Posted in USA National Parks

Colorado’s Ancestral Puebloan Culture

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.

Do you have a national parks experience, or thoughts on the parks?

Please share them in the comments section!

(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, Saying Thank You

Thank You–True Happiness Is…



Today, I’d like to extend my gratitude to Liberty Center, Ohio’s “Positive People Partners”, creators of National Forgiveness and Happiness Day (today!) October 7 !

The organization suggests reading three times today the Proclamation of True Happiness, a national proclamation that promotes good will among men, and sharing it with as many people as possible !

The entire month of October is National Forgiveness and Happiness month.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking inspiration from this sort of positive attitude and finding ways to write happy endings to your stories!

Are you a positive, happy ending writer? Or, are harsh realities alive in your pen? What do you think about people and attitudes?

Please share your writerly thoughts and opinions in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: Biologist David Lamfrom says of our national parks, “We need to practice sustainability…” to ensure all persons may benefit from their experiences in the parks. What position does David Lamfrom hold?
ANSWER: Director of wildlife programs for the National Parks Conservation Association!)

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Posted in Being Grateful, Saying Thank You

Thank You–Human Resiliency


I’m thankful that Americans know how to bounce back as well as any people in the world.

While terrorists continue their senseless attacks worldwide, attempting to undermine the public’s will and resolve, bouncing back to welcome a new sunrise every day remains a prayerful gift of the sane portion of the human race everywhere on the globe.

The United States as a nation just observed the fifteenth anniversary of the tragedy of the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City that occurred on September 11, 2001. Thousands of lives were lost and demolished, as well.

I am grateful, as an American, for the togetherness of our nation. Sane citizens recognize we must keep alive the importance of the remembrance of events like the Towers attack. Remembrance is paramount to the survival of our freedom.

Like the horrific Holocaust of World War II, events as tragic as the Towers attack must historically and forever be kept alive, lest the human condition lapses and allows them to  happen again. Always remember; never forget — for the sake of all sane generations to come.

Every story of every human in the world speaks of the human condition, perseverance, and a search for dignity.

How do you feel about remembering sad events and keeping them alive? What does your pen want to say about sadness, memory, resiliency, human dignity, perseverance, and positivity?

Please share your thoughts and opinions, sad, happy, or neutral, in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: Mount Rushmore Presidential Bookends are available for purchase as souvenirs. Gutzon Borglum, Mount Rushmore sculptor, designed the molds still used for these bookends. TRUE, or FALSE?
ANSWER: True!)

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