Check-in, November 2015

I don't update this blog much, because it is focused on "Nature Spirituality in Montana", and I ended up moving to Kansas in the fall of 2013. But I don't want to totally abandon this blog and take it down, because there are years of memories here I refer back to, and many posts I still use or point people to. So in order that this blog isn't "dead" and because I want to retain it as a reference, I will post here, though infrequently. I also apologize to those visitors who may find their way here, ask a question, and get no answer for months and months. I don't check in here sometimes for months and months.

My main job these days is to serve my tribe here in Kansas-Nebraska (the borderlands of the two states, nestled against the Missouri River) in matters of history, culture and archaeology. I did start a sister blog in Kansas to this one, addressing some of the same issues I did in the Montana blog with my Nemaha blog (the Big Nemaha River formed the northern boundary of the reservation here) when the topics were similar enough.

The thing about blogs is they come and go, because people start and abandon them all the time. They were the "big thing" back in the day, now with social media taking over, not so much. But social media sucks when it comes to examining things in detail, and it really sucks when you try to find old stuff you wrote (archiving). So I'll keep this going as long as I can, and as long as LiveJournal is around (those businesses change all the time too).

So now I see I should check those visitor comments and see if anything needs addressing...

TV Show This Week

hey for those of you with Destination America as a channel, my episode premieres this week, Wednesday night (check your local listings for channel and time)!

The Betty Hill Dress, Rocky Mountain Demon Wolf
Does a simple blue dress contain the world's best evidence for E.T.'s? Scientists DNA test clothing worn by one of the U.S.'s first alien abduction victims. And why recent livestock killings may prove that a Demon Wolf is roaming across the Midwest.
60 Min. | 14

I haven't seen it yet myself. It will be interesting to see how they edit a traditional legend of the Shunka Warak'in. I am a little afraid with a title like "Demon Wolf" lol

Check out my other articles about the Shunka Warak'in!

Feeling Like Something Isn't Right?

I moved to Kansas a little over a year ago, back to my reservation and now work on helping to preserve culture and language here. My newer blog is at although like most, I am not blogging so much anymore, instead getting sucked into Facebook for my social interactions and postings. Here's a posting from today...

Feel like something isn't right? The study of societal cycles and collapse is a major theme of the blogs I've been reading for the last 10 years or so (although apocalypse has really been a theme for children of the Cold War), blogs like those by John Michael Greer, Dmitry Orlov, James Howard Kunstler, Guy McPherson, and Morris Berman. Some important books that could be read in association: Kohr's "The Breakdown of Nations" (1957), Tainter's "Collapse of Complex Societies" (1988), Diamond's "Collapse" (2005). Each has a POV and its own strengths, focus, and weakness, so all are worth checking out. Here is a basic WIkipedia article as a gateway:

Societal collapse is the fall or disintegration of human societies. Societal collapse broadly includes abrupt societal failures such as that of the Mayan Civilization, as well as more extended gradual declines of cultures,...

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  • Lance Foster Plus, as an archaeologist, learning about this stuff is just something that is part of our discipline, as much as money is for accountants.

  • Lance Foster It's an occupational hazard of being trained as an archaeologist, and reading history and biology and geology...everything that is born must die, and that includes everything, like civilizations, species, planets...

    All scholars and others can do is a salvage for the next cycle, even if the salvage is imperfect, like the Greeks did of the Egyptians, and the Romans of the Greeks, and Islam did of Classical civilizations, etc. The question is then, what shall we salvage of ours? If the lessons are true, we cannot, but we can record the best we can, perhaps establish some schools or libraries, and the NEXT cycle will see either a group that will salvage from what we save…or burn what we save to the ground like the Library at Alexandria.

Future of this Blog

I used to blog more than I do now. Facebook took away my energies from that. You only have so many hours in a day, right? The break I took from internet stuff made me re-think some of this. FB is great for staying in touch. But not so great for writing, or for things you might want to be able to find later. I am leaving up my old blogs, but they were mostly centered on Montana things. And I don't live there anymore.

So I live here, in White Cloud, Kansas. Probably for the rest of my life, however long that turns out to be. So it's time to start a new blog. About here, where I live now. The Nemaha Country. Then when I write stuff, I can find it again (FB is horrible for that). And it will make me write more again, which I need to do, along with getting back to my art, after the last few months of adjustment to a new place, a new job, a new life.

I'll leave this blog up, until whenever. It saw me through a difficult time in my life. I may even post something new here once in a while. But as Bob Seger sang, "Turn the page…"

Big Storms Tonight with the Chance of Tornado

Big storms coming here tonight in Iowayland, on the border of Kansas and Nebraska, along the Mighty Mo. We have hot wet weather today, in the 80s. A freight train of a storm is coming from the west where it has dumped 9" of snow. Prescription for here tonight: Big storms, lightning, 60 mph winds, and a good chance of tornado development in the evening hours. Luckily the house we are staying in has a basement and a tornado warning horn outside. The winter is fighting the summer tonight and we have a ringside seat.

New Venue

I moved from Montana to the borderlands of Kansas and Nebraska. I also work part time for my tribe now. This blog has been so tied to a previous phase of my life and to Montana for six years, that I am not sure whether it is best to end this blog as-is, and start a new one, or just keep using this one but re-purpose it.


A new word I just made up: "schismonolstagia" ...the feeling of homesickness for more than one place when you move to a place far from home, and you are homesick for home...but then you develop new roots there and that becomes "home" for many years...and then you have to move again, and you become split more and more with each move...multiple "homesicknesses"