Dreams

Dreams

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Garden cress growing in London’s Chelsea Harbour. (Photo: wetwebwork)

 

Today young ideas
held hostage by endless doubts
struggle to exist

                                  -cj holm
Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 230 Exist / Today
Prompt words: Exist & Today
Haiku in 5-7-5

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https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/12/03/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-230-existtoday/

 

Nature’s Coupling

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Autumn Wind 1977 By Leonardo Nierman Original Painting Oil on Canvas https://www.artbrokerage.com/Leonardo-Nierman/Autumn-Wind-1977-37×49-83698

Swirling autumn breeze
breathes with two seasons power
-earth and sky unite

First seed and soil marry
then to bed in winter’s ice

                                            -cj holm
Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 222 Breath / Unite
5-7-5 7-7

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https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/10/08/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-222-breathunite/

Roots

I just received my results from Ancestry DNA. The results confirmed the research I’ve completed over the last 20 years that I am officially a displaced European “Mutt”!

Clarence DNA

For nearly two centuries, my genes were created by a indiscriminate breeding of the cast-off population of Scandinavia and Germany.  That my ancestors ended up in the Midwest portion of America by choice or a lack of direction is still under review. What is known is that all arrived seeking a better life for themselves or their family, not unlike the current crop of immigrant settling around us now.

My family history includes stories of young men and woman escaping war and famine. Some came for opportunities not available in their crowded homeland. Some were following their dreams, while others arrived because they drew the short straw! Whatever happened that made them take to the sea in the mid-eighteen hundreds, they all ended up as farmers and shopkeepers on the dusty plains of Dakota.

Together they survived because of a rugged independence imbued on them by the conditions they chose to settle in. They were a stubborn, some would say obstinate, people who made the best of their situation. (Who else would think that rotted cabbage and dried up whitefish (Sauerkraut and Lutefisk) could be cherished as the makings of a holiday treat?)

The fact that I still live happily in the rural midwest could be considered a testiment or a curse of the genes that shaped my being.

-CJ Holm

Fear Grips Minnesota as the Indian War 1862 Goes On

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A Man’s body in tree since 1862 is found. – Wood choppers in Le Sueur County make gruesome discovery while working in woods. “Man hid in Hollow Tree, During Indian Outbreak. Unable to Extricate Himself.”

The Le Sueur News tells about a startling discovery made recently on the farm of Edward Gleek of Ottawa Township in the woods along the river. In clearing a piece of land, it became necessary to cut down a gigantic white oak tree which broke in falling, disclosing the fact that it was hollow for a distance of about fifteen feet, beginning several feet above the ground and the cavity ending in a large opening concealed among the branches of the lower side of the tree which leaned considerably.

Within this hollow was found by the horrified choppers the mummified body of a man, not at all decayed, but dried and shriveled by the lapse…

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Johann Melchior Wahl

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2012 – The Minneapolis Tribune recently ran a series on the 150th Anniversary of the Dakota Indian War.

Because my family had deep roots to that area, I have spent time researching their involvement in that action. Here is a little of what I found.

150 years ago – The Dakota Indian War

My grandmother’s 18 year old grand uncle, Johann Melchior Wahl arrived in Baltimore, Maryland from Württemberg, Germany in 1862. Less than three months after his arrival to the farm in Carver County, Minnesota, the first attack on the unsuspecting farmers in Acton, Meeker County, Minnesota signaled the start of the Dakota Indian War. Within days Melchior had enlisted and was marched to Hutchinson, MN along with other area farmers, to defend his new countrymen. During his time as a soldier he not only participated in notable battles with the Dakota, he also served as a witness to the hanging of the 38 Indians at Mankato. Later…

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