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RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 25+EPISODE 8-MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE FACES OF FREEDOM

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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:

BARBARA KORTE’S WEB SITE

 

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:

LINK TO THE ENCHANTMENT RESORT, BOYNTON VALLEY, SEDONA, ARIZONA

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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MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE FACES OF FREEDOM-EPISODE 3

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RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 9

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This week has had its downs and ups.  Sunday had been a total rest day, so I felt ready for my cross training session at the gym on Monday.  The mistake was that I did leg presses and leg curls on machines instead of equipment-free exercises I usually do for my quads, hamstrings and glutes.  To make matters worse, I set the machines with higher weight than I typically to. 

The net result was that I was extremely stiff on Tuesday, particularly in my knees.  I did an easy 3 ½ mile run in the morning, but I didn’t play my typical 9 holes of Tuesday afternoon golf because I was so tired and stiff.  I had terrible pains along both tendons in the back of my neck, probably from straining with the extra weight on the machines at the gym on Monday.  Aleve didn’t help much.

I did feel better by noon on Wednesday, however, so I was able to add one more 200 meter repeat than I had been able to handle in previous weeks.  The average time for the 200s was slightly slower than those of previous weeks, but the rest interval between them was less than in previous sessions. My left knee was sore during the warm-up, but was fine during the repeats.  I was particularly pleased because I focused on relaxing my stomach core and shortening my stride, and I felt relaxed overall during the repeats most of the time.  I’ll have more on this in a minute. Continue reading RUNNING, WRITING, AND TRAVELING FOR LIFE-EPISODE 9

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!

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I’m glad you joined me today.  Thanks for tuning in this week for Episode 4 of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey. Before we begin, I would like your feedback on a new blog I am considering.  I have been running competitively since high school and college, rested a few years, then resumed running recreationally.  Over the ensuing years, this evolved into occasional competitions.  Then five years ago, I got serious, qualifying for the National Masters 800 and 1500 meters every year since then.  I don’t win, but it’s been a great ride.  I’ve been keeping a daily log and learned a lot about training, injuries and when to rest and when to push.  I am enjoying most of the whole process, but I still get very nervous when I get to the final.  Please email me at allanwchapman@gmail.com if you would like to hear more about this. Thanks!      Mr Wugidgem and the Phoenix Journey 300X300 Podcast

Getting back to our story, last week we journeyed with Golden Poppy on her amazing spiritual adventure.  This week Debby, Michael, and Mr. Wugidgem search for the Mamo Birds among distant relatives of the Phoenix Nation.  Enjoy!

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Please be with me again next time when Alika and Kapono come face to face.  If you can’t wait, you may order a print copy of this book at: www.createspace.com/3951665.   Also please email me at allanwchapman@gmail.com to let me know if you are interested in my new running blog and what sort of topics you would like me to cover.  Thanks!

Thanks again for listening!

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Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey

Thanks for being with me this week for Episode 3 of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey. Today I am happy to announce that the first three books in the Mr. Wugidgem Series are now available. To order Book One, Adventures With Mr. Wugidgem, please go to www.createspace.com/3476205. Book Two, Mr. Wugidgem And The Dark Journey, can be found at www.createspace.com/3941653. Book Three, Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey, is available at www.createspace.com/3951665. Createspace is a division of Amazon.

Last week we met Golden Poppy and learned how manipulative she can be. However, she finally agreed to venture on her Spiritual Journey. Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed the fantastic experiences of Golden Poppy. Please be with me next week when Michael, Debby, and Mr. Wugidgem learn first-hand about Mamo Birds, thought by everyone to be extinct. Thanks again for listening!

EPISODE 1 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

Welcome to Episode 1 of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey.  I wrote the original version in 2010 and podcasted it at that time.  I didn’t publish it then; I think somehow I did not think it was the whole story.  A few months ago I realized there was more to the story, so I began rewriting and expanding the original.  It is now almost twice as long.

Today fraternal twins, Debby and Michael, spot a pair of Mamos, which are supposedly extinct birds, in their back yard.  At the suggestion of their mother, they seek out their friend, Mr. Wugidgem, at his magic shop.  He is very interested, but is preoccupied by the urgent request from one of his old Native American friends to help a lost girl in his tribe. Michael, Debby, and Mr. Wugidgem journey to the Phoenix Nation Reservation to lend aid.  Enjoy!

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Thanks for listening to this Episode of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey.  Please be with me next week when Debby, Michael, and Mr. Wugidgem meet and try to save the lost Golden Poppy.  Thanks again for joining me!

EPISODE 3 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

We are back in California, where we belong.  We took about 500 photos while we were in Norway, and I plan to post narrative and photos of that country’s dramatic landscape.

Last week in Episode 2 of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey we saw Golden Poppy get caught in a lie, and then, reluctantly, agree to join in the Shamanistic journey.  The week, in the final Episode, we’ll follow her on her non-ordinary reality journey, and then come face to face with hard, ordinary reality.  Enjoy!

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Thanks for listening this week.  This story, plus another adventure will be in print this summer.  I will provide the details as soon as I have them.  Please join me again next week, when I will resume podcasting from my Dad’s book, Talking To The World From Pan Am’s Clippers.  Thanks again for being with me!

 

 

EPISODE 1 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

Thanks for logging on this week.  I have been extremely busy this week and will be pretty much “out of pocket” for the next three.  Rather than leave you hanging, I am re-podcasting the three episodes comprising Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey over the next three weeks.  In Episode One, Mr. Wugidgem, Debby, and Michael launch their adventure from deep in a redwood forest, and then descend into gloom.  Enjoy!

EPISODE 1 MR. WUGIDGEM AND THE PHOENIX JOURNEY

Thanks for joining me today!  Please be with me again next week for the next exciting episode of Mr. Wugidgem And The Phoenix Journey when we’ll see Debby, Michael and Mr. Wugidgem run headlong into trouble.  Thanks again for listening!

STANFORD UNIVERSITY STORYTELLING PROJECT

Today’s post is directed to my Alma Mater’s radio station, KZSU, 90.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area.  You can also find the station online at kzsuonline.stanford.edu.

This morning I received an email from Stanford, inviting me to attend the first in a series of “Big Shorts” in the new Stanford Storytelling Project.  This will be held at CoHo Café on campus next Tuesday, January 17 at 8 p.m.  It will run for one hour and feature readings by Tobias Wolff, Skip Horak, and Xandra Clarke.

KZSU also features audio podcasts on the station, and I am submitting two of my nearly 100 podcasts for broadcast consideration.  The first is Episode 1 from my thriller, Slaves On Horseback, and key parts of it take place at Stanford and environs.

The second submission is Episode 1 from Mr. Wugidgem And The Faces Of Freedom, which is Book Five in my Children’s Fantasy Series.  Our heroes, Debby and Michael, whisk away to Venezuela to join in anti-government demonstrations.

I hope to see some of you next Tuesday at CoHo at 8 p.m.

For my regular subscribers, I will post Episode 6 from my father’s autobiography, Talking To The World From Pan Am’s Clippers, tomorrow.

All the best,

Allan W. Chapman-Creative Writing Major, Class of 1964, Stanford University

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