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I Write & Publish Books For Inquisitive Minds, Like Yours!

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UPDATE: I am very honored to receive this award. Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

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Welcome, Hola, and Yá'át'ééh to my Online Bookstore!

The genre I write & publish represents subject matter intended to entertain, engage, and enlighten readers. Most of my published works take readers on a literary sojourn to the American Southwest, featuring a plethora of National Parks, Nation Monuments, State and Tribal Parks, and archeological ruins villages long ago abandoned by the Anasazi Culture who were the first people to settle in sectors of the Colorado Plateau Province (also known as “The 4 Corners region” of the Southwest)

For nearly fifty years, I have lived, learned, and explored what has to be the planet’s most awesome landscape of scenic diversity. I also write about other subject matter. For instance, Antarctica and the Emperor Penguins; rez dogs (strays on Indian Reservations); a harrowing plane crash (my own); S.T.E.M. education (aeronauti…

IDYLL: From the Aerie

One of my longer prose compositions (1 hour) based on eco-cosmology and narrated by the world famous Shakespearean director, author and lecturer, Sir Ronald Watkins (from Harrow-on-the-Hill, England). Be sure to read the additional program notes for more salient background details about the compositions, as well as the narrator.

MUSIC VIDEO

Ballad of John Wesley Powell

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Here is a music video that I created about the explorer extraordinaire John Wesley Powell (March 24, 1834 – September 23, 1902). He was famous for the Powell Geographic Expedition in 1869, which was a trip down the Green and Colorado rivers, including the first official passage through the Grand Canyon.

John Wesley Powell Music Video
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Additional Resources
Wikipedia
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A Grand Gulch

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Name
GRAND GULCH PRIMITIVE AREA

State
Utah

Lat/Long
37.4583° N, -110.0840° W

Geography
Southeast Utah. San Juan County. Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge region. Closet City or Town: Monticello; Blanding. Cedar Mesa Plateau extends from Elk Ridge in the north, Comb Wash to the east, the gorge of the San Juan River to the south, and Grand Gulch to the west, encompassing an area of over 400 square miles (1,036 km²).

Spotlight
A captivating prehistoric archaeological setting extending 52 miles (83 km) from this prominent mesa to the San Juan River. Hiking and backpacker's haven. Sedimentary geology country and idea for settlement and dwellings. Focus: archaeological ruins, human history (Basketmaker Era), and hiking.

Snapshot
Under the auspices of the BLM, Grand Gulch Primitive Area includes a nexus of canyons replete with ruins and rock art. There are numerous trails, as well as surfaced and unpaved roads for scenic driving. The gulch itself is accessible only on foot or horseback (though restr…

The Castle of Montezuma

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Name
MONTEZUMA CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT

State
Arizona

Lat/Long
34.6116° N, 111.8350° W

Geography
Central Arizona. Yavapai County. Closet City or Town: Sedona; Camp Verde. Area: 1,658 acres (6.70 km²). Verde Valley just below the southern axis to where begins the Colorado Plateau (in this sector, Sedona).


Spotlight
Cliff dwellers. Sinagua culture, not Montezuma (the Mexican Emperor). The verdant Verde Valley. Perennial water source. Focus: human history, archaeological cliff ruins and the elixir of dry country––water. Namely, Montezuma's Well.

Snapshot
Established as a national monument in 1906, Montezuma Castle's cliff dwellings were built by a pre-Columbian people sometime around 700. Known as the Sinagua (a Spanish derivative meaning without water), their cultural group occupied a ranging area in central Arizona between the Little Colorado River and the Salt River (between present-day Flagstaff and Phoenix). Their territory includes the Verde Valley and significant portions of th…

Keeper of the Skye

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SKYE KEEP and the novel’s lengthy subtitle is entirely suggestive. Thus, multifaceted. This human interest story (and some might say a literary and veritable soap opera) is based on real events and real people, the latter names changed and for obvious reasons. (When reading the novel, this latter comment will begin to make sense!) The storyline mainly takes place in a quaint Rocky Mountain hamlet due west of Denver. The year is 1983, which marks the time Lux Alleman, the principal of the story, returns to Denver after living in Paris, France. But then came an unexpected breakup with his girlfriend, Shannon, a med student in Denver.After his one-year residence, and anticipating her arrival over the Christmas holidays, he gave up the ghost so to say and returned to Colorado a thoroughly disenfranchised soul. Dismayed and perplexed given the present and the future, Lux wasn’t sure where he would find his missing pieces. Indee…

Flying Lessons

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FLYING LESSONS, (Volume I “Repercussions of an Ill-Fated Flight” and Volume II “The Aftermath”) is a lifelike novel written in four parts whose dramatic and multi-faceted chronicle of events takes place a little over a year’s passing. And yet, how many of us have lived a seeming lifetime in the context of a relatively brief span? Given the novel’s introspective account, for Lux Carey, the principal, this statement accurately describes a slow passage of his mid-30’s life that narrows its focus to days, even hours. Therefore, not just a couple of years that encapsulates the main circumstances during this most exacting period. Presented with the backstory entailing the two other principals are Lux’s wife, JoHanna, and Walt Sivaad, Lux’s best friend, mentor, and flight instructor. Ultimately, their entanglement evolves into a restive and diffident ambiance each must deal with, including Lux’s former optimistic outlook on life t…

Viva El Zorro!

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Here is a novel screenplay Joe Maness, my friend and co-author of our S.T.E.M. projects, wrote and I did some editing and feedback. A very clever and singular narrative indeed. Now we all know Zorro, as a seeming fictional literary legend, doesn’t have to always be a male. In fact, there are lots of male and female heroes acting in such ways. Wait until you get to meet Carmen (Zorro) in this story. You are going to love her and the bad guys are going to fear for their lives and safety.

In this tale of redemption, a contemporary superhero has the huevos to try and take down a mass–murdering techno–terrorist. This action–packed adventure follows the proud young ancestor of the original de la Vega family who now lives in the 21st century. Viva El Zorro!
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21st Century Zorro Screenplay
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