Posted in USA National Parks

Colorado’s Ancestral Puebloan Culture

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Ancient Pueblo cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, and Ute Mountain Tribal Park are all sites tourists may visit when they travel Southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park to explore Ancestral Puebloan culture.

Guides take expectant visitors deep into cliff dwelling sites at Eagle Nest House, Casa Blanca, and Casa Colorado in half-day, whole-day, or once-a-year tours.

(BONUS TRIVIA: Mesa Verde National Park is home to close to 5,000 ancient vistas. TRUE or FALSE?
ANSWER: True!)

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Posted in Being Grateful

Expressing Personal Gratitudes

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What are your personal gratitudes?

Use the comments section here to start a discussion on gratitudes. For what are you grateful today? What gratitudes of life would you most like to share?

I love writing, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so. Others are better than I at speaking. But I love the feel of putting words on paper, of creating from lead and ink.

It’s healthy to express gratitude for who you are and what you contribute to society, to understand that everyone has something to give the world.

Feel free to express your gratitude here. Get your pen going!

(BONUS Trivia: Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park offers 105 miles of what is called its Skyline Drive. How many scenic overlooks does that distance include?
ANSWER: 70!)

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Photo (of T-Shirt) from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

http://www.barbwritespoetry.wordpress.com

Posted in Gratitude, Thank You

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Sports in Life

For those of you who take no special joy, or pleasure, in the world of sports, this gratitude to you may seem shallow. For me, however, one who finds much microcosm comparison in sports to life, I’m always thankful when we have sports figures who rise to lead by example and strength of character.

In that light, I’m thankful to have had the privilege to participate, at whatever distance, in the lives of two great sports figures, Muhammad Ali, three-time heavyweight boxing champion, and LeBron James, basketball player extraordinaire. The two topped June news lines in 2016 and reopened conversations about “greatness in sports”, “giving back”, “being role models”, and numerous other thoughts on life.

Both achieved greatness in their chosen careers, both gave back extraordinarily, both suffered setbacks of enormous challenges, both persevered. Both have spoken volumes to us on living life the right way.

Since attacked by Parkinson’s Disease in 1984, Ali fought on, bringing awareness to that disease, as well as continuing to  fight the disease of racism. He has found his deserved final rest.

After feeling two years of pressure cooker anticipation in the city of Cleveland, James has reached the top of the mountain he promised Cleveland he would climb with them upon his return to that city. He and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the city’s first ever NBA championship.

I’m grateful, as a normal human being, to have lived in their time and to have witnessed their individual greatness in the sports arena and in the sport of life.

It’s a kick to write sports stories, as well, for sportsmen truly have all the life experiences necessary to breed great tales!

(BONUS Trivia: A rain forest in America? Yes, indeed! In which park does America’s rain forest exist?
ANSWER: The Hoh Rain Forest is located in Olympic National Park in the state of Washington!)

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

http://www.fansandgamers.wordpress.com