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Facebook And The Art Of Shameless Self Promotion

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“Back In The Day” needs votes to advance

For those of you who have been wondering, we are still alive and well and working hard. Lately, I’ve been quite active with my other blog ArtSpiritVillage.com. I am hoping to get enough votes on three Colorado Photographs to advance to the next round of a national contest. I’d love it if you would have a look.

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Okay, this is the moment I’ve been waiting for.  After several years of dipping my toes in the current of social media I’ve arrived at a moment of truth.  It’s time for me to determine if this high tech voodoo will actually do something to help me in a little shameless self promotion experiment.  I’ve gotta tell you, my Facebook balance sheet has thus far been heavily out of whack to the negative.

I’m 53 years old, yet I voluntarily jumped right back into the hornets nest of adolescent social life.    There must be something virtuous about putting myself out there even though it reminds me of how awkward and unpopular I was in grade school.  There must be a reason why people I used to know in real life are now knocking on my virtual door and asking if I…

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Reflections Oahu

My Dad Loved Colorado.  He taught me that taking the time to experience all that is has to offer is well worth the effort.  He of all people, knew that the greatest adventures are waiting in your own backyard but as he grew older he realized that his backyard was the entire world.  For 20 years, my folks called Hawaii home and I was so fortunate to be able to appreciate all of the little things that make it special.  I dedicated this video to my Father on his 80th Birthday so he could see and feel what he could no longer do as the grip of Parkinson’s disease progressed.  I hope you take this five minute holiday..who knows, it may make your backyard bigger as well.

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My Wonderful Father

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A Sunday Visit to the Denver Museum of History and Science (8/3/14)

My lengthy hiatus from this effort (my blogs) is attributed significantly to the long, long path that I was able to walk alongside my Father and Mother while in the Autumn of Dad’s life. For seven years, they had to endure difficult circumstances, one after another, all somehow related to the harm that Parkinson’s Disease can inflict. Yesterday Afternoon, Dad crossed over from this life to the next. It was the first completely cloudless day in Denver in as long as I can remember and he left this world so peacefully, so quickly that I am profoundly moved. For so long, I have wanted to write and be read; I have wanted to share the experiences that I have had in my own personal walk as an Artist and as a Son. Yet for so long, these experiences belonged in my heart and not on published pages.

My Father’s passing comes like the opening of a flood gate. I am ready to share once again and I hope to somehow kindle a flame of inspiration if even in just one person.

Even on his death bed, it would not have shocked me if my Father had awakened from his final sleep to recite word for word the following quote by William Shakespeare. “Cowards die many deaths, The Valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” Seriously, the man had a knack for reciting poetry and singing funny songs at the most inappropriate times. This time, he did not awaken from his slumber but his words are still with me.

Before I close this post, I want to share a few thoughts about Denver Hospice. Yesterday morning, before I understood that it would be Dad’s final sunrise, I wrote the following words. Mom and Dad finally found their way back to the “Hilton”. The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry Field is a living masterpiece. Oddly, the kind of place that makes you want to live. As my Dad would say, it is a “castle on the hillside”. In some ways you might think that such a place would be cruel and unusual punishment for those who find themselves at the exit door of life. Not So, I say! The architectural marvel is more than matched by the compassion, dignity and understanding that permeates from its walls. The halls echo in celebration of all that is good in Mankind. For me personally, this place is an inspiration. The Exhibition of artwork on display is incredible. Much care was given to select original works that might trigger a warm memory; that might remind one how precious life is. And then the admirable culture that dwells in the care center goes completely over the top. So different than what you will find in a hospital, where the goal is physical healing and profit. Denver Hospice defines success much differently, to create comfort for the body and the spirit. Perhaps the ultimate goal of Hospice is to mirror what we hope for on the other side of death. These are the things that have touched me profoundly, that have nudged the trajectory of my life in the most beautiful way.

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One of the Beautiful Paintings at the Denver Hospice Care Center at Lowry

 

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Local Tourist Colorado – 2013 Denver Zombie Crawl

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Denver’s 16th Street Mall on Zombie Night

The creators of the 1968 black and white film “Night of the Living Dead” could hardly have envisioned that one day, their handiwork would reside in the Library of Congress due to it’s cultural significance.  Who would have guessed that hundreds, if not thousands of Zombie movies would would follow over the next four and a half decades, that the most popular show on television would be set in the midst of a global Zombie apocalypse.  We are indeed a society with a fixation on the un-dead.

This Halloween season, we grabbed our cameras and headed to the 8th Annual Denver Zombie Crawl.  I haven’t yet heard an official number but I’m pretty sure there were fifteen thousand or so participants, dressed to the nines and slipping and slathering up and down the 16th Street Mall.  Enjoy the pics and be sure to check out our short video!

The Greatest Adventures are Waiting in Your Own Backyard.

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The New Normal

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Our Routine was picked up by the wind and blown around in the Colorado spin-drift this winter, and as spring emerges we find ourselves landing softly in a new life at a much lower elevation.  We leave behind warm memories of living in relative seclusion at 9600 feet and we find ourselves excited about the new challenges at 5280.   Denver is our new normal.  Not only are we close to Family, friends and new opportunities, we are in the midst of a thriving city much different from the Denver that I grew up in.  We can’t wait to reach out from our new home base, find new experiences and share them with you all right here, so please stay tuned.

Napoleon Hill once said “A goal is a dream with a deadline”.  I simply couldn’t wait another day to get things moving along again, deadline met.  As for the dreams, they will take care of themselves.  It’s great to be back!

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Local Tourist Colorado – Cuchara Country Music Festival

Where does all the time go?  We’re still here and we have lots of material to post, just been a bit BUSY!

By now, many of you know that we live and work in the mountains of Southern Colorado and we enjoy sharing our adventures and experiences here with the world with the world at large through the world-wide web.  We hope that somehow, some way, we will move a few people to see their own surroundings in a fresh light.  We all need to be reminded now and then that if we slow down a bit and look at familiar territory through the eyes of a tourist, we will find new adventures right in our own backyard.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people from the nearby cities of Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver have never heard of La Veta or Cuchara and when they come here, they wonder how they could have missed it, they feel as though they have discovered something really special.  Back in June, our small community rolled out the red carpet and invited the world to attend the Inaugural Cuchara Country Music Festival.  As you might guess, the world didn’t make it but a lot of folks did come who have never been here before.

Check out the Festival Website and plan on attending a bigger and even better event next summer.

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