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Saturday In Santa Fe:) Colors, Culture and Catholic Churches

21 May

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.” ― Albert Camus


We spent the entire day in and around the plaza in Santa Fe. The bright and vibrant colors in the markets were contrasted by the soft reverent hues of dimly lit churches.

A very talented artist, Julie Salazar, had a magnificent display of colorful paintings and photographs, with interesting textures and themes.

The San Miguel Mission is a lovely old church with a fascinating history. San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626, it is the oldest known church in the United States.

I knelt, said a prayer, and lit a candle, and I could almost feel the millions of prayers and petitions that had been said before me. Simple walls, statues, and icons, but built and crafted with love and devotion.

Another great day in Santa Fe.

Wednesday:) Wow! What a Wonderful Performance~ Shen Yun

8 Feb

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

~ Chinese Proverb


niǎor chànggē bú shì yīnwèi tāmen yǒule dáàn ,érshì yīnwèi tāmen yǒu gē yào chàng 。


Sunday afternoon, my friend Dorrie and I went down to Dallas to the AT&T Performing Arts Center to see The performance, Shen Yun. I don’t watch much TV lately, so I didn’t know anything about it, but she showed me some video clips on her phone, and I was all in. The costumes and dancing and music looked spectacular.

I drove and Dorrie navigated. It wasn’t hard to get to, but those of you who know me, know that I can get lost at the far end of my own subdivision. We arrived in about fifty minutes, found a great place to park on the street under a tree only a block away. Cool!

We walked around looking for a place to eat, but most places weren’t open until 5 pm, and the show started seating at 5:30. It was only 4 when we started searching and feeling hungry. I asked a police officer, who was coming out of the Seven Eleven, for any suggestions. He had none. So, Dorrie and I had a gourmet picnic lunch with fantastic finds and a Big Gulp Slurpee. It was a glorious sunny afternoon, so we sat at an outdoor table and feasted on our snacks. 

Now, doesn’t that look like a fabulous before the theatre dinner? Actually, it was pretty good.

We were pretty lucky that we had tickets for the Sunday evening showing because, guess what? It was Super Bowl Sunday, and the earlier performance was sold out, and the 6 pm seating was half full. (Did you notice I didn’t say half empty? I’m a half full kinda gal.)

From the very beginning, the narration, the orchestra, and the performers, everything was amazing. We weren’t allowed to take pictures. I found out the hard way when I tried to just get a selfie of me and Dorrie before the curtain even went up. A nice usher lady tapped me on the shoulder and said “No Photography” in a stern voice and pointed to the sign reflected on the closed curtain. Jeepers! I didn’t think you couldn’t take a selfie beforehand. Here’s my illegal photography….

The meaning of Shen Yun: Shen (神) is a general term for divine being, indicating the myriad deities, Buddhas, and Taoist immortals in Chinese spiritual traditions. Yun (韻) means rhythm and conveys a person’s entire bearing. … Shen Yun means: the beauty of divine beings dancing. (Or something like that.)

There were 19 different segments with colorful dancers or singers portraying or telling a different story. My favorite was Yellow Blossoms, with intricately choreographed dancers with fluffy yellow fans that undulated across the stage. No pictures of that, of course, but here are some Google approved photos.

Well, it was a fantastic evening. My senses and spirit were certainly stimulated and elevated. I think it was the best performance I’ve ever seen. A true cultural experience.