Finding Fairy Lights

Fairies are the energy of life for nature. If you want to connect with the fairy lights, the first step is finding their secret communities. The environment provides physical evidence of where fairies congregate.

Fairy Light by Janie Bill

WHERE TO LOOK

Activity generates growth. Fairy energy is strongest around plants that are in a stage of abundance. Blooming flowers signify active cell growth. New growth is also evident on lighter shades of leaves.

Frequently watered plants and areas that receive frequent rainfall heighten the energy of plants. Butterflies, birds and dragonflies are attracted to the playful atmosphere where fairies are dancing and singing.

The greater the amount of fairy energy, the more active the molecules in the atmosphere become. This excitement makes the fairy lights easier to see with the naked eye.

Fairy Light by Janie Bill

HOW YOU FEEL

Notice how you feel when you approach vegetation. If you feel peaceful, you most likely connected with the healing fairies. If your mood is lifted and you feel lighter, perhaps cheerful, you are communing with the growth-producing fairies.

It is highly recommended that you only reach out to fairies if you feel more positive in their presence than you did before approaching the plants. Otherwise, you might open yourself to a lower energy nearby.

Fairy Energy by Janie Bill

SPEAK YOUR MIND
Once you find a peaceful place in your mind and in your heart, fairies welcome you to ask them a question, either within your heart or verbally. Be cautious in making a request. Fairies are mischievous and their sense of humor tends to be at the expense of humans. It’s not that fairies are a lower form of spirit. They see the aura of humans and know what is in your heart when it comes to plants.

Understand that fairies are the protectors, healers and life force for vegetation. Their duty is to promote growth for the purpose of keeping the planet in order, which is an invaluable benefit to humans. Without them, all life on Earth would cease. Humans are stubborn creatures who tend to view themselves as creators with supreme knowledge over all others. Fairies often reach out to humans in an effort to teach the proper methods of promoting growth and health in plants. When fairies come across a person who ignores their wise advice, they can’t resist poking fun as a means to show how absurd and unaware we sometimes are. Fairy humor is in good faith, but if you want angelic intervention for any cause other than aiding and healing vegetation, it is best to find a different source.

With that said, if you feel compelled to improve the planet, fairies will eagerly assist with giving you the means and know-how. All you have to do is ask.

Fairy Orb by Janie Bill

SEE THE LIGHTS

All artists love recognition for their hard work and talent. Taking time to appreciate the unique shades of flowers or the agile twist of a branch is a way to invite the heightened energy into your presence.

Fairies move quickly, and their atomic make up is at a higher frequency than our physical world. For this reason, most commonly, we see their energy in the form of light. It is translucent and appears in a color that reflects the purpose of the fairy activity.

Are you a chocolate lover?

Cocoa and sugar are derived from plants. Fairies love these types of sugary sweets. Having plenty of chocolate and yummy sweets in your system can give you a sense of contentment and elevate your auric field so that you are more in tune with the fairy frequency.

Do you spurge on eco-friendly products?

Your taking responsibility for your part of using resources on the planet doesn’t go unnoticed. Making choices that improve Earth and protect other living entities raises your vibration and attracts other compassionate beings into your life.

Do you resist the urge to consume flesh?

The biggest decision we make each and every day is what we put inside our bodies. Stick with what makes you comfortable, but taking care of yourself includes caring about living creatures that can’t openly communicate their opinion on the subject matter. When you make a sacrifice for the better good, you feel better about yourself and your energy level expands to the upper vibrational patterns.

Have you given a part of yourself to saving the planet from decline?

Certainly, no one is obligated to give back to Earth, even if one of us contributed to an irresponsible act that created a threatening environment, but your actions alter the level of your energy. By volunteering and donating with an intention to right a few wrongs, whether they were your fault or not, you gain a sense of satisfaction. Taking action is empowering. Putting matters into your own hands is a way to shed yourself of the victim-ego. No one can chisel away the confidence you gain from selfless deeds. That is the real power.

Did you thank nature, today?

No one is judging if you haven’t. A “thank you” includes noticing the landscape or a healthy cluster of wild plants. An appreciative nod can be in the form of sending notice to the fairy energy that you intend to cut the grass. Acknowledging their presence is all it takes. Our maintenance sometimes distorts their collective intelligence. Energy doesn’t die. It transitions into new forms. It’s nice for the transition to be painless, even for higher beings.

Have you incorporated fairy energy into your décor?

Images attract the heart and soul of the subject matter. Surrounding yourself with beauty, including objects and colors that raise your mood, draws toward you the glorious energies of the physical, spiritual and mental worlds.

Fairy Energy by Janie Bill

STATE OF MIND

Still have a sense of disconnection?

If all else fails and you don’t feel a connection with fairies. Relax and allow them to approach you, instead. Forget about what you should be doing and whether or not you handled an awkward, paper vs. plastic, situation in the most eco-friendly way. Mirror the environment you want to experience. Embellishing your space with crystals and prisms, indoors and outdoors, trains your mind to acknowledge the impact of light and how it plays in our lives. The more accustom you become to seeing glimpses of light dance across your vision, the less you will struggle to find fairy activity.

Do you doubt yourself?

Don’t think for a second that you don’t deserve to find the cheerful, heart-warming activity of fairies. The fact you are curious confirms that the fairies are reaching out to you. They are there. You are connected. But sometimes our beliefs revolving around self-denial prevent us from opening our minds. Frustration might be a convincing argument that finding fairy lights isn’t meant to be. If you have a desire to see fairy lights, you already hear their tune.

Driven Dreamers at the Concourse d’Elegance

A dream. That’s where it all started for so many of us and that’s often where it all ended, unless you possessed the drive of an automobile. At the Concourse d’Elegance in Winter Park, Florida, I met three guys with enough motivation to transmute an interest in cars into fame and income. Entrepreneur is the common term for describing the dreamers capable of making money out of ideas.

Two men created the series, Car Show Television.

Andrew McClary, Car Show Television by Janie Bill

Meet Andrew McClary and his pal, Alex Berry – two buddies who spent their leisure time admiring vintage and rare vehicles at car shows.

The car industry wasn’t only about persistent salesmen and vacant showrooms. Practically every weekend, somewhere out there sleek models giggled and posed for poster style photos with car lovers. Famous entrepreneurs discussed ways to improve the planet by modifying engines. Friends who loved breathtaking dropbacks at cozy airports full of glamorous private jets and aerobatics dancers serving champagne from chandeliers got gussied up to chitchat in the midst of the bright lights. Thrill seekers enjoyed riding actual race cars with professional drivers behind the wheels.

Like so many dreamers, Andrew decided to replace his work with his passion. But how did he go about turning joy into gold? Andrew’s career revolved around the production industry. He produced and designed websites for television, and created reenactment scenes for trials. His architectural education gave him an understanding of the machinery. As a matter of fact, he also invented a model electric car.

His desire – create a car television show that gets close and personal to the vehicles. He wanted to give viewers the opportunity to appreciate the amount of work that goes into restoring a diamond in the rough. Those dreamy vintage vehicles oftentimes were forgotten in dumpsites or even at the bottom of a lake for decades. Many were one of two still in existence, and one of five ever produced. Famous 1930s movie stars owned some cars and famous adventurers who broke world records and created animated movies purchased others. When walking in the shade of the trees through a grassy park full of vintage automobiles, it was common to pass by a vehicle used to invade a country or featured in a classic film, but unless someone took time to present the unique information to the public, the stories became forgotten. A piece of history disappeared.

His friend and fellow car enthusiast, Alex Berry, had a dream as well, and his revolved around the human interest story behind passion and hard labor. He wanted to share the excitement of the car owners by telling the who, what, when, where and why. Who were the past owners? What places had the car driven through? Why did the owner feel it merited a make-over?

Alex loved listening to owners eagerly explain how they researched the original paint color and what gimmicks they had to configure in order to get the out of production parts to work properly after years of erosion. Alex wanted to allow viewers  to meet the owners on a personal level. Not all car enthusiasts were wealthy. Some were dedicated to keeping what were once innovative inventions alive. Many were regular guys who materialized their dreams of salvaging art in machinery.

How could Alex satisfy his curiosity? Alex’s background was also based on the production industry. As the senior producer of multiple television shows, he understood how to materialize Andrew and his concepts for viewers. Thanks to his many years of working with Fortune 500 companies, Alex had the “in” with finding sponsors. Alex picked up a camera and shifted his admiration into recording stories about the amount of heart and soul that went into restoring a vehicle. According to Alex, every car had a story to tell.

The result – Car Show Television originated on www.carshowtelevision.com. Their skills and passion were combined with dedication. Shortly after airing, Alex and Andrew started riding high. They captured a wide market that included vintage car buffs and general car enthusiasts. Children got excited at seeing unique cars as well as teenagers who couldn’t wait to earn their freedom. Car Show Television was picked up by cable television and was broadcast on The Auto Channel – WHDT – in South Florida, while continuing to air via their website.

Wayne Carini, Alex Berry by Janie Bill

Another dreamer hosts a different series, Chasing Classic Cars.

The car business wasn’t too crowded for another dreamer with a sense of reality. Wayne Carini, a car restorer whose fascination for Ferrari cars started at the age of nine had stardom in his sight. His most recent mega-million dollar venture included hosting Chasing Classic Cars. His dream was to surround himself with the finest and most elite vehicles in the world. According to Wayne, his job included traveling across the country and abroad to meet with clients. Those clients, as he casually referred to them, were the wealthiest individuals with the finest tastes who only drive the most sophisticated  vehicles invented.

In his travels, Wayne gathered a nifty car collection of his own, although the Ferrari automobiles remained his true love. He jokingly admitted that his fans weren’t required to pick the Ferrari as their favorite just because he follows their shows across the country.

Wayne rose to the top quickly, and was clever enough to continually reinvent himself. Chasing Classic Cars wasn’t Wayne’s first appearance on television. With his current show, his desire was to introduce his inner circle of top dogs and their high performance autos to the world. He featured celebrities and entrepreneurs with the ease of your closest relative sitting down for a holiday dinner beside the fireplace. His lofty personal relations afforded him the grace of getting viewers into the private settings of the elite car owners’ garages. His gentle nature and soft voice made him a mega personality.

Learn the World Peace Diet

Scientists uncover evidence supporting man’s need to change his diet for mental health, longevity and emotional stability.  An expert in the field, Dr. Will Tuttle, published a book entitled, The World Peace Diet, as an outstanding resource for educating man about the reasons we must return to a vegan lifestyle.  After becoming familiar with his theories, I spoke with Dr. Tuttle and he was kind enough to take time to answer the following questions.

Welcome, Dr. Tuttle.  Thank you for discussing the information available in your book, The World Peace Diet.  Your narrative CD version awakens man to the necessity and logic of making wise food-intake decisions.     

Question 1:  You provide a full description of Plato’s theories regarding the benefits of people adopting an animal free diet.  Why did some of Plato’s knowledge regarding science remain public while his information about adopting a vegan lifestyle vanished from available books? 

Actually, in The World Peace Diet, I discuss several ancient Greek & Roman philosophers who all advocated a vegan diet and lifestyle – Pythagoras, Plato, Plotinus, and Plutarch. Pythagoras is considered the father of vegetarianism and vegan living in our Western world, and until the mid 1800s vegetarians were referred to as Pythagoreans. Pythagoras emphasized the spiritual, social, and health benefits of a plant-based diet, and warned people that if they killed animals for food, they would also kill each other in wars. These important ideas are more vital now than ever, and form the foundation of The World Peace Diet. Plato (like his teacher Socrates) was in many ways a Pythagorean and taught that herding livestock led to conflicts over land and to warfare. Plotinus was a neo-Platonist and strong advocate of compassion to animals, as was Plutarch, a Roman historian.

Their ideas have been covered over simply because they make people in our culture uncomfortable with what is their most basic behavior: eating food. This is unfortunate, of course, because if these teachings were heeded by us today, we would be able to reduce the many diseases caused by eating animal foods, as well as the environmental devastation that is unavoidable in growing vast amounts of grain and legumes and feeding them to animals who are hyperconfined, mutilated, and killed at the rate of 75 million per day in the U.S. alone. People are starving and malnourished, and it’s completely unnecessary, and all this slaughter is similarly unnecessary, and the war and inequity that flows from it as well.

Question 2:  In The World Peace Diet, you posit a hidden and powerful core mentality in our culture – what is that?

All of us are born into a culture that injects into us from infancy a program that forces us to look with eyes that see certain beings as things – as commodities that exist merely to be killed and eaten. This mentality of reducing beings to things—commoditization of life—is devastating to our inherent intelligence, sensitivity, and compassion. It leads to a mentality of exclusion, elitism, might-makes-right, privilege, and disconnectedness. It is this mentality that is injected into us through our three daily meals, where we are all forced to participate in rituals in which sentient beings are reduced to mere flesh and secretions. We are forced to eat them, thus internalizing this mentality that is totally contrary to our well-being and the well-being of the Earth and of other animals. By far the most intelligent, creative, caring, and aware action that any human being in our culture can engage in is to extricate themselves from this toxic and destructive program, and switch to a plant-based way of eating and living, out of compassion to the whole web of life in which we are all embedded. This is the foundation of joy, peace, abundance, wisdom, health, and happiness for all.

Question 3:  According to your studies, people initially consumed fruit, nuts and leaves.  What prompted humans to deviate from his healthful diet?

No one knows the answer to this question. We don’t even know what happened in history, much less in pre-history! What happened on 9//11? Who killed JFK? What happened just a few days or years ago? We don’t know! What we have are “official stories” that are created for our consumption in order to keep everyone enslaved to a system of domination and ignorance, where we are willing to work in jobs that rob us of our precious time and resources, and imprison us in the ignorance of separateness, willing to fight wars and eat animals and destroy the Earth without comprehending our true purpose on this Earth.

Today, we can see that we are designed for plant-based foods, and whatever reasons people have had in the past for eating animal foods (which I discuss at length in The World Peace Diet), we can easily see that it is terrible for our physical, psychological, cultural, ecological, and spiritual health. Any one of us can prove this in our own lives as well!

So rather than look too much to the past, I think it’s a great idea to be pulled by the future. Let’s envision an abundant, peaceful, creative, and joyful future, and base our behavior on reaching that, rather than trying to figure out how we should be driven by a past that we will never completely know or understand (at least until we go vegan and awaken our latent wisdom)!

Question 4:  Your information regarding how humans transitioned from being peaceful gatherers and gardeners to being much more aggressive figures who dominated and owned living creatures as property provides a clear image of how our diet and its required mentality impacts our emotional stability.  In what ways would humankind improve if we resisted eating animal products?

By ceasing to eat animal foods, we begin the process of extricating ourselves out of the pervasive program of violence and reductionism that ensnares our culture in ignorance and war. The mentality required to reduced beings to mere objects of property is the essence of the problem, and by rejecting that, we open the door of the prison that we are in. Anyone of us can do this at any time! Going vegan is actually just the first step out of the prison. We are called by our inherent wisdom to shed all the layers of violence, fear, and delusion that cover the light of pure consciousness that we truly are. Going vegan is the first essential step, and it means adopting an attitude of radical inclusion whereby we cultivate respect and kindness for all beings, both human and animal. This is the essence of the inner work that is the foundation of transforming our lives and our world. As I say in The World Peace Diet, we cannot build a tower of love with bricks of cruelty. As we eat and act and relate with kindness and love, we build a body, emotions, and life of harmony and freedom.

Question 5:  The quote by Benjamin Franklin captured the experiences of many vegans with regard to attending social gatherings with the commitment to avoid consuming animal foods.  Do vegans benefit spiritually by standing firm on their beliefs even when it causes strife within their communities?

It is quite humorous to say that vegans are causing strife within their communities by not going along with the meals and attitudes of exclusion, oppression, and mindless violence that are required by animal foods. As vegans, we are bystanders to the horrific violence perpetrated by people who take out their wallets and pay for animal-sourced foods. We are witnessing and questioning the unnecessary cruelty toward animals, and any “strife” we cause is the precious energy of liberation that will help both the perpetrators and the animals become free from this devastating situation. If we are doing our jobs well, we are causing significant cognitive dissonance by providing examples of people who are not afraid to be kind and to lovingly speak the truth about the interconnectedness of all life. Through this we can transform our world!

Question 6:  The observation that consuming dead animals kills the person who swallowed the flesh provides a vegan solution to most medical ailments.  In what ways would world economy benefit from the decrease in physical disease and deterioration?

If people stopped eating animal foods, our economy would be enormously blessed. The way it’s set up now, there is a small, wealthy elite that is enriching itself at the expense of people, animals, and the Earth. All are abused and becoming more diseased. Switching to a plant-based diet is an action of liberation. We stand up, open our hearts, and proclaim to the world that we love and that we are willing to act on that love. Our physical and psychological health immediately improve, as does our spiritual health. We begin to create healthier communities wherever we are, and we significantly reduce our ecological footprint on the Earth. We begin to create new economies based on spiritual growth and caring, rather than being slaves to a system of oppression and death. As vegan living continues to grow and percolate through our culture, we will see enormous healing energies released that will counteract the insane inequities that are perpetrated by the transnational financial and corporate powers. It all begins on our plates, and extends outward from there.

Question 7:  When I see people eating animal foods and hear them saying they don’t care about cows, chickens, fish, pigs, and other animals, or about starving people, I get very angry with them. What can I do about this?

We have to remember that anger, whether it’s expressed or repressed, tends to be toxic not only to ourselves but to others and to our relationships. Anger causes acidification and contraction, physiologically, and can lead to a variety of physical and psychological complications. It is exclusionary, (though not as exclusionary as indifference) and veganism is the path of expansion and inclusion.

For me, a wonderful way to understand and deal with the anger that tends to arise in these types of situations is to contemplate and remember the Taosit teaching of Chuang-tzu, who offered a metaphorical teaching about a boat. If you’re laying down in a boat on a lake, quietly resting, and suddenly another boat just whams into you without any warning, you’d probably get immediately irritated and angry and leap up, ready to yell at the thoughtless pilot of this other boat. Yet, if upon doing so, you suddenly see that the other boat is actually empty, and it just drifted into your boat, propelled by the winds of karma, you immediately see how foolish it is to be angry in this situation, and all anger dissipates. You even burst out laughing.

This is the same with us. The people we get angry with are empty boats. There is a karmic wind propelling them, and their words and actions, and it is essentially the programming of our culture. Why yell at or be angry with someone who is propelled by the cultural program? Is it wise to yell at and be angry with a program? With the wind? They are asleep – sleep walking and sleep talking. In many ways, it’s pretend sleep walking and sleep talking. We get frustrated and angry because they are causing harm to others and we want them to wake up. Our task is to discover what works best to do this.

Creating communities that encourage awakening is an important part of this – the essential ingredient in cultural and personal transformation is relationship and communication and interaction with others. Building vegan community, both where we are and in cyberspace, is essential to the awakening of our world. Everything we do to channel our energy of caring from anger to constructive community building is a healing gift that blesses us and everyone in our world.

We deeply appreciate your time and energy with sharing your message.  You offer solutions to man’s fight against diseases and discontentment.  You have an amazing insight and the great gift of teaching.

All of Dr. Tuttle’s books and CDs are available at www.willtuttle.com and is on the best seller’s list for www.amazon.com.  Dr. Tuttle requests we all spread the word and help mankind live in peace.

Extraterrestrials Celebrate Halloween, Too

If everything happens for a reason, then it was meant for me to cross paths with an unidentified flying machine. One of our family traditions is to spend Halloween on the west coast of Florida and maybe it was because of the full moon influencing our minds but all of us shared a spontaneous impulse as we piled in the car to drive in the opposite direction. We arrived on the east coast of Florida in Vero Beach the weekend before Halloween.

Extraterrestrial by Janie Bill

On Saturday night, the sun set around 6:45 p.m. The heat of the day lifted and a steely, brilliant full harvest moon sat low enough over the ocean to ignite the crests of waves and illuminate the coastline. As if a supernatural force beckoned the townspeople, families gathered on the beach. While children raced down the shoreline and couples cuddled, the sky turned pitch black and the stars receded into the darkness.

UFO by Janie Bill

Around 7:35 p.m., a yellow dot of light appeared on the surface of the waves. At first, it seemed to be a diver having a late night look at a famous sunken English ship, the Breconshire, but instead of the mysterious light sitting beside the American flag that marks the dive site, the light was closer to shore and a little too far north. The ocean floor was darker than the sky. Sharks and other predators roamed the coral reefs on the attack. It wasn’t safe to dive at night.

Unidentified Flying Object by Janie Bill

Perhaps a diver was in distress, yet, no one with any sense of caution went out after dark in the rough waters at Vero Beach. Gusts of wind tossed the waves high. The sharp drop a few feet from the shoreline intensified the impact of the waves. The crushing waves trapped swimmers underwater, or worse yet, prevented them from reaching the surface.

UFO sighting by Janie Bill

Suddenly, a colorful unidentified object flew in from the ocean. It hovered over the dot of light in the water. I expected the object to be a rescue team saving a diver. I anticipated seeing them drop emergency supplies and then lift a person up to safety.

Flying Object by Janie Bill

There was no drop and no rescue. As if it had been signaled to approach a contact marker, the object flew in a choppy motion back and forth, sometimes rising higher, other times jerking downward, over the yellow pin light in the ocean. There was no sound. No propellers clapped and no motor hummed. The flying object remained for approximately fifteen minutes. When the pin light went out, the flying object retreated back to the ocean.

Unidentified Flying Object by Janie Bill

I didn’t see anything in the news about the mysterious event but advocates have claimed that extra terrestrials lived alongside humans. Perhaps instead, extra terrestrials resided in underwater communities. Possibly, their understanding of the solar system and engineering allowed them to navigate across the universe the way mankind hopped on airplanes for holiday vacations. If so, extra terrestrials might’ve been responding to a pull from the full harvest moon that was aligned close to Halloween the same way some cultures believed the hallowed night allowed the dead to commune with the living. I wrote a story with this theme, but if everything happens for a reason, it was no accident when my file crashed and was zapped into a void, but thankfully, my photographs recreated the story.

The Modern-Day Dubai of Babel

Dubai desert by Janie Bill

When traveling to Dubai, first and foremost, select the perfect wardrobe takes priority. Cover from your ankles to your neck, even though Dubai is hellaciously hot. Forget dressing according to the weather’s global warming. Understand from the get go, all ladies, no matter their poise, feel the heat, especially since women by law must be conservative in their dress, as in, tourists are arrested for violating the dress code.

Dubai camel by Janie BillProper attire includes a scarf around the shoulders, and ideally ladies reveal nothing above their wrists. On the flip side, any woman who is violated by another stands the likelihood of being arrested for infidelity. Regardless, it’s always proper and in everyone’s best interests to respect the cultural customs you encounter in your travels.

It is wise to pre-arrange with a transportation service to have a private car for safety reasons. Zip and I arrive via boat in the Persian Gulf with our driver scheduled to pick us up at the terminal, but when the driver doesn’t show, Zip finds him in a no-entry area.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t speak English,  the second language of Dubai. Even less fortunate, he doesn’t speak the native language, Arabic. With more than eighty percent of the population being expatriates, it wasn’t uncommon.

Burj Khalifa by Janie BillDubai’s community atmosphere is represented in a modern day Tower of Babel. The Burj Khalifa reaches closer to the heavens than any other building in the world.

We decide to go to the top of the Burj Khalifa, however, without being able to read road signs and parking garage directions, it turns into a whirl-wind adventure. The average size of the enormous buildings makes the “everything is bigger in Texas” standard minuscule. Parking in one spot and walking around enormous skyscrapers is out of the question. Asking for directions proves useless since passersby don’t have a common language.

Thankfully, Zip’s strength is speech. The challenges with communication get him worked into a lather. He resorts to hand-signaling orders to our driver, and he recognizes patterns in the symbols and letterings on signs. The ground floor is a shopping mall and food court. The educational elevator ride is part of the attraction. Zip buys a ticket for our driver and insists we go to the top of the building together to ensure our driver doesn’t leave.

Burj Khalifa view by Janie BillThe far-reaching view showcases dust storms rolling across the desert and swallowing the edges of town. Boats sail along enormous manmade moats surrounding the skyscrapers. Glass windowpanes around the Burj Khalifa are open.

The city is all about shopping. Despite the mandatory conservative dress code, the shops sell skimpy designer clothes. Indoor skiing, water sports and themed hotels keep entire families entertained. Dubai is basically Vegas without casinos and gambling.

The desert is the place to fulfill romantic Persian dreams. “Safari” rides and jumping sand dunes resemble riding in the backseat of a roller coaster.  Arid bushes produce poisonous, yet pretty, blooms. Camels bow on their knees and politely wait for water. Belly dancers from far away places, such as Philadelphia, dance in traditional outfits.

Dubai camel by Janie BillIt is best to protect your feet in  the desert. The sand scalds bare skin. Zip proves a little heat never ruins a vacation by sledding down a sand dune. Skin painting and camel rides are available. A refreshing and healthful feast is served with a generous selection of liquids.

After a day of Persian dream festivities, the city provides the world’s most luxurious hotels and within those hotels are the world’s most accommodating chefs. Vegans are welcome since the cultural diversity of Dubai attracts religious practitioners who respect one another’s convictions. Don’t leave your shopping bags behind. I forget mine and the price for postage to have a keychain and pillowcase mailed, is higher than the value of the items, even higher than than the costs of shipping a three-foot tall, copper statue from Cochin.

Dubai Flowers by Janie BillThe hotels provide opulent settings for relaxation and connecting with family. Expect the best. Smoldering passion is the mood. Clean fun is the quality of life. Dubai is truly the place where the East merges with the West.

Hankering for Hong Kong

Hong Kong is best known for modern architecture and bright lights. With a population over 7 million on 426 square miles, every inch of the island and peninsula bustles with activity. Although 95 percent of the residents are Chinese, since it is one of the financial capitals of the world, old friends from the past are sure to have relocated to Hong Kong. The key is to locate their phone number before arriving.

I reconnected with a high school friend who had moved to Hong Kong twenty years ago. The internet is an amazing device for communicating, even if your lost long pal never logs in online, but having a mutual go-to friend was my saving grace. My international friend was bilingual, however, she never learned any of the languages spoken in China. Cantonese was common and English was widely used even by locals. With all the different Asian ancestries, it is common for long time residents to only be able to communicate in English with their neighbors.

The highlights of the town are the luxury hotels. But don’t despair if they are too pricy. Anyone can shop in their stores, munch in their exquisite restaurants, and enjoy formal tea in the afternoons. Reasonably priced accommodations sit next door to the finer hotels. Plan ahead. Make reservations and schedule time to wait long hours in line when visiting the dining room of a hotel where you aren’t staying.

My hubbie, Zip, visited Hong Kong when he was a poor student and stayed at the Y, which was an extremely nice place. For our trip, he splurged and fulfilled his dream to stay at the Peninsula Hotel that butts against the Y. We commemorated his achievement by taking photos of all the bell boys and receptionists. After a refreshing lunch by the indoor swimming pool, we took turns changing into our swimwear. Zip vanished. He never came back. I searched for him at the spa and explored the winding corridors. After I called the staff, there was a hunt for him. Exhausted from our flight, I gave up and returned to our room, thinking he might show up.

Instead, the knocks on the door were the bell boy who dropped off gifts for our children and to serve tea. The room was spectacular and in no time, I was fast asleep in the middle of the day. Hours later, after dark, Zip found his way back. While gazing at the intriguing city from the roof balcony, he fell asleep outside the pool area. We made up our lost time by staying out at night to see the many sights. I suggest embracing the urge to nap when you arrive, regardless of how sincerely you intend to stay awake and hit the sidewalks.

Window shopping was fantastic however the prices are higher than in other countries. When I asked about the cost of a kiddie video game, it was three times the price in the United States. The Ladies’ Market claims to provide bargains for shoppers who enjoy haggling but be warned that it’s mainly junky merchandise. Temple Street Night Market opens after dark for anyone interested in an Asian atmosphere. The bazaar is located at a temple and sells jade, porcelain and Chinese food. The inner blocks of random storefronts have massage parlors, electronic shops and Chinese foods with an exotic flare.

The Peninsula Hong Kong by Janie Bill

With 90 percent of the people relying on public transportation, take advantage of the system. Ride a tram up to the Peak and watch the sunset across the rooftops of over 1200 skyscrapers. Reservations are a must. Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world and the Peak is known for being a great place to exchange wedding vows and for keeping an eye out for birds.

Experience the Hollywood of the East at the Avenue of the Stars. Statues and handprints of the famous movie stars beside descriptions of how Hong Kong earned its place in media history sit under the bright lights surrounding the breath-taking Victoria Harbour. The British influence is prevalent in restaurants along the water around the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. It is an excellent viewing platform for the nightly Symphony of Lights. A favorite shot of Hong Kong in the backdrop of movies and music videos is of 40 skyscrapers performing a synchronized dance with their lights. Remember the emotionally charged scenes in Push.

The Clock Tower is a monument near the railway as a reminder of the Steam Age. The tall structure marks the place millions of Chinese immigrants passed through Hong Kong en route to a new life. Hong Kong is a perfect destination for history buffs. The town has been ruled by many cultures and all left a cultural impression.

For travelers yearning for some good will and blessings on their journey, check out the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. Only 268 steps away from the Buddhist World of the South, experience the magnificent awareness of a giant golden Buddha looking down on vegetarian restaurants and the worshipful monks. Connect with nature by strolling through the gardens, studying the colorful architecture, listening to the bird songs and inhaling incense. Leave in peace.

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a boat ride. Victoria Harbour is a wonderful setting for evening sails. The buildings and activity and lights are invigorating. Romantic strolls under colorful lights along the waterway are popular, as well. So romantic, I made sure to hold onto Zip so he wouldn’t get lost, again. Locals have intense enthusiasm for intimate parties during sporting events. Of course, reading is a beloved activity and electronic devices are a must for carrying around an enormous selection of books at one time.

For a large city, Hong Kong is a great place for indulging in relaxation. Major attractions are the spas and swimming pools at the hotels, not to mention the outstanding hotel service. Expect to receive complementary gifts for the kids, white glove room service, personal butlers at tea time and attentive cabana boys. Hong Kong acts as a place for recuperating after a long journey to reach the east before continuing on to the next destination. The city feels grounded and the residents seem happy. It’s a place to enjoy.

Kookoo for Men in Black

Flying Saucer by Janie Bill

There’s plenty of hype over spacecrafts appearing in the sky. With those stories come the conspiracy theories where the Unites States government threatens to kill anyone who mentions U.F.O. sightings. Other countries don’t have such a strong negative sigma against those who see spaceships zip through the clouds.  I’m taking a chance that no Men in Black will harass my family by admitting to be one of those folks who is absolutely positive about witnessing a spaceship.

Am I kookoo? I sure hope not.

More than once, Zip emphatically shared his story of spotting a U.F.O. zig-zag back and forth over a field in Exeter, New Hampshire one afternoon when he was feeling low in the tooth. The sighting boosted his spirits and made him feel a little special.

Who are we kidding? Zip always feels special and he makes sure everyone knows about it. However, he is proud to have witnessed the evidence of the unknown.

For the first time, I cautiously told about my extra terrestrial encounter. When I was ten, I ran up a hill on top of a hill to reach my home. Out of the blue, I was overcome with an urge to stop, turn around and look up.

A classic silver flying saucer with an amber, perhaps, glass semi-circular top, hovered over a shingled house at the end of the cove. I stared in shock not because it seemed impossible, but because the object was so obviously a flying saucer.

It wasn’t a toy. It wasn’t a balloon. It wasn’t an airplane.

I wondered if whatever operated the saucer was aware I knew it was there. Could the aliens have been looking at me, while I looked at them? Were they studying something on the other side of the house? Were they there because of me?

Saucer Cloud by Janie BillI walked toward the saucer even though there wasn’t any way for me to reach it. My curiosity about how the aliens would react to my bravery drew me nearer. As if it suddenly became aware of my presence, the saucer zipped forward a short distance, then zipped upward at a 45 degree angle, then zipped downward, completing the shape of a triangle. Without missing a beat, the saucer flew forward again, almost instantly gaining enough momentum to vanish.

How could a disk in the sky operate? Based on my sighting, my guess is that the top is a material that acts like a magnifying glass setting fire to ants. Not that aliens aim laser beams at people, but that sunlight and light from other stars is directed through the curved glass and generates energy.

Soon after discussing my secret encounter with Zip, a cloud formed in the sky that resembled the spacecraft. I took it as a sign the Men in Black were laying low for now and it was time to reassure all who are almost positive they came close to an alien that maybe they can safely come out of the closet, too. Or then again, maybe we’re all kookoo over reflections in the clouds.