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An A.R.E. Event; ‘Vette Girls; Underway on Lake Miona; Upcoming Events; Red Flowers Identification Quiz

My wife, Suzanne, is a member of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), and spoke last March at an A.R.E. Conference in Virginia Beach. She was asked by Frances Rolph to introduce the keynote speaker, John Van Auken, at an ARE-sponsored event on Saturday. She surprised the audience (and stunned John himself) by introducing him with several details that no one in the room other than John knew. 

The event was very well attended, and undoubtedly gave notice to A.R.E. headquarters that The Villages is a perfect place to hold their conferences. My Lovely Bride had a table to let people know of her upcoming events and her books on spiritual topics. 

On Sunday, we met our “Mississippi barbecue” Geo-Quiz winner, Phyllis Williams, for a Corvette ride and lunch. (The original prize was to be a BBQ lunch delivered by Corvette, but Phyllis said she would much prefer a Corvette ride!) I took this photo just as the girls blasted out on a fast road trip. There were some comments on police radios about a red blur on Hwy 27/441, but Corvette Chick and Phyllis made it to the restaurant without a single speeding citation. 

Phyllis says she really enjoyed the Corvette ride with Suzanne. It was probably the combination of acceleration, wind in her hair, and the loud music by Pink playing from the high wattage speakers. (I’m not sure, but I heard that someone with blonde hair may be calling the local Chevy dealer to ask about a new 2013 Corvette…. uh oh!!!!!)  

After the Corvette Girls got their blood pressure down, we enjoyed a nice al fresco  lunch. It was a perfect day, and we enjoyed Phyllis’ company as much as she enjoyed the ‘Vette ride! 

We got to use our kayaks again Sunday afternoon, on Lake Miona for the first time ever. It was a very nice paddle, with several snowy egrets and great blue herons to admire, and lily pads and grass to paddle around, over, and through. It’s hard to make out, but there is a snowy egret at the 11:00 position from my bow. (My boat is green.)

It was a windy but sunny day, and relaxing until we turned crosswind, when we were hit broadside by one foot waves, and then up wind, when we had little whitecaps splashing water over our bows. You may note one similarity here between Suzanne’s kayak and her Corvette. (Hmmmm… I wonder if this reflects a latent personality trait….)

Upcoming Washington, DC, Events:
– On Friday Nov 16 Suzanne will be showing the Messages of Hope documentary at the Center for Spiritual Enlightment (in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC) with Pastor Anne Gehman from Suzanne’s book The Priest and the Medium.  

– On Saturday Nov 17 Suzanne will be presenting her S.O.A.R! Workshop, also at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 

Finally, here is a quiz for those who may not have a computer to research the multi-part Geo-Quiz. 

Name these two flowers. 

One winner will be selected at random from all of the correct answers received by 7:00 PM Saturday Nov 17. Panera coffee and pastries await the winner after My Lovely Bride returns from our nation’s capital. 

Note: she will not be going to the Capitol, where our Congress meets, although that fine group of gentlemen and gentle ladies could use all the help they can get. Sorry, but I couldn’t resist, especially after Mark Twain’s comments on Thursday evening. 

Yet another note and piece of useful trivia: the word “capitol” is derived from the Latin word Capitolium, the temple of Jupiter in Rome on the Capitoline Hill (seen here in a model based on contemporary descriptions). 

1 Comment

  • Jennifer
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Beautiful red flowers…Red is the theme!


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