s ‘Tomorrow when the war began’, series and freaked the fuck out? It freaked me out…but not enough to spend $7.4b)? Like the distinct lack of taxes on the super rich? Like the fact that you have frozen your parliamentarian salaries for twelve months, only to give yourselves a $40k pay rise when the freeze lifts? Like the tax cuts you have given to big mining?

 

I acknowledge that mining is a huge part of the Australian economy. However, you need to remember that this industry has a use by date. Even if you had found a magical way to produce more coal (lets face it…I am still waiting for my acceptance letter from Hogwarts at the age of 27, so this is not going to happen), the renewable energy sector is internationally outpacing all other energy industries. Even China, our biggest trading partner of coal, is beginning to explore renewable energy options for their largest cities. In the appropriated words of Regina George, “stop trying to make coal happen”. Find a new industry to drive the economy.

 

And the taxes? I’m still trying to work out the plausibility of someone earning an income over $250 000 p.a being taxed (as a combination of the fuel excise increase, GP fee, etc) an extra $1492, when middle income families and the under 30’s unemployed will be slugged $4931 and $6944 from funding cuts respectively?

Whatever crazy pills you are taking to justify that, I want in. I will probably need them daily so I can attempt to feign nonchalance when I am thrown under the bus by your policies.

 

I should probably tell you a bit about myself so you can probably understand why I dislike you two so much right now. I am a high school teacher (back flipping on Gonski? Come on. You know my stereotype. We ‘love’ to strike. We can make your day very inconvenient when push comes to shove). I am currently on a year by year contract, working with students with behavioural needs. It is difficult to find permanency in a field that is awash with graduates, but I still love my job. And I do it damn well.

 

Inevitably, your cuts to Education mean that my position may and probably will come to an end sooner rather than later. I guess I could try and find another job? Oh wait…there is an 11.5% unemployment rate for people under the age of 30. I am 27. Shit balls. I guess I’ll have to go on Newstart to try and support myself in the meantime. Oh wait…I will not be able to get it for 6 months? Can I forward your contact number onto my Real Estate? I’m sure if you talk to them they will be totally understanding. I guess I could move back home…but my mother, a sole parent who works as a child care worker, earns an amount that is not sustainable to support me. She would not be able to (and should not have to) support me while I look for another job. I guess I could try and go for any old job I guess? Income is income, right? Thanks to my double degree, I am now overqualified for most advertised job positions in the job seeker sector.

 

Enough about me though, we should turn our focus back to Australia and ‘Australia’s good’. Which brings me to my third and final question for this letter. Thankfully, I do not need to be creative with this question, as it was asked by the ever sassy yet level headed host of the ‘7.30 Report’, Sarah Ferguson.

“Is it liberating for a politician to decide that election promises don’t matter?”

 

For someone who harped on about Julia Gillard breaking an election promise, you have broken several. So take a seat.

 

I doubt that this open letter will cause any change inside your frame of mind, but it is a channel of communication that I want the world to see.

 

Regards,

An Australian voter you dislike.

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Short Message For Business

I support a strong vibrant economy stimulated by a mix of public and private investment. Business has run strong and we have had amazing growth of living standards under the system we are told is killing the country but that system is gone.

I say to business leaders that if their business needs people to work on wages so low that they can’t afford to eat, your business skills are shit. Stop blaming the people and take your egotistical self to the mirror and there you will see a poor business manager.

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Born Again Helicopter Parent

I’m a Born Again Helicopter Parent. That makes me better than the usual hoverers who are not doing enough to protect the children. We need to take the next several leaps up to protect our children so I’m lobbying that all babies have their limbs cut off at birth.

The arms so they can’t pick things up and put them in their mouths, etc. And legs so they can’t run around and fall over.

It’s best to be safe.

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Young Cheyenne Needs Our Help Financially

ImageA friend of my family, people who never ask for help when they need it, are requesting our generosity by donating as well or as much as we can afford.

Young Cheyenne aged 14 months old has cerebral palsy and a rare medical condition called, 22Q11DUP. Cheyenne is the only person in the State of Queensland who has this condition and they need our help.

So please share the video and the link to the page to donate money to help with their travel and medical costs. I know these people as people who sell everything they own before they ask for help from anybody. They are charitable people to the core and need help from us.

DONATE to help Cheyenne

 

Cheyenne’s extensive list of medical problems includes Cerebral Palsy and a rare chromosome disorder.

The disorder, 22Q11DUP, is so uncommon Cheyenne is the only person in Queensland to suffer from it.

22Q11DUP affects Cheyenne’s development, hearing, sight, muscle tone and internal organs.

Because of the rareness of the condition, Michelle has been forced to take Cheyenne to Brisbane for treatment every two months for more than a year.

The emotional strain of her daughter’s condition, combined with the financial burden of treatment has been hard on the whole family.

“I’ve had two nervous breakdowns,” said Michelle.

“My husband has a lot of up and down moods.”

The last year has been a rollercoaster of emotion for Michelle and her family.

“It breaks my heart,” she said.

“If I could give her my health, I would.”

HOW TO HELP

Once Cheyenne’s cochlea implant is fitted on March 14, she will require regular treatment in Brisbane until December.

 

The Morning Bulletin article

 

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Actress Ellen Page speech. No more closet.

I don’t really know the names and faces of most celebs as I don’t have that interest. Ellen Page is another who I do not know. I am sure that I have seen her in movies and most likely enjoyed her acting but like other celebs, I do not know her.

Speaking at a Human Rights conference, Ellen touches on the harm done to people by treating them less than for being homosexual. Amongst youth especially. Ellen also touches on the topic of the entertainment industry telling us how to live and dress and that it has also affected her. Look incredibly nervous, Ellen tells the audience that she is gay and that hiding who and what she is as a person has effected her emotionally and spiritually.

A shame that these matters have be pushed and hidden in this day and age. If only people could just be without all the silly labels.

 

Guardian Article – Actress Ellen Page comes out in speech to Human Rights Campaign event

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Charlene’s Bewitching Valentine’s 2014

Charlene is bewitched by someone on Youtube this Valentine’s Day.

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