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On Location Series #9—US Virgin Islands (part 1)

My journey to the US Virgin Islands was a welcoming event for me.  It has been almost 10 years since I actually had a real vacation and I savor every minute of it. The beauty of the land, the clear waters stretching out to the Atlantic.  The personal vibe I felt strongly from the kinship of my island folks.  Exceptionally appealing is the variety that I used in describing it.

Now, the trek started off not so perfect or better yet—normally that I would desire.  The trip was detoured due to weather, but in reality, something was amiss with the plan as we attempted to fly into San Juan Puerto Rico.  We were soon diverted to Aguadilla Puerto Rico, waited for nearly an hour before being charter bused to San Juan.  We all arrived, yes all of the passengers on the plane close to 2 hours later at San Juan airport.  For the passengers whose final destination was San Juan, they were finally happy with discounted future flights by the company.  I and a few others who had other connecting flights were given tickets to fly out to our destination tomorrow morning with mines leaving at 11:30 am to St. Thomas.  We were all given free rooms at the airport hotel along with a dinner voucher and eventually settle in for the night.

The following day I happily boarded the plan and the 35-minute flight to St. Thomas begun.  I landed, greeted by a late friend’s mother, Mrs. Lynch and the vacation at last begun.  I stayed, for free at a 1-bedroom condo and the view from the window was crazy stunning.  My deck faced the bay that led out to the ocean.  I saw, in a distance, St. Johns Island and in a greater distance, the British Virgin Islands.  My G-d!

Mrs. Lynch and my good friend De’nee gave me an amazing tour during my 10 days stay in the islands.  The first part I went to Mountain Top which reportedly served the best banana daiquiris.  They were really good and I really don’t favor fruit alcoholic beverages.  I saw a great deal of the island from the Mountaintop and it just—really I don’t have any good words to describe it so just see it for yourself…

This is the actual spot Sir Francis Drake would sit at, surveying all who came into the bay.

I must also add, Hurricane Maria affected the islands of Puerto Rico and the US Virgins Islands.  Mainstream media did not do the best job in reporting on the small towns in Puerto Rico that were greatly affected by the natural phenomenon and less reporting for the Virgin Islands.  USVI is still recovering, many houses and other buildings still have a tarp on top due to not having a roof.  Schools were destroyed as the government were in a hurry in placing modules as suitable replacements until their original buildings could be fixed and in some instance, rebuild.  USVI and PR are part of the United States.

 

Yes, they are part of the United States.

This is part one of the On Location Series #9.  Look out for the next one in a week or less and thank you for stopping by.  Please, have a coffee on me and if you are inclined to, smoke a cigar as well.

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Aldous Huxley; Lessons Anew, Philosophy Gained

An older piece I wrote for Some Unique Magazine that I think you would find interesting. One of my favorite writers.

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ALDOUS  HUXLEY:
LESSONS  ANEW,  PHILOSOPHY  GAINED
by K.G. Bethlehem

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“It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than try to be a little kinder.”
– Aldous Huxley

He gave way to the essence of one’s self in relationship to society to which society was growing way too fast; devolving into an insensitive authority. He look at the way of how so many things are very antisocial. You are just a number in a machine. The working environment of a collective state called society.

Aldous Huxley, as I can gather, warned against us as a whole, giving up control of our lives to the governing power with no need of an aggression as a mandate. The mandate is what we see in the form…

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On Location Series #8–Rosaryville State Park

Rosaryville State Park, a hidden gem in Clinton, MD.  This August 18, 2018, On Location venture, started off a little dissuading at first.  The upkeep of the park was less desirable as portions showed overgrown grass and much-needed parking lots repair.  The nuance of well-kept picnic grounds compared to other places showed greatly that certain areas were much cared for than others.

It was also the location of Mount Airy Manson which was elegant.  The grounds were splendid to the eye as I saw greenhouses and ground root cellars for vegetation purpose.  The history of the park was apparent to the owners of the mansion and the numerous items scattered throughout the landscape (It is one of the oldest Maryland mansions connected to the Calvert family, the Lords Proprietor of colonial Maryland).  A tobacco barn, an old cannon cart I discovered through my trek in the woods.  This was a huge park and it kept so much mystery that I will allow you guys, to journey through my pictures and videos.  Even some pictures that held a hidden, even darker meaning behind them.

Just a show of what is among us in the least of places, closets to our homesteads as it allows the heart to dance in sync with the mind.  Now that I got your attention for understanding…,

It is time to commence.

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