Catch Me If You Can!

As you can see in the photograph, I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane (Peter, Paul, and Mary). I bought a one-way ticket that I’ll use this coming Monday. I’ve blacked out the destination details because those won’t be revealed until next week. Suffice it to say that I’m going on an adventure!

The Beginning of Laurie's Adventure

The Beginning of Laurie’s Adventure

Remember the 1987 comedy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy? I hope to avoid anything even remotely close to their maudlin escapades, and I’ll be minus the “trains” part except that Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train is definitely one of the songs I’ve burned to take along for left-lane driving.

I’ll be On The Road Again (Willie Nelson) heading from the undisclosed destination, Back Home Again (John Denver). The purpose of my trip is to move something (it’s bigger than a breadbox) from Point A to Point B—Crystal Lake, Illinois.

I’m traveling by myself. In other words, I’ll be Footloose (minus Kevin Bacon) and sort of Thelma and Louise-ish (without Thelma, and no cliff diving at the end), having a fantastic time! Just call me Wild Thang!

Barring any complications, it should take me less than a week to accomplish this mission—I plan to be home in time for Labor Day weekend. On Tuesday morning I’ll reveal a few more details.

When was the last time you went on an adventure?

 

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Belly Up To The Bar

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Today is the 5th of May—Cinco de Mayo. During our April vacation in California, we enjoyed lots (and lots!) of authentic Mexican food. One of our favorite restaurants is Old Town Mexican Café and Cantina. It’s the “Home of the original Handmade Tortilla Makers.” Simply delicious!

While waiting for your meal you can watch tortillas being made—by hand. You can also admire the colorful bar stools and and embarrass your husband during the busy lunch hour by crawling on the floor to snag a pretty cool photo.

Belly up to the bar” means to move near something. However, when looking up the etymology, I found all sorts of interesting information. I especially enjoyed this improbable meaning that was said to be given by a tour guide at an old Lexington tavern:

“The origin of ‘belly up to the bar’ goes back to Colonial times. If your belly could reach the bar, you were old enough to drink.”

What are you belly-ing up to?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Up, Up and Away My Beautiful Balloon

Up, Up and Away by Laurie Buchanan
Up, Up and Away by Laurie Buchanan

Do you remember the song “Up, Up and Away” by The 5th Dimension?

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon
We could float among the stars together, you and I
For we can fly we can fly

On one of the days during our recent vacation we were driving through a wealthy coastal neighborhood taking a peek (gawking, actually) at the beautiful, multi-million dollar homes.

Low and behold we see a hot-air balloon just clearing the terra cotta roof tops. There’s a delicate dignity about this enormous craft as it floats gracefully in-between the lilac and turquoise colored sky enhanced by the incoming, darker clouds.

In doing research as to why people would want to ride in a hot-air balloon, I discovered:

“People take hot-air balloon rides for a variety of reasons: birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. Balloon rides have been given as gifts for Christmas, Hanukah, Mother’s/Father’s Day, and Valentine’s Day. Many companies use balloon rides to say ‘Thank You’ to clients or as employee incentives. It’s hard to say ‘no’ to a marriage proposal when it’s done in as romantic and as spectacular a way as a balloon flight. Lately, there are those who are checking off an item on their ‘bucket list’ as just something they’ve always wanted to do.”

The quote was taken from the Light Flight Balloons, Inc. & Barnstormer Aero’s  fantastic website. They’re located in Bel Air, Maryland.

Barbara Kass, geographically, I think you’re the closest reader of this blog. I’m pretty sure that means you’re elected to go take a hot-air balloon ride this summer and tell us all about it over on your blog, Eternal Presence.

Mentally, emotionally, or spiritually, what is it that lifts you up and carries you?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               — Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com and our Facebook page

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Slip Slidin’ Away

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Coming to you (almost) live from…

…can you guess where?

We were on the Pacific coast in California where almost anywhere you go on the beach you’ll find well-maintained seawalls and/or barriers to help maintain the integrity of the cliffs that overlook the ocean where erosion has become a serious problem due to unrelenting surf and storms.

As many of you know, the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple that’s perched on the cliffs near Encinitas is one of our favorite places to visit when we’re in southern California. It was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, a guru born and educated inIndia. The exotic-looking domes are what remain of the retreat that was originally built in 1937, followed by the construction of a Golden Lotus Temple at the bluff’s edge. By 1942, water draining from nearby hillsides softened underlying clay. This resulted in shifting earth, which plunged the temple down the cliff. Today, cautious measures are taken to stabilize the bluff and to control water seepage.

Coastal bluff instability poses serious problems because it threatens homes, business, roads, and railroad lines built close to the edge. The good news is that when thinking in terms of diminishing the wide-spread problem, the California Coastal Commission is testing environmentally friendly stabilization techniques.

What is it that slowly-but-surely chips away at—erodes—you? What stabilization techniques do you have in place?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Some Like It Hot!

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Coming to you (almost) live from Coronado Island in southern California…

Hotel del Coronado
Built in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado was the largest luxury hotel in the world and the very first hotel to use electrical lighting. A grand dame, she still holds her head high with the best of them.

Some Like It Hot
The Hotel Del has been featured in many books and movies, but perhaps the most well known movie was the 1959 comedy with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. “Some Like It Hot” ended up being the largest money-making comedy up to 1959.

Coronado Bridge
Coronado Island is linked to San Diego by a 2.1 mile long bridge that spans San Diego Bay. Construction on the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge started in February 1967 and was opened to traffic in August 1969. Beautiful in the daytime, the bridge is stunning in the evening.

The drive to and from Coronado over this impressive structure—along with the many photographs that I took—triggered thoughts about the use of the word “bridge” as a metaphor. In turn, this line of thinking stirred the pot and bubbled up bridging disciplines—something I use when Life Coaching.

Back in the day a bridge was a singular tool that got us from Point A to Point B—metaphorically speaking and otherwise. In today’s complex world many people move at the speed of technology: turbo-charged in the fast lane, while multi-tasking both personal and professional lives. We’re not limited to a single way of accomplishing something or arriving at a particular destination. Rather, we have a wide brushstroke of options to choose from.

Sadly, when I was researching the length of the Coronado Bridge for this post, I also learned that it’s the third deadliest suicide bridge in the United States—trailing only the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and the Aurora Bridge in Seattle. That information served as an excellent reminder to shift gears and slow down. It’s time once again to put one’s shoulders down and intentionally focus on the breath—inhale, hold, exhale, hold. It’s time to simply be.

Metaphorically speaking, what gets you from Point A to Point B?

 Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com

© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved