Monday, September 22, 2014

A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT...

I'm listening to Monday Night Football this evening.   Jets getting some bad calls but they're still in the game.

First day of fall today!   And right on cue, the weather turned cold.   I'm at a campground in Washington, PA.   Yesterday, when I arrived, it was so hot that I put the air conditioning on to cool down Duchess.

Today, if it made it to the mid 60's I'd be surprised.   Plus it was damp, cloudy and misty and it rained last night.

I saw very few fall colored trees as I drove here.   Wonder if the coolness will increase that number when I  drive to Maryland tomorrow.   Yep, I'll be driving to a campsite close to Hagerstown tomorrow for a six night stay.

Today, I've been just vegging out, doing a lot of reading, listening to some podcasts and more reading.

Three of the books I'm reading right now are:   'ART IS A SPIRITUAL PATH: ENGAGING THE SACRED THROUGH THE PRACTICE OF ART AND WRITING' by Pat B. Allen; and, 'WRITING TO WAKE THE SOUL:  OPENING THE SACRED CONVERSATION WITHIN' by Karen Hering; and, "THE ARTIST'S WAY: A SPIRITUAL PATH TO HIGHER CREATIVITY' by Julia Cameron.

The first two books are not religious maps to find your way to 'the truth'.   They both deal with ways to find your own path of understanding the sacred within and your own spirituality.  

Cameron's book, I think, uses the inner dialogue to unlock creativity. Whereas, I feel that both Allen's and Hering's books use creativity in art and writing to unlock your inner dialogue.  Interesting dichotomy.

There's a new weekly prompt posted.   Hopefully, I will be able to share pictures of Maryland with you this week.   By the way, next week is Asheville, NC!

Thanks for stopping by...
Talk to you tomorrow...


Saturday, September 20, 2014

NEW HARMONY, INDIANA - PART TWO

I know I promised to post more pictures from New Harmony yesterday, Friday. But the drive through Indiana was so bad and took so long that by the time I had everything set up at this campsite, I just vegged out. The roads in Indiana are either in extremely bad shape or under repair which made for much longer drive time that I anticipated.

At any rate, I am relaxing today...driving tomorrow...so here's the rest of New Harmony pictures.

Have you ever been to a labyrinth? Well, there is an excellent one in New Harmony. And it's created using four foot high hedges! Here are the pictures I took trying to show the circular movement throughout except the straight entrance...






Along with The Roofless Church, sculptures, etc. there are many gardens in the area including contemplative ones. You can see the fountain in the center of this one. There are several places to just sit. But, at the end of the summer, most of the foliage is in decline...

There are also historic buildings, twenty-five at eight different sites. I only took a few pictures of the oldest buildings...



As I said, there's a lot to explore in this town and worth the time to visit. But, as I have traveled all around the nation, I think that almost all areas have lots to explore. So, if you're not close to New Harmony, Indiana, check out the area where you live. I bet there are plenty of adventures you can explore...

Thanks for dropping by...
Hope your weekend is great...

See you on Monday...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A VISIT TO NEW HARMONY, INDIANA

This is a very nice small town...one that oil heiress, Jane Owen, generously gave much to.   That includes statues, buildings, gardens as well as saving historical buildings.   

I only spent a couple hours here but it is really well worth spending several days exploring all that New Harmony has to offer.  Google New Harmony, Indiana and you will find all the possibilities there are to see

My main objective was to find 'The Roofless Church' but I also found a few other things which I will share tomorrow.   

So, this is part of where 'The Roofless Church' is located...


And this is the other part (same side).  The church is hidden by the trees...


You can enter from the side...


Or, from the front...


The church is breathtaking from either view.   The side entry...

Or the front entry...

Under the dome of 'The Roofless Church' is bronze statue created by Jacques Lipchitz.   The inscription, in French, on the back translates:  "Jacob Lipchitz, Jew, faithful to the faith of his ancestors, has made this virgin for the good will of all mankind that the spirit might prevail'.   Here are pictures of the statue from each side...




Also in the courtyard is a baptismal font created by William Schickel.   The Inscription reads:  "In celebration of all grandparents for the great goodness that flows through and from them."

Another bronze statue,  Pieta, by Stephen de Staebler is also called Death and Resurrection...

A ceramic sculpture by Eva Sygulska which is enclosed in a wood and glass case can be see on the left side of this picture...(Unfortunately, the close-up pictures didn't turn out.)

Outside on the grounds there is another statue by Stephen de Staebler called the Angel of the Annunciation...


One inviting plaque is inside the side door...

But, for me 'The Roofless Church' made the biggest impression...

Thanks for visiting...
Can you believe it?   There was no rain for the New Harmony, Indiana adventure...
See you tomorrow...