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House on Darque Hill Enigma 6

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HOUSE ON DARQUE HILL –– A Psychological, Existential Thriller & Mystery
by  Richard Kerry Holtzin © 2019
ENIGMA 5 | TABLE OF CONTENTS | ENIGMA 7
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Backstory: The novel was drawn from a short story I wrote in the mid-1980s entitled “SKYE KEEP.” The longer subtitle reads: A Quirkish Novel about a Haunted House, a Charming Cat, Romance in the Rockies, the Georgetown Loop Railroad, and Small-Town Politics” (For the synopsis, view this URL: https://amzn.to/2Vbr1BH A larger rough draft of the manuscript followed years later.) Feel free to add any comments whatsoever, including grammar tips (which I have not edited this draft for such). Instead, the draft is the last one that I wrote before editing. Now, of course, maybe the commentator will make such suggestions. Sure would be helpful!
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Enigma VI
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
"After your death you will be what you were before your birth." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
The remoteness of this high country landscap…

The Real Golden Arches

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Name
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

State
Utah

Lat/Long
38.7331° N, 109.5925° W

Geography
East-Central Utah. Grand County. Closet City or Town: Moab. Area: 76,358.98 acres; 119 square miles (308 km²).

Spotlight
This landscape has more arches than any other place on the planet! Primal salt evaporates is what eventually gave way to a wondrous and tilted topography showcasing the sandstone marvels. Delicate Arch is the most famous landmark in the inventory. Hot, dry summers and temperate winters usually free of snowfall accumulations. Ideal year-round national park to visit. Focus: geology, natural and human history

Snapshot
Arches NP’s landscape boasts meticulous geologic formations featuring a plethora of engaging arches. Most are ginormous. The blueprint of nature to create an arch requires critical development in the process: ideal materials (where sandstone works best), erosion (the wind and water), location of the arch, and timing in the millions of years. While the park’s numerous spires, balanc…

Food Awareness and Sustainability

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FOOD AWARENESS & SUSTAINABILITY: Debating Dietary Preferences That Abet or Mar the Environment simulates an animated story where nine friends meet for dinner at a posh Tucson restaurants. Each favors a different dietary preference and discuss their reasons for what they enjoy eating. Given the subtitle of the story, part of the story’s narrative entails what people also consume relates to the environment, spirituality, ecology, wellness, and how some food choices are not only harmful to the environment, but also to meat entrees related to the meat-processing industries. The discussion is, therefore, energetic, but not preachy. Instead, the narrative provides an overview of dietary choices, with emphasis on the vegan and vegetarian diet since both are eco-friendly. Included in this large work are addenda related to human anatomy and how certain food choices are indeed harmful to one’s health. 258 pages.

Genre: di…

Batman and the Side Kick

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You will need a brand new box of tissues for this video:
Doctor asked a child (his patient) with cancer what his dream was, the child answered it was to know Batman. The doctor dressed up the superhero's clothes and made the child's dream come true. If this is not to love the profession, tell me what it is...  pic.twitter.com/mdUjcD7K8q — Ale Zapata (@AleZ2016) March 25, 2019 ::

The Underground Kingdom

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Name
CARLSBAD CAVERNS

State
New Mexico

Lat/Long
32.1479° N, 104.5567° W

Geography
Southeast New Mexico. Eddy County. Closet City or Town: Artesia; Carlsbad. In the shadow of the Guadalupe Mountains (8,749 feet/ 2,656 m), on a plateau at the south side of Walnut Canyon. Entrance is 18 miles (29 m) southwest of Carlsbad. Area: 46,765 acres (73 square miles/189 km²).

Spotlight
Take me to the bat cave! (But Batman doesn’t live here, just zillions of bats and caves, galore!) A subterranean haven of colossal chambers called “rooms.” But refrain from touching any spectacles on display!. Carlsbad is one of the premier limestone caverns in North America; also premier for an exhilarating evening bat show (in season). Focus: geology, human history, and bat ecology.

Snapshot Carlsbad Caverns, “The Show Cave Tour,” begins rather dramatically in the Underground Lunchroom some 750 feet (230 m) below the entrance. Approximately two-thirds of the park has been set aside as a wilderness and preserves a frag…

House on Darque Hill Enigma 5

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HOUSE ON DARQUE HILL –– A Psychological, Existential Thriller & Mystery
by  Richard Kerry Holtzin © 2019
ENIGMA 4 | TABLE OF CONTENTS | ENIGMA 6
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Backstory: The novel was drawn from a short story I wrote in the mid-1980s entitled “SKYE KEEP.” The longer subtitle reads: A Quirkish Novel about a Haunted House, a Charming Cat, Romance in the Rockies, the Georgetown Loop Railroad, and Small-Town Politics” (For the synopsis, view this URL: https://amzn.to/2Vbr1BH A larger rough draft of the manuscript followed years later.) Feel free to add any comments whatsoever, including grammar tips (which I have not edited this draft for such). Instead, the draft is the last one that I wrote before editing. Now, of course, maybe the commentator will make such suggestions. Sure would be helpful!
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Enigma V
AN IMMINENT CRASH?
"Never was anything great achieved without danger." (Niccolo Machiavelli)
Given an impending and expedient opportunity to flee from…

Glen Canyon Before Lake Powell

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GLEN CANYON BEFORE LAKE POWELL, subtitled It Wasn’t Nice To Drown A Lady!––relates a narrative of the most pristine canyon in the Southwest whose interior habitat was inundated by the deep waters of Lake Powell, starting in the late 1960s. Hence, a quiet, remote canyon abode most people never visited before today’s Glen Canyon National Recreation Area opened its tours to mega-millions of tourist. Thus, canyon environs turned aquatic playground. Accordingly, the Glen Canyon-Lake Powell oasis in the Great Basin Desert sector of southeast Utah is what some visitors assume is the original design of nature. The fact is, Glen Canyon denotes the second-longest canyon initiated and carved by the Colorado River and later eroded over millions of years. It follows how there are two Glen Canyons: the original template of nature, then much later in time this finely sculptured masterpiece of nature was deemed suitable for a basin and sto…

A Destination Hit

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Name
METEOR CRATER

State
Arizona

Lat/Long
35.0278° N, 111.0222° W
Geography
East-Central Arizona. Navajo County. About 43 miles (69 km) east of Flagstaff (Exit 233, I-40). Closet City or Town: Winslow. High desert country at an elevation of about 5,709 feet (1,740 m) above sea level.


Spotlight
Not a National Monument or a State Park (but would desire such a protective status). Cavernous (so-called impact) crater made by a cosmic visitor’s sudden noisy and fiery arrival. Quartz-bearing rocks severely shocked by extreme heat and overpressure. A private enterprise site hoping to get funded and protected. Focus: recent human history, speculation, meteorites, and geology.

Snapshot
Some 50,00 years ago a large meteorite slammed into the landscape (the future State of Arizona). The impact left a gaping saucer-shaped crater 3,900 feet (1,200 m) in diameter, some 570-feet deep (170 m), and surrounded by a rim that rises 148 feet (45 m) above the surrounding plains. I was a great big noise in tandem…