Friday, December 16, 2005

Iguazu Falls

The spelling of this World Heritage Site depends on if you are on the Brazilian side or the Argentinean side. In any case, look at these falls!!!!! Super spectacular and one of the grandest things I have ever seen. Vicki and my time together is entering its last week and I have had the pleasure of spending time with a wonderful woman. More to follow in next week's newsletter. Umberto just posted 17 new photos of the Falls from the Argentinean side on Tomorrow will be more great photos from the Brazilian side. Enjoy!! Richard Roe


itchyfeet35 said...

Now that's a beautiful site and I'm truely jealous. Enjoy every minute of the trip.

Friday, December 16, 2005 1:38:45 PM  
ineedsomeRnR said...

I can hardly believe that my grandmother left argentina and moved here to canada she was young and obviously she did not know what she was getting into. its been -20 here. i made my santas christmas wish list and i put wall climbing equipment and lessons on my list. vicki you might try to do the same.

Friday, December 16, 2005 1:41:45 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

WOW...beautiful photographs!
UMBERTO: you are #1 photographer
I appreciate my Iroquois name FLOWINGWHITEWATER when looking at the Iguazu Falls, spectacular site to say the least.
Carpe Diem and enjoy the final week of the first leg of your five month adventure Richard and Umberto!
Ciao for now
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Friday, December 16, 2005 2:27:50 PM  
cindym said...

So glad you made it to the Falls! The pics are spectacular. I knew you would enjoy them!

Friday, December 16, 2005 2:32:46 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Vicki you have proven to be the 'Jane Of The Jungle', no doubt the Monkeys must've initiated you into their 'tribe' as your swinging and jumping expertise has payed off in more ways than one ;)
Happy Trails!
'out of africa's'
Senior Bachelorette:)
val the gal

Friday, December 16, 2005 4:21:57 PM  
leslie said...

Hi y'all Those photos are absolutely spectacular! I am now REALLY green with envy that I didn't get to go.

YAY! I'm on holidays now! Let's see - put up the tree, shop for gifts, wrap the gifts, get a pedicure, go to the dentist, clean the house from top to bottom, get the dog his Xmas bath, visit with the family, email friends...HEY! I said "I'M ON HOLIDAYS NOW! Who knows a personal assistant I can hire?

Willy are you back from your cruise yet? Email me all the details! :D

Suzan Let me know the dates you'll be in Vancouver as soon as you know, okay?

Vicki My GAWD woman! Don't fall! (I still want to know your tricks for stayin' stylin' in all that heat and humidity)

Umberto Looking forward to the photos from the other side. You are truly a gifted photographer!

Oh yeah, Richard lookin' good man - didn't think I'd like that grizzled look, but it's definitely growing on me (pun intended :D) - NOT

Later all....

Friday, December 16, 2005 4:25:39 PM  
Chandra said...

Hello all,
What an INCREDIBLE photo of the falls. To have the opportunity to witness it would be awesome! Nature offers us such beauty throughout the world.
It is bitter cold here in Chicago and my hands and feet are cold and I am inside the house. So, enjoy it in that part of the world and bring us back some of that warm weather and sunshine.
Enjoy your last week of the journey and I commend Vicki for being the truly wonderful travel companion for you, Richard. The photos are spectacular at this end!
We are all envious and you are all such troopers!

Friday, December 16, 2005 4:33:37 PM  
Neva said...


Great shots of Iguazu Falls!

Friday, December 16, 2005 8:58:46 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...

Ooops, I was blogging on the wrong blog.

Hollywood Joe
I saw your Christmas decorations again on the HGTV special. Really really nice. That was a lot of work that you and Nancy did. I especially liked Nancy and Santa rockin on the red carpet!

There is a guy in Ohio who has a Christmas lights display set to music which plays on your radio as you drive as not to disturb his neighbors...It is so amazing...Turn up your speakers and check it out..

Friday, December 16, 2005 10:31:26 PM  
KarenJW said...

Hello to Richard, Vicki, and Umberto! You seem to be enjoying the time of your lives! Umberto, I cannot believe how wonderful your pictures make me feel; it's as if I'm along on the adventure. I'm sure everyone feels the same; the pictures of the falls were powerful. I live near Niagara Falls, and some of those pictures made Niagara Falls look like a drip from a faucet!!! Keep up the wonderful, wonderful images you have sent us. You are truly a gifted photographer!

Vicki, I love the fact that you always find a place to hang from; what daring! You go girl!!!

Richard, thanks for starting this whole endeavor; so far this adventure really rocks!

Hey Joe, I loved the show with your home dressed up for Christmas! I must say, I've never even thought about people in warm climates decorating for the CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.(I'm on the side for Merry Christmas!) Did you say that the show was shot in April? That must have been fun!
It was also good to see you and your smile again; every time I look at my big orange hat, I think of you and smile.The boots that are made for walking are now walking thru snow here in Rochester NY!

To all of you wonderful people on this site;
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Saturday, December 17, 2005 9:24:07 AM  
sunni said...

You're scaring even daredevil
me, now!!!! Where's your para-

RR,I'm agree with Leslie, (again), I'm liking
the grizzled look. Brings out the mountain
man in you!! But what about whisker burns?

Did you send Clementina for a float over the
falls? Nice always!!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2005 10:06:02 AM  
Neva said...


I enjoyed your Holiday extraveganza (sp)! Fun I'll bet.

It inspired me to move slightly in the holiday direction. I took a few pictures yesterday of winter holidays on Maui which tell part of the story. I added some shots under Maui Winter Holidays on my blog for anyone who might be interested.

My wish for all this winter holiday season is for peace, hope and happiness. Happy Holidays to all of you and your families!

Saturday, December 17, 2005 10:43:53 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hi to all the bloggers! when I look at the beauty of those water falls I get a feeling of the power and majesty of my creator.I experience just a little bit of what it will be like to be near jesus. We call this season at ORU advent which includes the four weeks before Christmas it is a time when we prepare our spirits for a new experience of God's peace and hope.Today, we gave our annuale food and toys give away to the needy and some of the Katrina survivors. I just had to tell you what as wonderful experience that is to me each year. It's just like looking at the power and majesty of the those beautiful falls. I think it's God's way of saying "hello, "yes" I am here and I made these just for you. So I wont to thank Uberto and Richard for transporting this message for me and you.
And Miss Vickie, I just wont to say I'm not shy. Shy people are ashamed of who they are. I'm ever so proud to be an ambassidor for christ. My sexuality is defined in my nature as a loving women. I would climb to the highest mountain top to shout it out. M.M. Corbett of Tulsa

Saturday, December 17, 2005 12:01:50 PM  
JoeInMB said...

Hello Ladies,

Yes, the Christmas spectacular was filmed in April, 2005. (It was just days before we heard from the Oprah producers that the Senior Bachelor segment was going to air at the end of April!)

How we got picked was a good friend of ours writes frequently for travel and reality shows. In early April she was in a production meeting and the producer of the Warm Weather-White Christmas show said it had been picked up by HGTV but they needed it to be about 6-8 minutes longer. They were lamenting how they were they ever going to find a house with Christmas displays in mid-April in the Los Angeles area. Alas, our friend said she knew this crazy family in Manhattan Beach that goes all out for Christmas.

So I got a call from the producer and he explained what they were doing. I got nervous because he said most of the homes in the hour show had a “theme.” I explained that I had no theme except maybe “Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation Movie.” I buy all my Christmas decorations on sale or at garage sales. We deal with “wattage”—not “themes.” So he suggested we do a “Hollywood” theme since we live so close. I told him I have no decorations that would ever suggest that theme. “No problem” he said, they would build or rent the props.

I reluctantly agreed to help them. What pushed me over the edge was that in Christmas, 2004 we went on a long vacation with the kids to China and Thailand and didn’t even bother putting up our usual display—so I had a little extra energy leftover. I put out an email broadcast to friends to borrow lights (where can you buy Christmas lights in April?!) and extra decorations. I also needed them to show up and be the “crowd” to cheer during the lighting ceremony—on April 17—oh, and wear some Christmas clothes. Good sports that they are, about 100 came through (lured by the offer of Nancy’s margaritas).

It took three days to put up all the decorations. Our “good friend Russ” was actually part of the production crew and he pre-made the Hollywood sign, the clapboard and a bunch of other stuff. You saw Nancy “painting” a letter. That was the only one she actually painted—Russ had the rest ready. You saw me cutting out an “O”—ditto for me! The 55 T-Bird is mine and you saw that later at the Manhattan Beach Senior Bachelor Event when I drove Richard up to the hotel. I’ve had it for about 20 years now and 12 of those it sat idle in the garage until last summer I sent it to the shop for a major overhaul. It’s a big hole in which we periodically pour money but it is a lot of fun to drive around.

So with the help of a great editor, my fun and reliable friends, a good natured spouse, understanding children, forgiving neighbors and an astronomical electricity bill you saw a fun transformation. Have to admit, it was rather stunning! Glad you enjoyed it!


PS- We posted Nancy’s “Christmas 2005-- Dear Family and Friends” Letter for your enjoyment on her site at

Saturday, December 17, 2005 12:05:52 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

What fabulous pics Umberto!
Vicki You scare me a little bit with your climbing but it shows such a fun side to you!
And such a fashion plate! The next 5 girls have a tough act to follow.
Unbelievable that this whole crazy adventure is actually happening and seems to be going as planned (or not planned...?)
ME...I'd want to be on that "3rd date" by now....but I always was the naughty one! Ha ha

Sunday, December 18, 2005 7:50:23 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

LINDAINTUCSON: you look cool and relaxed amidst the beautiful colours, love the soothing colour you're lying on, easy on the eye!
Taurus loves blue in particular and they have an eye for beautiful things, rich taste, I know cauz my
MAN is Taurus, yes I've been bitten by the 'love-bug' ;) ain't nuttin' nicer than being IN LOVE!
He stepped into my Life when I least expected it to happen, and He is also South African, in fact He knows me since I'm 'knee high' to a Grasshopper:) our lives are so parallel it is as though we are ONE of the same, just split in two, One Female, One Male! It is called 'BESHERT' in the Yiddish language which means DESTINY! We had to cross the wide ocean from the continent of Africa to meet again on the North American continent, and many many years later! We are finding out the incredible paths we have each had to travel in order to come to this point of meeting now again!
I don't know where this will lead, all I know is to be IN THE MOMENT and cherish the GIFT of our Creator bringing us together(unfinished business) for sure, or call it GOOD KARMA ;)
So now I say here's to TRUE LOVE and it HAS to be earned, waited many years for this to happen. LOVE is THE TEACHER and what we all innately desire and have to work hard to achieve. My Children learn by example and they are an important part of the nucleous, my Angels, my Gifts! So now my LOVE and I are going to 'cocoon' ourselves from the 'hub-bub' of society and get to know each other all over again, what wonderment!
I now understand why I did not send in my video, photo, etc. when Richard first embarked on his Sacred Quest for his Soulmate, G-D had another plan for me, also proves to go by that 'gut-feeling' the intuitive feeling when something is not meant to be!
Wishing ALL of you to find your TRUE LOVE, seek it with a PURE HEART, unconditionally!
G-D works in mysterious ways!
All my Love
'out of africa's'

Sunday, December 18, 2005 12:34:35 PM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

… As a man & a woman become devoted to the growth of awareness & spirit in each other, they will naturally want to share their love with others. The new qualities they give birth to—generosity, ‘coeur’age, compassion, wisdom---can extend beyond the circle of their own relationship. These qualities are a couple’s “spiritual child”---what their coming together gives to the world...
... A couple will flourish when their vision & practice are not focused solely on each other, but also include this larger sense of community & what they can give to others…

... Sending the powerful energy of LOVE to carry my 'soul' sister, DREAMWEAVER, on her long awaited 'Beshert' journey...:)

...And sending 'coeur'age to those who continue to search...


Sunday, December 18, 2005 2:10:20 PM  
Gael-in-Chile said...

I am soooo dead in the water...Vic, I just got my dates..leaving Dec. 27. When are you leaving for your return home? Just read your "letter home" and it was great as always. Going to look at the Pics now to SEE what's going on. Again ANY help on the, what to pack, would be great!! Miss you and I'll do my best to make you and all the Top Ten proud.. and we are so proud of you!!! Kisses to Richard for me( that might start something) and Hugs to Umberto. Off to see Umberto's to you, Gael

Sunday, December 18, 2005 3:16:02 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Thank you for the beautiful message and reminder. Through the Sacred teachings of The Kabbalah of which the Journey of The Soulmates is a very important part it is said that when a couple shares the same vision, to bring Light to the World, that is the 'glue', the adhesiveness that holds the relationship together.
A Teacher/Guide with whom I have had the honour of spending time in His company mentioned the importance of 'cocooning' for the first year or two enabling the couple to grow, develop and establish their connection. It is the Love and Light of this UNION of Kindred Spirits that will emanate outwardly and automatically ignite the spark of G-D's Light in each and every individual they meet, as they both walk through Life on a day to day basis. Not necessarily planning anything in particular to happen but allow the Light of The Creator to manifest. Each and every couple has a Divine Purpose and not one is the same but the GIANT PARADOX is that through the ACTIONS of the individuals, G-D's Light is revealed, that is applicable to ALL of us!
I don't know anything other than what my Life brings forth on a day to day basis and what I choose to do with Life's Gifts. For sure Joy, Laughter, the innocence of Childish Playfulness is vitally important, that has always been and continues to permeate my very Being 24/7. As Kabbalah Teaches, Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself and RESTRICT from being reactive natured to PRO-ACTIVE, a difficult one for me ;) but inching a little closer every day ;)
Through the past 8 months that You and I have posted on this blog, I have always admired your Wise Council Skywatcher 'Ella', am not sure if I refer to You as my Soul Sister or Brother ;) Ella could be a 'decoy' for all I know ;)
It just occured to me that Oprah's Man Steadman has remained in the shadows as she shares her Love and Light with the World visually. Steadman has remained her 'ROCK OF GIBRALTER' supporting her VISION in his own quiet, powerful way! There is a lot to be said for that! It proves that at times behind a successful WOMAN there is a MAN standing 'in the wings' applauding Her!
G-D Bless You in Love and Light
'out of africa's'
p.s. I look forward to being subjected to more of your Wise Council Dear Soul-Sister/Brother?

Sunday, December 18, 2005 4:12:05 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi folks, We just arrived in the seaside town of Buzios. It has a real likeness to Positano-really nice with lots of cool, little shops. Time has flown by and Vicki returns home in a few days and Umberto and I are off to Santiago, Chile. I have really enjoyed Vicki's company. Best wishes and please write as we love to hear your comments.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 4:50:29 PM  
Shayla said...

Well, it took me over 3 weeks, but if finally occurred to me that since Sloan, Keely and Chase have been having trouble figuring out the blog....they could just email me what they want to say and I can paste in on the blog myself. DUH!!! I guess it doesn't make me any smarter taking this long to figure that out. Anyway, here's Keely!

Hi Mom. Maybe since Shayla is now helping me out you will finally get one of my blogs. The hotel you are staying in now looks incredible. Those pictures are definitely my kind of trip compared to sleeping with the snakes, alligators and monkeys in the trees. Looks like you are having a blast. Paxton loved the Amazon pictures! He asked “where is Queenie? And “Is that our world? I thought that was pretty funny. I told him all about your cool trip and of course he asked if there were toys there and are you bringing him any? Richard seems really down to earth and lots of fun to be with. I hope I get to meet him one day. We love you and miss you lots. Love, Keely

Sunday, December 18, 2005 5:12:51 PM  
soft_rain said...

Val.....I am so happy for you, I just read that you are in wonderful it is that you have found that someone speacil.....I like the idea of cocooning, sounds like the perfect thing for a new couple.
Val, I hope you will not leave us now that your search is have become an important part of this adventure, I look forward to reading your thoughts and wisdom.....I consider you a friend and hope one day to meet you in person. I am glad that you chose to share with us all your new found Love. Thank you Val...Hugs

Sunday, December 18, 2005 11:30:03 PM  
Vicki In Brazil said...

Don´t feel bad abut not being able to figure out the blog. Lots of people have had trouble. Even all the computer geeks at Stephanie´s law firm couldn´t figure it out!!! Let you four year old do it. No problem for him!!!

We just arrived in Buzios last night. It´s your kind of place....lots of shopping and fabulous beaches!! My room is spectacular overlooking the water!! I even have my own private sun deck with natural flowers everywhere! Rose peddels were sprinkled on the pillows and even in the toilet when I arrived!!! Tell ``hubbie´´ to get with it and bring you here or......he´ll be replaced!!

Kiss the kids for me and I´ll be home soon.

Love, Mom

Monday, December 19, 2005 2:23:42 AM  
Paula in Florida said...

Richard thank you for such a lovely tribute to Beautiful Wendy in your newsletter. That was very special.

Sounds like you have been a very good host and a great match for Vicky.

Vicky - it is great to hear your side of the adventure and it sounds just like a fantasy vacation come true. Safe travels back home and stay in touch with us all.

Umberto- wow- what can I say, you are the famous one indeed! What great photo's and a sweet friend to both travelers. Have fun on the rest of the journey and Ciao for now.

Monday, December 19, 2005 6:05:51 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Val...I am sooo happy for you. I hope it all works out great and wonderful for you. We just never know where or when the love bug will bite but what a neat story. I had lunch with Mary that was a finalists and what a fantastic lady. She is just one of the nicest people I have ever met. I think I have another friend for life.
Vicki, I so enjoyed your updates. You did a good job. Thanks. Also thanks again to Umbreto and of course R.R. and Joe at home.
Tutles for now. MM

Monday, December 19, 2005 6:21:11 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Merry Christmas to all from Mary of Tulsa! Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. This year has been so special because I have all of you as friends. Speaking of new friends, Merry Mary and I have met finally, and I am excited that we are going to continue to plan events together. She invited me over for dinner after paying for my launch earlier. We exchaned gifts at launch and found that we have many things in common. Meeting her family at dinner was the highlight of the day. Her sister and I wont to stay in tauch a well. We talked about getting together for the new year but that didn't work out.

Richard, I'm not surprised at all that you treated Vickie like a princes it's that rayol nature of your's that always in every situation, rules. I'm so looking forward to experiencing the comming adventures through your pictures and newsletters. M.M. Corbett

Monday, December 19, 2005 9:27:14 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi fellow bloggers, Just checking in. I will miss seeing my family at Christmas, but sure will be thinking about them. I wish you all Happy Holidays. Richard Roe

Monday, December 19, 2005 11:25:57 AM  
Umberto said...

HOW TO BLOG: hey folks, apparently some of us have problems with signing up to be able to blog, and I admit that it can be a little tricky, but if you play by the rules and beat the machine, you will win at the end! So, her eis what you have to do:

1. once you get to this page and would like to poste a comment, click on SIGN UP, right under the square box on the right side of your screen.

2. Choose a USERNAME (it may take a few tries until you get one that has not been used by others

3. a password

4. a display name (the name you want to appear every time you put a comment on our blog)

5. you hit next

6. you will be asked to choose a name for your own blog (like Richard's) that you eventually will never use, but you need to have it to be able to post comments on other people's blogs.

7. hit next

8. you are asked to choos a BLOG PAGE sample... again you might never use it but...

hit next and you are finished.

Now, when you go back to Richard's blog you will need to sign in to be able to post a comment. this is when you need to use the LOG IN name and passw. you have choosen.

There you go.. all set!!!!

Please excuse my spelling... hey... why don't you try to explain something like this in a foreign language?!!!!


Monday, December 19, 2005 11:37:15 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Goeie dag Umberto!
Jy het gevra dat ons moet in n' ander taal skrywe, soe hier is dit!
Ek kan nie al die dereksies gee wat U gegee het om in die Blog te registreer omdat my Afrikaans nie te goed is nie, ek praat 'kombuis Afrikaans' :)
Soe ek wens al van julle gesondheid en lekkerbly in die lieflike plek Santiago Chile!
Ek kyk vorentoe om te sien hoe julle Suid-Amerika geniet!
Totsiens en lekkerbly...tot binnekort
Met Liefde en mooi gedagte ;)
uit van afrika se

Monday, December 19, 2005 11:52:01 AM  
leslie said...

Hi Richard Glad to hear you've been having a great time. Just had my Christmas pedicure this morning so was thinking back to when we compared toes in MB. That was sure a fun-filled five days!

Anyway, my pedicurist (who owns a tanning salon) has a lot of "mature" male clients who are single, so she is going to tell them all about the Alaska cruise and encourage them to sign up. Today I met Barry, age 67, who seems like a fun sort.

Too bad about the Africa stretch of the trip - now what are your plans for that month? will you go it alone? ask a "runner-up"? or ask for volunteers? May I be the first to volunteer! ;D

Joe I missed the show about your house, so am still checking for rerun times.

Umberto Keep on sending us those fabulous photos!

Vicki Glad you've had a great time but I'm sure you'll be happy to get home to celebrate Christmas with your family. Keep on blogging with us, though. You've become one of the "sisterhood" now! :D

Monday, December 19, 2005 1:58:50 PM  
sunni said...

Now those are the clearest
directions for blogging I've
ever seen!!!! You are truly a multi
talented, renaissance man!!!

Check your blog for a message from me!!
And if you volunteer for RR's Africa month
can I come along and carry your bags?


Monday, December 19, 2005 3:38:11 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Sunni! Absolutely you can come and carry my bags! Since Richard's made it clear he doesn't do luggage. LOL The more the merrier. And since I wasn't an "FF" we can all just relax and have a grand time exploring!

Monday, December 19, 2005 3:43:33 PM  
leslie said...

Hi again everyone! If you want to check out some holiday hilarity, pop over to my site and have a good laugh.

Monday, December 19, 2005 4:30:37 PM  
linda in Tucson said...

WOW...Val is in love! How cool is that? You go girl! I think for those of us who stuck around here for all these months that love thing is contagious. I'm feeling a bit of it myself...for you fans of my writing I've posted a new story. Stay tuned...heh heh.
Vicki You were a marvelous "contestant" and a tough act to follow!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 8:04:11 AM  
ladejag said...

Tis a treat to follow along via the photos and comments on the journey with RR, Vicki, and Umberto. Umberto your photos are superb! Great comments too from RR and Vicki, thanks to you both. Glad you are enjoying yourselves so; but then in those environments who couldn't. Merry Christmas to all and Happiest of Holidays to you and yours. Life is awesome here in So Cal too.


Ladejag :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:18:25 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Now we prepare to visit Chile which I hear is quite amazing, the people too! I am sure Gael is going to enjoy every minute of being there with The Boys! You go Girl/Gael ;)

SOFT_RAIN: thank you for the sweet words, I will be checking in periodically and look forward to meeting everyone one fine day! Who knows maybe it will be at Richard's Wedding, what a celebration that will be...WOW! I LOVE the atmosphere of a wedding such joyfulness!

LINDAINTUCSON: you lovely lady and so full of FUN as usual, I have always felt 'IN LOVE' it is an energy that just IS, we have to first fully embrace that before we are worthy of attracting our Loved One! I am not a religious person whatsoever BUT believe in a Higher Power/Lightforce that flows through me, call it The Chi/The Light. The beauty of it all is that we have been given the Gift of FREE WILL (I always joke with m' kids and call it 'free willy' :) so whatever we CHOOSE to do in Life remember there is always The BIG Picture!

MERRY MARY: I take one day at a time and remain as focused in the PRESENT(the Gift;) as possible for that is all we have to go on as we build our dreams with positivity and hope! Stay as sweet as you are!

I am faced with quite a demanding challenge with my Friend at this time, cannot elaborate. I call Him my Friend because I am at the 'first level', that is the cultivating of Friendship, the foundation upon which to build a relationship. Put the 'cart before the horse' and the relationship will lose it's sizzle/fizzle real quick! We don't always see the Spiritual reason why certain people meet, you think one way and then the arrow of change points you in a different direction for reasons that you cannot possibly comprehend before it manifests!
Again Happy Holidays to The Boys in Chile and ALL who celebrate Chanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa....May this coming year be one of PEACE...JOY...HEALTH and ONENESS IN CONSCIOUSNESS OF LOVE!
Be clear about what you wish for, it will manifest and more ;)
Amazing how connected we feel to one another through the months of blogging, our Sisters and Brothers in Spirit!
Oh yes my Son had THE most incredible time WHITEWATER rafting at the mouth of the Nile today, LEVEL 5 rapids...WOW!
p.s. I know I know the Law Of Brevity ain't 'woiking' too well, lots to share here!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 12:22:35 PM  
sunni said...

I've always enjoyed reading
your very spiritual comments
and wanted you to know that
I'm sending you support in your journey
towards LOVE with your long time friend.
Take it gentle and take it slow...

And regarding your rapids running son!!!
Have you seen the new IMAX movie on the
The Nile? The team runs it the full length
from Ethopia, through Sudan to Aswan Dam
and on to the Mediterranean. The first part
looked white knuckle challenging, at least I
was gripping the armrest of my theater
seat!! I think I gained a few grey hairs just
watching the movie, I can't imagine being
the Mother of a type T (Thrillseeker) son.

On to Chile!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 3:32:51 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

~~go with the flow~~

SUNNI: I hear you :) one cannot 'push the river' when it comes to matters of the heart, WOW talk about the M A S....Mutual Admiration Society, what a Sisterhood we have here on Richard's Blog ;) I cannot even begin to imagine how amazing it would be to meet in person! I had no idea it was possible to establish a level of camraderie as we have here for the past 8 months and growing as we now head off to Chile with The Boys and Gael, how exciting!!!! I plan to see the journey down the Nile on IMAX, I would LOVE to go WHITEWATER rafting too !

BONJOURNO UMBERTO: When I am able to speak Italian as well as you do English, then I will feel real good about it, so don't sweat the small stuff ;) (Richard will explain that to you) :)

Sweet Dreams Y'all
Luv Val
p.s. Loving Thoughts and Prayers go out to Wendy's Family as the holiday season approaches

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 8:44:45 PM  
sunni said...

Phyl...I left a message for you
on my site re: tour companies.
Hope it helps!!!

FlowingWHITEWATER...going with the
flow...does your son have a water based
Iroquois Name?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:37:18 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hello from Rio, We all cried a little as Vicki left last night from the airport in Rio for the long flight back to Atlanta. It was a heck of a 3 plus weeks. Much more info to follow in upcoming Newsletters.

Umberto and I are facing some travel challenges as you must have hard evidence to get into Chile (and many other countries, like the U.S.) that you have an outward bound ticket via plane or bus. Of course I don't have this so we are scrambling to put this together before our 4:00 flight this afternoon to Santiago, Chile, via Buenos Aires. We are in a very cool, hip part of Rio, called St. Teresa. Have to run as we have to get to work on the outward bound tickets. Ciao for now, Richard Roe

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 2:21:12 AM  
sunni said...

Left an addendum to my last
post to you, on my site.

RR and Umberto
Hope you're able to find the
HO-HO-HO in the Holiday in Chile.
How sad to say good-bye to Miss Vicki!
But Gael will surely cheer you UP!!!
And maybe there won't be anymore of that
crazy hanging off cliffs action!!!


Wednesday, December 21, 2005 1:34:03 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Richard, Be encouraged. Friendship is a bitter, sweet experience. The best is always yet to come to those who have a attitude of survival. M.M.Corbett

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 2:42:45 PM  
leslie said...

Well, the tree is up, the shortbread is in the Xmas tin, most of the gifts are wrapped, and I just have a couple more gifts to buy. Then, it's time to do the grocery shopping - not looking forward to the crowds! But, the big day is quickly approaching and I know it will be great to be with my family, especially Noah at age 2 minus a week.

Richard and Umberto I hope you managed to make your plans and are now settled in Chile. Let us all know what you plan to do for Christmas. Do the Chileans have any special (i.e. different) customs from ours? It'd be great if you could share that with us.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 5:12:41 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello 'Boys From Brazil' who are hopefully now in beautiful Chile. I have a friend
in Santiago Chile whom I met whilst travelling through Europe and as far as what used to be called Dubrovnik in Yoguslavia and Sofia, Bulgaria, Summer of '75!
WOW 30 years ago, Life sure is a DREAM!

SUNNI: I received my Iroquois name from my Mother a short while before her Passing in 1996, her name was Silver Mountian and my Sister in South Africa is Brightlittlestar. I used to refer to Dad as Sitting Bull, for some reason he loved to talk about Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Coyotes, etc! I do not have Aboriginal names for my three children, only their Hebrew Names in addition to their Given Names. I guess the name will find them ;) if it is meant to be!
There is a lot to be said for having a Spiritual Name in addition to the Given Name. Is Sunni pronounced SUNNY or SOONY?

I so look forward to the upcoming adventure in Chile! It must be hard to say goodbye after spending almost a month travelling in such close proximity! Frankly m' dear Richard I don't know how you do it, but hats off to ya kiddo!

Sayanara, I need m' beauty sleep ;) tootaloo, 'till soon again!
Luv val

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 9:36:09 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Suni...To be politically correct I am told it is not Ho,Ho, Ho but Lady of the night, Lady of the night, Lady of the night....???? Sorry if that's not in good taste, but it struck me funny. Anyway Suni and Dreamweaver I watched (for the 3rd time)...Dances With Wolves so had to think of you two. I do LOVE that movie. Merry Chtistmas to all of you and may your best dreams come true in 2006 Leslie ,I have a Noah, youngest greatgrandson....4 mo. old and a perfect doll. Love to all. Merry Mary

Thursday, December 22, 2005 7:56:23 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...


Everythin's so quiet on the 'western front'....hope all is
ok with 'The Boys' in Chile!
Do you read me?.....over :)
Luv val

Thursday, December 22, 2005 1:08:17 PM  
sunni said...

Taking a quick mid day break
from Holiday Madness!!!
Just call me Sunny...the 'Y' was taken by
some other blogger, so it became 'i' .
I'm always trying to find ways to counter
the grey, rainy, soggy weather we have all
winter long here in Oregon!!! TOday is being
particularly wet....
Must motivate to do last minute preps for
Xmas Eve dinner!!! My turn to cook!!!

Deck the Halls!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2005 1:32:09 PM  
leslie said...

Hi Sunni 'Twas a blowin' and a rainin' here this mornin' too. The only good thing about the wind was that it blew the storm over so we did see a few blue patches this afternoon. Just got home from picking up Robbie - had his Xmas grooming today and he looks SO cute! Santa's bringing him a new bed with removable cover. Wish I had sheets like his! So soft and cozy. Well, off to finish wrapping the last few gifts.

Thursday, December 22, 2005 3:33:46 PM  
soft_rain said...

I hope Christmas surrounds you,

bringing many gifts to share,

lots of laughter and warmth,

and an answer to a prayer.

I hope the holiday fills your

heart,with happiness and Love,

and all the wonderful things,

that your heart has dreamed of.

I hope the season lifts you,

bringing goodwill and cheer,

and hope and inspiration,

to keep through the New Year.


Friday, December 23, 2005 1:41:04 AM  
JanieGirl said...

I would like to wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!! No matter what your religious belief or country of origin, it is the tradition in America to celebrate CHRISTMAS and it will stay that way because it is TRADITION!!

Friday, December 23, 2005 4:52:15 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...





Let us live in harmony
There is place for YOU and me
Some of us come from distant lands
Let us join by holding hands
For only together as ONE
Has the neverending Circle begun
There is no difference between YOU and me
We are ALL created by G-D you see!
Let's break the walls of dividedness
No more barriers dividing us
ONE WORLD in Peace and Harmony
This is our WORLD for YOU and me

Written by Val
Dedicated to ALL

p.s. Thinking of YOU Dear Wendy who is basking in the warm Sun of
Summerland, your SPIRIT will shine forever! G-D Bless Your Family through this Holiday Season.


Friday, December 23, 2005 7:01:21 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Richard and Umberto, I hope you have arrived in Chile by now . I awakened this moring and offered this prayer for you: "For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot againt a stone. Psalm 91:11 Please let us know when you have arrived safely. M.M. Corbett

Friday, December 23, 2005 7:18:07 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello Richard and Umberto!
Waiting in anticipation to hear from you and your whereabouts, hoping you are safe in Chile by now!

Here is a heartwarming tale:
Previousely in a former blog a while back I mentioned a special
Golden Retriever/Labrador that sits with his owner in the freezing subways passages waiting for a few pennies. Last night my Son and I went out for dinner before his departure to spend the holidays in the beautiful Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada. There in the freezing cold passage sat the little old man with his doggy called Buddy. Again I walked up to them and contributed towards making the dear old man's Christmas a brighter one, as I placed the money in the cup, the doggy jumped up tail wagging and adorable face waving from side to side, licking my hands and yelping with excitement, looking up at me with two huge round brown eyes with the expression of absolute joy and appreciation! My heart felt as though it was about to sing, witnessing this phenomenon as people gathered around to see what was going on. Thank goodnes it resulted in more people making a donation, the dear man was also very appreciative of this, and his face lit up with a smile from ear to ear! My Son was lost for words!
The moral of the story:
Dog(in this case Buddy:) is truly Man's Best Friend!
Let us always think about those who are less fortunate than ourselves and pray they too find a way out of their struggles!
True change comes from within each of us in stretching out a helping hand, in doing so we affect the QUANTUM!

In Love and Light

Friday, December 23, 2005 9:38:41 AM  
sunni said...

Dreamweaver18-Val the Gal,

Your thoughts and words are
so beautiful, IN LOVE AND PEACE
truly you are a gifted writer and
have a deep, thoughtful spiritual
soul. I'll be taking your words with me on
my next trip to share with my fellow world spread the word of harmony and
peace in far off lands, one person at a time.

And thanks for printing the "Buddy" story
again. I remember reading it a while ago
and shared my own story of giving to a
young man trying to get home for the holidays
with his dog. A most heartwarming moment
symbolizing forever Home for the Holidays!

In the spirit of giving...Happy Holidays All
and may you feel the eternal fullness of Joy,
Knowledge and Love, in every Season of Life.


Friday, December 23, 2005 12:57:31 PM  
Skywatcher-'ella' said...

...Weaver of Dreams, Hope, Unity, Love...
Beautiful spirit, flowingwhitewater, true inspiration...
... Thank you for your continuous outpouring of encouragement for the WHOLE, and for the kindness you have shared with us ALL through your thoughts, poetry, & soulful words~
... Wishing you good Health, Happiness, Joy, & LIGHT on your very 'special' journey...

Sending LOVE...

Saturday, December 24, 2005 6:45:25 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

SKYWATCHER 'ELLA'Kindred Spirit: I would love to meet you one day, amazing that there is such a heartfelt feeling of ONENESS with those whom I have never met in person and yet there exists a connectedness of Spirit with each of us, something I least thought existed on a blog. I guess it is what Richard has started with his Sacred Journey too. It has ignited the spark within our Souls, that Life offers a Journey beyond the physical world we live in, and that is the realm of LOVE, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, ACCEPTANCE ETC. A lofty goal for sure but THE most rewarding!

SUNNI/Y:) Dear Soul Sister/Kindred Spirit, how wonderful that you plan to join in spreading the unconditional love when travelling. On your next journey kindly bury some pipe tobacco(cigarette tobacco will do too) it is a powerful practice for Peace and giving thanks to our beautiful Mother Earth, who has certainly taken a beating with all the pollution, cutting down of trees etc. She needs to receive thanks for the beauty of the Fauna and Flora and that is the small way I give back to Her when travelling to distance lands. The Aboriginal People have taught me many wonderful things that I hold dear to my heart!

On this Eve of Christmas, Chanukkah and Kwanzaa G-D Bless Richard on his Sacred Journey and Umberto who is such a special Soul too!
Looking forward to 'travelling ' with the three through Chile!
Luv Val
p.s. Seasons Greeting to Joe, Nancy and Family!

Saturday, December 24, 2005 11:57:40 AM  
JoeInMB said...

Hi Folks,

Richard and Umberto are having trouble accessing the Senior Bachelor website from Chile so he wanted me to post a holiday greeting to everyone!

Merry Christmas to one and all.


Saturday, December 24, 2005 2:45:15 PM  
pukkadink said...

I know i don't post often but have followed richards quest from the start. I would just like to say a very happy loving christmas to all from Britain. Here's to new adventures and friends in 2006.

Are their any other Brits looking in?

Saturday, December 24, 2005 2:48:47 PM  
Mary R said...

Dear Senior Bachelor Friend,

On this Christmas Eve as I get ready to go to work and try to make a brief or maybe even lasting difference for SOME so much less fortunate then US, My thoughts wonder your way.

My sincere Wishes are that{WHERE EVER LIFE HAS YOU,
be a shining example of

The sparkle of Hopes will fuel
and LOVE

I WISH US ALL ENJOYMENT and appreciation of our own very special gifts, to include this great one of FRIENDSHIP

I personally ask Wendy's help in dispaching her new Angel Friends to where they are needed most.

Happy Everydays.

Don't forget to Hug Someone.
And Hang on to your forks for desert.
Mary Rose

Saturday, December 24, 2005 3:03:55 PM  
Mary R said...

Dear Friends again,

Aside from my Christmas message, Sunni's "Buddy" story reminded me that maybe one of you will have a suggestion or some experience that might help my Female Bouvier De Flanders. Her BELLE, JINGLES and Shep were born 3 days ago, but MONA, the mom, has no milk. The regular Vet shots thing did not work, so I am feeding them every 3 - 4 hours, Mona still helps by letting them nurse???nothing?? and keeping them clean and warm. Does anyone have any home remedies? If so, please use my reg. e-mail: so as not to clutter this Blog.
Thanks again.
Mary Rose

Saturday, December 24, 2005 3:25:45 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Merry Christmas Joe!! Sure wish I could beam you and your family over to our Christmas dinner. We do our creole chicken gumbo and rice on Christmas eve and jambalaya on Christmas day. German Chocolate, and pineapple upside down cake are the favorites for desserts. Oh well, I'm sure your family give you all the special attention you so deserve. M.M. Corbett

Saturday, December 24, 2005 5:05:33 PM  
Bejaflur said...

Mary R. check out
they might be able to help you with Mona. Start a thread asking your question. I emailed you this info as well.
Merry Christmas to all

Saturday, December 24, 2005 8:40:43 PM  
Love 2 Travel said...


I saw your special again and I noticed you in that nice surfer shirt. Do you surf? I know you are near some great waves out there!!

Richard,Joe,Umberto and all the wonderful bloggers



And to all... regardless of your religious belief (or lack there of) please join me in the thought of WORLD PEACE. My dearest wish is that our world will someday be able to abandon war and live in harmony with our brothers & sisters.


Saturday, December 24, 2005 10:43:02 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Happy Day Girls and Boys :)

I will be going to this exotic place in the not too distant future:

gO into gOOGLE.Com and click on the 4th line down from the top:
Then on the right hand side of the Opening Page click on 'Photo Tour' and all I can say is WOW!!!!
The music alone will 'transport' you to a faraway place! We sure do live on a magnificent Blue Marble called Earth :)
Here's to travelling, exploring and meeting our Sisters and Brothers on distant shores!

Happy Holidays/Love and Peace
Hugs to ALL

Sunday, December 25, 2005 12:02:26 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

ooops....error = correction
missing an 'L' in WELLNESS ;)


Sunday, December 25, 2005 12:05:52 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Here's to the 'Travellin' Trio' in
beautiful Chile!

GAEL: wishing you a wonderful time with 'the boys', make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity with your loving, thoughtful, fun-loving Tour Guide Richard and Umberto, the smiling photographer! A suggestion:
log as much as possible in a daily journal, that way you will keep the memories alive and fresh ;)
G-D Bless you 'Three Musketeers' on this upcoming sojourn through Chile etc.
carpe diem
Luv Val

Monday, December 26, 2005 12:13:39 PM  
Bev said...

I am so hit by Wendy's passing. Can anyone, including RR, shed information on how she died?

I've been following all of RR's letters and the Blog. Thanks to Umberto I finally persevered and figured out an ID name that would be accepted. Thanks U.

I am also impressed with the upbeat, positive life outlooks of the women who commune on RR's blog. And isn't Vicki inspirational!!!

Anyway, I hope to hear about Wendy. She looked so healthy, happy and full of energy.

Monday, December 26, 2005 1:20:10 PM  
Vickie Swaner said...

Dear Richard, My initial reaction to your cancer was NO I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! My daughter and her husband are here and I told them about you and said wait I have to email him to get him well. I told her that you were the man that I joined in for the search for you a wife for you and my daughter remembered me talking about you.
I slept 5 hours and felt compelled to get up and write to you.
Do you remember my little red computer disc that I sent to you and my sex writings on it? Well with that disc I had sent a small note saying that I was willing to be your wife to love and take care of you and I wanted only one thing in return and that is that you buy me my health.
Well here I am with a propositon.
Please send for me to live with you and we can radicate our blood stream with all the herbs I cannot afford and we can both do the same things together to get well. You can buy 2 kits from Dr schultz and we can both work our butts off together to get well together . I can go shopping with you to get the organic foods (I cannot afford ) . I know how to juice and do herbs and teas etc. to get YOU well. NOTHING CAN LIVE IN A PURE BLOOD STREAM. YOU CAN CURE YOU SELF WITH OUT ME BUT I WAS HOPING WE COULD DO IT TOGETHER SO WE DO NOT GIVE UP.
I can be your contant loving companion and we can work 18 hours a day to get well and in 3 to 6 months be cured. Just think Richard you can have me to help you and you can help me. We can be partners. Who knows we might even fall in love too. Any way I have chronic fatigue and diabeties and herpies and there are cures and I cannot pay the $2,000.00 for the herbs and buy the foods etc to get well. I am on a tiny disability check which is $603 a month. IF I GET WELL I DO NOT HAVE TO BE ON THAT DUM SSI CHECK. I am hoping your not scared of the herpies , it does not kill and I never gave it to any one . My first husband gave it to me AFTER being in the army and gone a year. he got it in korea that was 24 years ago.
Please consider my offer of service to you and in return you can get the herbs for me to get well too and I know I will lose weight and be petite again when we both go on this cleanse and change our diets and guess what I am a vegetarian and I know how to be vegan too. I invent new recipes all the time . I am an awsome vegetarian cook. I invented a burger too. just think if i could patent it. I write and want to write books too and get rich. I have dreams of getting adults out of abuse and being a herb doctor. That school in washington state is where I could go but it cost $16,000.00
Any way Richard honey Please send for me I would pack my bags in a heart beat and leave as soon as you send a pre paid ticket to nashville Tennessee airport and we could go to dr schultz together and get all the stuff together and YOU WOULD NOT BE ALONE IN THIS struggle to get well. It is a full time job and you have to let others take over your jobs to get well ok? NO STRESS.
If you do not listen to me they will cut off your testicals and body parts and you will not be the man you want to be sexually. They will take your lymph nodes out which is Gods garbage system in our bodies to rid our self of poisions and toxins. We can do hot and cold showers and exersize together etc.
Please Richard send for me. I will help you and you can help me. You can be held and cuddle by me too.
You might get mad at me at times for pushing you to the limit to cure your self but you can push me too. WE can work hard together.
I gave you the wrong phone number sorry it is 931-394-4545 and I am in beech grove Tenn in the woods in a cabin. I let my daughter and her husband have my bed and I am in the living room writing to you .
Please baby please do not listen to those doctors who want to make millions off of you. Do not let them touch you and give you all the chemo and injections. Please do not let them cut body parts off of you.
I prayed if it is Gods will that I go to you then you will send for me.
My mothers toes were black they were going to cut them off and i prayed for her and gave her the herbs arnican and comfrey and they turned pink. she was saying but but but to me and I told her God revealed to her what to do and i left and 3 weeks later she called me and said i saved her toes and the doctors cannot believe it.
Another time she got bells palsey . Her food was falling out of her mouth because her mouth was so contorted and pulled up on one side and guess what she listened to me this time when I told her to go to call dr schultz and get the herbs to get well and she is well now. I am telling you to do the same Richard to call 1 800 herb doc and get the herbs and find out how to get ahold of Richard schulz to see him in person if you want to. He has a web site too you can go to look at . You will need all the support from me you can get because doctors and pill industries are waiting to make money off of you but you will not get cured . Just a temporary fix while they pump you full of posions and toxins.
Well honey you can be a know it all and go to doctors or listen to me .
Love, Vickie Swaner.

Friday, January 13, 2006 4:35:55 AM  

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