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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 15

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Thank you for joining me for Episode 15 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week Dad taught James, Sally, and Mom the ins and outs of backstage theater, but then an evil crimson red laser struck Dad during his real teletransportation act. Today we’ll learn the identity of the evil magician!

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I have extended the 20% discount on the paperback edition of Young Mister Wugidgem to December 24, available at Amazon. Here is the link:

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This is the last Episode of Young Mister Wugidgem for the year. I will resume podcasting with Episode 16 during the first week in January. If haven’t already, please send me your email address in the comments box at the bottom of this post for automatic delivery of each episode. Thanks for listening, and Happy New Year!!

Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 14

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Welcome to Episode 14 of Young Mister Wugidgem. If you’re enjoying these podcasts, or even if you’re not, you may be interested in what my Stanford Professor wrote about Young Mister Wugidgem. Click on the link below, and then click on the “Customer Review” link near the top of the page. Here is the link:

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Last week James and Sally, honed their magical self-defense skills, and even Mom discovered she can connect to the universal pool of magical energy. Today Dad teaches James, Sally, and Mom the difference between stage right and house right in the theater, and then evil magic strikes during the performance! Enjoy!

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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 13

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Welcome to Episode 13 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Before we begin, I would like to introduce you to the other 5 books in the Mr. Wugidgem Series, plus the first novel I wrote, Slaves On Horseback.  Please click on this link to learn more about them. Then click on the “Look Inside” prompt above the book cover to see the first 6 pages. This link will take you directly to Amazon:

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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 12

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Welcome to Episode 12 of Young Mister WugidgemLast week Sally shared the discovery that she has magical  powers, just as James does. Then we learned that Joseph Kelly, son of evil magician Jack Kelly, testified against his father and is in Witness Protection. Finally we heard from Charlie Connors of the FBI that the red rock chip clue was a rare-earth metal, Europium. Today we’ll learn how Europium intensifies magic. Finally we’ll be with James and Sally as Dad begins their crash course in magical training. To hear this podcast, click in this link:

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Young Mister Wugidgem Episode 11

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Welcome to Episode 11 of Young Mister Wugidgem. Last week we sat in the audience and watched Dad pull off an astounding act of real teletransportation! Today we’ll be with James as he reveals his magical gifts to his sister, Sally. Then Sally shares her incredible experience with a mama bear in Yosemite, first with James, and then with Mom. Here is the link to today’s audio podcast:

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YOUNG MISTER WUGIDGEM-EPISODE 6

Welcome to Episode 6 of Young Mister Wugidgem. In Episode 5 we saw James and Dad narrowly dodge a crimson red laser beam, fired by an evil magician. Today we’ll follow James, Amos, and Grace as they ride their bikes along the river to the triple-trunk  tree, where the beam originated, to look for clues. Then Mom enlightens James with her discovery about Dad’s magic. To listen to this week’s podcast, please click on the link just below:

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If want to read ahead, you can purchase Young Mister Wugidgem in paperback from the printing division of Amazon, Createspace. Here is the link:

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Thanks for listening to Episode 6 of Young Mister Wugidgem, if you did. There will be 16 more episodes. If you didn’t listen, go ahead, click on the podcast link above. I  believe you will enjoy those 25 minutes.

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Thirteen days ago  I asked Stanford Professor Emeritus Nancy Huddleston Packer to read Young Mister Wugidgem and to write a review of it. I still can’t believe it, but here’s what she wrote:

“This book is a fantasy, a mystery, and a family saga all rolled into one. At the heart of the book are the charming  Wugidgems: father Will, a professional magician, mother Joan, a very rational lawyer, the brave thirteen-year-old James, and the spunky little Sally. When evil forces threaten their family on James’s birthday, all four Wugidgems must awaken their slumbering magical powers to ward it off. In the process, they learn how the past entangles the present.  As the family  work together to defeat evil and to escape from the past,  their love and respect for each other are strengthened.  All four Wugidgems are unusual, entertaining, and attractive.  Every reader will have a favorite.”

Nancy is  very incisive, and she captured what I am trying to achieve in this story. I am eternally grateful. You should check out her fourth collection of short stories, Old Ladies-Stories. Here is the link:

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Last week we raced along the sideline with James and Amos as Grace and Mrs. Russell won the mother and daughter three-legged race by the widest margin in modern memory. We also learned that Grace wants to be James’ girlfriend, upgrading from girl friend. Today we’ll witness the Fourth of July Oak Village fireworks, and we’ll be with James and Dad as they come face to face with evil!

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RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE EPISODE 26+MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE FACES OF FREEDOM EPISODE 9: CLICK HERE

Thanks for joining me today.  In case you were missed or were unable to download the spiritual, meditative, haunting flute atop Warrior Rock in Sedona, Arizona, I have converted it to a YouTube format.  Here is the link: 

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Once again, I have not responded to pain during a workout and have paid the price of injury.  My training had been going well after having been sick last month, and I was nearing the end of my tempo run over a hilly course.  I felt a twinge of pain below my right calf at the beginning of the last big hill, but I kept going.  The pain persisted as I climbed the hill, but I wanted to make it to the top, so I kept on pushing, although at a slower pace.  But this wasn’t the worst thing – I kept going on the flat, thinking the pain would subside.  It didn’t, but I kept going, wanting to complete the tempo time.  I walked the normal jog/walk 1 mile warm down, but the damage was done.  My leg was sore for the next 3 days.

It felt better on the 4th day, so I played 9 holes of golf, walking, without any pain.  I rested 2 more days, and on the 7th day, I decided to go for an easy walk/run.  I walked for the first mile, and then started to run slowly up a long, steep hill.  I felt a twinge of pain right below my right calf and slowed to a walk.  The pain eased and the hill flattened into a shelf which I walked as well.  Then the next section of the hill ascended even more sharply, and about halfway up this final part of the climb, the pain returned, so I walked the rest of it.  I jogged on the next section which was flat, and I was relatively pain free.  The rest of the run was downhill, but I walked most of it.

I made a fruit and protein smoothie right away and then elevated my legs.  I felt better about an hour later, so I decided to do my normal post-workout stretching.  I was fine doing the hamstring and quad high kicks, forward and back on both legs, and also with the bent-knee stretches on my left leg, but after a few bent-knee stretches on my right leg, I felt a severe cramp in my right calf, totally unexpected, because this was above where the pain has manifested itself.  I iced the calf area, with my leg elevated, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for 2 hours and 20 minutes.  The pain did abate, but I had to hobble around for the rest of the day and evening.    

I went to sleep early and slept late, trying to give my body and the protein I had eaten a chance to repair the damaged tissue.

This morning the pain was about 90 percent gone, but I continued the 20 minute on, 20 minute off icing.  I also focused on eating protein.  With any luck I will be able to resume walking by the end of the week and start jogging on the flat (no hills!) the following week.  When I do that, if I experience any pain at all, I will stop immediately and walk back home, or call for a ride back, if necessary.  I need more time to heal as I age.  Maybe I will learn, one of these days. 

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A couple of years ago my brother, a cousin, and our spouses took day trip to Sedona, Arizona.  We had lunch at The Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon, and then toured the complex.  The food and service were okay, but the grounds, villas and surrounding mountains were spectacular.  We knew Sedona was a special place and vowed to return one day for a longer visit.

The opportunity arose this month for my wife and me.  We had swapped a time-share week for one at Sedona Summit Resort.  It is a large complex, with several two story buildings which house the units.  Our 1 bedroom suite was spacious and included a decent-sized kitchen and living room.  The only real drawback was we could hear the footsteps from the unit above us when the occupants walked around.  If you go, request a second floor accommodation. 

We had heard that Sedona was a spiritual area, and I noticed in the literature we received when we checked in that there was a talk about vortexes encasing several summits in the Sedona Area.  We attended the presentation, liked what we heard, and decided to hike up to a few of them.  The presenter was Barbara Korte who is an accomplished Spiritual Practitioner.  I have experienced some Shamanistic and Lifespring Meditations and have come to believe “Non-Ordinary” Reality can be real.  Some of Barbara’s experiences really stress my rational mind, but my intuitive self believes extreme experiences are possible.  For more information, visit:

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Over the next couple of days we climbed trails to various heights, up Cathedral Rock, Wilson Mountain, and Warrior Rock in Boynton Canyon.   I felt serene and very “present” during these adventures in the rugged, beautiful, and rocky environs, and perhaps sensed a “spiritual electricity” in some instances.  I felt the force more strongly as we approached the base of Cathedral Rock, manifested in my vision; the two spires in the center seemed to radiate against the sky in a surreal fashion.  I had not stopped and adopted my meditative state; it just happened as we were walking along.  Later, we ran into a lady who explained that the “force” was the result of lightning hitting sandstone and fusing it into silicates, which become positively charged. What tends to happen when lightning strikes ground, is it fuses dirt and clays into the silicates, one of which is quartz.  Perhaps this does logically explain why people feel an energy in Sedona, but it seems like “Non-Ordinary” Reality to me.

However, when we climbed the base of Warrior Rock and reached the beginning of the pinnacle, we did stop, and sit, and meditate for a while.  Then along came a friendly person whom you might call a Spiritualist.  He welcomed the two of us, and then gave each of us a hand-carved red rock, in the form of a heart.  Then he climbed the last 50 feet to the pinnacle and began playing his flute.  What emanated from that flute was hauntingly beautiful and we continued our meditations.  My wife and I did capture some of this magic on our iPhones.  Please listen to these now; perhaps you can burn them onto your own DVD, if you are inspired by them:  

This was the absolute highlight of our spiritual search in Sedona.

After a while, we descended, and then headed back to the parking area.  All the way back we could hear the melodic flute.

We then drove the short distance to the Enchantment Resort.  We had made a lunch reservation and, unlike our experience 2 years ago, we were seated right away, and we thoroughly enjoyed a garden-fresh chicken salad and a hearty beef-burger with French fries, both of which we split.

In fact, we enjoyed our entire experience in Boynton Canyon so much that we decided we will stay at The Enchantment Resort when we visit Sedona again.  If you are interested in further details, please open this link in another window:

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I had been fighting the flu, complete with aches and runny nose, and the altitude ranges from 4,000 feet to 6,500 feet at Sedona, so I limited my exercise to the hiking.  I felt mostly healed when we returned home so I did a tempo workout, rested one day, and then did a long run the next.  The runny nose returned with a vengeance, so I began allergy medication, which I believe is beginning to work.  The nasal flood has slowed to a drip.   I’m hoping to begin running again this weekend.

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EPISODE 6 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

Thanks for tuning in today for the Final Episode of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey.  Last week we left Alika on the floor after hitting her head on the table, with Kapono charging at her with his hunting knife.  Today we’ll see the Mamos zoom into action, leading us into the dramatic conclusion.

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I’m glad you joined me for the exciting conclusion to Mr. Wugidgem and the Phoenix Journey. If you would like to order a print copy of this or any other of my exciting adventures from a Division of Amazon, please go to http://www.createspace.com, and choose the store search window at the top of the page. Then enter Allan Chapman into the window. Please be with me again next week for my first blog on my life-long passion, Running. Thanks again for listening!