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The Rolling Stones in Washington, DC RFK Stadium July 4, 1972

I grew up in the late 1960s a huge Rolling Stones fan. My godmother’s daughter (does that make her my divine sister?) Was the president of the Rolling Stones fan club in the United States in 1966. She had all their records and desperately wanted to see them perform live.

So imagine my joy when tickets became available in the spring of 1972 for a July 4th concert at RFK Stadium. They sold out quickly, but I managed to score a couple. Time passed very slowly for me between that day and the actual day of the concert.

We all got in my friend’s VW and went out. It was a seating festival so we wanted to get there early enough to get decent seats. We just so happened to arrive around 1:30 pm and got the perfect seats (for a baseball game, front row behind the 3rd base dugout) and as the stage was setting up at 2nd base, great seats for the show that night.

So there we were, with 5 hours to kill before Stevie Wonder entertained us as the opening act. The acrid smell of quirky tobacco hung in the air and bottles of cheap wine were passed around. It was a splendid atmosphere and everything was going wonderfully until we began to hear a loud disturbance coming from behind us. Screaming and singing and coming from outside the front door. Apparently some kids were trying to rush the security manning the entrance and crash the scene!

Well, this was all a bit of fun until someone yelled “they’re firing tear gas!” Which made us laugh until the wind changed direction and began to blow gas into the stadium. We stopped laughing at that moment and tried to hold our breath. This worked for a while, until we really needed to breathe, and then it was unpleasant to say the least. Our eyes were stung and we were all suffering.

Finally, the police had a clue and stopped with tear gas. The air cleared and the first act took the stage. Stevie Wonder was fine. Hardly anyone cared about him (which was a shame) but he did his thing for about half an hour and then stepped off stage to the recognition of the majority of the crowd. This is the life of an opening act.

Then another 45 minutes passed and finally the Stones took the stage. If you’ve ever seen the movie “Ladies and Gentlemen the Rolling Stones” then it was the same tour. Probably his best tour. They supported his new album “Exile on Main Street”. Lots of good songs on that one, plus they did all their hits to date (the same hits that everyone wants to hear today). Mick pointed out the historic occasion (he majored in economics and history at the London School of Economics, after all) and congratulated us all on our independence.

I’ve been to four Stones concerts over the years and each one produced an atmosphere so thick it could be cut with a knife. I don’t know what that band is about, but they always do two amazing things. They create an amazing atmosphere like I said and they relate to the crowd as if you were an equal. Absolutely no signs of “hey I’m a rock star thank you for your bread man and we’ll play whatever we want or not at all, whatever.” It’s weird, but you really feel like they’re your friends next door and they just hang out with you during that 2 hour period.

Well, they played a little over 2 hours and 3 encores and then it was time to get back in the car and try to find our way home again. Overall, the best experience a 20-year-old could have had back then did not involve Robert Redford and the Mormon Taburnacle Choir. Come on, use your imagination.

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Exciting travel tips and ideas

Many people think of Hawai’i as paradise on earth. A magnificent setting, a perfect climate, a relaxed atmosphere … If that’s not a piece of paradise, what is it? The state is an archipelago made up of eight main islands. At the top of your head, you can probably name Oahu and Maui as two of these, with Oahu being the location of the state capital and Maui being popular for its mega resorts. Kaua’i has also gained a lot of recognition over the years. It may not be as crowded as the other islands, but there are plenty to do on Kaua’i too.

First-time travelers who want to make the most of their Hawaii vacation, exploring Maui is best. While Honolulu and its famous Waikiki beach neighborhood are common destinations for the regular tourist, Maui has a lot to offer anyone looking for leisure, adventure, or both.

Have you been saving for that trip? It is definitely not cheap to travel to the Aloha state, so make sure you experience and enjoy the place to the fullest. There are direct flights to Kahului Airport from the mainland, which means you can skip Oahu or the Big Island entirely if you want to focus on The Valley Isle.

If you’re wondering what to do on your long-awaited trip, here are some of the most popular things to do on Maui:

1. Water sports. Do you surf? If not, then Maui is the right place to learn. You can ride the waves to your heart’s content, even just bodyboarding or skimboarding. Do you want to explore underwater? There are many places to dive and snorkel. Do you want to try something really exhilarating? How about kitesurfing or windsurfing? If you are not an adrenaline junkie, you can stick with swimming or kayaking.

2. Awesome hikes. Are you in the mood to commune with mountains (or dormant volcanoes) and trees, experience a hike that will overwhelm your eyes with the grandeur of nature? If so, head to Iao Valley State Park or Haleakala National Park.

3. Road trip. Have you heard of the famous Road to Hana? You cannot go to Maui and not have the experience of traveling on this historic highway. Losing it would be a real shame. It is a series of visual delights from Kahului to the Seven Sacred Pools in Hana. You can see the ocean in a multitude of perspectives, waterfalls, and various other attractions.

4. Food trip. While a luau is a must, there are many other dining experiences that you can’t miss. Where else can you get shaved ice? Is the snow cone taken to other levels? How about a Musubi Spam? This is the processed food version of a maki or sushi. You also have to try the Hawaiian sweet bread, another gastronomic curiosity. This one ends with the “wonder” of Wonderbread and takes his throne.

5. Pleasant surprise. When you think of Hawai’i, you imagine beaches, volcanoes, and rainforests, not lavender farms and wineries. Oddly enough, Maui has these two, so suffice to say, you’ll be very excited to try pineapple sparkling wine and lavender-infused products.

Helicopter tours, whale watching … the list should go on and on; the above is just the tip of the iceberg. Maui has so much more to offer. Hawai’i in general has a great treasure to offer. It is something that you need to experience at least once in your life.

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Disney World Hotel Guide: Know Your Options for Budget Hotels, Luxury Resorts, and More

No one can deny the appeal of a Disney vacation. It is a wonderful experience not only for children, but also for parents and grandparents of all ages. If you are heading to the Orlando / Kissimmee area, you can start your trip by looking at Disney World hotels. Which one offers everything your family needs? Or if you are looking for a romantic getaway, there are a variety of honeymoon suites to choose from.

There are hotels and rentals of all kinds in the Walt Disney World area, ranging from basic one-star hotels to top-notch five-star luxury resorts. Just head over to a travel booking site to begin your search. You can also browse all the hotels to get an idea of ​​what is available. It should be easy to find something that suits your needs.

While there are also hotels outside the resort area, staying on the property has benefits, especially if you are staying at Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Four Seasons Resort, and Disney Springs Resort. For example, you can get early access to Fast Pass + Planning and complimentary transportation options. Disney’s Magical Express service is a nice bonus if you’re flying into MCO International. Just get a quick transportation directly to your resort by bus. There is even a luggage delivery service at no additional charge.

If your budget isn’t too high, there are some affordable options, like B Resort and Spa and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort (both in the Springs area), Disney All-Star Movies Resort, All-Star Music Resort, and the Hilton Orlando Bonnet. Creek Resort.

Disney World hotels for a romantic getaway

Are you going on a romantic getaway? Consider Disney World hotels with 4-5 stars such as Four Seasons Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Board Walk Villas or Waldorf Astoria. There’s also Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, featuring southern-inspired decor and a Mississippi River-style waterway.

If you already have your tickets, a package may not be suitable for you. If you don’t have your tickets yet, consider a room and ticket package or even a room, ticket and dinner package. Another reason to stay at Disney World hotels is if you are going on a Disney cruise. Why not spend a night or two at the resort and then head to the dock to get on your boat?

For parties consisting of five or more, there are special vacation solutions available, such as Deluxe Villas, Family Suites, and Wilderness Cabins, including a private patio, picnic table, and barbecue grill.

No matter when you plan to go, you can usually find deals for Disney World hotels online. Just do your research and look at pictures of various resorts. Read the list of services and reviews from previous guests.

Start your search for Orlando vacation packages, airfare, and more online. It’s your best bet for finding discounts on Disney World hotels and Disney vacations in general. Regardless of your plans, you can save by using online coupon codes.

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For vocal control: balancing force in the TA and CT muscles

There are two groups of muscles that control your vocal registers. These muscles are called thyroarytenoids (TA) and cricothyroid (CT). To sing contemporary (popular) styles of music, the force in these muscle sets must be especially balanced and coordinated. When one set is much stronger than the other, vocal problems like these occur:

  • Limited vocal range.
  • Frustrating pitch issues.
  • Lack of control of vocal “licks” or ornaments.
  • Limited vocal tone color options.
  • Lack of ability to mix the voice.
  • Vocal register breaks.
  • Vocal tension.

The CT muscles “work” the voice of the head, or upper vocal register, lengthening the vocal cords by tilting the thyroid cartilage. The TA muscles “work” the chest voice, or lower vocal register, by shortening and thickening the vocal cords, of which they are the core.

People who strain on the chest voice need a stronger head voice (controlled by the CT muscles). People who have trouble reaching lower notes (common with classically trained singers trying a contemporary sound) need to strengthen their TA muscles. For a singer, more important than knowing the names of these muscles is learning to identify the sensations … how the voice should feel and operate … when these muscles are balanced.

When there is an imbalance, vocal training can strengthen the weak ensemble to match the strong ensemble. How? The way you strengthen any muscle is use it – and use it correctly. Here are some tips:

* If you tend to strain at the higher end of your chest voice (also known as a push chest voice):

Practice singing with the voice in your head. Do exercises that take you much higher than you would normally go when singing songs, but be sure not to bend over or push to do so. Just climb as high as you can effortlessly. Keep doing this on a regular basis and you will strengthen the muscles that control your upper register. The voice in your head will begin to influence the voice in your chest and you will be able to sing notes that were previously difficult or almost impossible to reach without straining.

* If you have received classical training and find it difficult to avoid lowering your voice in your head when doing musical theater or contemporary (non-classical) songs:

Practice singing with your chest voice. Feel the vibration in your mouth and chest; avoid a “hootie”, “covered” or hollow sound. Set up your chest voice the same way you would your head voice … stretch out and don’t lean forward or hunch over. Sing songs and do exercises that raise your middle voice, but keep your voice “talking”; do not “pass” to the voice of the head. Important … while using this voice, DO NOT PRESS. In fact, it helps to imagine a plane of glass in front of your mouth when you sing … try not to leave a breath mark on it. Make sure you have a chest voice. If you are not sure which register you are singing in, find a good voice teacher who can help you learn to identify the corresponding sensations of being in the head or chest voice.

When you achieve balanced strength in the TA and CT muscles, you will appear to have ONE built-in vocal range, because the voices from your chest and head can easily blend into what is commonly called a “mixed voice.” The most accomplished and masterful voices are also the most mixed.

For highly effective vocal muscle balancing exercises called “combination steps”, as well as more excellent vocal instruction, look for the 6-CD pack on the website below:

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MLM fact or fiction? 20+ free leads every day from Facebook

This is you? You saw an email or internet post that describes how you can generate free leads through Facebook. So he downloaded the e-book or listened to the webinar and immediately began trying to apply what he had learned.

So you opened a Facebook account and set up your profile … nothing fancy, just a few announcements about some of the things you’d like to do in your spare time. You didn’t take long to really think about what you’re going to convey through your profile … after all, this is just a means to an end, right? This is just one way to find more people to show your business opportunity to. This is just a tool for you to GET more leads so you can GET more affiliate commissions so you can GET more sign-ups on your MLM opportunity so you can GET more bonus checks … That’s what “so and so said such an overnight internet marketing guru “in his packed webinar. (Not!)

So why the heck is this not working? I followed all the steps that Mr. Guru described. I added 50 friends a day. I created a group and invited everyone to join. I criticized them with my marketing emails. Where are my 20+ leads a day on Facebook?

My friend, let me tell you. This is not a scam. Potential customers are out there. They are simply avoiding you because your approach has been completely twisted. Your tactics don’t invite people to connect with you; on the contrary, you like the latest fragrance from MLM Buster Company: it’s called “Salesman.” And just like those pesky perfumers at the mall, they all avoid you because they see you coming with that bottle in hand. You, my friend, have forgotten the key point that will drive the success of an Internet marketer and it is the foundation of the attraction marketing philosophy: you must connect with people!

Here are some of the behaviors I had to correct in myself and my downline team before I started generating leads from Facebook:

    1. Be a person, not a “salesperson.”

A person seeks friendship and an opportunity to network. A salesperson is looking for customers. A person takes the time to connect with people based on common interests. (Ex. Hi Doug. I see you are from Hartford and you mentioned that you are a huge fan of UCONN. Have you ever visited the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield?) A salesperson does not take the time to connect, he prefers instead of sending spam messages about the latest business op killer.

    2. Complete the profile (I mean you actually complete it)

It’s one thing to list “The Matrix” as one of your favorite movies. Another thing is to talk about what exactly you liked about the movie. What is your favorite line from the movie and why does it sound familiar to you? What is your favorite scene? Which character did you choose the last Hallowe’en? Don’t be afraid to be a total fan boy (or girl) as this lets the reader know how passionate you are about whatever it is you like. Shared passion creates connections.

    3. Give, give, give courage!

We hear about this all the time in network marketing. And yet many of us focus on what we can GET from our relationships rather than what we can extend to others. People will feel like you are coming from a mile away, so give them positive feelings to tune in to rather than vibes that make them want to squeeze their wallets tighter.

    4. Take a moment to reply to personal messages and comments on your wall.

People who write on your wall or send you messages are throwing their thank you line. I appreciate and guarantee that they will return the favor.

Marketing is about showing people that you can help solve their problems, but you can’t be of much help to someone you don’t know ANYTHING about. The top MLM internet marketing producers understand this and are using this knowledge to benefit from social media marketing strategies. Don’t reinvent the wheel, do what they do. And as always, don’t just take my word for it. Take it to check.

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Authors: their words have the power to transform, influence and change minds

“From everything I’m seeing, it seems like their main focus is writing and marketing books.

What has got you so excited about this right now? Brian Basilico, host of the It’s Not About You podcast show, It’s About Bacon, asked me during a recent interview.

“Now more than ever, we are at a truly critical time in our world and words have the power to change lives. I am committed to helping so many authors spread their message in a big way,” I replied.

This was the start of a lively conversation between Brian and me.

The main point I wanted to convey during the interview is this; Regardless of whether you write books, blog posts, articles, or post your thoughts on social media sites, words have power.

It is a critical moment

At this time, more than ever, authors must step up and be willing to transform readers with their words.

As an author, are you willing to write your truth? Are you willing to take a position that CAN change lives? Are you willing to stop hiding?

In my interview with Brian, I shared why writing is so important to me and the clients I work with. If I can help a transformational writer get his message to market, I have done my job.

To have this ability, it is essential for me to come out of the shadows. I must write about what is important to me. I must also be willing not to let other people’s judgment of me stop me in any way, shape, or form.

Case in point

With everything that is happening around Charlottesville, Virginia, some of us are unwilling to remain silent. The following is a post I recently posted on Facebook.

The vast majority of people distinguish between good and evil.

They know that there are evil and dangerous people. Many are speaking out against this evil, while others sit quietly, not wanting to move the ship. The boat has to be shaken!

Here’s the deal …
On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, President Trump tried to disinfect the stench of hatred surrounding a deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia, calling armed protesters carrying torches and dressed in Nazi clothing as “very fine people” seeking protect your history.

Let’s be very, very clear. Any Nazi is NOT a very good person. No way. They are evil, dangerous, and are not welcome anywhere. They are teaching their children to hate and trying to infect the world with their poisonous nonsense.

Growing up, my mother shared stories of what it was like to live in a Nazi-occupied country during WWII. As a teenager, she grew up knowing the evils, first hand, of wondering if her home would be bombed, her friends taken to the camps (yes, there were many of her Jewish schoolmates who, from one day to the next, witnessed disappear), his own family under threat of going to the camps, and his uncle being beheaded by the Nazis for working in the underground resistance. Every day my great-uncle did what he knew was right at the risk of losing his life, until one day he did it.

Many people are speaking as we watch horrors unfold in the United States and around the world. However, many are making judgments when they do not see others step forward … or so they think.

In reality, we don’t see everything our friends do. If you don’t see people standing up for what is right and fair, don’t assume it isn’t.

My dear friend, Audrey Joseph is involved in San Francisco with organizing a march. In his own words: “ATTENTION! You have spoken and I agree that the counter-demonstration should take place at the Civic Center at the same time on August 26. Later, but be prepared to have your voices heard, to speak in against intolerance and hatred “. “

If you’re not on Audrey’s thread, you have no idea what she’s doing. And yet Audrey is the kind of woman who moves the boat, talks, organizes, and does so with such passion, power, and perseverance. She will not be silenced. He will not let hatred prevail.

Don’t assume because you haven’t seen what people are doing in the wake of escalating hatred that they aren’t doing something. Don’t judge what you can’t see.

There are a lot of people at grassroots work doing a lot.

Instead of judging the level of participation of others, we should all ask ourselves: “Are we keeping silent for fear of being judged and politically correct?” To hell with political correctness. Our voices must be heard.

Are we offering solutions or are we waiting for others to create the solution?

There is absolutely no time to wait and wait for this to go away. Each, in their own way, must be willing to stand up and be heard.

*** End of publication on Facebook ***

do what you can

In fact, everyone, in their own way, can do it. Each one, in their own way, must do something.

Words have power. Words influence others. Words make a difference.

Are their words heard, seen and read? If not, why not. Don’t wait for permission. Take a step forward and be counted.

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How to plan your move to New York

New York City redefines one’s life and takes a 180 degree turn. Sometimes it can seem like a desert of concrete and steel, and other times the same city offers its Central Park, which feels like a free pass that one has earned to survive in this harsh city. New York can be merciful and harsh on you, but I guess one would agree that it changes you as a person for the better. Relocating to New York can be one of the best chapters in life. With thousands of communities, ethnicities, races, all genders, religions, and its many languages, New York City protects you like no other city. One of the largest financial capitals in the world, it is the most populous city in America. Proud of its status as a ‘Global Energy City’, New York primarily influences global trends related to fashion, finance, art, literature, education, commerce, technology, entertainment and much more. New York has one of the largest ports in the world and is divided into 5 boroughs, namely: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx. We have created the perfect relocation guide for you. We’ll see: –

Accommodation and neighborhoods: –

Although there are numerous decent and upscale neighborhoods in New York City, there are some all-encompassing localities catering to everything one would need in terms of ease of access to transportation options, quality schools and healthcare facilities, utility stores. and departmental. , general neighborhood safety, etc. Some of the best neighborhoods that score high on these parameters are Manhattan, Chelsea, Midtown East, and Gramercy.

Midtown East It is one of the most exclusive and elegant places in New York with emblematic places of the city such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Broadway. Here you can find amazing studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments in Midtown East.

Manhattan: Known for being one of the most economically luxurious neighborhoods in New York, Manhattan is pure ‘city life’. Soaring skyscrapers, gourmet restaurants, popular attractions like Central Park, the New York State Library, etc. Accommodation in Manhattan can range from one, two-bedroom, to one-person studio apartments. With great value for money, a host of exclusive amenities, minutes from the subway station, these apartments will be the most practical option for you in Manhattan.

Chelsea is the neighborhood to be in if you like a more vibrant, artsy and lively neighborhood that feels closer to home. From exquisite art galleries to the best of fashion and incredible restaurants, Chelsea has a “pure life” to offer. Mostly red or brown brick or sandstone buildings amid contemporary new age architecture – Chelsea has the best service apartments that will make you feel at home instantly. With fully furnished apartments, stocked kitchens, the finest in bedroom furnishings, we live to make you feel like you’ve never left “home.”

Gramercy: This neighborhood grants ‘exclusivity’ like no other. From private resident parks, large-scale living spaces, surrounding greenery, luxury apartments, Gramercy will provide you with everything you need, so you won’t have to move out of the neighborhood for literally anything. Luxury clothing stores, bookstores, libraries, good schools – Gramercy defines a good standard of living. Check out the amazing serviced apartments in Gramercy that will provide you with carefree living with fast maintenance, state-of-the-art amenities, modern furnishings, and unmatched ease of access to public transportation.

Education:-

In terms of education, New York City has some of the best elementary and middle schools and also institutes for advanced learning. New York’s education system is actually the largest in the entire United States with over 1,600 elementary and high schools. It also has several specialized high schools for gifted students. The city also has 120 institutes of higher education and some of the most recognized institutions that receive the largest number of students from around the world are Columbia University, Barnard College, New York University and The Juilliard School.

Health care: –

In terms of public health care, New York City has the largest municipal health care system in the world. It has 11 acute or intensive care hospitals, 5 nursing homes, 6 major diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community health care centers for the working class and economically disadvantaged sectors of society. The most reputable hospital in this municipality is the Bellevue Hospital, where you can go for a general and specialized diagnosis and also for subsequent treatment and emergencies.

Transport:-

New York also has one of the best and most extensive transportation systems in the world with multiple modes of public transportation. Some of the main modes of public transportation are: New York City Subway, which is the largest rapid transit system in the world, City Buses, which is the largest in North America, Staten Island Ferry, which is also the boasts of being the busiest ferry system in the world, and the Yellow Taxis that run more than 12,000 cars in the city.

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Loving or Receiving Love: Changing the Orientation of Your Life

When I was young I didn’t have many friends. He had enough friends, but not many of them. For many years I secretly wished to have more friends, to be more popular, to have more people like me. But it was then that I “thought like a child, reasoned like a child” (1 Corinthians 13:11). Fortunately, I grew up. As the Apostle Paul testified, “I became a man and left behind childish customs” (IBID).

Not everyone grows up, you know. some just get old. Aging is imposed; maturity is a choice. When I became a man, a Christian man, I began to really mature. I began to follow the One who called me “friend,” and the path we have traveled is one that leads to maturity. We keep walking; I am still maturing. I do not arrive! Still, something happened along the way, something of profound importance happened to me.

As profound as it was, I can’t tell you when it happened. I suppose it happened while my eyes were “fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith” (Hebrews 12: 2). Somehow, somewhere, sometime along the way, my orientation towards life changed. I stopped seeing myself in the center of the universe with everything revolving around me and everything revolving on me. Walking more with Christ, I finally realized that neither the others nor even the “center of the universe” was the true Center. Rather, the One who made the universe was the legitimate center, the legitimate focus of my life, of our lives.

While living this way, I stopped trying to make friends. I started seriously trying to be a friend. I stopped hoping to win more friends numerically; I began to try to deepen the friendships I had. That is, I began to care more deeply for others, or I said in another way: love others better.

In my immaturity, my orientation was completely self-centered. My concern was, “How well are they loving me?” Even more deeply, I worried that I could never be loved as deeply as I wanted. However, as maturity has grown in me, I have been motivated by this concern: “How well am I loving?” And sometimes, in full meditation before my Master, I wonder if I will ever love as deeply as I should. And he has assured me that he will “accomplish the work that he has begun in me” (Philippians 1: 6).

Many years ago, God made me stop for a moment and look at my life. I wanted him to see something in particular. I saw a lot of friends, people who really cared about me and who really cared about me. It was amazing the first time I saw it; I have marveled at the view many times since then. As pleasant as that experience is, it is not my normal orientation to look at that. As faithfully as I can, I am living from the inside out, engaging with the world before me, not living as someone looking in a mirror to see myself (where you could even be in that reflection as well).

I don’t want to leave the impression that being based on God’s love for me, living with passion to be a friend, truly loving others, has made me immune to rejection or pain in relationships with people. Does not have. However, he has made these experiences bearable and, so far, the worst of them, that he can survive. Nor do I want to leave the impression that I will never return to life centered on myself. I have done it many times. But this I know, that’s not the way I was made to live. By God’s grace, I have continued to regain my senses and live in harmony with God and His plan for my life: a God-centered life.

Nowhere in the Bible have I found the command to go out and get love or find someone who loves me. It tells us that we are loved by the One who matters most; and then he tells us to go love others. According to Jesus, the two most important commandments, which he considered inseparable and which he proposed were an adequate summary of the entire message of the Bible, were these: we must love the Lord God with all our being and love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22: 37-40). This is not natural. We, by nature, operate the exact opposite of this. God is not our starting point; our neighbors are. And we are not trying to love our neighbor; we are trying to be loved. Also, until we see this, and see it as wrong, we cannot turn away from it.

In the 800 words you just read, there is potential hope and direction for living your life well. Jesus did not pretend to be a mere spiritual addition to our lives; It became our life (see Colossians 3: 2-4). Do you need to change that orientation? Do you need to start seriously following Jesus, our Friend closer than a brother? He is still extending His great invitation: “Come, follow me!” Please remember, it is a journey of maturity! Everything will change when you really follow it. You will change!

Note: All scripture quotes are from the New International Version.

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The Hermit of Fort Fisher

Robert E. Harrill, also known as “The Hermit” is a character woven into the history of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Surely one of the most famous characters on Pleasure Island. He has been the subject of a documentary, a book, a “society” and has written many articles about his life and times. He lived “off the ground” in an old abandoned bunker during WWII for 16 years. Harrill hitchhiked to Fort Fisher, on the North Carolina coast, from the mountains in search of peace and refuge from an abusive and disappointing life. At age 60, he finally decided to get away from society and get closer to nature. Her life was sad, sweet, inspiring, and brave; his death shrouded in mystery only adds one more layer to his story. He was sociable, teaching his version of “the school of common sense”, in the late 1960s it was considered the second largest tourist attraction in the state of North Carolina after the battleship USS North Carolina.

I followed the “Path of the Hermit” to the bunker that I used to call home. Like everyone else, I am intrigued by a man who lived in the middle of a salt marsh, right by the ocean, so independently for so long. He lived on the “fat of the earth”, here on the coast there were oysters, fish and a garden that he himself planted. He faced hurricanes, the humidity and the heat of Carolina summers, he fought for his right to stay in his “home” against developers and other authorities who considered him a homeless man. Mainly, his friends were animals, stray cats, dogs, and wild raccoons. Although, I don’t imagine that he was alone for human company, it has been said that he had a guest book that at his death contained no less than 100,000 entries. These passersby made their contributions to him, dropping money into his pan or sharing some food. He also accepted donations for posing for a photo.

He was quoted in 1968 in the New Hanover Sun regarding his popularity,

“Everyone should be a hermit for a few minutes to an hour approximately every 24 hours, to study, meditate and commune with their creator … millions of people want to do exactly what I am doing, but since it is much easier to think about it to do it, subconsciously they choose me to represent them, that’s why I am successful … “

I guess I didn’t miss much food or drink. There is an entry on his website from a local who was about 16 years old at the time and used to take him to town to buy food. The man remembers stacking 30 bags of groceries in his trunk!

Letters and stories, along with her collected personal writings, indicate that she lived a difficult life. He grew up through depression in an abusive home as a child. Their marriage ended in divorce and their eldest son’s committee committed suicide. I can identify with his desire to escape to a simpler life. However, to continue his story, his youngest son, Edward, founded The Hermits’ Society. The inspirations, “teachings” and thoughts of the Hermit are recorded in photographs and films.

His death on June 3, 1972 was classified as a heart attack. The Hermit was found by a group of teenagers early in the morning. His body was in the position of an eagle stretched out on a pile of garbage. I find it difficult to convey how sad this makes me.

You can still visit your bunker and walk the trail from Fort Fisher / South End Beach Access. The trail begins in front of the Visitor Center. The trail is approximately ¼ mile to the bunker. You can continue to the Observatory platform at the top of the island where you can see herons, ibis, egrets, and other amazing colonial shore birds. A regular show for our friend the hermit.

Having learned all this about Robert Harrill, I felt compelled to follow him and find his grave. It is located on Dow Road at the Federal Point Methodist Cemetery. It is a quiet riverside location in a shady, historic area of ​​the grounds. The grave itself is covered in shells that have been left as souvenirs, in fact I left one myself when I knelt down to read the tombstone. It says “It made people think.” I’m not the only one, your visitors are still looking for it, most recently a DVD of the movie Fort Fisher Hermit was also left at Robert’s grave. His life story, “The Battle for Independence; The Life and Times of the Hermit of Fort Fisher” is for sale on lulu.com.

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Native American culture in Sedona

There is a lot of Native American influence in the Sedona area. Its culture is rich and dates back centuries. All you have to do is walk the streets of beautiful Sedona and you will see and feel the rich tribal ethnicity that dates back to Native Americans.

Native American tribes have been in the area for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the latter part of the 19th century that Europeans finally came to the Sedona area to stay. So when you visit Sedona, you will find a deep Native American influence still in place. The influence is strong, from the handicrafts sold in the town to the beautiful cave paintings that have been discovered in the area.

Archaeologists have been able to uncover some interesting facts about the ancient residents of this region. Most archaeologists believe that the nomadic people who lived in the Sedona area so many thousands or years ago were probably hunting the larger game animals of the Ice Age.

Then, about 7,000 years ago, the culture of the Native Americans in the region began to change. They began to spend more time collecting plants and hunting animals that were considered small game. Stone tools, as well as projectile points, have been discovered in this time period near Dry Creek.

It was not until 700 AD that the native culture of the area was substantially modified. At this time, civilization became more focused on agriculture and the making of beautiful pieces of pottery. The group in the area was then known as Hakataya, and another group, the Hohokam, joined them. Later another tribe known as the Sinagua arrived in the region; All of these people merged to become South Sinagua. In the unique cliff dwellings that can still be seen, and in some of the rock art that can be found, evidence of their life and culture can be found. In fact, one place where you can see his interesting cliff dwellings from so many years ago is the Palatki cliff dwelling.

There is still a strong Native American presence in Sedona today. Some of the modern tribes found in the area include the Tonto Apaches, as well as the Yavapai, and you will find that the Hopi and Navajo Indians also have a strong influence in the region. You’ll find evidence of their culture in the artwork, ceremonies, and deep respect for this beautiful land. Many places in the Sedona area are considered sacred, so visitors should be careful to respect this.

Visitors to Sedona can see numerous ancient native artifacts. There is the cliff dwelling known as Honanki, as well as Woo Canyon, where you can see native art from so many years ago. You’ll also find exhibits of Native American dance, art, and music, and visitors can purchase beautiful Native American jewelry and pottery.

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