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The Druids Prepare As The Dead Approach For All Hallows / Halloween

October 24, 2015 1 Comment

spirits of the dead

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The Celts  have learned every celebration has its risks.

The Druids taught them this, and the Druids are correct. Samhain is a festival of the harvest; the end of summer; the preparation for the winter to come. Samhain is a juncture. 

As they all know, junctures lead to sundry places. There is both the leaving and the coming. A time of disquiet. A time of danger for those unprepared.

It holds the magic and the power of midnight. Midnight is a powerful time because it is the juncture of two days. Midnight of Samhain thus holds double the power. It can not be avoided. It must be met with all the power mortal man can muster. It must not be met alone.

On the Eve of Samhain, the border between Life and the OtherWorld is breached. A door swings invitingly open, but it is not inviting those who live. It is inviting  those who have died…

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Haiku

April 17, 2013

roses

roses

roses

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day.

Daylight springs

Scent travels fast

Morning blast

If you have not written poetry this may be the day it is easy to become a poet.  Try your hand. You have nothing to loose. Nobody can make you publish it.  Pay attention. Be amazed. Tell the story.

Virgin of Guadalupe Day

December 12, 2012

Virgin of Guadalupe Day

New Mexico celebrates 12 Dec

The village of Tortugas near Las Cruces, NM takes the 12 December very seriously.  The fiesta and pilgrimage to the Virgin of Guadalupe is the main event of the year in the town close to the border. The Piro and Tigua traditions are honored in this village.

Dances 12 Dec.

Dances 12 Dec.

procession

Procession

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Grand Holiday Spa Down

December 11, 2012 2 Comments

If you could go back in time to any place and time where would you time travel?  I know I would go straight to Bad Ragaz (via Zurich) to party like it is Christmas. I would attend the tree lighting choral evening and giant buffet offered by the Grand Hotels Bad Ragaz.  There is nothing like it anywhere.

Lobby Grand Hotels

Lobby Grand Hotels

lights of Bad Ragaz

lights of Bad Ragaz

buffet for the whole town

 

choir for the whole town

choir for the whole town

Let's party

Let’s party

Festive in Bad Ragaz

Festive in Bad Ragaz

the Christmas tree

the Christmas tree

downtown Tamina Gorge

downtown Tamina Gorge

Sonia, Bademeister

Sonia, Bademeister

I would go back to the day before the beautiful people redesigned the spa, when bads were bads, and bademeisters were bad ass.

Sonia on the job

Sonia on the job

Mission Inn Riverside

December 10, 2012

Mission Inn Riverside

Mission Inn courtyardRiverside, CA

Riverside, CA
interior spiral stairs

interior spiral stairs

The first time I saw the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA I thought it was a mission.  I learned it is a landmark hotel now owned by the city to preserve the unique architectural wonder. I visited for a breakfast in the dining room and a look around the place.  It is classy.

balcony views of courtyard

balcony views of courtyard

Mission Inn Pool

Pool at Mission Inn

outdoor arches

outdoor arches

sidewalk siger

sidewalk singer at Mission Inn

fantastic architecture

fantastic architecture

palms downtown Riverside

palms downtown Riverside

fountain garden

fountain garden

Mission Inn dresses up

Riverside,CA Mission Inn

Environmental Design

September 11, 2012

largest chocolate fountain

conservatory

conservatory of light and decorative planting

fantasy giant bee

flower lady bugs

flute playing nymph

acrobatic arts

water fountain

glass ceiling flowers

When you travel what kind of design changes do you like to make? I usually enjoy design that is neat and modern, uncluttered and sleek.  This is just not the way to design a gambling casino, as I have discovered.  When I see the world’s largest chocolate fountain I am not at all attracted to it.  It is obvious that many people like it a lot.  There is a place for public art, and since casinos have a lot of the public’s cash to use, it is fitting that they create adult fantasy environments. If flowing chocolate and giant bees are your thing, you will totally love the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Richard Arden Morse

June 17, 2012 4 Comments

Richard Arden Morse, my father, was born in Independance, Kansas in 1920. His father, Ernie Morse was a jar head, a person who drilled oil wells before the advent of the rotary bit.  They were a natural part of the culture in the Cherokee Strip.  Ernie grew up on the Cherokee Nation and with his grandparents who farmed outside Coffeyville, KS.  When my dad was a kid this part of the world contained the most concentrated  wealth in the world.  Oil was to be found close to the surface.  My father learned fracking from Ernie, who had an 8th grade education. He went to Oklahoma University, Penn State, and later Texas A&M, where he pioneered numerical modeling of oil fields.

Ernie Morse in Coffeeville

Richard at OU

Richard and Ruby marry Nov 1942

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