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VOLUME XXIII – Issue 8: Sunday, September 24, 2023 (265th Issue)


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Antique Porsche car club were staying at our motel in Steamboat Springs, CO

...Opening Comments from Bob

This Issue: The pictorial section focuses on Colorado. There are two serious and one more light-hearted poem, Three = Four, A Blanket, and A Senseless Struggle.

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Crossing over from Utah to Colorado on US-40.

Three Poems

Comment: Yes, Biblical imagery from Revelations but that is not the point. The poem speaks well beyond that.

Comment: A walk down memory lane written in gratitude to a fine human being.

Comment: Many as they become older fight change, frankly a useless battle.

An unusual picture to be featured. This was the sign for the motel we stayed at in Steamboat Springs. It is
featured on the Colorado Historical Registry. The very much updated facility was built in the early 1950s.
A fine reasonably priced place to stay.

Vignette: The Move

In mid August our son and family moved to the Denver area. While we were unhappy for ourselves, we were happy for our son and family. Their transition to a new living environment has gone well. Our granddaughters love their new school. We are adjusting to having them more than 9 minutes away. Thus, we will be making the close to 500 mile jaunt to the Denver area as we access our future options. This month's PJ issue pictorially focuses on our first visit in mid September to see Craig and family.


(Picture compliments of the Steamboat Springs City Website.) Founded in 1900, Steamboat Springs is a city with its roots deeply planted in the American West. At 6,700’ in the Rocky Mountains, this northwest Colorado community has the free-flowing Yampa River running right through the heart of city. The transcontinental highway, US-40, passes through the center of the city. One of the larger and oldest ski areas is located within the heart of the city. Its name originates from one of the hot springs located there. There are over 150 hot springs in the area.


This modern facility allows visitors to avail themselves of the healing waters (located across from our motel).



Besides the Rabbit Ears Motel mentioned above, here are a couple more recommendations.

For an incredible Italian fare enjoy dining at Mambos in Steamboat.
Though not inexpensive, the food is delicious. Many enjoy the
hand-tossed pizza. It is best to have reservations.

A delightful, family owned restaurant in Georgetown. 511 Rose
focuses on locally supplied produce. A wonderful place for lunch
and later in the evening local music.

Z'A Bracci Italian Restaurant (Downtown Castle Rock)
The family enjoyed one of the best Italian meals ever. The lasagne
is made from scratch. The cinnamon bites for dessert were enough
to feed the entire group.

Please take a look at the online book and gift pages.


Heading toward Denver, looking northward mainly rolling farmland.


Georgetown, a small mountain village. A popular tourist stop. It has been over 30 year since I visited there.
It has tripled in size, many wanting to live in the mountain village environment.


Quotable Quotes

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wineter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." - Crowfoot, Chief of the Siksika First Nation

"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures." - Lao Tzu

“The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart." - Mencius

"I raise up my voice not so I can shout but so those without a voice can be heard." - Malala Yousafzai


Alpine Hose Company No. 2 and bell tower built in 1874. Located in downtown Georgetown


A Bit of Humor

A bit of laughter is healthy for the soul

God Did It

I arrived home after working the night shift, my wife told me to go checkout our five-year-old son's bed.  When I entered Jimmie's room, I saw that his bed had collapsed and the mattress was sitting on the floor.  

"What happened?" I asked him.  

He responded, "God did it." 

Interesting, I thought, and went back to tell my wife.  Laughing she said that when she had heard the crash, she ran into Jimmie's room, saying, "Oh God, what have you done now?"

Compliment of A Joke A Day



Pictured is Castle Rock, the geographical formation from which the upscale community of Castle Rock, CO
(population of 73,158) takes its name. It is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Douglas,
County, Colorado.




Tai Chi Corner

ZOOM class with Dr. Lam (Click here to locate the name of a
tai chi instructor near you, or contact me directly.

PJ Forum

If you have comments, recommendations, or suggestions for the PJ, please e-mail them to bob@poeticaljourneys.com. I personally respond to all. (When editing the comments for publication, I eliminate very personal comments and edit for spacing.

"Well done issue, Bob - as always!  Apparently, a bit of poor health doesn’t keep a good man down. . ." - Judith from Utah (Ed.: Thank you Judith. She was aware of less than pleasant surgery I experienced in August.)



Reader Demographics

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Canadian Provinces - BC, ON, and QC;   

Countries - Albania, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey, UK, U.S., and Venezuela.

........Changes to this section will be updated monthly.

If your state, province, or country is not mentioned, please let me know.


Book Reviews

Blast Series: Review by Janice M. regarding Blast Book Four: . . . I loved the book.  There were so many ideas floating around in my head from your writings, and I understood everything you wrote about.  I saw the visions while traveling through the pages. Thank you for your inspiration. . . ."

General: JJG wrote: I've read Bob's "To the End of Time" trilogy twice, each time gaining deep and deeper insights into the human condition. The three small volumes hold their own as good stories but also provide a unique glimpse into a new religious paradigm. Would that it could come to be.

Specific Book: To the End of Time and Back: An Epic Journey

David from Utah: "The new novel, To the End of Time and Back is a skillful account of two lovers on an 'Epic Journey,' racing through time and history to learn life-changing truths. Their spectral mentor, Arundel, sends them through difficult travels, but their relationship endures and remains strong despite physical, and psychological stress. Powerful emotions such as fear, anger and happiness, combine with lust, pain and sexuality to help them learn. Written in verse form, the story is an epic poem, painted to portray the duality of mankind throughout dimensions of human history that is sometimes cruel and horrific. The reader will come to know and understand what is being described and will certainly enjoy the stimulating elegance of the story and the philosophy. A thoroughly enjoyable read that is certain to make you think."

Jim from Mt. Vernon: "I finished your book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was much easier to follow by having the whole thing in front of me, and reading as much as I wanted at a time. I felt pretty weary after bouncing around in time for many hundreds of years, but I was relieved to know that at least part of the world survived 'Armageddon'. What a feat you have performed."

Kimberly from Ohio: "Well, Bob! I am rather blown away by your book. Finished it yesterday, and it only took four days, which means I was intrigued and wanted to know how the book ends. I'm a slow, deep reader and since my profession is writing and editing, I edit continuously as I read. Can't help it! But this book was worth dropping everything for and reading to the end. I admit to cynicism about your claim that it would change me, and I don't know that it has just yet but it won't be leaving my heart and head for a long time, and change could happen. I'm impressed that the book actually lived up to your claims for it. . . . I'm intrigued by this book because it rings so true, and I am therefore tempted to believe you actually were given the gift of this dictation. But if not and this is fiction, you have written one hell of a book, masquerading amazingly as non-fiction ... which is indeed one of the goals of fiction."

An Ohio Reader: "WOW! WOW! WOW! I read it in one sitting and found so many things you wrote about 'true' for what I know and feel about past lives I've lived. Actually, the chapter about the Holocaust was something I couldn't bear to read–too sad and painful. (I've always felt that way about that period of history.) . . . it was very well done, Bob. Just beautifully done. I'm looking for the movie. . . I'm sure others will feel connected to this book just as I did. AMAZING. Just AMAZING. I couldn't put it down. There was so much anticipation with each chapter it hooked me from the very beginning. . ."

Specific Book: Adelyn: An Epic Journey:

Ohio Reader: "In his book, Adelyn: An Epic Journey, Bob navigates the reader through a challenging journey in the time space continuum while exposing both the weaknesses and strengths of humanity. As Adelyn is exposed to the infinite love of The Source, the reader is challenged to understand how personal beliefs and actions often have more to do with cultural rather than spiritual influences. In a time and world filled with political anger and personal indulgences reading Adelyn offers the open-minded promise. It would make a great book study."

Specific Book: The Tao of Momentary Thoughts

Doug from Ohio: ". . . I was not prepared for page 116 Should have been because of the extremely personal nature of the entire book. Please understand that the unusual length of time to finish your book (especially for a binge reader like me) was because it screamed to be read thoughtfully in increments. For me that was 10-15 pages every weekend, often in quiet . . .Thank you for "putting pen to paper" and sharing your soul. Those of us who have followed Poetical Journeys will recognize much of the content. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to share part of your journey really feel a part of it."

Charles from Park City: "Hi Bob….I just picked up your The Tao of Momentary Thoughts.  It’s wonderful . . I love your book."

Ed from Seattle: The Tao of Momentary Thoughts: "I was smiling all the way through the reading . . .I think I will reread it again during the next week."


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