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 ...

Friday, April 07, 2006

Announcing Christmas 2005 pictures and December house redecoration are now posted in the archives for January 2006 and December 2005, Enjoy!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Happy Birthday Today, Adam .... BIG 25!

Roaming around Costa Rica this spring exploring his world. Love you so much .... Gramma JoJo

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Life in Tucson for a couple of birthday weeks ... I love to CELEBRATE!

Arrived back in Tucson after the Life on Wheels conference plus 5 days with Cousin Otie.

We celebrated my birthday together with dinner at Sweet Tomatoes in Tucson.
Oracle is 30 some miles north of Tucson, so we drove to the big city, woohoo.

Friend Doris Walenta and I celebrated our two birthdays a week apart with a smashing dinner at Bazil's up on Sunrise in Tucson. That yummy dessert was a gift from Bazil's. (That's a glass of vino there in my left hand .. you can hardly see it)

The view from Doris's condo at Kachina Hills near Sabino Canyon in Tucson.

Happy Birthday everyone!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Settling down in Tucson .....

Enjoying the fantastic body work by Benita Gettel. This lady is awesome. Here she is with her family in front of her darling home near Old Town ..... including her ocotillo fence ...

four little Japanese Chin (hope I got that right ....)
.... and Jackie, age 15. Trying a hi-grain effect on this picture. Hmmmmmm, not sure about that finish.

And a Tucson sunset, ahhhh.

~ Goodnight ~

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Visiting with friends .....

Suzy Seay (See) and I caught up on things at dinner at the Eclectic Cafe out on Tanque Verde in Tucson. I met Suz on the Copper Canyon trip in Oct. 2003. We have stayed in touch ever since.

Here she is with her cat BAT.

Lots of love 'n light .....

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Chilly in Oracle, Arizona, visiting with Cousin Otie ...

... am learning Picasa, a free photo program from Google and am about to surprise you with more recent pictures, woohoo!

On February 9th I left Belen and the winter weather with a small supply of "winter clothes." This past six weeks has been more on the chilly side ... but at least the ground is not frozen. It snowed here in Oracle all day Sunday ....

It's 5500 feet elevation ... melting as soon as it hits the ground. These are the front stairs and side deck on the left to his new house. Cannot believe I did NOT take any more pictures.

Cuz and I have been burning up the midnight oil getting caught up on family and lots of picture sharing. We figure it's been 20 years since we last were together at mom's in Modesto. His mother and my father were siblings. Otie is remodeling an abandoned Baptist Church on his property here as his latest home and hopes to move in in July. It will be a stunner. He does all this by himself, even making all the cabinets in the wood shop of a nearby school.

He has this cute little car ....

More tomorrow ... we are going to the big city of Tucson to celerate one of my BIG birthdays. Stay tuned!

Spreading light and love all over this earth ... me and Brightwing.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Life on Wheels ... Pima Community College, Tucson ...

What a great week with old and new friends at the RV LoW Conference. I met Larry and Orene Brown out on the Miracle Mile and we caravanned into town so we could park together in the parking lot ...

...dry camping it's called.

Larry and Orene, Mary and Dave Gardner from San Francisco

John and Joline

John is a friend of Larry and Orene's (he has a DataStorm, too) and they met down in San Carlos, Mexico (near Guaymas) where they were all spending the winter.

[Reminder: Larry and Orene I met at my first DataStorm Rally in 2004 in Kerrville, Texas. They bought an RV lot in Tierra del Sol in Florence, Arizona, last November and are staying there now after the winter in Mexico. Ah, the good life. We have been rendevousing ever since.]

There were probably 100 rigs all piled in together while we attended classes, and learned a lot. The Gardners were parked next to me, the Browns in front of me. We hung out a lot together.

On the first day I took a class entitled "Batteries." Isn't that exciting? It is a precursor to the second class on solar and I knew from the first class that my system is not/has not been operating correctly. The instructor was swamped with questions, but fortunately through his wife I enticed him to pay my Brightwing a visit ... and sure enough, we needed some new powerful wiring. Greg Holder's the name, from Portland, Oregon, a real pro and full of knowledge and expertise. He lined me up with Ron, a roving RV doctor and student of his, and the next day I missed classes in the afternoon to await Ron's arrival. Arrive he did. There sure was a lot of tongue clucking over my battery install. All was righted ... and golly, gee whiz, my solar now works like a solar should.

A lot of the fun in RVing is meeting up with the people you meet on the road, and over the years with the aid of email and cell phones, it becomes part of life finding and meeting up with the folks you know. DataStormers have our "map" that locates us wherever we are and that helps us find each other. If you click on the above word "map", you can find my location any day. You have to scroll waaaay down to me, I'm # 865.

There are sooooo many classes in the world of Rving, that the next really big shew is in Moscow, Idaho, beginning on July 8th. I have a zillion unanswered questions ... and how long have I been RVing? Well, since Feb. of 1989. Amazing how much you don't know and have yet to learn. I have paid plenty of $$ through the years for not knowing enough and have just kept plowing on .... well, it's never too late to learn. Now, on reflection, if you think these seminars are expensive to attend, I think over the years you could save a bundle by doing this stuff up front. My two cents. [Alas, with Brightwing I, I didn't know such things existed. Too busy working for retirement, hehe.]

Sending out my love and light to you and to the cosmos!