Las Vegas Nevada
Las Vegas Nevada
Central West Africa map.
Las Vegas: View of the Nevada hermitage side facing the man-made pond just
before leaving on the 2011 exploration of West Africa.
Las Vegas: A blue heron visits the man-made pond behind the Nevada hermitage
just before leaving on the 2011 exploration of West Africa.
Las Vegas: Decoration on the wall of the patio
Zen garden in the Nevada hermitage just before leaving on the 2011
exploration of West Africa.
Greetings from the Las
Today is 7 November 2011, the day
after all the racing clocks fell back an hour. Tomorrow at the crack of
dawn I head east on the first leg of my trip to
central West Africa.
Flight AA626 leaves Las Vegas McCarran International Airport at 07:15
with a 5 hour layover in Dallas and then continues on as flight AA36 to
Madrid Spain where I will complete arrangements for a third exploration
of the Dark Continent.
This past year has been one of compelling personal experiences with
mind-body medicine and Africa is the perfect place to continue my quest
for answers to questions about the relationship between the body's state
of health and the ways we use our minds. For too long modern science has
characterized the behavior of "witch doctors" as primitive, as ignorant
superstition. But I am now ready to question whether traditional healers
in Africa might have discovered therapeutic modalities which while
totally different from Western
practices, offer useful alternatives. Certainly, they and others attempt
to return patients to a state of health.
mind-body healing system for example, has ancient roots in India and
continues to be enthusiastically practiced into modern times. Wisdom
comes in many flavors! So why not the strange tasting offerings of
I suspect there may be a quietly growing undercurrent of scientific
interest in the role emotions play in governing our physiological and
neurological functioning, something well beyond psychotherapy, "bed
side manner" or the placebo effect. So, this time through Africa I'll be
looking for relevant evidence supporting the notion that traditional
African healing practices are more than mere
hocus-pocus. A quick examination of materials available on the
Internet dealing with "African
healing rituals" turned up a number of items which make it clear the
subject deserves serious research. So, come along with me and let's see
what we find.
As usual, I'll be sharing my observations in occasional "postcards" with
folks who have indicated they enjoy following my follies. Hope you are
still one of them.
Fred L Bellomy
Las Vegas: View of the man-made pond behind the
Nevada hermitage just before leaving on the 2011 exploration of West Africa.
Las Vegas: Canoe Lane street view of the Nevada
hermitage just before leaving on the 2011 exploration of West Africa.
Las Vegas: This is the camera I've been using for the
past five years. Being so tiny at just under four inches long it is easy to
conceal, but the minute it comes out all eyes focus on my activities...
leading to some really wonderful close-up photos of those inspecting the
Las Vegas Nevada: My friend Ed plays with the tiny
Philips camera I'll use on my up coming trip and snaps this
(age 76) reference photo for posterity.
Las Vegas: View of the patio
Zen garden in the Nevada hermitage just before
leaving on the 2011 exploration of West Africa.