DESTINATION UNKNOWN – John Henry Clark III

DESTINATION UNKNOWN?

A powerful thought provoking title for a profoundly honest sharing on one of life´s biggest questions – What happen´s after we die? Is there life after death? In living we come closer to dying but what is it that makes life more full and engages us in ways that we feel the deeper effects of our spirits experience…

When we CAMINO along The Way or are continuing our Camino of Life these questions and many other “big life” thoughts come to us and are part of our pilgrimage journey. An experience that is hard to put into words but touches us all deeply at our core forever changing us and guiding us as our adventures unfold.

It is a very special honor and privilege to share in John Clark´s latest book Destination Unknown and for the opportunity to share some of my life reflections as the foreword to his book.

The question of life—its meaning, significance, and purpose—is a question that all people, cultures, and individuals face at some point in time. The power of this very act contains within it the ability to transform us all, to change our emotions and the course of our lives. It is a seed that is born inside us, growing as we grow, waiting to blossom, and its blooms are the actions, expressions, and creations of our lives.

Contemplating our existence, life, and death, both personally and as a whole, can have a profound impact on how we live our lives. It is one of the most difficult and challenging concepts that everyone faces at some point, or many points, in one’s lifetime. I have reflected many times on this concept, and it has been an ever-evolving understanding of my spirit’s journey—a journey that will be an eternity of continual growth and expansion. A constant state of discovery, learning, and evolving as our consciousness opens to more love and peace that flows harmoniously with all in this universe and beyond.

I was touched deeply by every persons honesty, clarity, and heart felt sharing in their expression of the personal stories and their boldness in sharing their emotions freely of some of the most difficult experiences that have touched them on their life journeys . It is not easy to share with strangers our deepest held beliefs, fears, regrets, or failures but it is many times through these lessons that the most profound insights in our spiritual journeys occur. I believe it is in this honest sharing that we become more of our authentic selves and that this helps others to have the strength and courage to continue on their journeys of discovery which help us all to move in the direction of fulfilling our life purposes and provides true meaning to living and makes a difference in the world.

For me it is in us using our gifts and talents working collaboratey together to make a difference in the world. I believe and have come to know that it our True Source or God Given Gifts And Talents working collaboratively together that make the most profound differences in the world and provides the most satisfaction and meaning in our own lives.

When we work to remove the masks we so careffully and unknowingly placed there as forms of protection that these masks only shield us from truly living. In letting down those masks and returning to our more authentic and original state of our spirits desire of expression that miracles become a part of every day lives and life holds more happiness, joy and peace.

A very special thank you to John Clark and to the other authors he included in his book. With each story I was moved to reflect on my own life, beliefs, and experiences and am encouraged and inspired to find more ways to express love, happiness, joy and peace to those that my life comes into contact with.

Your stories encouraged me to strive to become a better person opening my heart more and to know that in all things and all ways from small to large our spirits impact in connection with others is beyond our full comprehension and appreciation of the true magnitude that sharing our love and light truly has around the world.

It is a magnificent miracle and mysterious journey we are all on and though at many times it feels we are alone that is never the case as our eternal spiritual connection is far deeper than one can imagine and forever unbroken though our energy form may change it is indestructible and continues to make its journey on to more incredible experiences and Destinations Unknown….

Dr. Carol Francis – Destination Unknown John Clark III Interview

About The Author:

John Henry Clark III is an award-winning journalist, freelance writer, author, and avid golfer who was born and raised in Texas. He grew up in northwest Houston playing sports at Oaks Dads Club and attending church with his parents, but decided as he got older that things he learned in Sunday school no longer made much sense.

Since then, he has spent a lifetime seeking answers and exploring a variety of beliefs. After a successful career as a newspaper reporter, Clark turned his lifetime love for learning into a new career as a public school teacher, and that gave him time during the summer months to pursue his project to research and write a book describing what people believe about God and why they believe what they believe.

That effort turned into this book, Finding God. A tireless seeker, researcher and questioner, John has written a number of other fascinating books dealing with the human experience, from tragedies to triumphs and more, including Camino: Laughter and Tears along Spain’s 500-mile Camino de Santiago. To read more of John’s books, find answers to the meaning of life, and maybe discover something new about yourself.

For more information please visit: http://www.JohnClarkBooks.comhttp://www.archangelink.com

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Modern Day Renaissance Man Cándido Pazos Shares Códice Calixtino!

Modern Day Renaissance Man Cándido Pazos López shares his latest work of art – Presentación del Libro Códice Calixtino El Corte Inglés A Coruña. The last presentation in a series of special events recognizing this incredible work of art celebrating the history, tradition and culture of the Camino.  You will be amazed and in awe of this literary achievement a true “Jewel” sharing the passion for pilgrimage and the ancient history of the Camino. José Manuel Blanco Aldarix – Dirección De Comunicación y Relaciones Externas El Corte Inglés – Hipercor, S.A. made the formal presentation to the public with Cándido Pazos López the author and special guest José Antonio Ortigueira Arcipreste de la Dióceses en Santiago de Compostela.

It is a very special honor and privilege to have Cándido Pazos sharing in Our Collective Camino (working title) the first collaborative collection of Camino Authors from around the world representing 13 countries who have contributed their unique pilgrimage perspective through their special chapters that will be combined together making a wonderful ANTHOLOGY to help encourage, inspire and invite others from around the world to make their own camino journeys of discovery.

Muchas gracias Cándido Pazos for including me in this very special event and for sharing in our writing journey working collaboratively together with others using our gifts and talents to make a difference in the world.

Presentación del Libro Códice Calixtino El Corte Inglés de Vigo

Cándido Pazos López – A True Renaissance Man In Our Modern Age

A very special event with a truly inspiring man and his latest amazing artistic writing creation. An incredible life journey sharing his passion for the camino, art, architecture, sculpture, writing, and wine. It seems there is nothing that this modern day RENAISSANCE MAN Cándido Pazos López hasn´t done. His life´s work has been one passion project after another that touches all who are blessed to meet him and experience his incredible creations.

His latest masterpiece is the Códice Calixtino en los Caminos a Santiago Second Edition –  Shares the history, culture, and ancient tradition of all the Camino Routes to Santiago de Compostela.  All penned in his own hand you will be amazed and in awe of this beautiful piece of art. A true JEWEL and lasting gift of the CAMINO!

It was a pleasure to be invited to the Presentación del Libro Códice Calixtino El Corte Inglés de Vigo where José Manuel Blanco Aldarix – Dirección De Comunicación y Relaciones Externas El Corte Inglés – Hipercor, S.A. made the formal presentation to the public with Cándido Pazos López the author.

Muchísimas gracias Cándido Pazos López for your generous gift of such a special artistic creation and I will treasure it always as I do our friendship. Bo Camiño!

XXIX Salón de Gourmets Madrid 2015

If you are looking to discover, taste and enjoy new wines and incredible GOURMET specialties then Salón de Gourmets in Madrid is where you want to be.  Four action packed days where people come from around the world to make connections and share in some of the best and most unique GASTRONOMY available. Great seeing Grupo Nove in action always EXCITING!

Having shared in the experience in 2012 and again 2015 it was exciting to see all the fantastic offerings from specialty new fusion cuisine to traditional culinary delights!

For more information please visit: https://www.gourmets.net/salon/

Felices Fiestas – Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad

I would like to thank everyone for making this a very special and blessed year. Sending Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas Greetings to you and your families. Have fun celebrating with your loved ones this very special time of year 🙂 Bo Camiño!

Una californiana entre viñedos ribeiraos – Mili Méndez

This special time of Autumn and Winter preparing for the holidays has brought many special experiences, memories and dreams coming true. Some of those dreams began on my first visit to Ribeira Sacra in Otoño 2011. A very special thank you to Mili Méndez of La Voz de Galicia periodico for interviewing me for De Vinos segment and letting me share some of my appreciation and experience of Ribeira Sacra – it truly is vibrant, alive, and magical. I look forward to discovering and sharing in more special times in this very special place.

As my synchronicities have continued I have journeyed 5 times on the Camino de Santiago and will continue to explore its other routes. I have met incredible people and my appreciation and love of Galicia has only deepened. I am very grateful to everyone who has been a special part of my Camino Life Journey without all of you this would not be possible.

The journey continues and I owe a very special thank you to my friends Lucie and Kaj Christensen of Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural who invited to me to house sit and watch over their incredible casa rural during the holiday season. It is the perfect place to prepare projects for 2015 and to now write my synchronistic story of how the Camino called me to experience its beauty, history and magic.

Muchisimas gracias to Gérman Limeres for bringing me first to Ribeira Sacra in 2011 and introducing me to this incredible place and for taking my picture enjoying some of the fantastic wines and delicious tapas of the region.

For more information please visit: http://www.germanlimeres.com and http://www.gastrofotografia.com

Please visit Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural: http://www.cabodomundocasarural.com

Mi Noche Americana – Global Galicia – Diana Pérez Morán

The Camino Connects us in so many special ways many of which we do not know where it will lead or what it will bring into our lives.  Friendships and wonderful adventures for sure, as well as, new beginnings supporting our dreams and creative passions to be expressed in ways we could have never imagined.  Just like the Camino it is taking the first step and following where we feel guided and opening up in ways that allow us to meet new people, explore and discover.  It was this way when I met Diana Pérez Moran and her wonderful family as I had wanted to visit their store for many months having heard about it from others in the town.  On this specific day I decided to explore and make a visit to La Bolsera Gallega and to my wonderful surprise it was to be a special visit that would lead to friendship and many fun experiences. In La Jolla my mother and I would visit a similar store, Warwick’s, that always delighted us with its incredible offerings of beautiful cards, specialty items for office and work, party decorations and so much more. I was greeted by Clara Morán owner and mother to Diana. Clara introduced me to Diana and it was the first of many visits and other special times together where I enjoyed meeting the rest of the family. Amazing how what we may think is just a quick visit to a local store leads to friendship and alliances that extend to the other side of the world.  With me now living in Galicia and Diana now in USA – truly a unique Vice Versa with more adventures surely to come. A very special thank you to Diana for including me in her article and to her and her family for making me feel at home in GALICIA – Muchisimas Gracias!!!

De Santiago de Compostela a los Estados Unidos… y viceversa…
Mi amiga Susan se refiere a las casualidades de la vida como Synchronicities … ella que de éstas entiende un buen rato ya que han sido una constante a lo largo de sus diferentes etapas vitales- Hace tres años la llevaron a dejar el paraíso de La Jolla en California por otro un tanto más lluvioso… el Camino de Santiago, y en Galicia se quedó.

Un buen día entró por la puerta del negocio familiar y nos pusimos a charlar, desde entonces hemos compartido trabajo, historias, muchas casualidades y una gran amistad. Susan me contó su proyecto para promocionar el Camino, si ella se había enamorado de estas tierras ¿Por qué otros no podrían hacer lo mismo?

y con nuestra pasión común por Galicia tanto yo como los amigos que la rodeamos habitualmente quisimos ser parte de las ideas que nos iba proponiendo: un libro, un documental, una promoción de productos gastronómicos… una experiencia…

Cuando decidí seguir mi camino personal, el que me llevó al Festival de Cine de Sundance al otro lado del charco, Susan me regaló una concha de peregrino que simbolizaba las diferentes direcciones que tomamos en la vida y me dijo “Creo que en las montañas de Utah encontrarás más de un camino”…

Cierto… casi un año más tarde sigo por aquí, caminando… y no he tenido que esperar mucho para cruzarme por casualidad con otros pasos, los de Lydia Smith y su documental “Walking the Camino – Six Ways to Santiago” en el Park City Film Series, organización que fomenta el cine independiente, en un lugar donde la cinefilia es una característica permanente.

Al igual que Susan, Lydia Smith hizo el Camino hace unos años, su decisión la inspiró para escribir esta historia real de seis peregrinos de diferentes nacionalidades que realizan el viaje a Santiago por motivos variados: una muerte, una búsqueda de respuestas, una fe desmedida, un cambio… La experiencia y las casualidades del camino serán decisivas en el transcurso de sus vidas.

El documental que se proyectó este verano en el Festival de Cine de Santiago de Compostela se ha llevado con éxito a diferentes salas y festivales de Europa, Canadá y Estados Unidos. De hecho en la web Rotten Tomatoes, una de las referencias en crítica cinematográfica la calificación media supera el 9, una nota más que merecida a juzgar por los aplausos de la sala del Prospector Theatre.

Películas como “The Way” de Martin Sheen y Emilio Estévez, y documentales como el de Lydia Smith han ayudado a situar Galicia en el mapa americano, poco a poco Susan va avanzando en la misma dirección con su marca “Bo Camiño”. Estoy segura de que ésta no será la última vez que escuche el nombre de Santiago de Compostela en los Estados Unidos…

“¿Saben ustedes qué es el Camino de Santiago? pregunta el presentador del teatro… Pues El Camino de Santiago termina en una tierra encantada llamada GALICIA…”

For more information please visit: http://www.globalgalicia.org/minocheamericana/2014/09/22/de-santiago-de-compostela-a-los-estados-unidos-y-viceversa/