Bill Swartz Crossing America for Charity Stops By Roadrunner Emporium & Fine Arts Gallery, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico

Dateline: Alamogordo, New Mexico, June 8, 2021

In case you missed the jovial guy on a bike zipping around Alamogordo yesterday, you missed a man of commitment and compassion.

Meet Mike Swartz. While some people have sat back and complained during this dark period of Covid-19 and the new awakening as we come out of it, there are some individuals that didn’t just sit back in self pity but some individuals set a goal and a path forward to help the greater good of their community and followed through on that path forward in enlightenment and action.A view of Bill Swartz journey 

Mike Swartz is one of those individuals. He is bicycling across America from Harbor New Jersey to San Diego to raise awareness and funds for charity.  His solo ride of about 4000 miles in total down the east coast and across the country is to raise money for Bell Socialization Services which began in 1966 as “The Bell Club,” a social gathering for people being discharged from local psychiatric hospitals into the greater York, PA community.  Created with support of the York chapter of Mental Health America and a financial donation from the York Jaycees, early Bell programs included meals and activities hosted by churches and organizations such as the Catholic Women’s Club, the Jewish War Veteran’s Auxilliary, the Jaycees Wives, etc., as well as dances, presentations, and outings.

The organization then engaged to enrich mental health services, in 1977, programs were also added to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities , and in 1986, the agency added shelter services to meet the needs of York County’s homeless families.

Over the years Bell services continued to evolve and expand and, today, about 2,500 people are served each year through dozens of programs offering an array of housing and basic living supports, guided by our Vision, Mission, & Values. Many Bell programs are licensed and/or accredited to meet strict standards of quality care. With more than 50 properties throughout York and Adams counties, people using Bell services are an integral part of the greater community.

You can follow along the remaining parts of Mr. Swartz journey and read his commentary and blog over his encounters along the way ata variety of social media pages which are  devoted to this bicycle ride. ‍ You’ll see photos, video clips and stories about my experiences and the interesting folks I meet as I bicycle across America.
* FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/coasttocoastbicycleride/
* INSTAGRAM: @billswartz3
* WEBSITE for this COASTtoCOASTbicycleride: www.thisclearbluesky.com

We were fortunate to meet this jovial man at Roadrunner Emporium on New York Avenue yesterday. He explained his journey and his passion and moved us with his experiences.

Mr Swartz said he was attracted to the street and to come into Roadrunner Emporium as he heard John a Lennon’s famous “Imagine” being coming from the Emporium and he knew from that inspiring sound he had to check out the Emporium and the historic New York Avenue. Proving once again “music unites us.”Artist Dalia Lopez Halloway and Author Chris Edwards Photographed by Bill Swartz on His Journey

His journey reminds us all that there are good people out there, not just sitting back but taking action from the darkness to bring light to causes and issues that are important to the community and the nation at large.

Humanity is out there if we just keep our eyes open and look for it. Good luck Mr. Swartz.

And to make a donation to the charity follow the link attached:

https://gofund.me/5b660142

To learn more about the charity he is supporting visit:

https://bellsocialization.com/aboutbell/

To see a FOX News Clip on his journey visit The Fox 43 TV news  affiliates video clip that gives a good overview of this coast to coast bicycle ride fundraiser and the charity for which I’m riding:

https://www.fox43.com/mobile/article/news/local/york-county-man-biking-across-the-country-to-raise-money-for-bell-socialization/521-0da649dc-48bb-4053-a4c2-7dde9b59e747?fbclid=IwAR2XGpbTP1JN_RCTKU3wJLQ2VorxOqTvSRc3x8EIwn98XCMLIuTqHD9Q6

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Congratulations to the New Owner in Southern New Mexico of Artist Rene Sepulveda’s Newest Root Art Creation – Tree Root Art by Rene Sepulveda

Rootart Root Art – by Fitness Coach & Artist Rene Sepulveda

Root art, tree root art or treeroot art, rootart by Fitness Coach & Artist Rene Sepulveda reaches both above and below ground as deep as they please, roots can symbolize our personal growth.  A recent designed selection was crafted specifically for a home owner in New Mexico and sold for $2250. Congratulations to the new owner of a one of a kind piece of work that arrived and was showcased with a letter of authenticity as unique and one of a kind by Artist Rene Sepulveda of 2nd Life Boutique and Gallery located at the Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo New Mexico.

Tree Root Art ROOTART helps to convey themes of security and stability, symbolizing the need to stay grounded so we remain safe.

What is the origin of Root Art?

The root of a plant, of course, is the part that usually grows underground, secures the plant in place, absorbs minerals and water, and stores food manufactured by leaves and other plant parts. Roots grow in a root system and as such can be seen as reaching, thus inspiring and artistic in design.

Native artist, Tibetan artist and few others believe in the essence of the root system, the beauty, and the symbolism  to the complexities of personal growth and being grounded to craft works of natural beauty. 

Art comes from Latin –Artem ‘skill’ that usually refers to the quality or expressions of what is beautiful or of great significance. For instance, the word artefact refers to an object of cultural interest made by a human being.

Thus ROOT ART is the combination of the wood from the natural root system combined with a skilled artists ability to combine color, texture and designs into a masterpiece that is eye catching and alludes to the grace of nature.  

Fitness Coach & Artist; Rene Sepulveda has developed a method of selecting interesting and entertaining root systems, combining them with color, texture, and the elements of nature.

Root art in the garden:

Garden design with unique root art decorations can impress and amaze. Garden design ideas recycling dead tree roots look creative and surprising. Artworks and unusual containers for flowers made of tree roots personalize yard landscaping ideas, bringing a lyrical mood, or stimulating a playful atmosphere in beautiful gardens.

Many works of rootart and some pieces of rootart of Rene Sepulveda have been showcased in print media.

The most famous and largest root garden is located in the UK and is owned by Prince Charles. You can create your own beautiful garden design with root art and decorations to add character, unique shapes and spectacular centerpieces to your fabulous yard landscaping ideas.

Rene Sepulveda’s passion for color, textures and design blended with, an idea of fitness when practical into the design element, is the key to his vision of artistic expression. Fitness equipment and space can be exciting, vibrant and colorful. The integration of color, textures and design into a fit lifestyle of living are important to his creations. 

His designs have been critically acclaimed for their “colorlicious styling.” Some of his artwork and designs are  are showcased at the Second  Life Gallery at Roadrunner Emporium, on New York Avenue in Alamogordo, New Mexico and are available online. 

Rene Sepulveda is credited with starting the “colorlicious styling & textured design’s” trend in home and patio decor.

2nd Life Media also showcases the visual displays and photography of Author & Executive Coach Chris Edwards  

Guest artists and authors showcased include Martin Durand and  Dr. Quynh Tonnu

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/2ndLifeBoutiqueStore

or learn more and visit

https://2ndlifemedia.com/second-life-gallery

A Celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month (A Window Display RootArt Root Art by RENEFIT Fitness Coach & Artist Rene Sepulveda & Executive Coach, Author & Design Artist Chris Edwards)

Window display celebrating Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving at the Roadrunner Emporium, 2nd Life Gallery, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo New Mexico

The commissioned window display crafted by Rootart (root art) artist Rene Sepulveda and Author and Collaborating Artist Chris Edwards celebrates Native American culture and its intersection to our Thanksgiving, a celebration of the harvest and the earth.

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. We invite you to commemorate this special month right here in New Mexico, home to 23 pueblos, tribes, and nations and more than 1,000 years of Native culture by viewing our educational window display.

On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The idea of giving thanks is central to Native heritage and culture, and Thanksgiving is simply a chance to appreciate the good things of life like family, community, and the riches of the land.

Long before settlers arrived, Native tribes celebrated the harvest and the gift of Mother Earth’s abundance. Native American spirituality, both traditionally and today, emphasizes gratitude for creation, care for the environment, and recognition of the human need for communion with nature and others.

Thanksgiving as a holiday originates from the Native American philosophy of giving without expecting anything in return. In the first celebration of this holiday, the Wampanoag tribe not only provided the food for the feast, but also the teachings of agriculture and hunting (corn, beans, wild rice, and turkey are some specific examples of foods introduced by Native Americans.

This window display represents an appreciation for the lessons of Native Americans and their contributions to the celebration of Thanksgiving and the communion with nature and humanity it represents.

Created in collaboration by Rene Sepulveda and myself and commissioned for Debra Reyes and her Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo New Mexico in honor of all of our families united in our quest for a safe, healthy, beautiful and bountiful Thanksgiving season. Thank you Quynh Giao Tonnu and Mary Sittle for your contributions and inspiration. The Gallery showcases over 40 artist and celebrate the abundance of the harvest this season.

to learn more visit 2ndLifeMedia – Tree Root Art Rootart, Tree Root Art Rootart, Print Media, Rootart Treeroot Art by Fitness Coach & Artist Rene Sepulveda | 2ndLifeMedia