Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and teachings, which also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness. When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit even more.
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HONOR THE VETERANS!
Almighty, Everlasting God,
the Protector of all those who put their trust in Thee:
hear our prayers in behalf of Thy servants who sail their vessels beneath the seas.
We beseech Thee to keep in Thy sustaining care all who are in submarines, that they may be delivered from the hidden dangers of the deep.
Grant them courage, and a devotion to fulfill their duties, that they may better serve Thee and their native land.
Though acquainted with the depths of the ocean, deliver them from the depths of despair and the dark hours of the absence of friendliness
and grant them a good ship's spirit.
Bless all their kindred and loved ones from whom they are separated.
When they surface their ships,
may they praise Thee for Thou art there as well as in the deep.
Fill them with Thy Spirit
that they may be sure in their reckonings, unwavering in duty, high in purpose,
and upholding the honor of their nation.
the submariner's prayer -
Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and learnings which also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness. When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude. When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit even more.
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Supporting Our Relations
"Whether you support this war or not, now is the time for us to unify as a nation and strengthen our beliefs in our creator. We humbly ask that you pray for those soldiers on the front lines, overseas, and with homeland security, as they prepare to defend our country against further terrorists attacks. Let us not forget our Dine military soldiers and Native American forefathers who have a long history of fighting for our country and Indian Nations. Native Americans proudly continue to have the highest rate per capita of military service men and women enlisted in our country's U.S. Armed Forces."
-Frank Dayish Jr., Navajo
Finding Our Place In The Circle, a Red Road Sobriety Meeting, every Friday nights at 8 pm (at Indian Stuff). These meetings combine the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with Traditional American Indian Insights and Perspectives. Everyone is welcome, our only requirements are a desire to stop drinking and respect for the wisdom our Grandparents have shared with us.
For information, call Yona at Indian Stuff: 727/821-8186 or 727/321-9694. Or call Gary at 727/327-9218.
God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
u-ne-la-na-hi s-gv-si nv-wa-do-hi-ya-di o-s-da a-yi-li-di ni-ga-di gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di ni-ge-s-sv-na ge-sv-i
The courage to change the things I can,
a-le u-tla-ni-gi-da a-quu-da-na-da-di-s-di a-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di na gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di ge-sv-i
and the wisdom to know the difference.
a-le a-ga-do-hv-ne-s-di a-quu-nv-da yu-li-s-do-si d-u-da-le-hna-v-i
For information on how to what can and cannot be shipped in care packages, how to package them and ideas on what to send:
Don't: Send pressurized items such as shaving cream. Don't send chocolates which will melt in transit. Don't send pornographic material (which is illegal in some countries). Don't send liquor.
Do: Baby wipes. A big fluffy towel. Liquid hand sanitizer. Eye drops. Nail files and clippers. Chapstick. Dental floss. Body wash. Foot powder. Small mirrors. Bug off.
Food Items: Chex mix. Canned chicken. Instant soup. Slim Jim's. Powdered hot chocolate. Power bars. Crackers. Granola bars. Tuna. Oatmeal. Summer sausage.
Just for fun: Send batteries. Sunblock. A stress ball. Stamps, paper, envelopes and a nice writing pen. Phone cards (AT&T works from Kuwait). Disposable cameras. Film. Yo-Yos and Frisbees! Squirt guns. Small flash lights. Post cards from your home town. Paperback books. Miniature foam football.
Before you send mail to someone you do not know please read this paragraph we took from the Department of Defense's website: (Note that emails are okay!):
"Please do not flood the military mail system with letters, cards, and gifts. Due to security concerns and transportation constraints, the Department cannot accept items to be mailed to "Any Servicemember." Some people have tried to avoid this prohibition by sending large numbers of packages to an individual servicemember's address, which however well intentioned, clogs the mail and causes unneccessary delays."
- Put any item that could leak or melt or which is scented in a lead-proof zip-sealed bag!
- If you would like a reply, be sure to enclose a letter saying so
- Use a sturdy corrugated, brown Draft box, as free of other markings as possible
- Fill all extra space with foam peanuts, bubble wrap, popcorn
- Double tape all seams with strong packing or shipping tape. Make sure you have a strip going around all sides
- Fill out a "Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note" at the Post Office. Briefly list the contents and underestimate the value to discourage thievery. In the upper left corner write "Operation Military Pride" with your complete return address so they know it's safe to open (or it might get tossed)! In the bottom left corner write a re-direct address of anothe troop or write, "If the person to whom this box is addressed has been redeployed, please keep the box and share it with your unit."
- The postage cost will be at the regular postage rate (or priority mail rate if descired and going to an APO).
More ways to help!
Armed Forces Blood Program
The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) has a proud history of
providing quality blood products for service members and their
families in both peace and wartime.
Soldiers' Angels are dedicated to ensuring that our military know they are loved and supported during and after their deployment into harms way.
Operation Hero Miles
Operation Hero Miles provides a way for you to help our troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan by donating your unused frequent flyer miles.
Military Pets Foster Project
Miltary personnel, especially those in the reserve units, know thy could get called to active duty with very little notice. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 brought this into a very sharp focus. One of the many details reservists must take care of before shipping off, sometimes for as long as a year, is who will care for their pets while they are on active duty. NetPets.Org has launched a new project aimed at helping the military personnel with this important, yet often overlooked, facet. The Military Pets Foster Project helps match military personnel with foster homes who will board and care for pets while they are away.
On the day when you least expect it,Many American soldiers have taken it upon themselves to reconstruct schools nad gather up learning tools for the Iraqi Children. Operation Iraqi Children is a grassroots program to provde concerned Americnas iwth the means to reach out to the Iraqi people and help support our soldiers' attempts to assist them.
and most need it, an angel will bring a message of hope.
Remember our Troops... Keep the home candles burning.
Double Click: OPERATON IRAQI CHILDREN
Double Click: Operation Paperback
Operation Paperback is a member-supported, grassroots organization of family, personal friends and web friends who collect gently used books and send them to American troops deployed overseas (See Locations Served).
Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. There is very little for servicemen and women to do at the end of the duty day, and the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed. Every week we receive thanks from servicemen and women who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.
Our service members make sacrifices every day for our country. It takes so little to let them know that we appreciate what they are doing for us. When you join in Operation Paperback, you will let our troops know that you support them, and you have not forgotten them.