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November 2012

Dear Friend:

Our yellow trees are now spectacular, set as always against the backdrop of the dark forest pines! There is snow atop the mountains and because it is cold the coyotes come down into the valley and howl in the early hours of the morning. Most of our wildlife is hibernating or has left for warmer climes. All that is left is the little squirrel that dances each morning across our driveway.

We are getting ready for a white Christmas.

We wanted to tell you that we will soon be offering weekend getaways (rentals) in a beautiful PMC cabin of your choosing. If this is something that would interest you, stay tuned while we program the Retreat Web Page. The larger cabins rent for approximately $300 per night and house from 7-9 people. The smaller cabins go from $100 - $150 comfortably taking a family with two teenage children or two sets of adults.

I am not sure how many cabins are left now, Thanksgiving and Christmas are our most popular holidays and the cabins go early. So call me soon if you would like one (323 864 9200) and we will work out something.

PMC Cabin

Thanksgiving Prayer – a Native American Viewpoint

Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit

Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each new day.

All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect

Honor your relations

The Earth is our Mother, take care of her

Do what needs to be done for the good of all

Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more

Speak the truth; but only of the good in others

Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun

Enjoy life’s journey and leave no tracks.

(This poem is also known as the Indian Ten Commandments)

First People-First Celebration

On that very first Thanksgiving in 1621, a celebration was called to acknowledge an abundant harvest. Simple people from Europe had fled to America seeking a better way of life on a new continent. They made it through a very hard first year where 46 out of 102 settlers died. A major factor helping the survivors was the kindness of the Indians who contributed most of the food for that first celebration. The following year the colonists omitted to give thanks and it was thought that this was the reason for a severe drought, broken only with prayer in 1623. It was then that a special day of thanks was proclaimed and to this day (if we don’t eat too much, and fall asleep) we give a spiritual thanks for the abundance we still enjoy even in the middle of continuing Recession, by coming together with family members on Thanksgiving Day, November.

We live here in PMC at the heart of Chumash Indian Territory where the center of their sacred world was our Mount Pinos, which we can see from our cabin. Yesterday we had our first real snow and there is a sprinkling of snow on the crest of that beautiful Mountain.

The Chumash were/are people of great integrity and intelligence. I talked with a Chumash brave just last month who shared with me stories of how advanced the Chumash had always been. They charted their own solar and star charts, and could be considered among the more intelligent and advanced of our Native American ancestors.

What an honor it is to live in the shadows of the sacred Mount Pinos and in the land of the incredible Chumash Indians.

Chumash Indians

National Native American Month

The 44th President has spoken sincerely about the First People. He truly understands our ethnic heritage. This is what he said:

“As the first people to live on the land we all cherish, American Indians and Alaskan Natives have profoundly shaped our country's character and our cultural heritage. Today, Native Americans are leaders in every aspect of our society -- from the classroom, to the boardroom, to the battlefield. This month, we celebrate and honor them in many ways.

“American Indians and Alaskan Natives have enriched our Nation, and we renew our commitment to respecting each tribe's identity while ensuring equal opportunity to pursue the American dream.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2012 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 23, 2012, as Native American Heritage Day.

At Picture Lady we carry some beautiful Native American images:

SouthWest Pots 1
Indian Girl
Southwest Pots 2


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Wishing you the joys of the season and all good things!

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