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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekend Wrap-up

This weekend was about preparation for two upcoming events in our lives. Thursday, my hubby and I will take his 88-year-old mom to Wimberley, Texas, for a Walker family reunion. There will be four aunts, all 85+ years old, and one uncle, 90+. I think something like 15 first cousins will be there as well, and all the extended families of the above - a total of 60 family members. We're staying at Homestead Cabins, on Cypress Creek. Thankfully, they are air-conditioned, since Austin's temperatures have been over 100. A golf game, tubing down a river, a water park, and a visit to Fredricksberg, are some of the planned activities.

Three days after we return from the reunion, we leave for our annual folkdance camp in Socorro, New Mexico. Folkdancing is hundreds of years old. We do the cultural dances from around the world--Hungarian, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Israeli, Swedish, etc. It is where Gary and I met. There are folkdance communities in most cities and ours is a very special one.

At the camp, we bring two teachers from different countries to teach. This year it will be Israeli and Romanian. There are two workshops in the morning, and two in the afternoon. Then a dance party from 8 to 11 pm. We stay in college dorms on the NM Tech campus and eat in the cafeteria. After the parties, some of us gather in the lounge, bring out the guitars, and sing till 1 or 2 in the morning. At home, I'm in bed by 10 pm, but at camp, I want to grab every minute of joy with my wonderful friends.

Blogger is not publishing pre-written posts correctly, so my posts may be sporadic during the next two weeks, but I'll try to keep up. I'm writing this on Sunday, but posting it for Monday.

Blessings, dear blog friends,


Helen Ginger said...

It sounds like you have a fabulous two weeks coming up. And you're in luck! The Austin area is only supposed to get to 99 today. We ordered this cold front just for you.

Yesterday, my DH and I went to see an aunt and uncle - she's 85 and he's 90. He is sharp as a tack (as the saying goes) and still remembered the name of the street we lived on 15 years ago. I was amazed.

I can't wait to hear about the folkdance camp.

Straight From Hel

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Enjoy! I remember seeing authentic Scottish dancing when we visited Inverness ten years ago and it was a treat!

L. Diane Wolfe

Patricia Stoltey said...

These elders who are 80s and 90s are incredible. And the stories they can tell! You should have a great reunion (and I assume you have a tape recorder because you won't be able to write fast enough to get those tales on paper).

Marvin D Wilson said...

What a great line-up scheduled. Have fun!

The Old Silly

Joanne said...

Your next two weeks sound colorful and enriching! Good company, good food and conversation, good music. Enjoy :)

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

What fun! I'm looking forward to hearing more about both events when you get back.

alexisgrant said...

Enjoy your time with your family!

Connie Arnold said...

Sounds like a great time ahead for you, Karen! Your family reunion is in an area near where my parents used to live, and I have good memories of being there. Have a wonderful time!