Quilt of Valor

Quilt of Valor Presented to: Wendell “Afe” Affield Handmade/Quilted by Lanee Dedicated With Thanks for Serving “Lanee” is Kathleen Paulson, Solway, Minnesota. This past Saturday afternoon, Kathleen, her husband, Mark, and her parents, Kenny and Carol Stevens, stopped by our home and presented the quilt. I am deeply humbled and will treasure this keepsake. I …

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Veterans Day Guest Speaker

On November 11, 2012 I spoke at the Red Lake Nation Veterans Day ceremony. I was humbled when elder Larry Stillday, a Vietnam Veteran, presented me with an honorary membership in the Ponemah Three Star Warrior Society. Genesis of the Society is explained by elder Eugene Stillday on this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME1cBoYIj6o I was honored to carry …

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Seven Sacred Teachings

I’ve been studying the Seven Sacred Teachings. Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, loaned me a book written by David Bouchard and Dr. Joseph Martin. Bouchard, explains, ““The Seven Sacred Teachings” is a message of traditional values and hope for the future. The Teachings are universal to most First Nation [American Indian] …

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Bemidji Library Book Festival

June 11-16 is Bemidji Library Book Festival—a busy week. For the full schedule go to: http://krls.org/docs/krls_docs_bj_poster_Book_Festival_201204.pdf Here is a list of events I plan to participate in: Monday evening I’m going to read in my first poetry slam. Tuesday I will attend Laurie Hertzel’s Writers Workshop titled “Writing Your Life, Finding Your Story.” Wednesday I’ll attend Margi …

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Muddy Jungle Rivers

Muddy Jungle Rivers, the author’s memoir, is a close-up look at life on a gunboat during 1968, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War. It’s the story of a seven-man crew captained by a volatile, pro-war enlisted man. Like Philip Caputo’s A Rumor Of War, this narrative takes the reader into frustration, rage, terror, death, …

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