Robert L. Peters

22 June 2014

In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)


18 June 2014

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)


15 June 2014

A respectful salute to all fathers!

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Father’s Day.

On this day, it seems that “society” has deemed it appropriate to single out and honour the fathers among us. I like that. I think these fine men often go without the recognition due them (not all of them, mind you, some are truly bastards and without a doubt deserve nothing less than to be ignored and forgotten as soon as possible).

I was very lucky, in a way. Although I was never able to experience “being” a father myself, I had the benefit of a truly fine father, and I am eternally thankful for this fact. My father was loving (though strict), patient (to a point), and he was undoubtedly the most “consistent” person I have ever known.

Thanks Dad!

The photo above is of my pacifist Dad, John Jacob Peters, working as a lumberjack in a labour camp in British Columbia, Canada, in 1943… performing alternative service as a Conscientious Objector.


11 June 2014

The chakata fruit on the ground belongs to all, but the one on the tree is for she who can climb.

Shona saying (Mozambique and Zimbabwe)


7 June 2014

No one who is following an elephant has to knock the dew off the grass.

—Ashanti saying (Ghana)


5 June 2014

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

—Pablo Picasso


4 June 2014

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.

Paulo Coelho


2 June 2014

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye; it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.

Edvard Munch (1863-1944)

Thanks to Celes Davar for the quotable.


1 June 2014

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

—Milton Berle (1908-2002)


31 May 2014

Eagle Feather

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Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba

I feel deeply moved and honoured to have been adopted yesterday as an Anishinabe brother by Alma Kakikepinace, an elder and Eagle Clan Mother, at a fireside 60th birthday celebration attended by several dozen close friends and family members. Alma smudged with sweetgrass, performed drum-songs, and presented me with an eagle feather as a symbolic rite of passage and mark of distinction— I pray that I prove to be worthy of the values inherent with the receipt of this honour— honesty, truth, strength, courage, wisdom, power, and freedom.

Miigwetch, miigwetch… (photos by Ian McCausland).


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