The traffic in our Gallery has been huge this week. I’m grateful for the traffic and the sales. But it’s always a wonderful time to people watch, probably one of my favorite things to do. Lots of foreign citizens traveling through and a large number this week were French. They tend to have limited English language skills so communicating with them is difficult. There were also several Englanders, and they are full of life and curiosity. Always ask lots of good questions and are planning to hike.
The families that are here for Turn About Ranch students are always interesting to watch. It’s usually mid-term when we see them and most revisit upon graduation. Parents anxious they made the right decision about spending this huge sum of money to save their teenager from some very bad choices and learning to cope with society as it is. Almost all come from big cities where there are limited choices and big expenses that require two parents to work in order to provide what is “expected” – at least from the advertisers viewpoint.
Turn About Ranch provides these almost adult children with the skills to evaluate what is really important and how to change the pathway they have been on. Parents get extended counseling as well. No one is to blame and both take responsiblity for a different outcome. Dr. Phil does a segment on our ranch every year and everyone in Escalante, UT is very proud of the work done there.
The families come in, the students are usually quiet, respectful and glad to have a few hours away from the ranch. Almost all wear a red ball cap. Those of us watching from the sidelines never know their names or hometowns, but know them from their red ballcap. We try and reinforce the great work being done and let them know how proud the parents should be for asking for help and the student should be for getting a second chance early on and not having to wait until they are 50+ to “figure it out”.
For midterm we usually just see the parents of the students, but Graduation can bring out entire families that fly into Las Vegas, drive the 5 hours to Escalante and stay in town several days. Parents, siblings, married siblings and spouses, cousins, aunts and uncles – you name it – they find their way here to celebrate the rebirth of this student and their family. It’s wonderful to see all the love and caring that comes from it. They usually buy some little treasure to remember their time in our funny little Mormon Village of 650 people. And they are fascinated by our red rock environment and the fact that you can hear yourself think. No background noise, dark nights with stars, and everyone knows everyone – something the city folks mostly never know.
IS: Your Authentic Spirituality Unleashed
By Faith Freed
Hay House Publication
How Am I? do you ask yourself that on a daily basis? You’ll be surprised at the answer that comes to you in silence and inner focus.
Do You Meditate? Do you try and clear your mind of the enormous clutter that can clog the pipes, create stress and divert your attention from what truly matters?
Do You visit the “here and now” in your mind?
These and other techniqu4es are the focus of Faith Freed’s new book written in her folksy style of a different generation, yet with an endearing quality that makes her feel like a young friend by the end. She uses various methods to get you thinking about yourself. What are your desires? Lead with Love. Give love – volunteer based on your “inspired self”.
As she takes you through her world, inspired and guided by IS, you’ll find many ways to connect with her spirit and the Divine. She clearly defines her perspective and the practice of spirituality as “an ongoing crative process, because a relationship with the divine is subjective, intimate, and fluid”. She’s not concerned with labels as she is with your inner and mental health.
I enjoyed Faith’s book, although it did take me a little while to get “into” it. But let your thoughts center around her message and before you know it you’ll be working your way through the exercised and guidelines.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgement of the product that I read in its entirety without compensation.
Second Rule of Ten
By Guy Hendrick and Tinker Lindsay
A Hay House Publication
Some books we read for simple pleasure, some for the message they share. “Second Rule of Ten” has both, a mystery and life message for any age.
Ten’s second rule continues the story of Tenzing and his cat “Tank”. He shares his thoughts and fears and what photographers refer to as Venus’ Girdle or the hour of the Seventh Ray, the color of new beginnings – the violet (not purple) band of light at the end of the day. New moons bring on new beginnings and Ten finds one with his father after many years of resentment.
He struggles with “Unconscious beliefs” where we assume we know what you are going to say and do and attempts to “mentally rearrange fragments of insight . . . into a new quilt of understanding”. His friends in Tibet help him evaluate what is really important and brings him to a path of forgiveness.
This is a wonderful series of love and hate, joy and sorrow, and Authors Guy Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay remind us “we are all as one, in joy and in grief, in love and in loss”. David Michie, author of Dalai Lama’s Cat highly recommended Ten’s Second Rule. I completely agree and look forward to the 3rd.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product that I read in its entirety.
By Jeanne Kalogridis
St Martin’s Press
‘“Madame’, he said gently. “You and I understand each other well, I think – better than the rest of the world understands us. You and I see things others do not. Too much for our comfort.’” The words of Monsieur de Nostredame to Madame la Reine – Catherine de Medicis, Queen, Consort of Henry II, King of France 1519-1589 to Catherine during one of his visits before being removed for an astrologer.
The Devil’s Queen was fond of astrology and much of her life, Catherine De Medici practiced the art whenever possible. Her childhood friend, Cosimo Ruggieri, was the son of Bernozzo a physician and psychic. His date of birth is unknown, but appears to be about the same as Catherine and both are from Florence. Cosimo, the magician, would play a deep and abiding role in Cathrine’s entire ife. From amulets to spells, Cosimo watched over and loved Catherine from afar for most of his life.
This version of Catherine’s life is uniquely different from any other I could find. And the reviews, for the most part, failed to give Author Kalogridis credit for her unique approach to a much written subject.
Cosimo gave Catherine a black stone with a bit of greenery – the Wing of Corvus Resing held the power of the raven’s star and the wing would shelter her from harm. Although she died before Cosimo, Catherine depended on Cosimo for comfort, guidance, and the necessary spells to provide heirs, escape harm, and keep her family in power. Was the Saint Bartholemew massacre fate, or a result of Catherine’s actions? Read The Devil’s Queen and decide for yourself.