Arizona’s Far Northern Navajo Country

Amidst Northern Arizona’s expanses of high deserts and unique geological formations dwells the presence beyond time and appearance. Of course I adore Sedona and her awe inspiring red rocks; and I pay my respects to the National forests and parks. However, it is in stepping off the grid into Arizona’s northern realms that brings me…

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Hubbard Glacier

The RSSC Mariner ship sailed through the night, heading south from Seward on its final Alaskan 2019 voyage of the summer. The morning brought rain which did not bode well for out scheduled visit to the  Hubbard Glacier.  The wind pierced through my coat as I walked across the ship deck to lunch as the…

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Sky High Time Twizzles

I love to travel and when I do, I try my best to not sweat the small stuff.  But, boy was I tested on my recent flight to Anchorage, in a white knuckle flight with layers of delays that made me doubt whether travel was in the cards for me any time soon. My previous…

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Mary Magdalene Blessings

The Feast Day of Mary Magdalene comes each year on July 22nd/23rd in the liturgical calendar, alongside the Feast of St. John the Baptist (June 22/23rd).  Medieval Templars  and the cistercians venerated this remarkable disciple of Christ, whose legacy is cloaked in subtle symbols due to the church’s distortion of her role in the passion…

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Replacing One’s Window to the Soul

If you have ever had windows replaced in your abode, you know how may ways it can go wrong –awry — sideways, (everything from mis-calculations and broken seals to gaps and warps). Not only must the measurements for the window precisely match the dimensions of the exterior wall, but there’s very little room for error…

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The Häling Templar Web

The region where the southern reaches of medieval Scotland bordered England’s Northumbria was generally defined by the River Tweed. Not only was it a primary water source, but its flow carried commerce of all sorts and fed the population with some of the world’s finest salmon. Life depended upon its eastward flow, emptying into the North…

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Visionary Fiction Alliance

It is with great pleasure that I recommend a website that just came into my awareness. The Visionary Fiction Alliance! For many years, I devoured books and movies that dealt with transformation of consciousness, sifting through a lot of chaff to reach the kernel that resonated inside me that rarely saw the light of day.…

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Secrets of Building a Castle

Several years ago during one of my stays in Austria, I had the opportunity to visit a very special site of an ongoing ‘living history’ project in Austria. It was one of the many adventures set upon by my Templar family in Kärnten, and what a treat it was!  On this particular occasion in summer,…

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Timeline of the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages  lasted roughly from 476-1453 A.D. This timeline offers a glimpse of  some of the rough dates in this continuum. I created this timeline to accompany a presentation I recently gave on the Middle Ages.  LATE ROMAN EMPIRE 165 – AD Antonine plague brought back to Rome from Near east, spread to Gaul – small…

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Reset ~ Destin

There are times when the best remedy for the bustle of life is a ‘reset.’  And then, there are times when bucket list items meet that same need. Well recently, I spent my first weekend in Destin, which had been on my bucket list for some time. I felt tentative about booking a beach stay…

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