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World Gorilla Day is Friday, September 24. Learn. Celebrate. Get involved. We are their closest relatives. https://gorillafund.org/get-involved/other-ways-to-help/world-gorilla-day/

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Eating great Choctaw style

Choctaw Fried Cornbread: Cut corn with knife and scrape to remove pulp, add both to pan, cook in covered pan until water is gone. My grandma’s family was of Cherokee/Yuchi heritage. She used an iron skillet and cooked longer.

10 ears of sweet corn
3 tbsp. butter or margarine
3 tbsp. bacon fat
1/2 c. boiling water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper

The Choctaw Nation website has a great recipe section:


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Pocahontas speaks

I don’t think Pocahontas learned to read and write, but at Jamestown, she gave John Smith some Mattaponi words. This is as close to her actual voice as we can get.

Mowchick woyawgh tawgh noeragh kaqueremecher= I am very hungry? what shall I eate!
Tawnor nehiegh Powhatan= Where dwels Powhatan.
Mache nehiegh yourowgh Orapaks.= Now he dwels a great way hence at Oropaks. Vittapitchewayne anpechitchs n e-kawper Werowacomoco= You lie he stayed ever at Werowacomoco.
Kator nehiegh mat tag h neer vttapitcheicayne= Truely he is there I doe not lie.
Spaugktynere keragh werowance mawmarinough kekate wawgh peyaguaugh.= Run you then to the King Mawmarynough and bid him come hither
Vtteke, e peya weyack wighwhip= Get you gone and come againe quickly.
Kekaten Pokahontas Patiaquagh niugh tanks manotyens neer mowchick rawrenock audowgh= Bid Pokahontas bring hither two little Baskets and I will giue her white Beads= to make her a Chaiue.

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Let’s celebrate!

The Fall Equinox is Wednesday, September 22—first day of fall. The ancient Celts did call this day Mabon after, Mabon, Great Son of the Mother Goddess. This is a harvest festival. Party on!

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Archeological discovery

Pocahontas’s birthplace has been discovered. Pocahontas was born about 1596 in the Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco—Chief’s Town. Her father was Wahunsenaca, Chief of the Powhatan Confederacy. It was abandoned in 1609 because it was too close to the English. Its location has been discovered, and the owners were nice enough to allow archaeologists to examine it. [the village is small, but European diseases had killed most of the population]

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Happy birthday!

Pocahontas’s birthday was September 17. (don’t like to forget, we are supposedly related) Matoaka, Flower-Between-Rivers, was born about 1597 in the Mattaponi village of Werowocomoco. Her father was Wahunsenaca, Chief of the Powhatan Confederacy (Mom never made the history books). Her nickname was Pocahontas, Tomboy.

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Time to be in the fields

Shine on Harvest Moon. Monday, September 20, 2021 is a Full Moon. Time to harvest crops. I have nothing but weeds so….

Cherokees: Nut Moon Duliidisdi ᏚᎵᎢᏗᏍᏗ Ripe Corn Festival is held. Ginitsi selu ᎩᏂᏥ ᏎᎷ. Hunting begins.

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Stone Man promo continues

 September back-to-school special!

This includes Stone Man and the Trail of Tears!

Buy one print book direct, get two eBooks free.
Buy two print books direct, get two eBooks and an audio book free.
All orders come with swag – bookmarks, postcards, etc.
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USA delivery only – but please inquire into shipping costs as we can ship to some countries outside the USA.
EBooks over $2.99 not eligible for free eBook selections. Audio boxed sets not eligible for free audio book selection.
Offer good September 1 – 30, 2021.
Take advantage of this great offer – support your favorite author and publisher whose live events are mostly cancelled for the rest of the year.


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Who lives in a pirate ship over the sea?

The old seadog

Who is peg legged and drunk as can be?

The old seadog

Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Seven Seas (me thinks, me map has skedaddled)

Avast Mateys,

Arrgh. Must I tell ye everything? Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Blimey, make those landlubbers walk the plank! Keep them 2 paces apart for Social Distancing! Harggh! And mind ye masks! We couldn’t have ye feeding the sharks in an unsafe manner! Next time they will Talk Like a Pirate! If there be a next time! They must outswim the sharks.

Step lively, lads! Keep harvesting those landlubbers! Let’s make the sharks fat and happy! This be my favorite day of the year! But how can I quaff rum with a mask? Curses! Now me eyepatch and mask have become tangled up like a labyrinth. Now where did I stash me pegleg? Me trusty cutlass? Me pistol?  

Do I hear men and women singing Anchors Aweigh? The Navy can’t be here! Lads, hoist high the mainsails. Higher, boys, higher, turn our ship around! Load the cannons! Fire a broadside! Send the Navy ship to the bottom of the sea! Polly, don’t dare desert me! I will fry ye, feathers and all.

Lads, finish off the Navy ship! Lads? Lads? Stay away from the lifeboats! What was in me rum? Me head is about to rot off. No more rum for me. I never learned to swim! Curses! Now, what was I doing? Oh, yes. I do cotton to me exclamation marks. And, it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Now be done with it!

The Old Seadog


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Oh yes!

Today is National Cheeseburger Day—Saturday September 18. A Louisville Restaurant, Kaelin’s Restaurant, is among several restaurants claiming to be the inventor of the cheeseburger. Or just relax and enjoy one wherever you choose.

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