Mid-summer Rejuvenation!

Courthouse Buttes
Courthouse Buttes

Hello and welcome!

Just getting back from a very picturesque stay in Sedona, Arizona, beating the heat of the desert floor, and enjoying some long-awaited rest and relaxation.

The Sedona Hilton had a great suite and the Courthouse Buttes above (named for the Romanesque pillars no doubt) was one of our views – the other being the famous Bell Rock below.

Bell Rock
Bell Rock

In the evening, as the sun goes down, the three pillars on the top of Bell Rock become more defined in their lengthening shadows.  We couldn’t take our eyes away as the center pillar began to resemble the face of an older Indian man.  Hmmm, I wondered.  Perhaps it is a Sinagua warrior — standing in silence and ever-vigilant — over his beautiful native land.

Chapel of the Holy Cross
Chapel of the Holy Cross

We also took time to visit the most spiritually-beautiful place I’ve ever been — the Chapel of the Holy Cross amazingly etched into its perch as if it had always been a part of the natural landscape.  In fact, it was constructed in 18 months at a cost of $300,000 and opened in 1956.  It was an inspiration from a local rancher/sculptor, Marguerite Brunswig Staude.  Below are some images from inside the Chapel.

Tapestry
Tapestry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altar
Altar
Votive Stand of Prayer Candles
Votive Stand of Prayer Candles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing outside of the Chapel and looking down from the red rocks, one couldn’t help but notice some of the opulence nestled in and around Sedona.  Take a look at this, complete with its own pond:

Just A Little Bungalow
Just A Little Bungalow

And a view out over Sedona:

 

View from Chapel of Holy Cross
View from Chapel of Holy Cross

 

 

 

 

 

We moved on to one of my favorite places — Tlaquepaque!  (It’s easier than it looks — Ta – La- Kee – Pa – Kee.)

Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque

 

Isn’t this sculpture striking in its simplicity?

Indian Woman With Water Jug
Indian Woman With Water Jug

And if you’re looking for a special something in jewelry, don’t miss visiting Vue (a Renee Taylor Gallery).  She has beautiful merchandise and lovely sculptures in the gardens outside, like the one below:

Green Glass and Copper
Green Glass and Copper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, too soon, it was time to go ……

Sunset in Sedona (July 2015)
Sunset in Sedona (July 2015)

Goodnight Sinagua …..

For All The “Red Lovers” Out There

Usually, you hear from me (also known as the “White Lover”).  Today, my “Red Lover,” (also known as my husband), is weighing in with a great red wine he recently tried.

I love the label so much, I’d buy it just for that.  See the hummingbird?

Trader Joe’s does it again ….

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Happy 4th of July!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the USS Theodore Roosevelt and I wondered how they were celebrating the founding of our great nation.  I will share with you what I found as the last thing on this post.

But first, let me wave my flag and salute all of those brave men and women who have made sacrifices beyond what we will ever know — and who have stepped up and continued to serve our great country.  Thank you … such small words … for the great deeds you have done.  Thank you for keeping us safe.  Thank you for keeping us free!

From Rota, Spain:

ROTA, Spain (NNS) — Service members assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain gathered around the flagpole to raise the American flag during the annual flag-raising ceremony July 2.

More than 800 service members, civilians, families and guests joined together for the special occasion, traditionally held just once a year. Located on a Spanish naval base, the American flag can only be raised with special permission from the Spanish base commanding officer.

“It’s a rare moment like this where we can all come together and watch the raising of an iconic symbol that has united our fellow Americans for generations,” said Capt. Greg Pekari, commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain. “Having our Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Soldiers from our 35-plus tenant commands, from our family, having them gathered together in front Building 1 and seeing our American flag wave proudly overhead, makes this event very poignant and special.”

Pekari spoke of the “melting pot” that makes up America and has given us freedom for 239 years. “Two hundred thirty-nine years ago this Saturday, America was born on a unique notion that all men are created equal. When the rest of the world had long ago dismissed that idea, our forefathers, in crafting our Constitution, knew that the principal of diversity would be our advantage,” he said.

The flag will stay hoisted through Monday before it will be taken down until another approved event or Fourth of July.

“When we look upon our stars and stripes, we are reminded of what it means to be an American. We are reminded of our nation’s commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Pekari said.

USS Theodore Roosevelt, July 2015
USS Theodore Roosevelt, July 2015

Happy and Safe 4th, Everyone!!