Archive for July, 2012

She’s Fit?

For physical training is of some value,
but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
I Timothy 4:8

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This is the famous Independent Pass.

It is scenic-ly beautiful!

This is the super-scary, winding, curving and twisty narrow path that Carmen drove with gusto to get us up here.

Carmen told me that when I fly over the Rocky Mountains, I must take some spectacular scenery of the snow-capped mountains.

I could picture in my head the gorgeous scenery from a bird’s eye-view, of course, I would snap away all the spectaculars!

Before heading to the airport, we decided to stop by the roadside to play with water.

OUCH, what’s that?  The water is super-hot… like over 100°F!

Ahh…, it’s a hot spring — a REAL natural one!!

Believe it or not, people were waiting in line by the highway to get into the hot pool.

Hmm… if I wasn’t rushing for the flight, I would for sure stand in line for this rustic experience.

Arrived the airport and suddenly it was raining dogs and cats.

We were cooped up in the plane for quite some time before taking off .

The pilot announced that, for safety reason, we needed to wait for the thunderstorm to pass by so that they could fuel up for the plane.

Once up, I was so eager to have a bird eye-view of the  magnificent snow-capped rocky mountain high, but… where art thou?

Nonetheless, I thanked God for a safety journey home when the plane did the final touchdown after my wonder-filled high desert and rocky mountain trip.

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Go Beyond

I was helping  a friend in her summer school program called Calaway Opportunity Project.  The program is funded through the partnership between the School District and a local philanthropist  in their area.

The slogan: “Go Beyond –  Enter to learn and Exit to lead”.

One of the subjects that my ‘amica’ teaches is Latin language.  Many think that Latin has become a lost or extinct language.

Since most of her students are Latino, she wanted the children to explore into the beauty of their mother tongue, its originality and how the language has influenced very much the everyday English vocabulary and usage.

The ‘discipulus’  were up for the challenge and had a great time learning about their mother tongue through the innovative teaching from the ‘Magister’.

I hope to share some of their in-class creative learning soon.

As I interacted with the children, I noticed that these kids have a very strong sense of community supporting and looking out for each other even at this young age.

A few students shared their difficult experiences in settling into a new school and a new culture.

Thus, whenever there are new faces in the class, they can empathize with their struggles and would eagerly reach out to help the new friends feel fit in and learn.

These kids has definitely know how to go beyond their comfort zone to care for their peers!

Their teacher had set a great example to care as well by taking off her yellow jacket and white blue sweater for the children as the ice rink was icy cold!

The children displayed great sportsmanship; I can sort of see olympians in the making.

天  ~ ‘tian’ in Chinese/Japanese means Sky;
Hence, Go beyond… for ‘the sky’s the limit’!

‘Go Beyond’ is a pilot project to enhance and increase the academic proficiency of a pool of 200 selected children. What an opportunity and gift that is!  Details on this exciting Calaway Project can be found here.

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Monastic Experience

Every new day Your glory unfolds
Filling my eyes with Your treasures untold
The beauty of holiness brings worship anew
My greatest love is You

Call me deeper into Your grace
The river that flows from the Holy Place
Wash over me, cleansing me through
My greatest love is You, Jesus


According to Wikipedia, Vigil (from Latin word: vigilia) means wakefulness).

It is a period of purposeful sleeplessness, an occasion for devotional watching.

Here, the Vigil starts at 4:30 A.M. daily.

Its a gathering for community prayer of listening to scriptures, spiritual readings and silent reflection.

Monks do not pray and meditate only,

they have to toil for their daily bread also.

Some monks are writers who provide great spiritual insights and revelations from God.

Some are ranchers and stockbreeders who raised charming horses and fatty cows.

Some are agronomists who farm corns, hays, fruits for jam, beehives for honey.

This is normally how a day is like in a  monastery

BTW, some monks are great at baking fruitcakes and tasty cookies.

Most of the “business transaction” in the monastery is based on honor system:

Like what this ryhme-y lady said: You got the money, you keep the honey!

After the Vigil, we dashed off to ‘Go Beyond’ project which I hope to share soon; Hasta la vista!

Came across an inspiring book ‘The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane’ which helps me to appreciate the works and ministries of monks even more esp during the Medieval times manuscripts translation and colorful stained glasses creation.

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Hang in there!

Hmm… hanging ’round this town and pondering what to do?

Hey, this one looks appealing so let’s check it out!

Ride on the 16 miles bike trail along the canyon.

Hiked this steep trail up the mountain.

Crossed 7 bridges.

and finally…

the mystical lake aka The Hanging Lake!

Hiked higher to be splashed and refreshed by the Sprouting Rock.

Time to head down and do more canyon biking alongside the rafters.

Phew!! Sure felt like I was doing a Summer Olympic Triathlon… instead of wading in the current, I was able to soak in the nearby hotspring after that long odyssey!

Thanks to “Pearl Hart” for this excursion and helping me to hang in there and persevere!

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I heart the word ‘Selah’.

I have come across this word more than a decade ago.

The word ‘selah’ occurs more than 70 times in the book of Psalm.

It comes from Hebrew and has several meanings to it.

The biblical translation of Selah means silent; pause and ponder; stop and reflect.

On this high desert trip with magnificient sky, selah moments were very much experienced.

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Under the Aspen Sky

Enjoy the soothing and gentle rustling leaves of Aspen tree.

Enjoy the concert under the tent.

Opps, it costs $75 to be under the Tent.

And under the Aspen tree, it’s free!

Oh look…

all eyes are watching!

But I am just thankful for real eyes to enjoy beauty under the Aspen sky…

This stunning view is reputed to be one of the most photographed scene ever.

The shimmering leaves of Aspen trees in the breeze is pretty spellbinding.

I’ll definitely be on the look-out for these graceful trees with their brilliant yellow-gold leaves glistening and fluttering in the air come this Autumn.

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