Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

I swore I would never do a blog! So much for swearing. I didn't think that I would have much to say or share. I was wrong! I have been so blessed with a wonderful family, loyal friends, sharing colleagues, and the support from so many that I will never run out of topics to write about.

I have opened an on-line store at a place called Etsy (rhymes with Betsy). The items on the left are available for purchase there. These will change from week to week to show you my latest creations. The link to the store is in the upper left corner of this page.

I also have items for sale listed on Art Fire. The link to my Art Fire Studio is

I hope you will visit this blog, my Flickr page ( and my Etsy and/or Art Fire stores often. (

So come along on my Trail of Treasures! It will be a Spirit Journey for me and I invite you to join me on the trip.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Babe, We Will Miss You!

Clement "Babe" Whipple

Clement "Babe" Whipple, our "Pow Wow Trail" friend left us late Saturday night. Maggie, we are saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

My son, Patrick, and I met Babe and his wife, Maggie, while on the Pow Wow trail. They were fellow vendors and we had many friends in common. As well as vending at Pow Wows, Babe was a wonderful man, an accomplished dancer, and a talented Native American artist/craftsman.

To quote our mutual friend, Sheila Rocha, "Babe lived with wit, wisdom & humor. Babe was one of the great keepers of his Dakota people's story."

Even while valiantly battling his cancer, he joyfully performed in the cast of Sacred Sites directed by Sheila.

Cast of Sacred Sites

Maggie, please take comfort in the words of Chief Seattle in a speech he gave to the United States Congress, "There is no death, only a change of place". We know that this good man, Clement "Babe" Whipple, will remain with all of us in spirit until we meet again and we know that his journey to his "sacred site" will be a good and peaceful one.

Babe, we will miss you!


Mickey said...

I'm sorry to hear about this loss.

ZudaGay said...

Sending hugs and my condolences, Joni. Your post is a lovely tribute!


A wonderful written tribute to a gentle spirit--:)

Blessings be with him, and the family and friends who will miss him--:)

Chauncey said...

Joni, I'm very sorry for your loss. Your post was a sweet tribute.

Judy Nolan said...

Joni, I'm sorry about the loss of your friend, but glad you have some wonderful memories to sift through.

Rick said...

On behalf of my mom, Maggie, I would like to thank you for the beautiful tribute to my dad. This has been a tough time for my family, but the outpouring of love & support from the community has helped lift our hearts.

PussDaddy said...

I am so sorry to hear it.


Donald said...

I am a cousin of Babe. Our grandfathers, Henry Whipple and Christian Whipple, were brothers. Thank you for the beautiful tribute to Babe and for providing the lovey photos. I miss seeing him at the Ma'hkota wacipi. Donald Whipple Fox of Minneapolis