Throughout all my years of work in various positions it seems like I've mostly enjoyed sharing my thoughts on paper and through speaking engagements, informing and encouraging. I desire to do my part in sharing and currently feel the need to focus on travel-related subjects as well as life experiences. I look forward to our journeys together, around the world.
I think most end-of-year spring dance recitals in the U.S. are finishing up so I wanted to take the liberty to highlight a couple that I’ve had the privilege of attending – particularly since family was involved.
A couple of definitions of dance on Google are “move rythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps” and “move in a quick and live way”. One other is “perform (a particular dance or a role in a ballet).”
To me, ballet is a beautiful form of dance that provides inspiration with a feeling of appreciation and peace to the beholder, and is an outward expression of inward joy.
I didn’t realize this significance until our daughter began dance many moons ago at the age of five through her teens. Below are her photos taken years ago and the rest of the photos highlight wonderful, loving granddaughters.
I wish we had a good camera years ago to capture our daughter’s various dances.
Regardless, we have the memories and joy in our hearts.
Now we have the joy of being involved with our grandchildren. I just sit back and absorb their progress, expression and beauty.
This too brings me joy.
Do you have similar experiences where you can see the grace and beauty being displayed?
How are dance presentations conducted in other countries. Maybe they are called something other than recitals.
May we carry the joy within us and let it flow outward!
What comes to mind when you hear Daytona Beach? Is it racing, hotels or condos, or beaches?
If you are a regular guest at Daytona Beach, Fla. then you probably come for a specific purpose. I make trips there occasionally and it seems the main reason is the beach. The beautiful white sandy beach is a natural attraction and you can still drive your vehicle on it – compared to many other beaches in Florida.
Daytona Beach is “one of the few places in the world where a family car can be driven on an ocean beach.” (Wikitravel)
And yes, there is racing too. I’ll talk about racing in another blog later.
Did you know? Daytona was founded in 1870 by Matthias Day, from whom it takes its name. It was incorporated as a city in 1876. The separate towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze merged to form Daytona Beach in 1926. In the 1920s, the city became known as The World’s Most Famous Beach. https://wikitravel.org/en/Daytona_Beach
The amusement park, shops and restaurants are popular attractions.
There are many vacation club rentals available along with hotels and resorts. One of the cost-effective resorts is a little farther south in Daytona Beach Shores at Perry’s Resort. They’ve been there for 75 years and are currently expanding and remodeling while providing excellent rates and service. https://www.perrysoceanedge.com/
Throughout the world, and history, there have been those who served honorably for the cause of freedom so our nations may have peace from conflict, enabling them to pursue and enjoy the rights bestowed upon each individual. Let’s not let go of these sacrifices.
Although each nation does not have a perfect union I am thankful for the rights we hold dear today – and the sacrifice of those who helped make it possible to have a free society, allowing us to dream and follow those dreams freely.
Memorial Day is an annual, formal holiday in the United States to honor military service members who died in the line of duty. The date changes each year but is held on the last Monday in May. It was originally called Decoration Day, as the holiday was centered on decorating the graves of those who had fallen in the U.S. Civil War. http://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/memorial-day/
I want to highlight the U.S. National Cemetery in St. Augustine, Fla. as the 2018 emphasis to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
St. Augustine National Cemetery traces its history back to a Spanish monastery founded during the 18th century. Today, the cemetery perhaps is best known as the home of the Dade Pyramids, believed to be the oldest memorial in any national cemetery. The cemetery also features a unique Spanish Colonial-style superintendent’s lodge designed to complement the historic architecture found throughout St. Augustine. https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/national_cemeteries/florida/st_augustine_national_cemetery.html
Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, the city of St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited European city in the United States. According to the National Park Service the land upon which the national cemetery sits was originally part of a Franciscan monastery that operated until the English took possession of Florida in 1763, converting the monastery into the St. Francis Barracks. The Spanish regained possession of the territory in 1783 and held it until 1821, when Florida became a part of the United States; all the while, the site remained a military installation.
A portion of the yard at the St. Francis Barracks was set aside for use as a post cemetery, with the first burials occurring in 1828. Most of the early burials in the cemetery were casualties of the Indian Wars, a series of conflicts waged between 1817 and 1858 as the United States forcibly removed Native Americans, notably the Seminole tribes, to lands west of the Mississippi. Later burials include those of Union soldiers. Although Florida seceded in 1861, Union troops captured St. Augustine in March 1862 when the gunboat Wabash entered the harbor.
In 1881, the post cemetery was elevated in status to a national cemetery, as stated by the National Park Service. “St. Augustine National Cemetery covers a 1.3-acre rectangular site at the edge of what was once the walled Spanish city. The northern half of the grounds are enclosed by locally quarried Coquina stone walls, while a wrought-iron fence surrounds the southern half. Four pedestrian gates, two each along the eastern and western walls, allow access to the cemetery. Walkways connect each gate to its counterpart along the opposite wall, and a central avenue serves as the physical and symbolic link between the flagpole at the north end of the grounds and the Dade Pyramids at the south end. Also at the north end of the cemetery is the superintendent’s lodge. Built in 1938 out of Coquina stone, the lodge is in the Spanish Colonial style, like much of St. Augustine. The nearby rostrum is also composed of Coquina stone.”
The cemetery is a solemn and appropriate location to recognize those who championed freedom through the ages. The public gathers annually for the Memorial Day ceremony.
Let us take time around the world to recognize those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nations, including their families. Where would we be today had it not been for them.
With Love, Ron
St. Augustine National Cemetery is located at 104 Marine St. in St. Augustine, FL. The cemetery is open for visitation daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm; on Memorial Day the cemetery is open for visitation from 8:00am to 7:00pm. No cemetery staff is present onsite. For more information, please contact the cemetery office at 904-766-5222, or see the Department of Veterans Affairs website. While visiting, please be mindful that our national cemeteries are hallowed ground. Be respectful to all of our nation’s fallen soldiers and their families. Additional cemetery policies may be posted on site.
Traveling Florida’s shoreline, particularly in northeast Florida along the Atlantic Ocean from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach Shores, is a relaxing ride.
Visit Florida has excellent information on Florida’s scenic highways at https://VisitFlorida.com. “One of the most historic, relaxing, and beautiful parts of Florida can be found along the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway on the northeast coast of the Sunshine State. This National Scenic Byway is made up of three individual state scenic highways; Scenic and Historic A1A, A1A River and Sea Trail, and A1A Ocean Shore.”
A1A is a parallel highway to Interstate 95 and U.S. 1, for the most part. Driving this scenic route is a nice opportunity to take in some of the fresh beach air and also not worry about traffic, of course depending on when you go. You’ll encounter a significant increase in traffic as you get closer to Daytona Beach as that is a very popular place during major race events and summer beach activities.
While some ocean views are blocked by sand berms and condominiums there remain excellent views at periodic intervals.
Here are some of the sites along the way.
There are interesting pieces of street art on the restaurant walls along this corridor. A person sure gets the beach and inviting feeling while traveling through the area.
Once you leave Flagler Beach you will still see a few restaurants but mostly nice, peaceful scenery. I’ll save a few more photos for another post about the Daytona Beach area.
First attempt at Cee’s Photo Challenge – Flower of the Day. Is this an Iris? I’m not very knowledgeable about the types of flowers so I’m half-guessing. This is the closest we have even though I don’t see a bud in it. Thanks! (Photo taken at Washington Oaks Garden State Park, ocean side)
Mothers deserve being honored every day of the year. It’s certainly befitting to at least recognize them one day of the year though.
Mothers Day 2018 in the U.S.A. is May 13. I want to highlight this post with paintings from Bernice Gray, my mother-in-law. She loved painting and decorating, although she had little formal training. What you see is from the heart.
I often reflect on the love and guidance of my mother and mother-in-law, as well as my oldest sister. They are now enjoying the fruits of their belief and love in the presence of God. But they are not gone! They carry on through the love and life they provided to our family and all who knew them.
“Heaven’s Gates” representation by Matt Tittle – honoring Mother Audrey Tittle and Sister Shirley Vail (who preceded Mom)
I am truly blessed by these precious women who have passed from our physical presence, but yet remain. Each one has left a lasting legacy of love through there countless children and grandchildren.
I am truly blessed by my wife who taught our children exceeding love and guided them through all walks of life – showing God’s Love.
There were many times I was away on military assignment. She kept the home fires burning and carried on, without complaint. Our children now have children of their own and we remain blessed and thankful to see our grandchildren being loved and taught by their mothers.
You see! Love births love and is passed on. These dear mothers are called “blessed.”
We all have a mother. Not had – but have. I believe once a mother, always a mother. Some things never change, no matter where one lives; only how we recognize them.
“Now, in 2018, it is used for children and adults alike to give presents to their hardworking mums – often cards with chocolates and flowers. Mother’s Day was originally a day for Christians to visit their ‘mother’ church back home during the holy month of Lent. Workers would be given the day off to return home and worship with their loved ones and have family reunion. It is thought that the return to the ‘mother’ church led to the tradition of young domestic servants and apprentices being given the day off to visit their mother and family.”
Mothers Day in Mexico is May 10. “The first official Mothers’ Day celebration in Mexico was held on May 10, 1922. The celebration soon took on religious undertones, with images of the Madonna and Child being displayed on Mother’s Day. The day has gained widespread popularity over the years. It is also celebrated in other countries worldwide.” (Google.com)
We all celebrate special occasions in various ways but let’s make sure Mother is shown love and appreciation. I propose every day, not just one day. Mother is Love!