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Sep 12, 2023 5:16 pm


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We hope this message finds you well and thriving in your own exciting journeys through life. Today, we wanted to share some news with you regarding our upcoming adventures that may temporarily reduce our activity on our YouTube channels for the next couple of weeks.

Starry Nights in New Mexico

From September 14th to September 16th, Shelley and I are embarking on a thrilling escapade to the Cosmic Campground in the mountains of West Central New Mexico. Our mission? To immerse ourselves in the wonders of the night sky and practice our astrophotography skills.

Now, you might be wondering what's so special about this Cosmic Campground. Well, it's a haven for stargazers, far away from the blinding city lights, where the cosmos opens up like a magical canvas. We'll be capturing the mesmerizing cosmic phenomena that paint the night sky with their splendor - from sparkling stars to distant galaxies. Our goal is to enrich our collection of celestial marvels and share these breathtaking moments with you when we return.


The Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest neighbor,

is approximately 2.5 million light years away

from us. Photo by Toby Younis.

Championing Conservation in California

After our cosmic rendezvous, from September 22nd to September 25th, we'll be traveling to Oxnard, California. But this trip isn't solely about stargazing; it's also about lending a helping hand to our dear friend, Janet Bridgers, President of EarthAlert!. They're deeply involved in preserving the precious Oromond Beach Wetlands from overdevelopment.

These wetlands are vital ecosystems teeming with diverse wildlife, and they face a real threat from encroaching development. Our mission is to assist our friend in collecting interviews from the passionate individuals working tirelessly to protect these wetlands. We believe in the power of storytelling to inspire change, and we're eager to share these stories with you once we return.


Oromond Beach Wetlands. Photo Credit:

Environmental Defense Center.

Our Temporary Absence from YouTube

Now, you might be wondering why we won't be as active on our YouTube channels during these two weeks. Well, capturing the beauty of the cosmos and supporting environmental conservation efforts require our full attention and dedication. We want to ensure that we provide you with the best content possible when we return.

We truly value your support and understanding during this time. While our regular upload schedule may experience a brief interruption, we promise to return with even more captivating content, stories, and experiences to share with all of you.

Thank you for being part of our journey, and we can't wait to embark on these exciting adventures and share the wonders we encounter along the way. Stay tuned for more updates, and as always, keep looking up at the stars and cherishing our planet's precious natural wonders.


Exploring the Themes of Belonging and Adventure in "A Gypsy's Kiss" Chapter 22

by Shelley Carney

In the latest episode of "Our Story Your Story" podcast, hosts Shelley Carney and Toby Younis take us on a journey into the heart of storytelling, diving deep into the themes of belonging and adventure in Chapter 22 of "A Gypsy's Kiss.

Watch the video or download the podcast episode.

These themes, often central to captivating narratives, offer a glimpse into the human experience, reminding us that our stories are woven together by the threads of connection and exploration.

Belonging and Camaraderie in the Community

Belonging and camaraderie in the community are like the sturdy pillars that uphold the intricate structure of our lives. 

In a world often defined by differences, these themes remind us that we all share a fundamental desire to connect with others and find our place within a community. 

It's the sense of togetherness, the feeling of being welcomed with open arms, that makes us feel valued and appreciated. 

The bonds formed in a supportive community can be as strong as any familial connection, and the presence of strong, inclusive women within these communities often plays a pivotal role in fostering this sense of belonging. 

Through stories like those discussed in the podcast episode, we are reminded that no matter where we go, we have the capacity to find our tribe and experience the beauty of belonging and camaraderie.

At the heart of Chapter 22 lies the concept of belonging and the warmth of camaraderie within a community. 

A full belly, the quiet, the warmth, and the goodness of these people remind me of times with my family in Abiquiu and above the Red River at the family ranch. 
A Gypsy’s Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure, Chapter 22

We celebrate the sense of togetherness that characters like Miguel discover in the most unexpected places. 

There is much laughter and good-natured teasing. It’s like I got my wish and found my “Leave it to Beaver” life in this moment. 
A Gypsy’s Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure, Chapter 22

The strength and value of strong women characters who play a pivotal role in fostering a sense of inclusivity are important to the stories we tell.

There was that sense of camaraderie, and the only women in the place, aside from my grandmother coming to visit, were the housekeepers and the cooks. They held their own with these guys.— Toby Younis

Click here to read the rest of Shelley's informative article on our blog.

Here's our next week in content:

7 pm MDT, Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Garage Prospecting with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Livestream.



Humpday Hoedown - Garage Prospecting Paydirt Giveaway Night!

It's Giveaway Night! Join us for a chance to win one of two bags of paydirt with gold from Colorado Gold Ore and the Garage Prospecting New Mexico Blend Paydirt!

To have a chance at the giveaway, make a comment on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I456ie2ctPQ

7 pm MDT, Thursday, September 14, 2023. Our Story Your Story with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier.



Adventure and Sacrifice | A Gypsy’s Kiss Chapter 23 “Lost Boys” | Our Story Your Story

In this episode, we dive deep into Chapter 23 of the novel "A Gypsy's Kiss," titled "Lost Boys." Join us as we read this gripping chapter and unravel its rich tapestry of themes and emotions.

In "Lost Boys," we'll explore the themes of adventure, heroism, friendship, and selflessness as we follow the protagonist, Miguel, on a daring rescue mission. As we discuss the chapter, we'll draw parallels to our own life stories, sharing personal anecdotes that resonate with the characters' experiences.


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