Four Winds Journal Fall 2018 now in print!

If you’ve enjoyed reading our Four Winds Journal online over the past few years, you’ll love it in print!  This semiannual  literary magazine is often provocative, always insightful, and a pleasure to read–  a great addition to your collection and a perfect holiday gift for family and friends.

We launched the Journal in Fall 2016* (theme: Winds of Change) and decided this past Spring to begin printing it as well.  Our printer is Jason Russell Poole– photographer, videographer, and owner of Image Ratio Productions here in Santa Fe.

Click here to order a copy of the current issue (theme: The Sociopolitical Challenge) and/or the previous issue (theme: Seven Generations and Counting).  Please indicate which issue(s) and how many copies you want, and be sure to fill in your mailing address.  Prices may vary depending upon the size of a specific issue.  Standard shipping rates apply.

*Back issues of the digital Journal are available in Archives.

Four Winds Journal Fall 2018 – The Sociopolitical Challenge

Four Winds Journal’s Spring 2018 issue introduced a few of the many facets of sustainability.  We touched briefly on human/animal relationships, our relationship with Nature, our relationships with each other.  However, sustainability is necessary—and possible to achieve—in every aspect of our lives, and it is currently missing, both here in America and around the world.

Four Winds Journal’s Fall 2018 issue investigates the real challenges that we face in resolving our society’s systemic dysfunction and how we might begin to benefit from thinking “out of the box” in order to arrive at a truly sustainable society here in this country and throughout the world.

Follow this link for your copy of Four Winds Journal Fall 2018:  The Sociopolitical Challenge

Four Winds Journal: Important Update!

The Fall 2018 digital issue of Four Winds Journal will be out around the middle of October, with the theme Exploring Sustainability: The Sociopolitical Challenge.  This issue is chock full of exciting and inspiring articles, poetry, fiction, and art by Joanna Macy, Starhawk, Ricardo Cate, Bill Peters, and more.  Watch for the publication announcement in your email and social media feed—you won’t want to miss it!

As an added bonus, we’ve extended the deadline for pre-ordering your printed copy of the Journal. You can still enjoy the Journal in print at a 15% discount—only $7.65 plus shipping*—through October 15!

Follow this link to pre-order your copy of Four Winds Journal in print, and be sure to include your name and mailing address on the order form.

Happy Autumn!
The Editors:
Katrina Rahn, MLIS
Valentine McKay-Riddell, PhD
Guest Editor Alan Levin, MFT

*Shipping cost anywhere in the US is $3.  Foreign shipping costs may be a bit more.

Letters to the Editor, Santa Fe New Mexican

My View:  David B. Van Hulsteyn

The 2018 mid-term election will be a referendum of historic significance, a referendum on whether or not Donald John Trump will be given free rein to continue his assault on our democracy.

Whenever one political party controls both houses of congress as well as the executive and judicial branches, the situation is rife for political mischief. This time around, with a rogue president who neither understands nor appreciates his responsibilities and a compliant congress which neither understands nor appreciates its duties, the situation is dire. All concerned citizens must do whatever we can to make our renegade ruler accountable to us.

In November we, the voting public, will have an opportunity to elect senators and representatives who will make Trump aware that it is totally unacceptable behavior to separate the children of immigrants from their parents and incarcerate them; that it is not acceptable to cater to dictators of other countries while at the same time alienating our long time allies; that it is not acceptable to defile women, to embrace bigots and racism, to create chaos with lies and deception.

The presidential election of 2016 was a disaster that could and should have been avoided. This year, we have the opportunity to begin the process of putting this abomination known as the Trump Administration behind us. The ball is in our court.

David B. Van Hulsteyn is an 84-year-old retired physicist who has lived in Santa Fe since 1974.



Sociopolitical Sustainability – Call to Action!

As we mentioned in our recent Call for Submissions, the Fall 2018 issue of Four Winds Journal will explore ways in which we, as Americans, can create and sustain a more equitable and universally supportive society than what is currently in place.

After reviewing multiple conversations with friends and colleagues, dependable media updates, and our own and others’ research, we realized that the topic of sociopolitical sustainability covers a lot of territory.  So we asked each other the following questions.

  1. What exactly is wrong with our current system?
  2. What would we like to see in its place?
  3. How do we get there?

In order to make it easier for you to determine which of your articles, poetry, or art work best fit the theme of this issue of the Journal, we’ve created a short list of action points:

  1. Identify the various problems:  what isn’t working?
  2. Envision in detail the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.1
  3. Discuss appropriate strategies and begin to implement action plans for reaching this goal.

Your interests and work in the world may include more than one of these action points.  However, we suggest you pick the one that you’re most passionate about in choosing what to submit.  Again, please be sure to visit our Submission Guidelines page for details on how to submit your work.  Please send your submissions or questions via email to:

The Editors
Four Winds Journal

Please note:  We’ve extended the deadline for submissions to August 31, 2018.  The Journal will be released on or shortly before October 15, 2018.  A printed version of the Journal will become available in early November.  Participating authors and artists will receive a free copy of the printed version.  Others may purchase printed copies through our website, and we are taking advance orders at this time.

Enjoy the Summer!

The Editors:
Katrina Rahn MLIS
Valentine McKay-Riddell, PhD
Alan Levin, MFT

1 Quoted from the title of Charles Eisenberg’s recent book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. (2013).  Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.


Letter from the Founder


We marched in Santa Fe this past Saturday—my husband, one of my sisters, and I—with thousands of teenagers and adults.  This “sibling” March for Our Lives was, as Parkland survivor Cameron McKasky said in Washington DC, only the beginning—here in Santa Fe as well as throughout America.  As New Mexicans push for sane gun legislation in this state and around the country, more skeletons leap out of America’s collective closet, and the elephant in the room grows larger and far more menacing than any rogue elephant could possibly be.

We are not just facing off against the NRA.  The foe is archetypal and ubiquitous.  Fear and greed have dominated Western culture for millennia and have spawned many monsters, especially here in America:  mindless grasping for power by corporations and those who benefit from their actions; willful disregard of the principles that governed the founding of this country; senseless hatred of anything and anyone “different” from those in power; an atmosphere of brutal commercial competition in which no one wins; worldwide wars of acquisition and aggression; mockery and repression of all who live by truth, decency, and honor; hypocritical worship of a god said to approve this depravity; and utter disregard for life in all its many forms—human, animal, even the planet itself.

As Founder and Executive Director of Orenda Healing International, I believe it is imperative that we act upon the principles that inform our mission: to promote individual and community health and well-being. 

The senseless massacre of 17 bright young people on February 14, 2018 is the latest in an appalling roster of school shootings—and only one of the many other insane assaults on life—not just on school campuses but at festivals and in theaters, shopping malls, grocery stores, bars and restaurants, administrative buildings, public transit, abortion clinics, and individual homes.  This does not support individual or community health and well-being.  We know that individual and community health and well-being can only exist in an atmosphere of safety, not in a cultural war-zone.  To that end,

  1. We believe that military weaponry does not belong in the hands of civilians. An automatic weapon in the hands of a disturbed individual of any age does not constitute a “well-regulated militia.”
  2. We support a national ban on automatic weapons and any accessories that enhance their operation.
  3. We support comprehensive background checks on any individual who wishes to purchase a gun of any kind, and a substantial waiting period before that individual can walk out of the store with a weapon.
  4. We support increasing the number of trained mental health professionals in every school, so that troubled youth can be helped in time to prevent further tragedies.
  5. We support arming teachers—NOT with guns, but with books, art supplies, assistants, smaller classroom sizes, better pay and benefits, and appreciation for the difficult work that they do in helping us raise our children.
  6. And finally, we support education based upon truth, no matter how painful that truth may be, so that our youth can grow up safely to become wise and responsible adults in a country guided by the principles of its founders and not by the greed of corporations.

In order to honor our mission, Orenda Healing International is taking a strong and non-political stance against violence in any form whatsoever.  We pledge to support the youth of this country in whatever peaceful work for change they undertake.  We will do our best to help spread their words, share their videos, attend their gatherings, and argue on their behalf with our legislators.

Welcome to the Revolution!

Dr. Valentine McKay-Riddell, Founder and Executive Director


Photo courtesy of Apple News

Share Your Views on Sustainability in Four Winds Journal’s Spring Issue!


This Spring our Four Winds Journal is focusing on the challenge of sustainability.

Before First Contact—the arrival of Europeans on these once pristine shores—the original human inhabitants of the Americas were careful guardians of the land, waters, and nonhuman others with whom they shared this continent—not through a sense of guilt or the threat of reprisal from some higher power—but because they recognized the extent of human dependence on right relationship with all other life forms.  As the First People supported life, life supported them.

Patriarchal traditions, on the other hand, have taught that Man has dominion over all other creatures, and his relationship with the elements of earth, air, and water is, if not outright blasphemous, far too ephemeral to exist.  Therefore, ever since First Contact, the symbiotic relationship between humans and our environment has suffered.  Now more than ever before—in the widespread, shocking treatment of the environment, vulnerable humans, and nonhuman others—we see the devastating results of such androcentric, hierarchical thinking.

This issue of Four Winds Journal explores some of sustainability’s many facets.  We move beyond simplistic definitions and limited attempts at solutions to understand just what this word truly means, and in how many ways we can begin to restore right relationship with our planet.

We are currently accepting Submissions for articles, poetry, and art work in which you share your personal experience of sustainability.  Understanding that what we call “sustainability” is actually a state of dynamic balance—with branches that spread much further and roots that go much deeper than you may have previously considered—we invite you to share how your relationship to Spirit, to your own mind and body, to your community, and to the planet itself contributes to a sustainable future.

The Spring issue of the Journal will be released in mid-April.  Deadline for Submissions is February 28. Please send your Submissions to, Attention:  Editors.




The Bridge Project

In recognition of the importance of connection, and because we believe that building bridges across cultures is more healing than building walls, OHI supports the creators of this project.  If you would like to participate, please read the following announcement and follow the instructions!


Building Bridges in the Blue Ridge
Call for Art/Writing from All Ages

What: Write, paint, draw, or collage on 5 x 7 POSTCARDS to celebrate connections we make (or would like to make) with people who may seem different from ourselves.

Why: To explore all the ways people in the Blue Ridge connect with others or could connect across time, place, race, gender, age, political orientation, sexual orientation, religion, culture, and ability.

When: Submissions due December 15. Mail finished postcards to

Stover Insurance
214 East Jackson Street, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Postcard Workshop: We will hold a free workshop led by professional artists and writers to help participants create their postcards. Date and Time TBD. Please email for more information.

Final Product and Event: Postcards will be incorporated into a wooden slat bridge and displayed at a celebration event. The event will include readings from select postcards, music, poetry, and refreshments. Postcards and the bridge may also be displayed in other locations in Front Royal and the larger area.

Who: The Bridge Project is sponsored by United ShenValley Artists (USVA), an outreach of Selah Theatre Project that brings artists and arts organizations together to advocate for the arts in our homes and communities.

Sample Ideas for Postcard Art/Writing:
1) A collage of various people and places you connect to in a meaningful way.
2) The story of how you, your family, or your ancestors came to America from another country.
3) A poem about your connection to a person who is differently abled.
4) An essay about working with someone from another political party or religion.
5) A drawing about the connections you would like to make.
6) A painting about friendships with people of different races and cultures.
7) A mini-essay about a time someone reached out to you across differences.

Rules: Postcards must be family friendly and can be anonymous. Please include your name and email on the participant form, if you wish to be contacted about the presentation event.

The Bridge Project Submission Form
Please submit this form with your postcard if you wish to be recognized as a participant and invited to the celebration event where we will unveil the bridge.
Topic of Your Postcard:

Photo by Felix Broennimann – Pixabay

Volunteers Needed for Indigenous People’s Day!

The Santa Fe Indian Center is looking for volunteers to help with T-shirts and posters sales!

When:  Indigenous Peoples Day – Monday, Oct. 9th

Where:  The Santa Fe Plaza

Time:  8am-5pm. 

Information:   505-660-4210  or 

Proceeds from sales of this beautiful T-shirt will go to the Santa Fe Indian Center.  We would appreciate your support! 


“The design represents the Indigenous World of this area. The center Sun figure represents everything sacred to our People, the Sun, the elements, our sacred places and life. The Paths represent our migration stories and the routes we took to arrive in our present locations. The four larger circles represent the Pueblo People, starting with the Towa at the top, the Tewa on the right, the Tiwa on the left, and the Keres at the bottom. The two smaller circles on the left and right represent the Zuni and Hopi. The two smaller circles on top and bottom represent the Navajo and the Apache. The Stars surrounding the figures represent the night sky and the Deities that guided us to our home lands.”  George Toya, Jemez Pueblo

Indigenous Peoples Day Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m.   Morning Flute — with Andrew Thomas (Navajo)
8:30 a.m.   Morning Drum/Song –Western Mavericks Host Inter-tribal Drum Group
9:00 a.m.   Tesuque Pueblo Dancers
10:00 a.m. Zuni Pueblo Soaring Eagle Dance Group
10:45 a.m. Opening Prayer/Dignitary Event – w/Mayor Javier Gonzales, Tribal Leaders, City Councilors
11:45 a.m. Inter-Tribal Round Dance on the Plaza, led by Western Mavericks Drum Group
12 noon     Laguna-Hopi Buffalo Dancers
1:00 p.m.   Native Pride Dancers (Inter-tribal/Variety)
2:00 p.m.   Acoma Pueblo Enchantment Dancers
3:00 p.m.   Ohkay Owingeh Two Spirits Dance Group
4:00 p.m.   Pueblo of Pojoaque Dancers and Youth Hoop Dancers.
5:00 p.m.   Honor Song and Closing Ceremony, led by Western Mavericks Drum Group


Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Connie Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden after rescuing them from their home surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on August 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. #

Photo by David J. Phillip/AP

First-hand Account-From a Citizen of Houston, via Dana, shared by Lumina Greenway, one of OHI’s Board Members.
Dearest Out of town peeps,
I’m going to try and explain what we are seeing here. Words are not expansive enough to put into a mental picture. I’m not going to worry about grammar, etc.
FIRST: The Scope
Start in Galveston head north up Interstate 45. Every county to the East to Beaumont and to the West to a small town called Columbus is underwater. About 100 miles in any direction. Keep moving north past NASA and once again every neighborhood Is underwater. If you get a Houston area map and have your eyes move horizontally–Move 100 miles to the the east and west….every piece of land, every subdivision, every business, every school is underwater. Now there are some that are not totally under, but I would say maybe 20% still have a semblance of dryness. ( I’m one of 20%) for now. Keep moving. Up to Pearland, Dickinson, Baytown and remember to move your eyes left and right 100 miles each way. Keep going north to Loop 610 pass Astrodome and NRG home of the Texans. A giant lake as far as the eye can see. the famous medical center is underwater. Keep moving to Interstate 10. Most is totally underwater with the depths reaching the bottom of the cross overs. The side roads are gone. Imagine the MILLIONS OF PEOPLE living along your path in every type of housing known to man. The water is reaching second and third story balconies of homes and apartments. As you move North still heading North I10 to San Antonio and Beaumont is under water. Get to Fm 1960 and I-45 and the road is GONE. Once again let your mind imagine the hundreds of thousands in neighborhoods etc tucked in..stranded…scared.
Go to the Woodlands/ Conroe…under freakin water!!! It’s this way all the way to  Huntsville Texas. All the way to Columbus Texas past Katy. Under water. All the way to Anahuac Tx. Under water.
SECOND: Human Scope. This thing is no respecter of wealth. It becomes a matter of resources. There are garbage bags to name brand luggage. What is common is a sense of frantic…being pulled out of high end homes or mobile homes with the clothes on your back, your kids, and the pets…then being taken to a shelter…somewhere. Your family in the area might as well be in Europe. The “ocean” is that expansive. New borns, children with their little backpacks, if they’re lucky. The look on their parents faces. And you should see the helicopter rescues of people dangling in the sky or in the basket with children and their pets. Old, disabled…it’s a wave of humanity that does not stop. Regardless of their circumstances they all say in Spanish, Vietnamese, and many other dialects “We’ve lost everything.”
The shelters are filling up. The school districts are opening up their high schools. Do you know how huge Texas high schools are? Filling up as soon as they open up. Great Houston private businesses are giving their big trucks loading up people, depositing them under bridges. This is a DUNKIRK of massive numbers.
One of the richest men in Houston, Mattress Mack of Gallery Furniture opened two of his huge furniture stores as shelter. He gave out his personal cell phone. Providing food, security and welcoming their pets. Another major furniture guy Hilton furniture, is providing his trucks to move people. The grocery stores Not under water are trying to open but have no workers. They’re letting five people in at a time until they run out of food. And there is the amazing HEB! I will never shop at another store.
Calls are going out for supplies for shelters…no one can get there! We are talking MILLIONS of people.
THIRD: The infrastructure of disaster. I’m just going to make a list for you to think about: Moving people from point A to B. Hundreds of thousands of cars are destroyed.
Public services, like buses, cannot move.
Public safety vehicles cannot move where they are needed
Hospitals are under water…emergency centers, care clinics are under or closed– all hospital staff are in the mess of this.
Shelters need EVERYTHING. The Red Cross is doing what it can. ONCE AGAIN…it’s the huge scope of
Law and order. It will get worse.
Trying to coordinate Texas’ very decentralized local and state jurisdictions. Very complicated which can
Lead to confusion and mixed messages. The county judges are doing fantastic Work as they are
The primary lead for counties. The Governor stepped up with the National Guard call out. But
Putting “boots on the ground” takes time. People must not criticize the Coast Guard for
Not flying at night in the rain. There is a chain of command…there are safety protocols to protect
The pilots and crews.
AND all local police/first responders have to navigate the flooded highways…some cannot make it. PEOPLE INCLUDING THE TV STATIONS NEED TO BE QUIET about this.
I believe FEMA is responding as well as expected.
FOURTH: Houston is NOT the only disaster area. CORPUS,
ROCKPORT, PALACIOS…destroyed. That’s about 200 miles south of Houston. Resources are limited for immediate response. I’m worried that in a few days people’s frustrations will boil over…I hope not. Desperation breeds anger and violence.
Last: As I watch what is happening, I’m overwhelmed with the lack of the rhetoric we’ve witnessed in Charlottesville, Arizona, blogs, etc. If you can, stream a Houston tv channel. Every color, race, ethnicity, religion is involved in the rescues.
See a large rough looking man of any background lift a frail Asian, Hispanic, African-American elderly adult…cradling a small child as they take them off boats…they are not asking for legal papers…they are humans being humans practicing God’s Grace……..
God Bless ALL in Houston and surrounding areas.

A child makes his way through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey while checking on neighbors at his apartment complex in Houston on August 27, 2017. #

Photo by LM Otero/AP          

Additional photos are included in Alan Taylor’s article for The Atlantic, August 28, 2017, and may be viewed here.


  1. Click on this link for a list of organizations responding to Hurricane Harvey’s victims in Houston and South Texas.
  2. You may donate directly to Orenda Healing International’s Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.  OHI is sending half of every dollar donated to at least two of these organizations.  This fundraiser will extend through the month of September.