Fall & Rise

A lot has happened since I last posted, the shocking shooting in Las Vegas and three deadly hurricanes as well as raging California wildfires, among other things. Since these events and my last post, I have noticed a fall and rise of human interaction and with Nature.

I apologize for not posting sooner. Unfortunately, there has been some technical website issues that have prevented me from posting. I’m still troubleshooting the exact cause but for fear of adding to the overage of CPU (central processing units) used by my websites on my new hosting provider’s server, which enables my websites to function, I had to temporarily stop logging into and using the sites — including this one. This happened to be right in the middle of a fundraising effort for hurricane relief. For this reason, this post will be short (and hopefully sweet).

The Las Vegas tragedy hit America and the world hard. It is just hard to fathom how someone can willingly do such harm to others.

Rather than dwell on the “fall” of human behavior or the destruction in the wake of three devastating hurricanes, I’d rather focus on the rise part.

The Rise Festival that took place recently in the Mojave dessert, on the outskirts of Vegas brings healing. The spectacle of the rising lanterns is stunning. The knowledge of so many participants coming together to make it happen is uplifting and hopeful.

Rise Festival_AIE


Had I been younger and more energetic as in my hip-pier youth; although not a “hippie,” I would have loved to attend and participate….Next year? šŸ˜‰

I am encouraged to see the many efforts to help those impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria start to make a difference and people rising to the occasion and working together.

This mysterious meterorlogical phenomena was mentioned in the newspaper just this week. I’m not sure if a “cloud” of butterflies has been seen before but I thought in light of current events and as many times as I’ve written about butterflies that maybe it’s an appropriate sign that things are looking up. Or if anything, it helps to show that Nature remains never fully understood by man:

A lacy, cloud-like pattern drifting across a Denver-area radar screen turned out to be a 70-mile-wide (110-kilometer) wave of butterflies, forecasters say.


Cloud of butterflies on AIE

via Washington Post from The National Weather Service

Here’s a pretty, perfectly named “painted lady” for you:

Fall and rise of painted lady butterfly_AIE




Sightings in Stockholm

Although I didn’t see this Solar Egg Sauna or Yash’s mural in Stockholm, Sweden, these other travel sightings were well worth the visit.

Sweden Solar Egg Sauna 2 _AIE Sweden Solar Egg Sauna 3 _AIE

Stockholm was the first stop on our Scandinavian cruise this summer. We missed the first day but had a wonderful view of their Tivoli directly across the bay from our balcony on the ship.

Stockholm 1_AIE

We got a closer view on the tour bus when we visited the historic old town.

Stockholm Tivoli_AIE

We were able to experience a day in the life of a Viking at the Viking Life Museum and witness the reason their ship building skills were so superior. Notice how the boards were layered over one another like roof tiles. The hulls were sealed on the outside making them impervious to water and leaking.

Viking Ship build_AIE

This was an unusually calm cobblestone street scene when others had so much hustle and bustle.

Stockholm street scene_AIE

Street shop signs have a lot of individual character in Stockholm.

Stockholm Sign1_AIE

Stockholm Street Sign 3_AIE

We were able to dodge potential falling, renovation-debris with their use of protective covers over construction areas in the courtyard where we walked.

Walking through tunnels also helped to bypass some hazards.

Stockholm tunnel_AIE

Coming across early Viking runes was an interesting discovery and some of the last remaining Viking finds in this city. Runes were rudimentary carved messages left to show the significance of an individual.

Viking street rune_AIE

We soaked everything in back on our Viking Ship, where we enjoyed some contemporary artwork with sequined fish in the World CafƩ and a colorful rock collage below the main hall stairs.

Viking Ship Sequined Fish Art_AIE

Viking Ship Sequined Fish Art

Organic Rock Collage aboard Viking ship on AIE

Organic Rock Collage aboard ship