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Monday, May 01, 2006

Ben Brown's Labyrinth

Ben Brown's Labyrinth ... West Belen Mesa, New Mexico
Ben came to town and some members and friends of the Harmonious Earth Community gathered at dusk to walk and honor Ben's beautiful marble labyrinth down Twining Lane to Socorro County towards the observatory and up on the eastern hill. What a sight to behold.
I first met Ben Brown in October of 1995 ...

... when we both arrived in Albuquerque at the same time to view the land we had bought in New Mexico while still in California, sight unseen! What an adventure. Ben had a friend with him and I had two. We 5 hung out together for 3 days then enjoying the sights, exploring our future homeland and hospitality of our host, Nathan. Even though we have emailed over the years, yesterday was our first on site contact since then. So it was a joyous reunion. Ben has been to New Mexico often, but since I travel a lot our twains have never met until now.

After introductions and get acquainted talk, the smudging began.

(Smudging picture with Betts here).

This is Steve Saunders traveling with Ben.

(More pictures here)

For those of you who are new to labyrinths (different from a maze) it can be described as a walking meditation, going to the center of the self and back out ... a path, one way in and the same way out. For more information, Google the word "labyrinth" and you will get more than you bargained for.

Ben's particular labyrinth is a Chartres Cathedral 11-circuit design, located near Paris, France.

It was rediscovered in the mid-1980s and since then there has been a huge resurgence of interest in labyrinths. I have been very fortunate to know and to be acquainted with the folks involved in this movement from the beginning. Names like Sig Lonergan now of England, Nicolas Finck, Richard "Feather" Anderson, Alex Champion, the Rev. Doctor Lauren Artress of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Taffy Lanser of Cave Creek, Marty Cain of the Northeast Kingdom, John Wayne Blassingame .... and so many others.

You can see more pictures of a labyrinth and story in my past blog of around March 12th, 2006, from Cave Creek, Arizona.

So until the blog site wants to cooperate with more pictures ... see ya later

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Goodbye Jay ....

Jay Roper, hanging out with my sister for the last 20 years, made his transition today, April 27, 2006. He had just finished a game of golf, one of his most favorite things to do, when lightening struck ... his heart failed. He left behind his two adult children and their families and Sister Sue's pretty good-sized clan, and many friends. A Celebration of Life BBQ will be held in Lodi, California, on Sunday, May 21, 2006.

(I have a picture of Jay that will not download right now. Come back later.)

See you at the next station, ol' buddy. Your catching smile and high energy will be missed.
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico ..... a stopover on my way home to Belen.

Found the highly touted White Coyote Cafe before settling in for the night. Oh, yum!

Will be home in Belen by tomorrow. G'nite.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Silver City, New Mexico ... high atop the world!

After living in New Mexico for four years, I have finally arrived in Silver City, (29 miles north of City of Rocks) a town that sprang to life during the summer of 1870. I checked into the Rose Valley RV Ranch and settled in for a few days.

Early morning view from Brightwing ....

The discovery of silver brought thousands of miners. Merchants followed in their footsteps to provide services and goods. Tents and shacks that initially housed commerce were rapidly replaced with buildings made of local brick. Building continued for several decades, leaving behind a wealth of brick Victorian homes, adobe structures and solid commercial buildings. The railroad arrived in 1883.

I heard that Vicki's Eatery had my kinda food ... and I was not disappointed.

Across the street from Vicki's is this painted building.

And next door ....

A series of devastating floods beteween 1895 and 1906 (because they cut down all the trees and the Monsoons came, as they do every year in the summer, duh). What used to be Main Street is now known as the Big Ditch, named after the Panama Canal. It lies some 55 feet below street grade and is now the watercourse for San Vicente Creek.

Unfortunately several streets are closed due to street renovations and it is very hard to get around. Now it's time to head for home tomorrow with a stopover in Truth or Consequences.

May you all be blessed with Peace!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico .....

This weekend the Los Lunas (New Mexico) Willowbenders, a chapter of the American Society of Dowsers (ASD) met here for their 2006 spring campout, to attend the park's Star Party, to check out special energy spots, special time portals, to find hidden pipes for the ranger, teach the ranger to dowse, for comaderie and good cheer. Eight of us showed up.

Approaching the park.

Dianne Murphy, Gary Plapp, Betts Richter and Trudy Clawson working on first breakfast.

Big Rock!

The Bathing Beauties! Enjoying the mineral baths at Faywood Hot Springs just down the road.

(Sally McClure, Trudy, Gary, Dianne, Betts)

Sunset Friday Night.

A highlight in this state park are their Star Parties held throughout the spring and summer months. One is scheduled for this weekend on Saturday night. Lucky us. Unfortunately, the night sky was clouded over and there were many (someone counted 100) disappointed people. Being the observant dowsers that we are, some of us noticed chemtrails overhead all day Friday. So we asked the question: Is the cloud cover due to chemtrails? Answer: Yes. So we asked for divine help to clear the cover for two hours and prayed that it would be so. It didn't work. It always works when we ask for help with rain. This time the answer is the cover was man made and not a natural phenomenon. So there you have it, believers and non-believers.

Such is the world we live in ....

More to come .... stay tuned!
City of Rocks, Volume 2 ....

The View from Brightwing ....

Tom Fessenmeyer doing breakfast ...

Reiki session to fix Sally's sore shoulder ... Betts, Dianne and Sally with Tom giving his overall blessing.

View from the visitor center ....

Tom and Blitz

A good time was had by all. Happy Trails!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Happy Birthday, Sister Sue!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Bisbee, Arizona ... what an interesting place.

At the Life on Wheels conference in Tucson in mid-March I learned about other RV clubs and discounts and decided to join Passport America and the Escapees (SKPs). So I finally uprooted myself from Tucson and headed east on I-10 going into the Benson, Tombstone, Bisbee area of Eastern Arizona. Well, first of all I did not know it was rather mountainous and that Bisbeee is/was the largest copper mine in the world in its heyday ... closing in the mid 1970s. Duh! I just never knew.

This one is called the Lavender Pit. There are many more. I thought it was named the Lavener Pit because of its seeming color. No, it's named after William Lavender.

Here is what the countryside looks like, devastation all over the place in my opinion. The consequences of open pit mining. Notice the size of the car in the lower righthand corner.

So I decided to park about 10 miles out of town in a Passport America RV park at 50% off (such a deal - $8.75 a night) and am beginning my exploration. The RV park is a lovely country club only a couple of miles from the Mexican border in a town called Naco AZ. Border Patrol everywhere. Hmmmmmmmmm. Their literature assures us there is nothing to worry about. Immigrants are not interested in stopping around here. They want to get as far away as quickly as possible. If you look at my Datastorm map, I AM on the border. So Hola from Mexico.

So I went to town to find the post office and it was just across the street from the Bisbee Coffee Company, a bustling place if I ever saw one.

Main Street winds up a hill with shops crowded along both sides of the street.

I stopped in the Prickly Pear for a Cuban ... oh, yum ... a grilled concoction; you get to pick and choose. I chose a Philly Steak with the works.

I came back a second day and continued exploring up Main Street. The High Desert Market and Cafe is just that, full of organics, yes! and cool desserts and Italian kitchen imports.

Across the street from the market is a statue of The Copper Man, a tribute to the copper miners of years long past and to the heyday that once was. Bisbee is now a historical site, the entire town, and entrepreneurs of all types have arrived to entice you to visit ... including some fine restaurants.I don't want to leave Bisbee without mentioning the Queen Mine ... both an underground and land tour. Friends have said, "Don't miss the underground tour." Haven't made up my mind about touring any of ths. Destruction of our land and earth is disturbing for me. I felt the same way when I traveled to Vancouver Island in Canada in the mid-'90s and my heart was ripped open with all the clearcutting I saw up there, the destruction of all the FORESTS .... and I still have nightmares about all of that. I'm just a pussycat, but I love Gaia, our grand Mother, Mother Earth!

More later ...