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The loss of a grandparent…

Recently I lost one of my grandparents, my grandfather.  The first thing I did when I heard was remember all of the amazing lessons he taught me.  My mind flashed back to childhood and the many times we spent together.  The moment that stands out the most, over the years, has been the one at the Calico Ghost Town.  My grandparents took me there when I was young, along with my mother.  I always loved the Old West and cowboys and Indians growing up.  And I always loved ghosts and ghost stories.

When we first arrived, I was amazed and in awe that all that I had seen in movies and on TV was true!  This is what an Old West town looked like, and indeed was abandoned so the fact that it was a ghost town was even more intriguing!

While we were there, taking the tour, I got to try Sarsaparilla for the first time.  It was so much better than Root beer and tasted like the Old West.  While we walked around, I found a horseshoe in the dirt.  I immediately bent down and picked it up.  “Souvenir!” I exclaimed.  It was old and rustic, obviously left behind by the inhabitants when they abandoned the town.  But then my grandfather weighed in…

“You can’t take that,” he said to me, “otherwise people who visit here won’t get to see it.  That is part of the history and culture of this place, the people who lived here, a hundred years ago, the things they left behind.”

But I cried and pleaded with my mother to be able to keep it.  She insisted, as did grandfather, that I leave it.  So after much deliberation and reluctantly, I put it back in the dirt where I found it.  My grandfather had taught me a valuable lesson about selflessness.

That Christmas, I was rewarded for listening to my grandfather.  I received a horseshoe from grandfather.  It was brand new.  I cherished it and the lesson he taught me.

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Thanks to everyone who made Upstream a success!

This was a great event, bringing together hundreds of bands, sponsors, art, performers, culture and artists to raise money for arts and culture in Seattle.

I want to thank everyone from the Seattle Sounders to Bold Hat productions for all that they have organized and contributed.  Thanks to everyone for all that they contributed to this great event and I look forward to participating in this again next year!

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My Celtic nation

As a member of the Celtic nation, I meet fellow members everywhere I go.  I see their artwork come through in tattoos, signs and billboards.  The ancient culture devised by my forefathers is even more prevalent now that it was in the dark dawn of time, centuries ago.

I am proud to be Welsh, to be part of the Celtic nation, and to have visited my home country of Wales and the other Celtic countries in Europe.  All I need to do to remember is to look around and see my Celtic brothers and sisters and their signs everywhere.  This particular sign I found in the Cornelius Pass Road House in Oregon.  It is, like my Celtic nation, wonderful, magical, mystical, artistic and beautiful in every way.

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