Ferdie, what do you think about this Elvis impersonator?  Wow, he could really sing.  Sounded a lot like Elvis even if his side burns were a bit on the heavy side.

    OK, Carbear, let’s not be too critical.  I think he was trying to be a caricature of Elvis rather than a real impersonation.   And, it was very entertaining.  What a place, good food, friendly wait staff, great singers, and very pleasant small talk.

    A good evening Ferdie, all without any complications of big city living.  I mean, Fantine was able to park the truck within half a block of the front door and they didn’t charge her anything.

        Well, Carbear, a small town does not have all the crowding.  Sometimes when so many people get together we seem to think the value of the ground goes up and we should charge others to use it.  And we pay for the use.  It doesn’t make any sense to me.  Why do we want to crowd together when we could be out here in the West and enjoy the open spaces?  But, I guess we all need to give each person the choice to live their life as they would like to.

    Gotcha, Ferdie....

        Fantine    Saturday    September 19, 2009

                            Photo: Trinidad, Colorado   

Fantine’s Voice
     Weekend Edition
                                                                © 2009 Fantine
Fantine’s Voice on Saturday
                                                                © 2009 Fantine

Early morning beauty, here on Earth...

    Carbear, Where is Fantine this weekend?

    I think she went into town, Ferdie.  Look, out the window...  We are at a lake.

    Wow, that is nice.  Let’s get the camera out and take some photos.  Won’t Fantine be surprised when she downloads the camera stuff and things she doesn’t remember taking show up in her computer.  And, as she is doing that we can disguise our voices, speak very softly, make her think something spooky is happening.  It will be really interesting to see if all that spiritual talk she is spilling out is real or just baloney.  Finally, the test of all tests.  Is she or is she not spiritually fit?

    Ferdie, I think what will happen is that Fantine will very kindly say something like “Will you guys please not talk so much, so I can concentrate on these nice photos you took.”  After all, last year she rode a motorcycle across the States, solo, in high winds, ninety degree heat, and always told people there were two of them, traveling together.

    What do you mean “two of them Carbear?”

    She said she was never alone.  God was always with her.  Even though others could not see God, His presence was there, always.  Even when she was not aware of it.

    Yea, Carbear, I think I see what you're talking about now.  Always present...  I hope everyone remembers this...      always present.


        Fantine   Friday    September 18, 2009

            Photo: Trinidad Lake, Las Animas County, Colorado

Fantine’s Voice on Sunday
                                                                © 2009 Fantine

   Wow, what a neat place, wide open plains, then some hills, this is America.  What do you think Ferdie? 

    I agree, Carbear, but do you know what you have taken a picture of?  The small trail across the bottom of the photo is the roadbed of the original Denver and Rio Grande Railroad which went down to El Moro.  Then in the background are the front range hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains which is one of the longest mountain ranges in the country.  Sometimes at sunrise and sunset, usually when the mountains have snow on them, they have a very red color and the Spanish called them the “Blood of Christ” which is what “Sangre de Cristo” means.

    All that from a simple photograph.  Fantine may even like the picture.  It does have a very laid back way about it.  Just out in the open.  Imagine the early settlers, building the railroad, planning the way to the West.  Back in the old days, coal was the main thing they hauled on the trains.

    Yes, Carbear, but those were not very happy days for many.  We have gained much from understanding the suffering of the early coal miners.  We did not treat them with respect.  It was the example of addiction to power, prestige, and possessions in the Old West.  But many good things did come out of this suffering.  Most miners today have better safety equipment, work conditions, and financial security than they did back then.

    We’re not there yet, Ferdie, but we are making progress.  You know, that is really what we all do Ferdie, we make progress in our lives.  We will never be perfect, but if we just keep trying it is possible to improve and become more kind, considerate, and loving.

    I agree one hundred per cent Carbear...  one hundred percent!

        Fantine    Sunday    September 20, 2009

                            Photo: North of El Moro, Colorado

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