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We will celebrate life in Truckee Tahoe

Amy Edgett
aedgett@sierrasun.com

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — For days upon weeks The King Fire raged over the hill, smoke darkening skies, striking instinctual fear deep in our hearts. For the wild creatures scorched and fleeing, houses destroyed, lives endangered, the blackened earth. The potential it might crest and devour our West Shore neighbors.

At a recent gathering of Truckee's Community Healing Group, Washoe tribe member Mountain Eagle likened the burn to an encompassing Mother Nature "smudge" of sacred juniper, sage and cedar. His ancestors for tens of thousands of years burned the forest behind them as the tribe descended from Sierra Nevada summering grounds.

They were healthy cleansing fires, not the infernos of today's manicured woods.

DARKENING DAYS

The Autumnal Equinox passed Sept. 23, fires now a tool warming hearth and home, a bountiful wet storm washed raining ash and fire worry away.

Nature tells us to draw down and "hibernate." It is a difficult time for many as the days curl into darkness, night grows longer and the cold settles.

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I know darkness. I live smack dab on the Truckee River Canyon's side, where the sun shows its face minimally come fall and winter.

Just as our souls yearn for quiet nesting, society pushes us to an increasingly frenetic pace.

School is in full swing, the holidays approach. 24/7 technology tells us we must be tuned in, turned on and purchase the latest gifts and gadgets.

As we approach commercial frenzy, what will we do as family, community, health practitioners and spiritual guides to move toward the celebration of light?

BEAT THE BLUES

The Sierra Sun's Health & Wellness, Faith Factor and Life & Learning sections will be robust with ways to beat the winter blues.

Look for Arts for the Schools upcoming programs, what's up at the TTUSD Wellness Program — a collaborative project between the school district, Nevada and Placer Counties, the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee partners and youth — designed to help high school students access to mental health services.

Tahoe Forest Health System will offer BFIT monthly tips, Slow Food Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Food Hub join sustainable food efforts, check in for updates from the North Tahoe and Truckee Family Resource Centers. Tahoe SAFE Alliance offers the sweet Chocolate, Wine and Roses Nov. 8 in support of the organization that educates about and supports those who suffer domestic violence and abuse. Meera Beser once again begins organizing the community Thanksgiving in Kings Beach, and Clarence A2C is gathering elves to fete Truckee seniors at Christmas.

Rob Brezsny, wild man of life's mysteries, writes the weekly horoscope Free Will Astrology, Faith Factor will sashay into a world of spirituality, from Samhain and a dash of magick to Eric Nelson's Christian Science contributions, from the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe to traditional services and concerts such as John Nilsen at Church of the Mountains this weekend.

Look for the upcoming Dia de los Muertos event and All Soul's Day reflections.

Health practitioners will offer tips to beat the winter blues, from meditation and yoga to exercise and diet.

THE WASHOE WAY

Mountain Eagle spoke of the Washoe way, to celebrate all of life, the land, the water, the air, the animals and trees and all the Creator has offered. He told of the importance of community, of supporting one another — especially in a world where families are often broken and our youth are filled with angry restlessness, out of sync with one another and their inner selves.

Cleansing rains came pouring forth, damping down the roaring fires. Skies were once again washed bright in piercing Sierra Nevada blue.

The Community Healing Group's closed its assemblage with a circle dance, hands held, breath chanting as one, feet in unison softly pounding with uplifting intent.

Join us this fall and winter in health, traveling as a community toward the coming light of winter solstice.

We will celebrate life. We will dance.

WIN A WELLNESS WEEKEND

Best yet, we will celebrate moving into a healthful fall, with a fabulous Beat the Blues contest, sponsored by the Sierra Sun and Granlibakken Resort. Win a package to the Women's Wellness Weekend, the long standing and well loved event at Granlibakken. (Details on page 7). Together, we build community — and beat the winter blues.

Amy Edgett is the Sierra Sun's community editor, who has infinite faith in community, healing and placing feet to walk the Creator's path. She welcomes articles about faith, health, good deeds and great ideas. Contact her at aedgett@sierrasun.com for submission guidelines.

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