Embracing Connection and Healing

Aug 22, 2023 4:56 pm


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As another week unfolds, we find ourselves drawn to the powerful themes of healing, connection, and resilience that echo through the pages of literature and resonate deeply within our own lives. Just like the characters in the novel "A Gypsy's Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure," we too navigate emotions, seeking comfort in bonds forged and lessons learned.

We often discover that the support and understanding of others play a pivotal role in our own healing processes. This past weekend, Toby and I spent a Saturday evening with our good friends, Shaun and Sue, and Sunday afternoon with family. We came together to share food and stories and left with new memories and the support that comes from building connections with others.

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^Toby, Shaun, Sue and Shelley ^Toby w/ Gradsons Phoenix & Griffin

In contrast, I received a text message Sunday evening from a person who attended Kevin’s memorial service and told me to reach out if I needed anything. This person expressed that they were too busy to help me with a small project. After reading the message, I felt discouraged and felt like I was being a burden. 

After careful consideration and a long conversation with Toby, I now realize that this person missed out on the chance to connect with me in a helpful way, which may have been a healing experience for us both.

In a world filled with noise, unspoken emotions that weave through the pages of our stories remind us of the depth hidden beneath the surface of our daily interactions. As we reflect on our own lives, let us acknowledge the unexpressed feelings that shape our experiences and relationships and instead of talking about how busy we are, take a moment to do something helpful.

It is important to explore the value of each passing moment, cherishing the connections we make and the experiences that shape us.

Thank you for joining us on this journey of exploration, reflection, and connection. As we navigate the currents of life, may we find strength in the bonds we share and the stories we tell.


Reflections on Family Bonds & Choices A Gypsy's Kiss - Chapter 17

by Shelley Carney

In the latest episode of "Our Story Your Story," we delve into the captivating narrative of Chapter 17 from 'A Gypsy's Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure' by Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. 

Watch the video or download the podcast episode.

This thought-provoking chapter, aptly titled "Lysette," takes us on a journey of self-discovery and contemplation as we explore the intricate tapestry of family bonds and the far-reaching impact of our choices.

A Brief Overview of the Episode and Its Themes

"Lysette" brings us face-to-face with the convergence of diverse lives, each with their own dreams and aspirations. 

Miguel, the young protagonist on his motorcycle journey, encounters Lysette, the owner of Billy Bob's Burgers, and their interaction unfolds a rich narrative that revolves around themes of sacrifice, loss, and unfulfilled dreams. 

As Miguel navigates his own path of self-discovery, the episode masterfully highlights the profound importance of family bonds and the decisions that shape them.

β€œI think she understood the two sides of this. She understood what I was doing and probably why I was doing it. But she also understood my mother's side and how she must be feeling at this point.”— 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, August 23, 2023. Garage Prospecting with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Livestream. youtube.com/@garageprospecting


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 Anita's Paydirt (Alaska) 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=S4DZZjGwOIo

7 pm MDT, Thursday, August 24, 2023. Our Story Your Story with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier. youtube.com/@ourstoryyourstory


Embracing Healing and Connection | A Gypsy's Kiss Chapters 18 & 19 | Our Story Your Story

Welcome to another captivating episode of "Our Story Your Story" with authors Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. In this week's discussion, we dive deep into the emotional heart of the novel "A Gypsy's Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure," exploring the profound themes and poignant moments in Chapters 18 and 19.

In these chapters, we witness the transformative power of human connection as teenage traveler Miguel and grieving mother Lysette's lives intersect in unexpected ways. Join us as we unravel the intricacies of healing, closure, and the unspoken emotions that bind these characters together. We'll talk about the profound longing for maternal bonds, the silent messages conveyed through nonverbal communication, and the resilience that emerges from loss.

7 pm MDT, Friday, August 25, 2023. Garage Prospecting with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier. youtube.com/@garageprospecting


How Much Gold? Gold Experiment: Wet vs. Dry Dirt - Finding More Gold

πŸ” Ever wondered how water affects finding gold? Watch our cool experiment where we test if wetting dirt really helps find more gold! πŸžοΈπŸ’°

πŸ”¬ We've got two containers with the same amount of gold in them. We set up a special sluice to see what happens when we put wet and dry dirt through it. It's like a treasure hunt science project! πŸš°πŸ’¦

πŸ› οΈ First, we get the dirt ready and make sure everything's fair. Then, we set up our water channel to see what happens when we put dirt in it – one with water and one without.

πŸ’Ž As we watch, will the wet dirt show more gold? Or will the dry dirt surprise us? The results could change how people look for gold!

πŸ“Š We weigh the gold we find in both wet and dry dirt. Our experiment helps us learn how water might move gold around. Could this be a cool trick for finding more gold?

Be sure to leave a comment on the Garage Prospecting "How Much Gold?" videos each week to participate in the next Wednesday's drawing to win a bag of paydirt --guaranteed to contain gold--because we add gold to every bag! (Must be present in the chat room to win.)


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