Tuesday, February 18, 2014

no more sheep or goats...

Last week, I traveled home for quick visit…the place has not change. Dzil Bahlakai Mesa is covered with snow…the cold air is clean!  The roads are muddy…there seems to be a place for everything here – like just the right amount (kinda like what Edward Abbey says).  Quickly, I learned the sheep & goats are gone…my aunt said one of my relatives visited my uncle one day.  Upon reaching the house, he notice the sheep dogs crying outside, as though very sad and lost.  He went inside and found my uncle emotional stating ‘dibe do lizi adin’ (no more sheep or goats). When I heard this, my heart felt heavy.  I could only imagine how my uncle felt with this lost…he has been tending to the sheep for decades – and when I think more about the livestock, I realize this sacred line has ‘ended’.  This is the first time our family has no sheep or goats since I can remember – perhaps since the return from Ft. Sumner.

My dad says my grandmother, at one time, had over 500 sheep grazing atop of Tselani Springs during the 1940s.  There was a summer camp up on the mountain and a simple structure at base of mountain. Dad and his siblings grew up among the scarcity of provisions, rather a time of difficulty - yet it was during this time they found the simple pleasures of living.  Living free, understanding the patterns of hard work, and the compassion of closeness - Closeness to family, the herds, the horse, and the place eloquently shared in ceremony.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Phoenix 10K Weekend...

Running/training regiment: Phoenix 10K was super fun!  Happy with the finish  (always fun to reflect on my PRs..for Phoenix 10k – 34:10 – Obviously years ago!

Now Less than 6 weeks to my goal PR ½ marathon road race; looking forward to training fast and hard…setting a new PR for this distance will take plenty of dedication and positive recoveries…the key is staying super healthy going in...i have to say this year has been very good   – no ITB issues!  After my ½ marathon in Scottsdale, I will be running my 4th marathon at PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Arizona –that one will be huge.  That race beats me down physically and emotionally.  I shall prepare passionately – after all, I am built for this… LDT!

Monday, September 23, 2013

It’s fall – Looking forward to cooler weather for my earlier morning trail & road runs…plus it’s nice to know I am part of an  AE team ready to work with a local tribe and hopefully a few more tribes; feels great to know we will greatly assist with their efforts in providing much needed facilities  to the community – DESIGN! 

-rkbjr architects

Thursday, September 5, 2013


let's do this...

Monday, July 15, 2013

running YRace...october 2012...

There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be. - George Sheehan


july...heat is there...feel the power and responses - the deck (particularily camelback and the phx mountains) have been my stimuli...all good - towards a goal...
what will august bring?