Denise E Lindquist
I am married with 7 children, 27 grands, and 12 great-grandchildren. I am a culture consultant part-time. I write A Poem a Day in February for 8 years now. I wrote 4 - 50,000 word stories in NaNoWriMo. I write on Vocal/Medium weekly.
A Bit About Me
My introduction at the top is in the Ojibwe language. I am an Anishinabe (Native American) woman from Minnesota. I said "Hi, how are you, my name is running fox with the stars (it is an abbreviated name and the stars is all of you), I am bear clan, I am from the White Earth Nation." I am not a fluent speaker but grew up to know that there were basics that we could use in an introduction. I was enrolled at White Earth, removal Fond du Lac. I am an elder in my tribal community since approximately age 55. I am 67 now, and will be 68 in January of 2022. I am a woman in long term recovery and what that means for me is that I have not used drugs or alcohol in 41 years.
When I was a young preteen girl I got a job babysitting. My cousin was a regular babysitter for this couple who had one child. The child was a little girl they called Dolly. I was excited to earn some money as I had only ever watched my younger siblings and was not paid for that.
Rhyming and Grieving
A poem a day in February is grief work for some. Just like working with clay will be good for some and welcome. One month a year is enough as it clears away some tears. I especially loved the laughter that accumulates over time, like from one or two or three years!