History, Discovery, The Dream

In 1804 when Thomas Jefferson tasked Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore lands west of the Mississippi River (that comprised the Louisiana Purchase) a two year excursion began. Even before negotiations with France were finished, Jefferson asked Congress to finance an expedition to survey the lands of the Louisiana Purchase and appointed Lewis as expedition commander. Along the way they encountered harsh weather, unforgiving terrain, treacherous waters, injuries, starvation, disease, and both friendly and hostile Native Americans.

Nevertheless, the approximately 8,000 mile journey was deemed a huge success and provided new geographic, ecological, and social information about previously uncharted areas of North America.

Part of their trail meandered through the state of Idaho. I had no idea that there was actually two townships dedicated to these famous explorers. One town is called Lewiston, located in Idaho near Moscow Idaho. The other is just across the river named Clarkston, located in Washington.

Fast forward to my thoughts regarding Idaho:

      1. I loved the fact that Idaho boasted friendly people (and not a lot of them).
      2. I had heard Idaho was beautiful with lots of affordable, available land.
      3. The most important aspect was water. I wanted to live in a place that had lots of water as I believe that water will be like gold to most people in the next 50 years.
      4. I wanted to live in a place, secluded, but close to medical facilities.
      5. I wanted to see the stars… a simple request not possible in Las Vegas.

With limited knowledge but a clear vision of what I wanted I began the process of discovery. I knew I wanted to live in the northern part of Idaho somewhere between Sand Point and Boise. Another requirement was a view of some type of water (Lake, Stream, River, Pond, etc.).

The beginning stage of my discovery took me to some of the most marvelous, stunning, incredible places I had ever seen. Sand Point and the Priest River near Coeur d’Alene are simply magical. However, those places were a little too far north. I didn’t want to have to deal with snow after having lived in Tahoe. Digging out of a place I have no intention of skiing too, from, on, or near is simply not going to happen.

And so I traveled south down the 95 towards Potlatch. Potlatch was one of the largest lumber companies in the world founded in 1903. They now have diversified and primarily are selling their land once covered in forest for harvest. I looked to the north of Moscow Idaho and East but couldn’t find land that overlooked water in a place that was close to electricity and phone. The realtor in Potlatch recommended a gentleman named Russ Martin (also a realtor) located in Lewiston Idaho.

Russ introduced Nancy and I to the Clearwater River meandering next to highway 12 which goes all the way to Montana. Along the way bouncing in and out of many different small towns with land for sale, is a little known town, Orofino (meaning “fine gold”). Up the grade from Orofino is a small development called Tie Creek, or as the natives call it “Tie Crick”, over looking the Dworshak Dam. I also liked this area because it is in a “banana belt” with temperatures about 20 degrees warmer than other cities and townships around it.

As soon as I saw the land I knew this would be the place to build our dream home to eventually retire to. Our home will overlook the Dam, the Dam trees, the Dam water, knowing full well that your dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t. So why not go for it!

I’ll leave you with this one final thought… “If the dream is big enough… the facts don’t count”.

Today Is / Was a Great Day!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote to commemorate Paul Revere’s ride, a poem that lives as a clear vision into the birth of a nation and our glorious past. The beauty of the poem, among many attributes, specifically enshrines today, April 18th, as the night Paul Revere rode to warn, “The British are coming”.

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.”

The poem goes on to talk about, “One, if by land, and two, if by sea”. Warning the colonists that the British were coming was the purpose of this historic ride.

I remember this poem regurgitated by my second grade elementary teacher during a colonial history lesson. Exciting, the thought of waking a populace to come together as one to protect the sovereignty of the colonies.

Fast forward to today. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a shinning voice that everyone trusted to come to our aid to alleviate the anxiety so many feel during these uncertain times. Even a plan that would bring us safely back to our routine while enriching our appreciation for what we have and whom we care about.

Perhaps we can focus on the beautiful and yet fleeting experiences we have cherished from the past. Our child’s birth, a graduation, a marriage, for some a divorce, a job we look forward to going back to (never thought I’d say that), a concert that transcended music, a meal that transcended food, and a wine that etched a varietal and vintage into our memory.

The beauty of all of this is the simple things we’re getting back to (that many have forgotten), which slowly is connecting us with what’s really important:

      • I see more people walking
      • I see more people taking pictures of the beauty that surrounds us
      • I see more people engaged in their passion for hobbies lost in the minutia of routine
      • I see more people taking time to prepare wonderful meals at home
      • I see more people connecting with each other

And most importantly… I see more people caring for others across barriers that were invisible to begin with.

In all circumstances we can look at the positive or the negative which speaks volumes of whom we are and how we view the world we live in. Just a chiropractic adjustment elevated by the positive books we read (Deepak Chopra, Og Mandino, and others), and the people we associate with.

Please take the best of what we’re experiencing and build on the most important aspect of humanity… giving, caring for each other, our environment, and the beauty we so often overlook in ourselves and those we surround ourselves with.

Easter Is A Very Special Holiday

Easter or Resurrection Sunday is a festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as described in the New Testament three days after his burial. Easter is a joyous holiday seen as the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament and the revelation of God’s redemption plan for all humankind.

Perhaps as we reflect on these trying times we can give thanks for our family, those inside the “circle of trust”, and all those people we pray for which are not blessed with the gifts bestowed upon us.

I remember quite fondly the days when I was much shorter. My mom and dad would make up Easter Baskets filled with all kinds of delicious candies (many only available at Easter) and then hide them through-out our home and even in the yard. This was the pre-curser to the Easter egg hunt.

Just the sight of chocolate easter bunnies to this day catapults me back to those days in which spring is unveiled and the beginning of summer is around the corner. This of course meant that the school year was almost over and I could experience recess for even longer periods of time with no bell to disrupt my greatest contribution to the school day…unfettered daydreaming.

As I grew a little taller my mom showed me how to color Easter eggs. This was so much fun as there were no lines to temper my artistic expression and no color chart to use as a guide. This was pop art at its best. We would dip the eggs into food coloring creating a collage of color easily executed and never replicated.

The school I was blessed to attend was Deer Park Elementary School located in Fairfax, California. This was a school that elevated holidays into the most joyous experience any school child could imagine. First, there was the coloring of the Easter bunnies and other symbols of spring either pasted together or created from some toxic material probably banned today in our PC world.

The next step as we progressed from 1st grade to 2nd grade was (at Easter time) the “egg toss”. This consisted of two students practicing “social distancing” 20 feet apart. Then we would toss the egg to the opponent and hopefully said opponent would catch the egg and then reciprocate with an arched throw into my out stretched hands. Typically one or both of us would end of with egg on our face.

Through-out the years Easter would become as much about religion as it was about the family. My mom would prepare wonderful dinners with ham, scallop potatoes, green beans with bacon, jello salad, and the coup de gras… apple pie with vanilla ice cream. This very special holiday would bring together my grandmother, dad, and mom to enjoy a sit down dinner at the dining room table in which case the best plates, silver wear, and glass wear were on full display.

I miss my family as I’m sure many of you that are reading this miss yours. Lets make it a point this Easter to honor the memories of those we love and care about. With us or not, we can make our revelation one of a renewed commitment to the spirit of what the best part of Easter stands for… love.

Social Distancing And Other Signs Of The Times

I could not feel more apart of the herd than when I go to any grocery store in our area. Taped quadrants six feet apart with rules for entry into practically every “essential” business that remains open. This is a sign of our times.

People wearing masks and gloves to protect their spacial consciousness while attempting to distance themselves six feet apart is an exercise in futility. One person’s space is another person’s altruistic reaction to the consciousness that pervades the information bombarded upon us by those, all of a sudden, worried about our health.

If anybody wondered what the endgame is then listen closely my friends and I shall reveal (only my opinion) the sad commentary on the human condition. Here we go:

Virus COVID-19 has so far caused far less infections and death than the common flu in the past years. WHO (World Health Organization) reports on March 30th worldwide 750,000 infections with a death toll of 36,000. In the US about 161,000 cases and 3,000 deaths. Yet, alarmist Fauci claims that there may be millions of US coronavirus cases and 100-200,000 deaths. And, coincidentally, so does Bill Gates.

All with the idea of pushing a vaccine down the throat of the public. A multi-billion dollar vaccine is not necessary.

Can you imagine the distinct possibility that they will not let you go back to work without a certificate that states you’ve had the vaccine? Can you imagine not being able to shop in your favorite stores, fly on a plane, go to a concert, or a myriad of other experiences without proof that you’ve been vaccinated? Under the guise of protecting all those you come in contact with.

The NIAD (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) and the Bill Gates Foundation are collaborating with a view to developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

China has proven that COVID-19, or coronaviruses in general, is a flu vaccine. Vaccines don’t heal and in the best case scenario the flu vaccines are effective 20% to 50% of the time. Vaccines are first and foremost huge money makers for big Pharma.

Here are some alternatives to this big business/big PHARMA money grab:

      1. French professor Didier Raoult one of the top five scientists on communicable diseases suggests the use of hydroxychloroquine, a well known inexpensive drug used to fight Malaria and has also shown efficacy with previous coronaviruses such as SARS.
      2. China and Cuba are working together with the use of Interferon Alpha 2B, a highly efficient anti-viral drug developed in Cuba some 39 years ago. Interferon has proven to be very effective in fighting COVID-19.
      3. There is a natural medicine produced by Indian/Ayurveda treatments which effect a holistic cure exacted by a medicine called Curcumin that comes in capsules. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant compound that has been successfully used to treat cancer, infectious diseases, and yes… coronaviruses.
      4. Another remedy used for thousands of years by ancient Chinese, Egyptians, and Romans, are Colloidal Silver products. They come in many forms to be administered by liquid into the mouth, injected, or applied to the skin. They boost the immune system and fight bacteria and viruses, cancer, shingles, and COVID-19.

The Bill Gates program implementation would include a related global electronic identity-program, possibly administered with a nano-chip that could be embedded in the vaccine itself. This would be overseen by a little known agency agenda ID2020 which is also a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation initiative.

Just to let you know… Bill Gates is a strong proponent of drastic and selective population reduction. Knowing what we know, would you trust Bill Gates signature on this project?

If you get a chance read the article entitled, ” The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is “Agenda ID2020” by Peter Koenig dated March 12th, 2020.

Like I tell my daughter, Chelsea… when in doubt, when everything doesn’t add up… follow the money.