“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain
This week, the townhouse really began to feel like home, as Sweet Terry and I finished painting, unpacked books, treasures, photos, entertained friends from near and far, and began a new area of study.
Gone is the ‘pervasive pink’ paint that the townhouse came with. We wanted to create, using color, a sense of separate space to the kitchen/dining area from the living room. A wall of large windows floods the entire townhouse with natural light, allowing the kitchen to carry the color choice of “October Leaves” well. “Calm White’ for the living room area was actually a light yellow.
In perfect synchronicity, the bookshelves I ordered arrived the day after the painting was finished, a full two weeks earlier than their scheduled delivery date.
And while my books are my dear companions and friends, even better we welcomed our friend of twenty plus years through the door. Tony and I were Wilderness Guides together, sharing many an adventure over the years. Waxing poetic on history, geology, botany, and folklore while providing safe passage & hiking for visitors from around the world into areas they would not have ventured into on their own. We were quite the pair, a Sedona Local and a Jersey Gal. Tony taught me about always maintaining a centered calm and sense of humor, while navigating a 1971 FJ40 Toyota LandCruiser in monsoons, flash floods, dust, mud, intense heat, bitter cold, and too many rock, climb and descent challenges to mention. Tony knows about true Native American history. The best Guide I ever knew or worked with, and long after I had moved on, we remained close friends. He continued Guiding in Arizona having access to taking visitors to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon in addition to the Sedona Verde Valley area. Good food, good stories, and so much laughter when we get together.
The week rounded itself out with the arrival of our former neighbors and friends from the small southern village in North Carolina where we moved from earlier this year to return to the Verde Valley. What a treat it was to catch up on all the southern local gossip and best of all to take them hiking. This was Rose and Lloyds first time hiking the Red Rocks of Sedona and it was a joy to be the one to show them around. Here they are featured with Mermaid Rock in the background, and with Sweet Terry reminding them to drink plenty of water.
The recent current events continue to loom large in my mind/heart. What I learned with my essay Comfortably Numb: The New American Normal and Three Lists, is that those kinds of essays create a mixed bag of responses. The majority of everyone who read or commented on those essays was/is as concerned as I, with several putting the posts on their Facebook Pages, doing a re-blog, or tweeting them. Others respectfully disagreed, with interesting and valid viewpoints and facts. A few contacted me in attack mode. I have so much to learn about Human Rights globally. Feel a very real responsibility to speak from the heart and in a positive solutions based factual voice. Just began an exceptional class through a MOOC on EDX called: Human Rights: The Right To Freedom of Expression. Offered by Amnesty International through EDX it will give me some knowledge and insight into the basic rights of humans to express themselves, teach me how to critically assess information related to the Freedom of Expression. It is important to me that my website succeed. I believe this class will support me in that goal.
Expressing my gratitude to all of you for your support, kindness, and friendship through our websites as we are about to embrace the holidays. Know I hold you in my heart. Peace and blessings to one and all.
Today’s Music: Seals and Croft “We May Never Pass This Way Again”