A Stolen Face

I wonder at the boundaries between what’s yours, mine and ours and who owns things that are found.

I’ve been hoping to find on arrowhead on the sand prairie. John Hrobar gave me a tang from a broken arrowhead that he found near the Indian Spring. I have it on the windowsill above the kitchen sink and it gives me pleasure when I notice it. In the Heart of a Seed, at the end of the last video of the post, I showed this really cool stove door that I found at the ruins of one of the marl pit factory buildings…


… and I speculated about how long it would remain there. I thought it was interesting and wanted others to see it, but it’s already been found and taken. Or, was it stolen? How is an arrowhead different from a stove door and when does private pleasure trump public?

I combined private and public pleasure at The Springs yesterday continuing the effort to creating something beautiful, that cannot be stolen, by piling the buckthorn I cut recently. I really enjoy working in the woods and all the feedback I’ve gotten so far has been positive; a win-win situation.

Here is video taken shortly after I got started.

And the results…

From there I went to the sand prairie to dig spotted knapweed and I ran into the ecology class from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. I get easily carried away and tend to talk way too fast, but they listened patiently as I described the work we are doing at The Springs and they had some good questions. I should have gotten a picture!

A crisp Fall afternoon.





Indian Spring Sunset.


The view from the sand prairie dune.





I’ll be at My Shangri-La all next week.

See you at The Springs!

3 thoughts on “A Stolen Face

  1. Interesting thoughts. My mind would’ve processed the stove cover as not belonging to me, so I would’ve never taken it, yet if I found an arrowhead I would take it without thinking twice. That is a tricky one.

  2. Paul – perhaps you could turn the “found” pieces into us at the Headquarters. They would then be added to our historical collection and may find their way into a display at some point. It’s one way to keep found “stuff” out of the hands of pilferer’s at our culturally/historically significant areas.

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