The Scenic West


Acoma Sky City

Earlier this year, our friends Cheh Low and Yee Tan went to a craft fair at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. They purchased a beautiful vase made by Gary Yellowcorn Louis from Acoma Pueblo. Gary invited us to visit him at Acoma, also known as Sky City. We went there this week.

500AD

The oldest part of Acoma dates back to 500AD. Gary said Acoma is the oldest pueblo that has been continuously inhabited in the continental United States. The buildings on top of the mesa are 360 feet above ground level.

Acoma View

A view from the top of the mesa looking over the areas where cattle, deer and other animals roam.

Lilly Salvador

We met Lilly Salvador, an Acoma Pottery Artist. She does more than the normal Acoma pottery. She makes whimsical things such as this awesome penguin that now lives with us.

Oven

This is an oven in Acoma used to bake bread. None was available the day we were there, so we went to Gramma Jo’s Bakery.

Kiva Cake

This is a cake prepared at Gramma Jo’s Bakery. It will be used in a Kiva ceremony.

Messa

As we drove across the country we enjoyed nature’s beauty. Natural rock formations are majestic and powerful.

Prarie

We also saw lots of prairie. With the flat land, it seemed as if we could see forever.

Window Rock

In the early 1990′s we became aware of this place called Window Rock, AZ. We decided that someday we would go there and see it for ourselves. It has been updated and a nice park has been built in the area. We were happy that we stopped again to visit.  There is a statue and the story of  the Navajo Code Talker at the park. It is a nice tribute to the men who did so much to help during World War II.

Painted Desert

Our next stop was the Painted Desert. As we marveled at the beauty before us, we also discussed the miracle of vision. Cameras can not capture the same picture we see in reality. We truly are blessed to have good vision.

Petrified Wood

Wood turned into beautiful crystals is almost magic. There is a lot to see and a lot to learn at this National Park.

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A good breakfast is the perfect way to start the day. We went to the Cracker Barrel. It is where our friends Miss Dazey and Mr. Bruce like to go. We had this picture taken just for them.

London Bridge

When the bridge in London England was replaced, Robert McCulloch bought the old one and had to shipped to Lake Havasu City in AZ. It was taken apart and numbered piece by piece. He had it reassembled for all to enjoy today. Mr. McCulloch, the man famous for those fine chain saws also founded four cities; Lake  Havasu City, AZ; Fountain Hills, AZ; Spring Creek, NV; and Pueblo West, CO.

Four Travelers

 We had a great time enjoying the natural beauty of America

 

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The Millionaire Master Plan – A book review

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The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Path to Financial Success is written by Roger James Hamilton and is available in four formats from Amazon.com, an affiliate.

The book gives you links to other sites that enable you to find your “Genius” in order to learn how you fit in the money making pyramid. After registering with the website, you will receive helpful videos and articles. It is up to you to decide how you wish to pursue your quest for a greater fortune. Even if you are just interested in getting out of debt, you can learn from their easy to understand videos.

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Time Quilting

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Time Quilting is a term I learned from one of the courses I took from our son, Chris Brogan. Time Quilting is when I use waiting time to do something else. For instance, while I wait two minutes for my oat meal to cook in the microwave, I make my coffee.

I have taken many of the Owner courses and not only learned a great deal from each one, I have made wonderful friends when I participate in the groups set up with each course.

The first course I took was the sixteen week Blogging course which has been rewritten to be Blogging: The Master Course, now twelve weeks. It covers much more than blogging. Not only did I learn a lot, I made great friends who I still interact with. I highly recommend this course.

I am totally enjoying the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group. Every day I get an email with some gem of knowledge. I look forward to it because I never know what I am going to find when I open the emal.

The Owner’s Path course is expanding my whole way of thinking. Yes, it is a business course, but it has so many good personal teachings. It is a life course as well as a business course. Notice I put life first.

Want to check out more offers, drop by chrisbrogan.com

Life has so much to offer.

I hear there is a 50% off sale happening now. Check them all out.

 

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Class Reunion

 

My high school 50 years ago. 

 

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Next year will be my 50th high school class reunion. I attended other class reunions and had a good time, but this one is different. This is the big one. This one spans a lifetime.

Yesterday I looked through my yearbook. Under each picture was the name and the person’s ambition. I wondered how many people did what they planned. How would they tell their story of the past 50 years?

Not everyone will attend a class reunion for various reasons. Shyness, distance, health, are but a few of the reasons for not wanting to attend. That is understandable, but do you ever wonder whatever happened to the people you graduated with? Did they fulfill their ambition? Are they happy or content?

Going to a reunion does not mean you would have the time or opportunity to talk with everyone and hear their story. Not everyone would be willing to answer your questions on the spot.

What if you could fill out a questionnaire and submit it to be part of a book to be published called “Class of 1965 – 50 years later.”

What would it contain?

Name in yearbook: This is the only non changeable entry.

Current name:

Your story: Fill in the blanks below or freelance.

Links to pictures and videos are welcome.

Places you have lived:

Children:

Marriages:

Jobs you have had:

Positions you have held:

Awards you have won:

What makes you happy:

This is your story – tell it the way you want.

I would compile all of the answer sheets into a book, format and publish it in a Kindle format. Using electronic format means we could include links to websites with pictures and videos.

What do you think? Is this a clever idea or what?

Suggestions please!

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Birthdays

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We all have one a year whether we want to or not. When we start out in life, that first birthday is so important. We invite friends and family to watch our little one maneuver about and do what they are told, but not have the slightest idea about what is happening until they reach the second, third or sometimes fourth year of life.

My friend, Sue Turgeon, had several birthdays in her family to celebrate around the end of July. We often got together in her and Richard’s big back yard for the event. Everyone got their own birthday cake.

The year that Chris McTighe was three, I think, he was presented with a large sheet cake fully decorated with his favorite action heroes. He was sitting patiently on the picnic bench waiting for the candles to be lit. His mouth was even with the cake. I was waiting to take pictures. With a smile and an encouraging tilt of my head, Chris took a bite of the frosting as I snapped the picture. Chris took several bites as I took several pictures. Naughty me, but oh those pictures were great and everyone got a good laugh. Just for the record, I didn’t let him eat enough frosting to get sick.

Then come the little people parties. Those are the ones that are more difficult on the parents and sometimes the guests. I remember one party, just one because I refused to ever go again, at Chuck E Cheese. I think everyone but Steve and me were seasoned pros at that fine establishment.

Everything about the party at Chuck E Cheese was good except the children. They ran from place to place faster than my eyes could follow. I was asked to keep an eye on my niece, but that was impossible. I take my duties seriously and I was soon a nervous wreck.

I have enjoyed so many wonderful birthdays; my own as well as other people’s. I do enjoy celebrating birthdays. To me it is celebrating the person.

Today is my birthday. Although it is still early in my time zone, I have had a most delightful day. I have received cards in the mail, phone calls, electronic cards, Twitter messages, Facebook messages and sms messages. Every one of them is special.

As I thanked the people who sent me the messages, I thought about my relationship with that person and what we have shared. In many cases, I have many memories of lots of shared birthdays over the years.

Each memory was a gift. I remember the many parties at the Morrissey’s. The fun times with Sue and Jerry Thomas. My adorable godchild, Kathleen Cassidy, and the tons of parties we shared with her and her family. Miss Dazey with the beautiful cards. Karri Konga with her little girl excitement at her party. And I must mention our own sons, Chris and Thom, themselves and their families. Life is good.

Now I have new friends in our new home in Las Vegas. I have online friends who are near and dear to me whom I have never met. I have friends who I have met only briefly, but they are all special to me.

Thank you all for taking the time to send a greeting because that touch is truly a gift. We are all in this life together. It is all good.

Have a great day and enjoy your birthday when that special day arrives.

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Unlucky 13 – A Book Review

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A Book Review

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Patero is part of the Women’s Murder Club series. Four women, who have become best friends, also solve crimes.

The book opens with Claire Washburn calling Sgt. Lindsay Boxer seeking her help in what becomes known as the “Belly Bombing Case.” People are dying. The middles of the victim’s bodies are being blown apart.

On the happy side, Yuki Castellano and Lt. Jackson Brady got married and sailed off on an Alaskan honeymoon cruise. Everything was wonderful until the ship was boarded by pirates.

News reporter Cindy Thomas is busy chasing Mickie Moralas, who is determined to kill Lindsay Boxer.

The book is full of action and suspense. We will let you read the book to learn all of the outcomes to the different scenarios.

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Friendship

 

Love by Kathleen Cassidy

Love by Kathleen Cassidy

 

My cousin, Bessie Grant Guerette, says that people come into our lives for a season and a reason. My relationship with Bessie is a good example of that statement.

When we were children, we used to see each other when our parents got together for a visit. As we got older, we saw each other whenever our paths crossed. Now that we are both retired, we communicate mostly by phone.

It doesn’t matter how long it is between visits or phone calls, we always pick right up where we left off. There is a bond between us that keeps us connected. It is a good feeling.

One day I told Bessie, I wished I could maintain a close friend relationship with all my friends. Bessie said that is not how life usually plays out.

As current friends move away, new friends come along to take their place. Or as employment changes, new acquaintances often become close friends. Be open to new friendships she said.
Our neighbor of twelve years in the Boston area retired to Florida about the same time Steve and I moved to New Hampshire. We exchange Christmas cards and random phone calls, but that is all.

Recently Tony got cancer and everything was going well until last week. Now he is in the hospital receiving some special treatment. The random phone calls are now daily calls. Angela says she looks forward to our calls because she knows I will be brining a ray of sunshine. The calls are usually less than three minutes long. It feels good to do good.

I am so blessed to know so many wonderful people. Some come and some go. Some come back again. All are welcome. Life is good. I am so lucky to still be meeting wonderful people and making new friends.

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America Celebrates

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The American Flag has a lot of meaning to me. I like everything about the flag. I remember learning about Betsy Ross making the first American Flag. The red and white stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The white stars represent the states. The stars increased over the years, but the flag remained the same as America grew and got stronger.

Just as we are all individuals, we all have our own memories of what the 4th of July means to us. For some it means a family get together and a BBQ. For others, it is a parade and commemorating those who have fallen in war. To end the day, there is usually a display of fireworks.

I especially like the music associated with America.

America the Beautiful
By Katharine Lee Bates

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
by George M. Cohan

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July

The Star Spangled Banner
By Francis Scott Key

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

God Bless America
By Irving Berlin

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

It doesn’t matter what political group you belong to or what church you attend. America is the greatest country on earth. We have the most freedom and hope for a better tomorrow. We have lots of reasons to sing about our country.

How do you celebrate America’s birthday?

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A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons – A Book Review

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Steve and I enjoy audio books. We especially enjoy audio books that are so well read that you can practically see the story before your eyes. The How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell; read by David Tennant and published by Hachette is such an offering. One has to be an engaged listener because there is so much happening.

Check out our review of “A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons” below.

 

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