Embracing the Extraordinary: A Day of Joy, Wonder, and Reflection

Oct 17, 2023 5:16 pm

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Greetings and warm wishes to each and every one of you! Today, I'm excited to share an extraordinary day that recently unfolded—a day brimming with adventure, awe-inspiring moments, and the joy of celebrating life's beautiful milestones.

In the enchanting city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the skies came alive with a breathtaking display at the renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The vibrant hues of hot air balloons against the crisp morning sky were nothing short of a mesmerizing painting, reminding us of the beauty that exists in this world.

As fate would have it, the day also graced us with a celestial wonder—a rare annular eclipse. Capturing this celestial ballet on camera was a true highlight, a dance of the cosmos that left us in awe of the universe's intricate design.

In the midst of these grand experiences, we found time for intimate joys—gathering with dear friends for a small and heartfelt birthday celebration. Laughter, good conversations, and the warmth of friendship filled the air, making the day even more meaningful.


In the reflection that followed this day of wonder, we realized how important it is to infuse our lives with more of what truly matters. It's a reminder that amidst our busy lives, we should strive to embrace the things we love, the activities that fill our hearts with joy, and the people who make our days brighter.

Let's contemplate together how we can incorporate more of life's extraordinary moments into our daily routine. After all, it's these simple joys and wonders that make life truly remarkable.

Wishing you a week filled with serenity, joy, and the pursuit of your passions!

Unveiling Secrets and Danger - Exploring "A Gypsy's Kiss" Chapter 28

by Shelley Carney

“Merde!” Jean Luc exclaims and then continues on in several loud, angry French-Cajun phrases, directing them first at Jacques and then Mariah. Next, he turns on me, pointing with his knife. 

Jaw clenched, face blood red, pulsing veins in his neck and forehead, and bloodshot eyes bulging, he spits out, “Little piggy! I’m going to stick you!” 

Mariah grabs my hand, pulls me up, and runs the two of us toward the window. 

We go through the open window together and fall to the shingled roof. Then we slide down and over the edge into the waiting Mississippi below.

A Gypsy’s Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure, Chapter 28

Welcome back to Our Story Your Story, where we delve into the depths of fascinating journeys and untold tales. In this edition, we dive into Chapter 28 of "A Gypsy's Kiss," where secrets are unveiled and danger lurks in the shadows.

Watch the video or download the podcast episode.

In this gripping episode, we unravel the intensity and suspense of Chapter 28 “Black Jack,” guided by the authors and hosts, Toby Younis, and Shelley Carney. 

Join us as we navigate the themes of mystery, danger, and greed within this pulse-pounding chapter.

Journey back to when personal issues faded into insignificance against the backdrop of an enthralling adventure. Discover how this experience shaped Toby's perspective on survival, evil, and resilience.

Throughout the episode, the themes of context and comparison take center stage. We discuss two harrowing scenarios and invite you to contemplate which situation you would find more daunting.

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

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7 pm MDT, Thursday, October 19, 2023. Our Story Your Story with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier. youtube.com/@ourstoryyourstory


Journey of Freedom and First Love | A Gypsy's Kiss Chapters 29-30 | Our Story Your Story

In this episode of Our Story Your Story, hosts and authors Toby Younis and Shelley Carney embark on a captivating journey through Chapters 29 and 30 of "A Gypsy's Kiss: A Treasure Hunt Adventure." 

Join us as we explore the themes of escape, youthful passion, and the intertwining of nature and symbolism within this intriguing tale. 

We'll uncover the emotional and symbolic layers that enrich this narrative through deep analysis and thoughtful discussion.

Drawing upon our own experiences, we'll share personal stories that resonate with the themes presented, creating a bridge between Miguel’s world and the reality of our current lives. 

Don't miss this thought-provoking episode where we discuss literary allusions, the beauty of intimate moments, and the resilience of the human spirit.

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