By Dr. Denise R. Ames
October is winding its way to the end. Halloween is around the corner, signifying the end of the harvest and the end of October. My favorite month is about to close. But I took a hike a few days ago in my favorite area of the Bosque (woods)—across from Kit Carson Park just south of Central Avenue (old Route 66) in the middle of Albuquerque, New Mexico—and I want to share with you its splendor.
I know, I posted a blog about Kit Carson Park and the Bosque trails due west of it not long ago, but I relished the recent hike so much that I thought you might also enjoy seeing the spectacular trees at their fall peak.
One of the areas that sparkled in the fall sunshine were the ponds dotting the Bosque terrain. Part of a wetland conservation area, the ponds help ensure that thirsty Albuquerque has enough water for its residents. Flocks of geese, ducks, and other aquatic species make these ponds home.
Since that recent hike, we have had a hard frost in Albuquerque and an unseasonable early snow (about 5”)! It signaled the end of the beautiful fall colors and the beginning of late fall brown, beautiful in its own way. But I have memories of the peak of the fall colors just a few short days ago that are still vivid in my mind.
Today, I took another hike in the Bosque, this time just north of Central Avenue, along the Rio Grande River. Indeed, the frost took its toll on the leaves. As they crunched under my shoes as I sadly strolled through the woods, they said to me that we are done with the summer cycle and ready for rest. It’s ok, don’t be forlorn, we will return next year, we always do.
Even in my neighborhood, trees that were in full fall green just a few days ago have dropped their frozen leaves to the ground, with a look of resignation that winter is around the corner.
So forgive me as I post one more blog and more irresistible photos of the Bosque in Albuquerque during its peak of fall colors. There wouldn’t be any more until next October rolls around, and, hopefully, I will again sing the sacredness of the stunning fall colors.
About the Author: Dr. Denise R. Ames
Dr. Denise R. Ames’ varied life experiences–teaching, scholarly research, personal experiences, extensive travels, and thoughtful reflections–have contributed to her balanced views and global perspectives. Earning a doctorate in world history education, she has taught secondary schools, universities, a community college, professional development, and lifelong learners. In 2003, Dr. Ames founded Center for Global Awareness, an educational nonprofit that develops globally-focused books and educational resources for educators and students grade 9-university. She has written eight books, plus numerous blogs, lesson plans, articles, newsletters, teaching units.
Along with CGA’s Gather program, Global Awareness Through Engaged Reflection, a study and conversation program for self-organizing groups of lifelong learners and, Global Awareness for Educators, Dr. Ames is developing a new program: Turn, Transformation, Understanding, & Reflection Network. Turn encourages life-long learners to see with new eyes, learn from the past, understand others, and recognize the relationship of all things. She teaches workshops/classes and writes about Turn’s five topics: learning from the past, cross-cultural awareness, five worldviews, elder wisdom, and transformative travel.
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Divided, Dr. Ames’ latest book,addresses the question on the lips of every American: why can’t we get along? The cultural divide is threatening our democracy and destabilizing our country. Divided looks at the deep cultural divide through the lens of five colliding worldviews—indigenous, traditional, progressive, globalized, and transformative. This approach helps us make sense of our deep divisions and suggests ways of bridging them.
It is urgent that we understand and bridge the cultural divide. Bridging the divide is dependent upon first understanding it. Gaining an understanding of the five worldviews enhances our success of arriving at sensible solutions and increasing civil conversations. If not, rancor and intractability ensue.
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