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A Totem


Sometime toward the end of May, sometimes June, the Alaskan woods start to slowly shrug off the blanket of snow that covers the expectant Spring that lies beneath.

On a warm day on one such May, this totem was revealed by a glacier lookout where I had stopped to stare.

In Native American culture, the totem was often carved to note an important event or the beginning of a new endeavor. These totems also represent the ability of a culture to tell their story when there was not a written language.

I offer this totem as sign of hope for all those who have yet to discover how to voice their stories and those who have been hushed from telling.

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Dave Alexander's picture


Hello Heather,

Thank you for sharing the totem as for the Voices Rising, for the return of balance between female and male, for the balanced dynamic that is Yin and Yang. For some reason your post reminded me of the song Great Peace March made famous in America by folk singer Holly Near. Here is the refrain,

"We will have peace,
We will because we must,
We must because we cherish life.

"And believe it or not,
As daring as it may seem,
It is not an empty dream

"To walk in a powerful path,
Neither the first nor the last
Great Peace March.

"Life is a great and mighty march,
Forever for love and for life
On the Great Peach March"

The candle of women's voices is lit. We will be part of the fuel, that creates the blaze, that ignites the world with love, compassion, and a balanced, sustainable way of life for all.

Thank you for your blessing, the totem that found you.
In Friendship, Dave...

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

JMKELLAM's picture


Thank you for sharing that totem with us. I believe that things symbolize whatever you want them to symbolize and your interpretations often say a lot about you. So, to me, your interpretation of the totem means you have a warm heart and an open spirit. Am I on track?

For me, who enjoys meeting new friends, I will share your interpretation. I hope you and all on PulseWire will continue to voice their stories because I love reading them and sometimes sharing my own.

To friendship!

Jenna Kellam

sallyreb's picture

Thank you for sharing the

Thank you for sharing the totem with PulseWire! It is important that we share our stories and our experience with one another. I look forward hearing your story.


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