Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's September..... But This is Not a Fun, Cute Back to School Post: It's a Plea for Help



Welcome friends.....
I'll be back later this week with our curriculum choices for 2014
and our continuing Visions of the Southwest series....

But for now, I am popping in
with a plea....
A plea for help, for prayers and for financial support for a dear family 
who has struggled mightily and now,
They Really Need Us.

You many already know Mary Lenaburg, of
Passionate Perseverance.....
If you do, you are one lucky reader!
You've been treated to her honesty, her candor,
her beautiful words, which have blessed us all with a
glimpse into her family and the grace with which they've cared
for their lovely daughter, Courtney.
Please go to Mary's blog.....go, read, soak up her words, 
her  honesty and the bringing - to - life of her blog title.
The Lenaburgs are indeed perseverant about their care
and the love for each other and especially, at this time,
 for their beautiful Courtney.

Mary's family has had a hard road, a road which is about to get harder.
Warriors, we need to fight the good fight and 
 cover the Lenaburgs in prayer,
like storming-heaven-prayer.
AND, if there's something tangible you feel able
 to offer, please consider clicking to
the gofundme page that Monica and I set up in the name 
of The Catholic Bloggers Network.
THANK YOU!




If you are a blogger, please know that we need help spreading this word.


 In the spirit of utilizing our blogs as instruments of communication to not only evangelize, but spread the generosity and beauty of our Catholic faith, we really need MANY  to join a huge promotional effort. We are now a group of over 1,000 members and we'd like to to have as many bloggers here as possible spreading the word on the Catholic Bloggers' Network's gofundme acct that's been set up for the Lenaburg  family. Please mention in an upcoming blog post, Mary's blog url as well as the link to our gofundme account.
Let's spread the word far, wide and fast.

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time here at my home on the web!

Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
 by scrolling to the subscribe button at the  top left sidebar.
I'd love to stay in touch regularly.

Until next time,

~Chris


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Visions of the Southwest: History and Culture of the Ancient Puebloans' Cliff Dwellings~ Mesa Verde National Park WW/ WWRW


Ah Colorado!
The Rockies, the beauty, the nature, the culture!
In the southwestern corner of the state, lies a gem, not highly visited,
yet  brimming with untapped legends and culture.

Mesa Verde National Park,
was the gorgeous setting of the Pueblo people
 for 700 years....
from about 600 A.D to about 1300 A.D.!
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table,
is the largest archaeological preserve in the USA
 and includes over 500 cliff dwellings!




Cliff Palace up close:






Below is a kiva, a room the Pueblos used for religions rituals.


In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt established
 Mesa Verde National Park to "preserve the works of man," 
which was the first national park of 
an archaeological nature.

 How amazing  and surreal, really,
to have the privilege of walking through the
homes and cities of the ancients!
Here are the boys on a ladder through the
largest and most intact  ( and most famous)
of all the ruins in the park, Cliff Palace.

It was about 110 degrees as we were walking through the palace!
How on earth did the ancients, 1000 years ago,
without benefit of technology, air conditioning and
other amazing modern conveniences, stand it?
Simply amazing to put ourselves in their places,
if only for an afternoon!


The kids always do work for the national parks' Junior Ranger programs.
This summer alone, they earned 17 badges as we traveled
 park to park across the country.
Here's my youngest, noting info in his Jr Ranger book
more commonly known as tree ring dating!


 Junior Ranger swearing-in~ 

Would you like some in depth info
 and activities on the Pueblos' culture?
Mesa Verde National Park's site
host a wealth of fascinating  material.

We also found these titles to be invaluable resources
as we learned a bit about our ancient
American ancestors prior
to our trip west:





The Pueblo Indians: In Story, Song and Dance







And one of my all-time, forever favorites:
(Which is not about the Pueblos, but still beautiful)


Enjoy!


 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time here at my home on the web!

Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
 by scrolling to the subscribe button at the  top left sidebar.
I'd love to stay in touch regularly.

Until next time,

~Chris

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