Over a hundred years ago, the Navajo holy man, Torlino, spoke the following words to Washington Matthews, (linguist and ethnographer).
I am ashamed before the earth;
I am ashamed before the heavens;
I am ashamed before the dawn;
I am ashamed before the evening twilight;
I am ashamed before the blue sky;
I am ashamed before the sun;
I am ashamed before that standing within me
Which speaks with me.
Some of these things are always looking at me.
I am never out of sight.
Therefore I must tell the truth.
That is why I always tell the truth.
I hold my word tight to my breast.
Serious words about a serious subject: the Truth! Sometimes the Truth has a lighter side. Library patron, Claudette, “came clean” about a favorite library book she’d kept for herself many years ago. Back in the Eighties she kept a copy of Purro and the Prattleberries, borrowed on her sister’s card. She liked the book so much she said it was lost and paid the library for its replacement cost. Then in 2014, her conscience got the best of her and she mailed the book back to Albany Library. The staff was astonished at her memory, as much as her honesty. (Do you remember the books you’ve squirrelled away???) See the book and letter below: