In a name, on a tree, carved in stone

“Whorehouse Meadows in Harney County was exactly that during the days of the Old West. Setting up facilities under a canvas tent in the secluded meadow about a mile east of Fish Lake they would then meet up with cattle and sheep herders. In the 1960’s the Bureau of Land Management issued a recreation map renaming the meadow, “Naughty Girl Meadows” But in 1971 the Oregon Geographic Names Board took strong objection to the change and brought their argument before federal arbiters. After ten years the old name was restored in 1981.” — Wikipedia

Thank goodness the sensible side of our society remained strong in this fight! Long live Oregon’s Whorehouse Meadow in all her properly named, politically incorrect glory!

Unfortunately, there are plenty of idiots among us. The petroglyphs on a culturally and spiritually significant rock near the Alvord Desert in Oregon were first shot at, then destroyed by fire. I wandered among the rocks on a recent trip there, hoping to find some remaining shred of native art. Nothing. Just moon shadows and coyote yelps amongst the sage. Gone forever. Vanished in a drunken hail of gunfire and grease and greed-fed flames.

Destruction of expression is sad. As Brad said recently, the burning of the library at Alexandria should be considered one of the worst crimes against humanity. The culprits? It’s complicated, but it’s something like a stupid joke: A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew walk into a bar…..yep. Those kinds of fools. Just like today. Of course, there was the destruction of Mayan scrolls in the name of the “Lord” and who knows what else, in the name of what? And why? Power. Dominion.  Destruction for the sake of it, and it is sickening. A bitter truth. Truths. And lies.

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