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Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil. A leader who stands well and breathes well will also speak well, and carry an authority that brings people with them. Anyone who has been on a management or leadership course in recent years will have experienced something of the current trend towards including some form of meditation in such programmes.
Let us put ourselves in the position of the observer here, rather than the practitioner of the breath.
Singers and actors face these questions and challenges every day of their working lives, and can offer useful insight here. Some of this is about perception and confidence, but there is also something about authenticity going on here.
This is one further area where the power of experiential learning is difficult to overplay. Over the coming series of short articles, I will further explore these ideas around breath and leadership in contexts as different as conducting and sport, and also look at what we can learn from the etymological history of the concepts and words that we use in this area.
What does Doctor Who, the Terminator, kitty cats, and Charlie Brown have to do with the Buddhist concept of rebirth and reincarnation?
The constant state of flux, renewal and metabolic change that we experience physically (birth, old age, sickness, and death) and in our minds (the forming, existing, changing and ceasing of thoughts) are what we call the wheel of rebirth. The Buddha taught that everything in the physical world (to include you and your mind) is an illusion.
We can’t go further talking about rebirth, without touching (briefly) on karma (you can read an entire article on karma here).
The word “Karma” means “deed” or “action” in the ancient Sanskrit language and is a central teaching to all schools of Buddhism, and all teachings and interpretations of the Dharma. By understanding these three things create either wholesome or unwholesome karma, you can always change it…even at deaths door. If a single movie [franchise] can somewhat explain rebirth and karma, it has to be the Terminator movies and TV series. You’re bound to hear about ghosts, hell, and animals…and that you can be reborn in any one of these! On a personal note, if we truly can be reborn as animals…I will take the life of a house cat (they have it made!). According to Buddhism, this force does not stop with the non-functioning of the body, which is death; but it continues manifesting itself in another form, producing re-existence which is called rebirth. Karma is the force that causes us to be born even if we do not want to be born and causes us to die even if we do not want to die.
For most in the Theravada tradition, Alayavijnana is treated as purely as Mahayana invention (specifically the Yogacara or Vijnanavada School), and not what the Buddha taught. According to Buddhist psychology, our consciousness is divided into eight parts, including mind consciousness (manovijnana) and store consciousness (alayavijnana). Even before agitation manifests in our mind consciousness, it is already in our store consciousness in the form of a seed. If it is not the physical body that is reborn, then what is this “compelling force” that is at the core of rebirth? Going back to the last section where we talked about the Ten Spiritual Realms, your karmic actions and influence impact rebirth while you are alive, and after you are dead. While I’m still personally undecided about recalling past lives, the Buddha did explain his past lives (as a teaching aid) in the Jataka tales.
That is why we have Buddhism, and the Buddha’s teachings, to liberate us from this endless cycle of rebirth so we can enter Nirvana. There are  Buddhists who do not believe in (or embrace) rebirth, such as some secular Buddhists (if you are a secular Buddhist, you may enjoy this article about an evaluation of rebirth), or even some Zen Buddhists. For many, however, the teaching and belief in rebirth helps them grow and understand the Buddhist teachings (to include the four noble truths and impermanence), and also provides moral guidance.
On driving home I rambled on to my husband about what the guy had said and we both decided the Buddhist way was not ours.
I have a question perhaps you could answer how do you know which realm of the 10 realms you are living in?
I don’t have anything specifically written on this (yet), but there is some great stuff out there already. Part B: This is that store consciousness (alaya vijnana) me and Ananda were talking about.
To answer your question, I’m not sure I would use the analogy of a portable hard drive. Hi Alan and thanks for sharing your thoughts and viewpoint; esp as you kept your reply commensurate with my humble analogies etc. I’m desperately trying to keep my mind open and better understand, so forgive any confusion or badly put questions. May I recommend a few of my articles that can better explain most of your questions than a short comment reply! Tibetans look very much to past lives as well (there is plenty written about this), and a great example is the Dalai Lama line…where they believe they are reborn into a new body (there are often searches and everything) and given tests, etc. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
November 27, 2011 - London Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil. He went to graduate school at Boston College, became a social worker, got married, raised four children, got elected to the Clinton Board of Selectmen and over the past years, has watched three wars unfold on his television screen. See the list below for descriptions on a wide array of places to visit and experience during your visit to the Central Texas area.
The open breath can also be an invitation, an inclusive action that comes literally from within the leader.
Research is growing here, and the cast of vocal supporters is both glittering and significant. What can we learn about someone else from how they breathe, and what lessons are there for ourselves about the effects of our own breath on others?
Both are professional voice users, and need to be aware of anything that can either affect their vocal production, or that they can actively use to affect that production, depending on the context. In these contexts, we need the feedback of an outsider to assist our consciousness of our own actions, and to point out where those actions can and do have ramifications. Such comparators can provide significant insight, opening a window into human interaction for us all to observe, learn from and use. This point has to be particularly emphasized, because a wrong notion that consciousness is sort of Self or Soul that continues as a permanent substance through life, has persisted from the earliest time to the present day. If you are hungry for power, love, and self-recognition, you live in the Preta world, or hungry ghosts. An individual is a phenomenon of existence in the same way a wave is a phenomenon of ocean.
In Buddhism, the core of rebirth is described as the alaya-vijnana (storehouse consciousness). As it comes into contact with different conditions and circumstances, it gives rise to various mental formations and actions, hence karma.
Instead of resting our hopes on being reborn in a pure land in the future, why don’t we work on transforming our world into a pure land of peace and bliss?
I am saying that it is incorrect to quote the book and then conclude from that quote that it is consciousness that does not die but takes some other shape or form. It has been often reported that some (many over the years I believe) claim through deep state hypnosis etc they recall previous life events that arguably they could not have known about? I intend to spend this weekend in thought and contemplation about all the ideas you’ve shared.
The reason is I think of it as a rabbit hole, I can for sure write something as complicated and very deep, very spirtual like what the concepts in Buddhism teach, but ultimately, it answers nothing ( in a way). Father Gabriel Amorth, who has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in the past 25 years after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II, surprised delegates at a conference by revealing his dislike for yoga and 'Harry Potter'.
Dziokonski, who was a Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps rifle company in Vietnam and a recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with a Combat "V," considers himself a strong man, a self-described curmudgeon.
Please give us a call for more information on any place you in which you would like to know more. A simple Google search throws up myriad pages of advice, articles, meditation tracks, courses, all recommended by this FTSE 100 CEO, or that Fortune 500 Director. For an actor, being able to read and interpret such body language is key, which is one reason why workshops on presentation skills are so often assisted by actors. For years this was a confusing topic for me, so my hope is this article can easily explain this important topic. If you are motivated only by thirsts of the human organism, you are existing in the world of the beast. Instead of committing all our energies to some later time, why don’t we direct our efforts toward purifying our minds and bodies right here and now in the present moment?
Like right now my state of mind has been on writing my novel, yes I have daydreamed of it becoming a success but I push it away as I don’t want to get attached to it. In other words, why would ANY human being be concerned if they (well not they, as there’s no self), rather this crop of seeds went onto to Nirvana or be used as software code in say a spider?
Karl’s question elicit a very real and crucial understanding of what is and what will.
So when he found himself at the top of a mountain crying over a dead butterfly, he knew he needed help. And yet breath is also key in other ways if we can train ourselves to be more conscious of it, its potential and its effects on ourselves and on others. However, going right back to the physical aspect of taking in and expelling air from the lungs allows the tracing of certain unconscious behaviours (like raising the shoulders when breathing) that are both personally unhelpful, and can transmit negative messages to those able to read them. The relative abundance of the good or bad karma in this giant warehouse then determines the direction of the next rebirth. I have believed that we do live on not as ourselves but our energy or consciousness change forms.


I focus on it without really attaching to an outcome, I am not even attaching to money as a payment for my writing, I just write to write. This is the force which does not die with the body, but continues, manifesting itself in another form, producing re-existence which is called rebirth. They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
And he found relief and release in a yoga program designed specifically for war veterans called Yoga Warriors International. They think that if a person walks in faith, that somehow means he will escape all adversities in life.A But when you read the New Testament, you find that the early believers and the Apostles faced many adversities. Started in Austin in 1984 as PC's Limited by Michael Dell, the company has grown into one of the largest publicly-traded companies in the world and a leader in the personal computer and computer services industry. At one level, breath can be a window into the state of mind of an individual, an indicator of high stress, a marker of relaxation, a marker of overall health and well-being. Something as simple as standing up to make that difficult phone call can make a noticeable difference, as here the posture is typically better, and the breath typically more grounded, which positively affects the timbre of the voice.
Again, both consciousness of an action and its potential are important, particularly in such positions of leadership.
In the same way, that which is reborn is not the same person, yet is not separate from the same person. I went to a sitting where a teacher guided us through meditation and talked about some lessons of Buddhism. If we are going to quote from What The Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula, then I think it is incorrect to suggest otherwise. Consciousness arises dependant on one of the six faculties, eye (optical)-ear (auditory)-tongue (gustatory)-body (tactile)-nose (olfactory)-mind (mental) and physical matter. However, a Theravada scholar (of which we were also talking about) does say how it is part of Theravada (and you will find teachers who talk about it). The company employs almost 90,000 people worldwide, with over 14,000 local employees.Dell Diamond 3400 E. It is for this reason, among many others, that so much therapeutic training (whether based on methods of yoga, Tai Chi or mindfulness) focuses on ideas around the breath. I was very intrigued as I have always been a learner and always on a spiritual path but I never was taught by a group or religion. Cimini, the founding director of Central Mass Yoga and Wellness in West Boylston, designed to alleviate the symptoms of combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder.
The devil was the one who shrewdly planned those attacks in order to stop the preaching of the Gospel. However, breath can also be used in a much more active way to influence others, and it is this side that I will be exploring over this series of short articles. This is not necessarily a criticism, as meditation is, by its very nature, focussed on the individual, but there is another angle here.
Subconscious clues perhaps that we can read as part of observing the body language of another, but clues that we might beneficially move to the conscious level, both in a perceptual and active fashion.
And Satan is still working nonstop to prevent people from stepping into the glorious plan God has designed for their lives.A There is something very encouraging about studying the strategies the devil arrayed against the early believers. Home of the Triple AAA Pacific Coast League Minor League, Round Rock Express baseball team.
The common ground here is consciousness of the breath and its nature as the starting point. Speaking on the subject of People And Religion at a fringe event at the Umbria Film Festival in Terni, Father Amorth spoke of his distaste for JK Rowling's young wizard. Enjoy Americas favorite national pasttime in an affordable, exciting, fun, family-friendly atmosphere in a modern, top-of-the-line stadium located in Eastern Round Rock.Historic Chisolm Trail and Round Rock - In 1851 a small community was formed on the banks of Brushy Creek, near a large round rock located in the middle of the creek.
In Harry Potter the Devil is at work in a cunning and crafty way, he is using his extraordinary powers of magic and evil," he said.
A man with no faith wouldna€™t have survived those attacks.a€?A Dona€™t get the impression that walking in faith removes you from all challenges. The first postmaster called the community Brushy Creek, but in 1854 the small settlement was renamed Round Rock in honor of this now famous rock. Faith just givesA you the ability toA overcome the challenges that will attempt to assail you. He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us. With PTSD, your emotions are ruled by what happened 20 or 30 years ago." Dziokonski originally took yoga to gain more flexibility. After the Civil War, Jesse Chisholm began to move cattle from South Texas through Round Rock, on the way to Abilene, Kansas. As he practiced yoga, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were unfolding a world away, but were hitting close to home for Dziokonski.
The route he established, which crossed Brushy Creek at the round rock became known as the Chisholm Trail.
This is not the first time that the 85-year-old has raised eyebrows with his forthright views, as last year he had said that the ongoing child sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church were evidence that "the Devil was at work in the Vatican". The war was in our living room," Dziokonski said, recalling the firefights that were being broadcast on the nightly news.
But the grammar used in this statement does not imply a single victory in the past, butA a continuous and abiding victory.
Grimes were both mortally wounded during a shootout that is re-enacted each year as part of the Frontier Days Celebration in July, have been preserved and remodeled and now house fine dining restaurants, art galleries, offices, etc.Old Settlers Park 2800 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, Texas 78664 Huge 570 acre sportsplex complete with 3 miles of walking-jogging trails, 20 baseball fields, 5 softball fields, 12 tennis courts, 7 soccer fields, 2 volleyball courts, professionally designed disc-golf course, 7 playgrounds, picnic areas with BBQ grills, aquatic center, and a lake with paddleboat rentals and designated fishing areas. This safe, family-friendly park further enhances Round Rocks reputation as the Sports Capital of the World.Premium Outlet Mall 4401 N.
In fact, Dziokonski had asked her to teach a class at the Worcester Veterans Center, which fellow veterans later decided to continue. More than 50 top stores and restaurants, all conveniently located to your home or office at La Frontera. Paul had obviously grabbed hold of Jesusa€™ words in John 16:33, because heA overcame everything Satan ever tried to use against him. In addition, she is the co-author of a study that will appear in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, "The Effects of Sensory Enhanced Hatha Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel." The study was done by Maj. Jon Greuel, an Air Force instructor pilot, in Kirkuk, Iraq, from November 2008 to November 2009 in collaboration with Cimini.
Forty stripeshe may give him, and not exceeda€¦.a€?A This was one of the most vicious treatments of the ancient world. She is also working with Worcester State University to study the effect of the Yoga Warrior program on military students at the university. The tortured persona€™s clothing was completely removed so he appeared before his persecutors naked.
Then the torturer would begin to lash the prisonera€™s bare body with a whip made of three long cords, one from calf hide and the other two from donkey hide.A Pieces of glass, bone, and metal were often attached to the end of the cords to make the lashing more memorable. Contour farming, planting cover crops, building stock tanks, rotating crops and planting new seed varieties reduced wind and water erosion and kept the soil intact during periods of drought. Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn is one of the local studios offering the Yoga Warriors class with a certified instructor. The torturer would hit so hard that the pieces of glass, bone, and metal would lodge into the victima€™s skin.
Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn began offering a Yoga Warriors class in September, and is open to all veterans and active-duty military personnel. Then as the cords were jerked backward for the next lash of the whip, those pieces of glass, bone, and metal would rip out significant amounts of flesh.
Dziokonski, who regularly attends a Thursday morning Yoga Warriors session, said yoga has returned to him a sense of calm, and has improved his sleep. The mission of the Pflugerville Pfarmer's Market is to bring fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community.Vendors sell locally grown produce including tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, okra, garlic, melons, peaches and grapes, artisan baked goods,honey, flowers,eggs, free-range meats, jarred salsas, pickles and jams,fruits and plants.
Many Vietnam veterans are enrolled in Yoga Warriors, and also some World War II veterans, and now Iraq War veterans. If the whip was made of three cords and Paul received thirty-nineA lashes each time, this means he received 117 lashes at each beating! Dziokonski and Cimini said the emotional impact the war has on returning veterans may not become evident until months or years later. And he went through this gruelingA exercise on five different occasions, which means 585 lashes were laid across Paula€™s upper chest,A face, back, buttocks, and legs.
IH-35, Georgetown, Texas 78628 - Hidden for 10,000 years, this fascinating underground discovery in 1963 is one of the best preserved caves in Texas and one of the few places where remains of prehistoric animals were unearthed. Explore this limestone cavern and discover beautiful examples of natures perfect artwork such as The Flowing Stone of Time, the mysterious Lake of the Moon and the intricate Soda Straw Balcony. Among the amazing variety of formations found within the cavern you will see beautiful helictites, ancient flowstones, and giant columns.
Ia€™m sure it isna€™t a beating of thirty-nine lashes, yet it may still seem overpowering and overwhelming to you. With the assistance of the Texas Historical Commission and the dedication of preservation-minded county citizens and officials, the fifth courthouse of Williamson County has been returned to its original 1911 splendor, once again becoming a focal point of the county.
The architecture of the downtown square buildings surrounding the old courthouse have been restored to its period beauty.
As you walk aroundthe town square, you can view the beautiful gingerbread features that takes us back to yesteryear.San Gabriel Park 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown, Texas 78628 - Meandering right through the very heart of Georgetown is the San Gabriel River. I am so sorry for the times Ia€™ve allowed my flesh to whine and complain when IA should have been digging in my heels and latching on to the power of the Holy Spirit.
San Gabriel Park is graced with Pecan trees and 200 year-old oak trees that offer the shade of their branches to family picnics, games of touch football or Frisbee, concerts, festivals, canoeing, swimming and fishing. For those with a little more energetic spirit, theres a new wooded 1-mile hike and bike trail that wanders along the North Fork of the San Gabriel River from San Gabriel Park to the new Rivery Park west of I-35. Resembling Bourbon Street in New Orleans, this older section of Sixth Street offers rows of shot bars, piano bars, biker bars, pubs, dance clubs, tattoo parlors, art galleries, and restaurants on both sides of the street in downtown Austin.


In the power of the Spirit and in Jesusa€™ name, I am well able to stand againstA each attack, to resist every devilish scheme that comes against me, and to maintain the victoryA of Jesus Christ in every part of my life.
Great live music of every type from well-known performers and up and coming bands alike, along with a very lively atmosphere make visiting downtown Austin a unique experience and keep . Popular events like the Austin Mardi Gras celebration, SXSW (South By Southwest Music Festival), ROT Rally (The Republic of Texas Bikers Rally), the Old Pecan Street Festival and Sixth's Street infamous Halloween celebration all make for great times with great people. Or have you allowed your flesh to moan and groan and drag you down into the language of defeat?A 2. What scriptures can you meditate on and confess daily that will take you to a higher place of victory? Why dona€™t you write those verses down and put them in a visible place where youa€™ll see them every day and be reminded to declare them over your life?A 3. With a wide range of newer, hip, chic restaurants, and more upscale clubs with rooftop decks and outdoor seating, West Sixth Street provides for a little more relaxed, yet still lively nightclub atmosphere.Esthers Follies on 6th Street - 525 E.
Can you think of any people in your life who are currently struggling with the temptation to give up in the midst of difficult circumstances? 6th St., Austin, Texas 78701 Esther's Follies began as a by-product of a pool parlor, called Esther's Pool, on East Sixth Street April Fool's Day, 1977. For more than a quarter-century, the folks at Esthers Pool have kept Austin rolling with laughter. Part magic show, part vaudeville review, part satire tour-de-force, Esthers Follies takes no prisoners, offering biting, hilarious satire on all the newsmakers and events fit to parody. The stage's huge windows look out over Sixth Street, so passersby unwittingly become part of the show. Go Thursday through Saturday, or book the theatre for a private party.Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown Ritz - 320 E.
6th St., Austin, Texas 78701 Although there are numerous locations now, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is an innovative Austin original and still Austins only independently owned and operated movie theater, offering a unique setting for dinner and a movie all in one. Located on Sixth Street in the newly remodeled former Ritz Theater, The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown offers two theaters seating 75, and 175 and is a hip combination of restaurant, bar, movie theatre, and events venue. Movies include first-runs, as well as classics, and the dinner is chef-prepared and the drinks are reasonably priced. Also check out the Rolling Roadshow (giant inflatable screen that goes on the road throughout the U.S.
It is a pretty cool concept and has created quite a huge following.Warehouse District - Downtown area bordered by Cesar Chavez St. A bit trendier and certainly more pricey, it caters to a slightly older crowd than the other downtown entertainment areas.
True to its name, the formerly old, abandoned warehouses throughout this downtown section of Austin have been renovated into concert halls, high-end retail stores, art galleries, salons, trendy steakhouses, seafood eateries, and other chic restaurants and bars such as Qua (a dance club with a live shark tank under the see-through dance floor) and Cedar Street Bar (with outdoor patios and courtyards for live music, dancing and dining). In the 1970s, Stubbs Restaurant became the heart of an explosive music scene and was ground zero for musicians like Joe Ely and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Other musicians who would play for their supper in those days included Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Robert Cray, George Thorogood, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Linda Ronstadt, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
The Lubbock location closed years ago, but the legend continues in Austin with great Texas Bar-B-Que, ice cold beer, and an indoor and outdoor concert venue featuring some of the most popular bands in music today.
The 30-acre garden is free and open to the public most days year-round and is enjoyed by over 400,000 visitors each year, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities. Theme gardens such as rose, herb and Japanese garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds. Three acres in size, Barton Springs Pool is fed from under ground springs and is on average 68 degrees year round. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited topless sunbathers who turned heads in the seventies. Even Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting his mother's relative in Austin. The pool began as a swimming hole in the Colorado River, became a resort in the 1920s, and is today a popular swimming pool operated by the City of Austin.Elizabet Ney Museum - 304 E.
In this studio, Ney sculpted the great men of frontier Texas, among them, life-sized figures of Stephen F.
Ney also assembled in this studio her earlier sculptures of European notables, among them, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, King George V of Hanover, Otto von Bismarck, Giuseppi Garibaldi, Justus von Liebig, Arthur Schopenhauer and Jacob Grimm, all cherished portraits Ney rendered from life as a as a young artist. By the turn of the century, Elisabet Ney's Hyde Park studio had become a gathering place for influential Texans drawn to the colorful character of "Miss Ney" and to the stimulating discussions of politics and ideas that took place there.
Inspired by Ney's "revolutionary" idea that art and beauty have been and can be powerful forces in the shaping of a nation as well as in individuals, these early Texans went on to found the University of Texas Art Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Fine Arts Association and museums and art schools throughout the state.
See the rainwater harvesting system, meditate on the beauty of a Hill Country stream, visit Wild Ideas: The Store, and dine at the Wildflower Caf. Dont forget your walking shoes so you can take a short hike on one of four trails, and be sure to bring your camera to photograph the award-winning architecture and beautiful blooming displays. Weekend activities include workshops and lectures on everything from gardening with natural plants to nature photography.
Few locals realize it is only a short drive of 13 miles from the capitol building, making it one of Austin's best kept secrets.Wildlife to be observed and photographed includes white-tailed deer, raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, and numerous birds. Capital Of Texas Hwy., Austin, Texas 78746 - Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve was founded in 1974 to protect 227 acres of Texas Hill Country. Come and enjoy over 3 miles of hiking trails through woodland, grassland, and streamside habitats. Wild Basin also hosts a variety of family events, concerts, adult workshops, children's and school programs.
Wild Basin's nature education programs are funded by special events, memberships, corporate donations and grants. Trail maps are available at the Environmental Education Center or at kiosks at either trailhead. A Segway Tour is an exciting and unique approach to viewing historical landmarks, local businesses, and captivating attractions. Informative guides will lead you on an intriguing journey full of facts and entertainment through downtown Austin to the Texas State Capital.Lone Star Riverboat Cruises - Located on Lady Bird Lake (formally Town Lake) in downtown Austin, Texas. Experience the exhilaration of the outdoors, the abundant waterfowl, our ever changing city skyline and the natural beauty that is Austin. Hewanted to share that beauty with the town he loved,so he openeda canoe rental business on the banks of the creek, just downstream from Barton Springs. He and his wife, Dorothy,and their four-year-old daughter rented out theirnine canoes on weekends while Howard worked for the Texas Park and Wildlife Department. Together they built the business to the environmentally friendly and family oriented establishment that it is today. With over100 canoes and kayaks and reasonable prices, Zilker Park Boat Rentals is the perfect place to bring friends and family to enjoy a relaxing outing on the water. But if you're looking for a pleasant, mostly flat, walk, jog, or bike ride with several excellent views of downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake, then the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail may fit the bill for you.The Ann W.
Richards Congress Avenue Bridge - (formerly known simply as the Congress Avenue Bridge) crosses over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.
The bridge was known as the Congress Avenue Bridge from the construction of the first span across the Colorado River at that location in the late 19th century until November 16, 2006, when the Austin City Council renamed the current bridge in honor of the late Ann W. The bridge is a concrete arch bridge, with three southbound and three northbound vehicle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge.
The bridge is currently home to the world's largest urban Mexican Free-Tailed Bat colony and hosts large crowds of Austinites gathered for bat watching at sunset throughout the Spring and Summer months.Long Center for the Performing Arts - 701 W. Palmer (Municipal) Auditorium, built in 1959 on the shores of Town Lake, was recently renovated into a multi-venue community performing arts center.
It is one of Austin's most vibrant and innovative arts organizations and Central Texas' oldest professional theatre.The Broken Spoke - 3201 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78704 - Texas' most definitive legendary dance hall built in 1964.
If you're ever in Austin, stop by for an ice-cold Lone Star longneck and some traditional country music by some "real" country musicians.The Spoke has some of Austin's very best local talent such as Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Gary P.
Nunn, Sam and Son, better known as The Geezinslaw Brothers, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Derailers, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Chris Wall, and Dale Watson just to name a few. Some of the old time country music legends that have played The Spoke include Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Hank Thompson, Tex Ritter, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Grandpa Jones, Willie Nelson and George Strait. While most of these stars are no longer around, Willie still stops in for chicken fried steak.
When it was completed in 1888, it was claimed to be the seventh largest building in the world.
Some 1,000 men (mostly convicts) worked every day for four years at the height of the project.
It cost $3,744, 600 to build and was funded funded through an article in the state constitution, adopted February 15, 1876, which authorized the sale of public lands for the purpose. In one of the largest barter transactions in recorded history, the builders of the capitol were paid with over three-million acres of public land in the Texas panhandle.
This tract later became the largest cattle ranch in the world, the XIT Ranch, covering ten counties (The XIT brand stands for 10 in Texas). The building has been renovated many times, with central air conditioning installed in 1955 and the most recent refurbishments completed in 1997. It was built in 1854, designed by prominent architect Abner Cook in Greek Revival style, and has been the home of every Texas governor since 1856. The mansion is the oldest continuously inhabited house in Texas and fourth oldest governor's mansion in the United States that has been continuously occupied by a chief executive. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and further was declared a U.S.
On June 8, 2008, while midway through a major renovation, the mansion was heavily damaged by a four-alarm fire believed to be arson.



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