Sedona: Chapel of the Holy Cross

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The portals of Sedona

On our way into town, we had driven past the Chapel of the Holy Cross, so we decided to return  to the Village of Oak Creek to visit this magnificent shrine..

Influenced by the Empire state Building in 1932, the chapel was inspired and commissioned by Marguerite Staude. She first attempted to build it in Budapest Hungary, but the project was aborted because of the start of world war two.

With the help of Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright she decided to build it in Sedona.

 Barry Goldwater, senator of Arizona, obtained a special permit to enable her to build it in the Coconino National Forest at a cost of $300,000.

The chapel was then  completed in 1956.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Sedona: Cathedral Rock Vortex

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Cathedral Rock prominently shown in many western movies of the fifties and sixties is  the signature landmark of the area, close to seventy big budget westerns were filmed here during that era.

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Cathedral Rock in Sedona Arizona

Many country and western stars, as well as others have filmed videos, photo shoots, and commercials.

It is also one of the four major vortexes in the area. 

All the major vortexes have either a male or female energy, and  Cathedral Rock is female.

The vortex is actually along the east side of Oak Creek as you walk past Cathedral Rock.

Vortexes are powerful and transformational energy centers that are located at specific sites throughout Sedona, Arizona. Vortexes are the intersections of natural electromagnetic earth energy, also known as ley lines. 

Twisted trees indicate the presence of vortex energy, you will noticed twisted Juniper trees on all the major vortexes. 

Along with being a major energy source, it is also one of the most beautiful locations in the world. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

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Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

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America’s First Professional Baseball Team

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, America’s first major league baseball team.

With the return of spring, the nation’s thoughts naturally turn to baseball, America’s pastime.

The Cincinnati Base Ball Club, or simply Cincinnati Club, was established June 23, 1866 at a downtown law office, drawing up a constitution and by-laws and electing officers including  Alfred Goshorn President. A few years later Goshorn earned international fame as Director-General of the (U.S.) Centennial Exposition held 1876 in Philadelphia. Founding member George B. Ellard also led the Union Cricket Club, and the relationship between them proved decisive for the baseball club’s success.

After playing four matches that summer, Cincinnati joined the NABBP for 1867 and concluded an agreement to play at the Union Cricket Club grounds. George Ellard’s son says that “a great number of the cricket club members” joined and so “the team was greatly strengthened and interest in baseball gained a new impetus.” Plans for a new clubhouse and “more substantial” enclosing fence were approved in April and the commercial basis was approved in June: members of both clubs admitted free to all matches; otherwise “ten cents for home matches and twenty five cents for foreign matches. Ladies free.” (Ellard 23-27).

The team was soon nicknamed “Red Stockings” in reference to the main feature of the uniforms designed by Ellard; long stockings were then a novelty in team uniforms.

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In 1869, the Red Stockings posted a perfect 65-0 record, the only perfect season in professional baseball history. This was the first team to play on the East and West coasts in the same season. More than 2,000 people greeted the team when it arrived in San Francisco at 10:00 p.m. “They really helped nationalize the game and put Cincinnati on the map as a baseball town,” said Greg Rhodes, a Reds historian who wrote “The First Boys of Summer” (Road West Publishing Company, 1994), along with Enquirer reporter John Erardi, about the 1869-1870 Red Stockings.

From these humble beginnings, baseball rose to the prominence it has today. It’s reach has extended from Cincinnati to around the world. Today many players come from various countries and the sport is enjoyed in Japan, the Caribbean, and South America.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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The doors were never locked

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I grew up in the 50’s on a small dairy farm in southeastern Indiana.

Financially, times were hard, my dad and mom had purchased an extremely impoverished farm when I was three years old. We , along with my brother  who came along later, spent the next several years restoring it to a more productive state. The farm was so over grown with weeds that after living there for a while, dad had time to mow the weeds around the barn and lo and behold! He found a hog house no one knew was there.

The soil was totally depleted, the first year’s twelve acre corn crop yielded a whopping two hundred bushels of corn. Hard to live on that. Fortunately, about that same time, turkey raising came into fashion, the following year dad purchased and raised 1000 turkeys. The resulting turkey by-product increased the corn yield from 200 bushels to 1200 bushels on that very same field.

This was a time when neighbors were neighbors, we used each others farm equipment and tools like they were our own, if dad couldn’t find a tool or wrench, it was probably over at the neighbors. As a result, while picking up one our own tools he would return one of theirs.

Our doors were never locked, no one would break in and steal anything. In fact, if one happened to be away it was desired(it almost became a state law) that the neighbors had to stop by and check the house to make sure everything was OK.

Every one had a gun, we had several neatly stacked in the corner of the kitchen, an ample supply of ammunition, and fireworks) could be found in the cabinet drawer.

I started hunting with a 22 rifle when I was about 9, a rifle given to me for Christmas by my parents. Did I or any kid I know pick up or use a fire arm without permission of their parents, are you kidding? We would have gotten skun alive. Back in those days parental authority and respect meant something, and the only rights a child had were the rights his parents gave him.

 

The Beauty of Arizona

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Arizona, The Grand Canyon State displays a variety of scenery. From the mountains of Flagstaff to the low desert of Phoenix. It is a state where the climate and terrain can change every twenty miles.
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Located in the east valley near Phoenix, the Desert Botanical Garden displays every type of desert vegetation from the Sonoran Desert.

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The mighty Saguaro cactus native to Arizona stands magnificently in the deseert.

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Montezuma’s Well, located near Lake Montezuma and Rimrock  in northern Arizona is worthy of a quick stop.

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Then Devil’s Kitchen is a popular but often missed attraction in West Sedona.

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Seldon seen and rare, an overnight blizzard coats Sedona with a beautiful layer of snow.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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The Blonde’s Red Ears

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With both ears very red, the blonde went to her
doctor.

The doctor asked her what had happened to her ears and she
answered, “I was ironing a shirt and the phone rang – but instead
of picking up the phone I accidentally picked up the iron and
stuck it to my ear.”

“Oh dear!” the doctor exclaimed in disbelief. “But what happened
to your other ear?”

“The idiot called back!”


Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.http://www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

 

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An undiscovered paradise lies in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. part of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a jewel waiting to be discovered, from the beautiful coast line with it ‘s gorgeous cities to the lava fields, and mountains, Lanzarote has much to offer the discerning visitor.

The Move From Sedona To Sarasota

 

 

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The big day had arrived, as usual moving day saw a shortage of help, I only had one person helping me load the moving van in 105 degree heat, we did it in record time, all we could think of was drinking a cold beer in an air conditioned house!

Bright and early the next morning, with our remaining car in tow, we left for Florida. The Ryder truck was loaded to the max as I saw Bell Rock fade into the horizon.

As would be the case several more times, there was a large mountain to climb .

Not having much time to build up speed before approaching Copper Canyon, I began to wonder if I could make it to the top of Mingus Mountain. The truck kept slowing down, thankfully I ran out of mountain before I ran out of power, I reached the summit traveling at a blazing speed of 20 MPH. PHEW!!

The rest of the trip would be all downhill from here!! Traveling hard and stopping often, we had two dogs with us, we crossed into Texas about 4PM and stopped for the night in El Paso.

El Paso sits in the Rio Grande Valley and as most desert towns it is long and narrow. It would be the last of the desert, as the next day we would be traveling across the west Texas hill country.

The next day was spent traveling across the hills and valleys of west Texas, pretty, but desolate scenery, a good part of the way there was no radio station to be found. On the occasion the radio did pick up a station, it was either Bluegrass or Gospel Music.

The second day out took us through San Antonio, where our second night was spent about 30 miles east of town. It is really quite nice around San Antonio, I had spent some time at Lackland Air Force Base in the 60s, but never had a chance to look around.

Heading east on I-10 the landscape was rapidly changing , we were leaving the west behind us. On through Houston and Beaumont, somewhere, I had a large bowl of Jambala waiting for me!

Crossing the Louisiana Bayou was interesting. It seemed like we drove for 30 miles across one bridge, traversing alligator, water moccasin infested swamps.

We were making good time so it was decided to press on to Gulfport Mississippi, that would leave less driving for our fourth day. I was glad we did, the Best Western we checked into was really nice and it had a gigantic pool to swim in and relax around.

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The fourth night was to be spent in Lake City Florida, we had driven longer the previous day, so arrival was around 3 PM. Good thing, It was getting tiring driving the moving truck with the car in tow.

I knew we were in Florida, the first thing seen was an alligator in the hotel pond. At least it was a small alligator.

We decided to relax a little and leave a little later the next day, having only about three hours to drive.

Our apartment came into sight about 1 PM, the men were there to help unload our belongings, and as always happens in Florida in the summer, a hard rain appeared out of nowhere, and we all were drenched!
Welcome to Florida!

 

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments welcome

Sedona

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Entering Sedona on Hwy 89A from Cottonwood

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Sedona is one of the most beautiful and mysterious areas in the world.

There are four major energy vortexes in the area. Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Boynton Canyon, and Cathedral Rock. A vortex is a power spot where large amounts of energy is emitted from the earth, there are many vortexes on the earth, but Indian legend states that there are only four major areas, two positive, Sedona and Kauai, Hawaii, and two negative , the Bermuda Triangle and Sussex County in England. They are not positive and negative as in good and bad, but as in a battery, as there is no good or bad, that is only in the human mind.

The beauty of the area has not been wasted as Sedona has been seen in many old western movies of the 40s and 50s; the area is still used to film videos, commercials, and ads for magazines.

Many of the Indian legends say that they came from a land to the west and when that land sank they escaped east to the red rock country.

Some of the legends describe the land sinking and people getting into boats and sailing east to escape, either that or they envision people after arriving in the new land, standing on cliffs and watching the land to the west sink.

 

Legends state that Lemuria sank four different times, the third of which was 80,000 years ago and the final cataclysm took place 12,000 years ago, which roughly corresponds with many Indian legends from all over the world as the time of a great flood and mass migration of many peoples, our own bible also speaks of a great flood. It also corresponds within the same time frame as the sinking of Atlantis.

All in all it is a very interesting and beautiful place to visit, being within driving distance of the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest, there is plenty to keep someone busy for several days.

 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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I have found over the years that there is no such thing as reality, it is only how we perceive it. Each of us may have a different view of it because of our different beliefs and experiences. Two individuals can be sitting side by side, looking at the same event and “see” two entirely different outcomes based on their individual perceptions.

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