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The Meaning of It All
from the September 2006 Star Beacon
Las Vegas Getaway
Last month I was able
to take a much needed five-day vacation to Las Vegas, Nev., to visit family
and stay at a downtown casino. I enjoyed the long drive across four states by
myself because it gave me a chance to think and do a lot of reflecting.
Being a small town gal, I always find it a bit intimidating to enter a city
such as Las Vegas and hassle with heavy traffic. In Paonia, we complain about
the increased traffic on our highway, and yet our town doesn’t even have a
When I stopped for gas in
Cedar City, Utah, I decided to give an old friend a call, to see if she was
home. I hadn’t seen this woman in more than 10 years, and felt it was time to
make a reconnection, especially since she was significant in bringing me into
the UFO realm. There was no answer at her end, so I left a message that got
cut off, and thought perhaps I’d try again on the way back (but it didn’t
happen as I was pressed for time come Monday).
When I arrived at the
downtown hotel, I had several hours’ wait till family members from Wisconsin
arrived. About an hour passed and my son, Marty, arrived from Vista, Calif. We
visited, but didn’t have much interest in throwing our money away in the slot
machines. So we walked around. Marty was concerned about connecting with a
potential employer about an important job he had applied for, and told me
about his enrolling in a computer course on line, to get his certification in
IT (Internet Technology), the field he works in.
Late that night, the
others finally arrived, and we got checked into our rooms. My younger sister,
Alice, was delighted to see us. Older brother Jim and his wife Linda were
staying over at the Fremont, a couple of blocks away. It took time to get
settled down for the night, although I was dead tired after a long day and 11
hours of being in the car.
The weekend consisted of
time in the casino, a splash in the pool, and taking in the Fremont Street
Experience, which consists of shops, entertainment, hordes of people and
flashing lights. It was quite awesome. My Wisconsin relatives are into
gambling and did well on the slots. I, however, didn’t have the money to
invest in the one-armed bandits and found other things to do.
On Friday, we drove 60
miles north to Pahrump, to see our brother, Jon. He had a few UFO experiences
to relate to me that I’d not heard before. Jon is a member of MUFON and he and
his wife, Sally, are amateur radio operators. He belongs to a ham organization
involved with UFOs. He hears things from other experiencers who work with him
at the Nevada Test Site.
Sunday at noon was a
get-together with all of us, including my two nephews (Jon’s sons) and their
families at the Draft House in Vegas. I sat beside my editor/publisher nephew,
Geoff, who was responsible for getting me an autographed copy of Colm A.
Kelleher’s and George Knapp’s new book, Hunt for the Skinwalker (Paraview
Books), about the paranormal happenings at the Gorman ranch in northern Utah.
Geoff is the author of Sun, Sin & Suburbia, a book about Las Vegas’
history. He is currently writing a book about Howard Hughes, to be published
soon by Stephens Media Press.
By Monday morning I was
ready to return home. Being among so many people, of so many colors and
backgrounds, it made me feel very small and insignificant. I felt like a grain
of sand on a huge beach of humanity. It was almost as though my identity had
been submerged for a few days.
I suppose that’s why I
spent many hours in the hotel room on the 19th floor, typing on my laptop
computer. I found it necessary to have some “alone” time, reflecting more on
my life and delving into my writing. I thought a lot about the “meaning of it
all,” and my purpose as a human grain of sand. But I soon came to see that my
inferior thoughts were an illusion. It is easy to fall victim to being
“insignificant” and “ineffective” while in a crowd, but deep within me I knew
this was not true. I know that each of us, no matter how small we appear, is a
spark of light of All That Is, and each of us makes a difference in the scheme
of things, even though we may not think so at times.
It’s good to get away and
view another perspective on the world. Sometimes, when life gets stressful or
mundane, we need to take a trip to a place like Las Vegas. But I’m happy now
to be home in my mountains, where my vibration resonates at a higher rate and
fills me with tranquility and joy. It is here that I recognize the meaning of
Ann Ulrich Miller is
publisher of The Star Beacon.
Copyright © 2006 Ann Ulrich Miller
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