My husband and I just returned from our most recent vacation, to Sedona, Fort Lauderdale, and cruising in Mexico and the Eastern Caribbean. What fun! In Sedona, I enjoyed experiencing one of the Earth’s vortexes there for the first time. Bell Rock vortex felt so positive and wonderful that it practically knocked me off my feet! Many other happy trails were found, with Sedona now publishing very detailed vortex and hiking maps. Now it’s back home to beautiful Ashland, and I must say, I am very happy to be back. While Sedona was wonderful, cruising these days was not the same as it was 31 years ago, when my husband and I went on our first honeymoon. This vacation was a little more, “prickly pear,” just like these beautiful heart-shaped but spiny cacti we found on our hikes in Sedona.
After a week in Sedona, we flew to Fort Lauderdale, where we boarded two separate cruise ships, one week after another. Just before we arrived in Jamaica, however, we were told that the US had just recently issued a travel advisory warning for Jamaica, saying that it was no longer safe for tourists. Once we got home, too, we heard of a similar warning for certain parts of Mexico, places where we had just been. These were sobering moments.
Security was also very high on and off the ship, something we hadn’t experience in the past. The level of desperation and poverty that we saw in several places too was quite saddening. And on the cruise ship, we learned that that many cruise ships are now registered to third world countries. As such, they don’t have to abide by Western labor and health laws. Essentially, the employees on these ship were mostly from third world countries, often working seven days a week, 10-12 hours a day, and for many months at a time. –We did our best to tip well throughout our vacation.
Personally though we were safe and lucky, and I credit much of this to both common sense and having a List. In Jamaica, despite the travel advisory, we asked a crew member where his favorite place to go was, and he said “The Bamboo Beach Club.” There, we experienced Reggae music, friendly locals, great dancing, swimming in warm waters, and free Jamaican rum!
The Island of Grand Cayman was also particularly wonderful, as we swam at “Sea Ray City.” Boats form in a circle and sea rays come in to be fed. We all go a chance to feed the rays ourselves, and we also snorkeled close by and saw a moray eel and many beautiful tropical fish.
But while we had a lovely time, the educational experiences I had made me so glad to be back in the beautiful Rogue Valley, and to have my feet planted firmly on this beautiful and prosperous ground.
The List and Mind Frames at OLLI, April & May
Now the Spring term begins at OLLI at SOU, and I am preparing to teach a List Class there Wednesdays, 1-3 pm, April 4-May 2. I am also teaching a Mind Frames Class Wednesdays, 1-3 pm, May 9-May 30. Membership is required to take the classes, for the cost of approximately $125.00, and membership has lots of benefits. You would be able to attend these and many other evening courses throughout the year. Please call OLLI at 541-552-6048 if you are interested in attending either class.
List Update Class
Our next List Update Class will be on Saturday, May 12, 12:30-3:3:30 pm., in the Guanajuato Room at The Ashland Library. (Please just drop in: by donation.)
September Classes 2018
I will also be teaching classes in the fall, after an evening talk at the Ashland Co-Op. The talk is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24, from 6-8 pm (class dates, TBA), and the talk is about The List and Your Health.
Mercury Retrograde Soon
FYI, our next Mercury Retrograde begins this Thursday, March 22, and it lasts until April 15. Know that communications can sometimes be a bit mixed up during these times, be careful in traffic, and check your details twice.
I wish you all a happy, prosperous Spring, and I look forward to seeing you soon.