Shangri-La Kauai

Once in the land of Puff the Magic Dragon, hitting the shores on a beach so private I’ve promised not to reveal it here, Shangri-La Kauai becomes a peaceful private paradise on 11 acres just for www.PauseHawaii.com clients. Pause Hawaii is the vision of owner Michael Solberg, of the Solberg Center for Structural Integration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbh2-CdV714 Spiritual awakenings and yoga in the morning combined with exuberant outdoor explorations in the afternoons, whilst chefs using superior fresh bounty serve delicious meals in a tree house so spacious you’ll breathe in every moment, waiting for the next gift of beauty for which you are about to receive! Contact Michael  972-740-7939.  They have a trip planned for August!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3cz0_aO59c 

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South Africa Winelands

An African safari was on my To Do list, my bucket list if you will, even before I had a bucket! I highly recommend and will take my children on the next one. Whale watching and the sardine run will be one you won’t forget either! But for a not so off the beaten path trek, the Winelands wine tour will enlighten you in new ways! https://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/winelands/places Promised to see and be ”scened” like no other wine land in the US. And the South Africans’ etiquette and kindness will melt your heart!

Pre Catalan

Ah, Paris! The destination of a lifetime? Maybe, but if you are one of those that needs to plan everything ahead, be prepared to toddle off the beaten path when plans don’t fall perfectly into place…..like they did with us! Fear not to stroll down unsure streets just to happen across an otherwise undiscovered community outdoor market, a quaint café, or boutique. The views along the way will be memorable no matter what! And at least you have GPS in your phone….I did not!
When I was there, most of the museums were on strike for a couple of day. Our meanderings took us to the beautiful Bois de Boulogne in the west end of Paris. Not only is it one of the largest parks in the world, …approx 2.5 times larger than Central Park in NYC: it envelops horse tracks, chateaus, waterfalls, amusement parks and is traditional in that you may see wedding parties, romantics strolling, and vast gardens. Additionally, for the culture lover, it’s home to the Louis Vuitton Foundation‘s stunning exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187147-d194187-Reviews-Bois_de_Boulogne-Paris_Ile_de_France.html
But if you wish for a dining experience of a life time, please cross your fingers the stars and moon align so that you can dine at Pre-Catelan! http://restaurant.leprecatelan.com/index.cfm/page/lid/2/rid/3896/
Bon appetite!

The London Stone

london stoneWe run to London, whether for business of pleasure, and we see the London Tower and Westminster Abbey and we are impressed. And well we should be, for we feel the centuries past roll into the present, and feel they will continue forever. All this is good but how many of us have visited the London Stone?

“And here, sitting upon London-stone, I charge and command that, of the city’s cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but claret wine this first year of our reign. And now henceforward it shall be treason for any that calls me other than Lord Mortimer.”

Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part II, Act VI, Scene 6. London, Cannon Street

While the London Stone has been moved several times, it always seems to have been in the same stretch of Cannon Street opposite St Swithin’s church. No one really knows what it is but it seems to have been around since the beginnings of London. It has survived the Anglo Saxon invasion, the London fire of 1666, and the Nazi bombers of World War II. Some think it was a Roman mile market but no one really knows. Jack Cade, in the English revolution of 1450 is said to have sat on the London Stone while he proclaiming himself Lord Mayor of London and the eyeglass makers guide used to break faulty eyeglasses against it in the 1700’s. There are rumors that while the London Stone stands, so will London.

The next time you are in London, come see the London Stone. It has seen more history than just about everything else in London.

The Adobe Walls

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Quanah Parker

I am a small percentage Crow Indian. A picture of my half-blood grandmother and quarter-blood father would be enough proof right there! How many of you are aware if you have American Indian roots?

Everyone in Texas knows about the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. How many people know about the Adobe Walls?

 If battle deaths make a ground scared, then the grounds around Adobe Walls are as sacred as any place in Texas. It is in what is now called Hutchison County in the Texas Panhandle.

The settlement was a center for the white man buffalo hunters. It became a center for battle because the Indians saw it as their center of major food source, tools, and shelter. 

The first big battle was in 1864. Kit Carson led 372 army troops against about 3,000 Kiowa, Comanche and Plains Apache. Kit Carson was a brilliant leader but he couldn’t overcome 10 to 1 odds and so backed off.  

The second big battle was in 1874. This time 28 hunters were behind the Walls and included Bat Masterson and Billy Dixon. About 700 Comanche attacked, led by Quanah Parker and another chief. In the first rush, they got close enough to bang on the doors and windows but were held off by pistols and Winchesters. That was their best chance. After that, the hunters were alert and held off the Comanche with their long range buffalo rifles. It was the sight of one of the largest Indian battles in the current US.

http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasPanhandleTowns/Adobe-Walls-Texas.htm 

Ivan Rodriquez’s Career with the Texas Rangers

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Texas entrepreneur Stacy Stine Cary has held leadership positions with a variety of businesses, ranging from Patland Oil Company to the parental rights organization Family Focus. In addition to her various professional and charitable activities, Stacy Cary spends time supporting local sports teams like the Texas Rangers.

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez leads all players in Texas Rangers franchise history with 49 wins above replacement (WAR), a sports metric used to denote how much value a player brings to his or her team compared to an average league player at the same position. Rodriguez signed with the Rangers as an amateur free agent in 1988. He made his team debut in 1991 as a 19-year-old and played the first 12 seasons of his career in Texas.

The power-hitting catcher quickly established himself as a reliable offensive player, hitting at or above .300 over the course of eight seasons. He finished the 2000 season batting .347, having hit 27 home runs and driven in 83 runs. Virtually all of Rodriguez’s personal bests came during his time with the Texas Rangers. He made 199 hits in 1999, including 35 home runs, both career highs. He also stole 25 bases that season, well above his career average of eight steals per 162 games. Rodriguez left the Rangers after the 2002 season, having been named to 10 All Star games in the preceding 12 years.

Potential Signs of Animal Abuse

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Potential Signs of Animal Abuse
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Stacy Stine Cary is a Texas-based entrepreneur and philanthropist. Stacy Cary is especially involved with Operation Kindness and other organizations that advocate for animal protection.

Any individual who sees an incident of animal abuse should report the occurrence to the local authorities and any nearby animal-rights organizations. However, sometimes a person may sense an animal is being abused without having witnessed an actual event. There are several signs that should tip a person off to potential abuse.

Physical signs of abuse are often the most obvious. An animal that has been physically abused may appear seriously underweight or have open and untreated wounds. Abused animals may also be very dirty, with matted coats and long nails. Similarly, any animals left outdoors should have access to food and water. A cat or dog left outside without either resource is likely either suffering from abuse or, at best, living with an uninformed owner.

Other signs of abuse may be less overt. For example, owners who leave their animals outdoors should use a fence or tie to make sure their animal does not wander away. However, abused animals may be tied down in a way that allows little to no movement. Other ties, such as chains and spiked collars, are generally considered abuse, regardless of how much movement they allow the animal.

Finally, odd animal behavior is a very common sign of animal abuse. Abused animals often avoid human contact and either hide or assume a submissive posture the moment a human comes near. In other situations, an animal may become severely hostile, regardless of a nearby human’s demeanor, especially if the animal has been involved in animal fighting.