Thursday, July 24, 2014

In the News: Bay Area Reporter

Castro Lions' bountiful gifts


Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland

Representatives from 20 LGBT, HIV/AIDS, and other nonprofits joined members of the Castro Lions Club for its annual dinner and grant distribution Thursday, July 17 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Castro Lions distributed $126,000 to the nonprofits, including $45,000 for the Lions Eye Foundation; $15,000 for the National AIDS Memorial Grove; $4,000 to the AIDS and Breast Cancer Emergency Funds; and $45,000 as part of a matching grant to the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Several other organizations also received checks, such as Openhouse, Tenderloin Tessie, and La Casa De Las Madres ($500 each), Positive Resource Center ($2,500), and the Pacific Center in Berkeley ($1,000). Lions spokesman Gary Nathan said the club was happy to be able to help so many organizations.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

God's Wonders: A faithful exploration of the world's wonders

I'll be researching a new book project over the next few months and attempting to visit all Seven New Wonders of the World and as many of the Natural Wonders of the World as possible. 

Below is a list of some of the trips I'll be taking.  Watch this space to learn more about our trip.

If you'd like to follow our trip, "like" my facebook page and you'll get regular updates.

During our trip I'll be blogging and posting videos for my Travel Faithfully series.  I hope our trip inspires you to see the world, to set big goals and to enjoy all the beauty of our great Earth.

  Praying around the World

Sept 25-26: I traveled to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. 
See a video from my helicopter flight over the canyon.

October 13-16 I traveled through Peru and visited Machu Picchu and Cusco.
October 17th-19th I traveled to Easter Island in Chile.  This site was a runner-up for the new 7 wonders list.
October 20-22 I traveled to Rio de Janeiro and saw the Christ Redeemer Statue
See video from our ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain
October 23-25 I traveled to Mexico, and saw Chichen, Itza and Tulum.
See video from the underwater museum in the ocean off Cancun

December 27 we traveled to Beijing and visit the Great Wall

December 28 we traveled to Sri Lanka and visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

 Dec 28 - Dec 31 we traveled to India visiting sacred sites and the Taj Mahal (part 1 - part 2)

Jan 1 - 4 we traveled to Jordan/Israel/Palestine visiting Petra and the Holy Land

 Jan 5 we traveled to Cairo and visit the pyramids  
Jan 6 we traveled to Istanbul and visit Hagia Sophia

Jan 7-8 we traveled to Rome visiting the Colosseum and Vatican

Jan 9-10 we traveled to London and visit Stonehenge

Paricutin Volcano Trek

From November 12-5  This trip was rescheduled to February 2015 due to a passport issue with the Indian Consulate - trying to prepare for our big December trip.   I'll be in Mexico visiting the Paricutin Volcano (a natural wonder), the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and some Mayan Temples.

Northern Lights Trek

From November 19-20  This trip was rescheduled to February 2015 due to a passport issue with the Indian Consulate - trying to prepare for our big December trip I'll be heading to Canada to visit Niagara Falls, and try to spot the Northern Lights (a natural wonder).