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An Uncompromising Explorer

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AN UNCOMPROMISING EXPLORER––Major John Wesley Powell (A Proxy Play in Four Acts). The basis of the text relates the legacy of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Green and Colorado River expedition, though presented in an innovative way. Namely, a play that features four principal performers. The performance compares Powell’s embellished version of the ordeal with the two diarists who served under his command, Jack Sumner and George Bradley. Because there are notorious flaws in Powell’s published chronicle that blatantly telescoped two different river expeditions, the diarists reveal another version of the story, especially Bradley’s more telling (read, “truthful” and “insightful”) perspective. Relevant historical background encompassing the Powell saga will also be addressed by William Bass, a late 19th-century prospector and pioneer who serves in the capacity of a Greek Chorus. The aim of the text is reexamining aspects about a stu…

Grand Canyon: An Interpretive Rim-to-River Guided Tour

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GRAND CANYON: An Interpretive Rim-to-River Guided Tour (Book I & II) is a factual and comprehensive text written in the guise of an educational tour de force. Providing all the relevant subject matter of the Grand Canyon (see below for a table of contents), this two-volume treatise is an expansion of another work I wrote and published: GRAND CANYON: A Rim-to-River Time Machine. The main difference between the two is the larger treatise takes the reader into the deep interior of the canyon. Thus, providing essential trail descriptions and information about some of the Grand Canyon’s numerous routes from the rim to the river.

For those who are not only interested reading and comprehending the many facets of the canyon’s process of creation but also hiking into the canyon, the Interpretive Rim-to-River Guided Tour’s subject matter is presented in an easy to read and comprehending writing style. Apart from the general inf…

A City in the Sky

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Name
MESA VERDE

State
Colorado

Lat/Long
37.2309° N, 108.4618° W

Geography
Southwest Colorado. Montezuma County. Closet City or Town: Mancos; Cortez; Durango. Area: 52,121.93 acres (210 km²). Over a distance of about 11 miles (18 km), the elevation in the park changes from about 8,570 feet (2,612 m) above sea level at Point Lookout to roughly 6,800 feet (2070 m) on Chapin Mesa near the southern edge of the park.

Spotlight
Viewed from afar, a stunning, iconic village in the sky. The Southwest's finest and most celebrated cliff palaces. More domiciles (chambers) per square mile than anywhere else in the Southwest. Could be construed as the first “gated community.” Distinct T-shaped design for dwellings, whose hallmark possibly indicates a social identity, and perhaps a cult or ceremonial faction. Focus: human history, ruins, and geology.

Snapshot
Established 1906, Mesa Verde NP occupies 80.4 square miles (208 km²) of high mesa terrain. The Spanish origin of the name means “green table.” T…

The House of Aztec

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Name
AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL PARK

State
New Mexico
Lat/Long 36.8372° N, 108.0001° W

Geography
Western New Mexico. San Juan County. Closet City or Town: Aztec; Farmington; Bloomfield. Area: 318 acres (1.2 km²). Halfway point between Chaco Canyon (65 miles/104 km) headed south and Mesa Verde (40 miles/64 km) to the northwest.
Spotlight
After Chaco, this archaeological site was the second largest settlement of the Ancestral Puebloans and the most concentration population and architecture. Designed and built not too long after the nearby Salmon site. Represents the next architectural floor plan in an intended series of future settlements (of a similar model). An important Chacoan outlier and an outstanding walled village. The Great House constructed here mirrors so-called downtown Chaco. The Aztec site was designed to match Chaco’s exact square footage. Dwellings are all angled toward and away from another, just like Chaco’s Great Houses. All were elevated around one another in a similar manner …

House on Dargue Hill Enigma 8

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HOUSE ON DARQUE HILL –– A Psychological, Existential Thriller & Mystery
by  Richard Kerry Holtzin © 2019
ENIGMA 7 | TABLE OF CONTENTS | ENIGMA 9
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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 VIII
ABANDONMENT?
"All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil." (Benjamin Disraeli)
What seemed to be the last r…

The Anasazi

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Abstract
This 15-volume miniseries features the most celebrated culture of the Colorado Plateau Province, the so-named Ancestral Puebloans. Because this comprehensive anthology is divided into specific subtopics, there are overlapping details in some of the volumes. Written in the guise of an encyclopedia, the reader determines which topics to read or ignore. The authenticity of this historical work is based on reliable interpretative research correlating to a standard endorsed by the National Park Service. Written for adults, the titles of the volumes are as follows: An Encapsulated Primer; a Georitual Landscape; the Utility of Pottery; Rock Art Intro to Archaeoastronomy; Chaco Canyon Archaeoastronomy; Archeological Benchmarks; Cannibalism in the Southwest; the Great Drought and Diaspora; the Puebloans; Hopi People; Zuñi People; a Time Machine Excursion; and the Colorado Plateau.

As a retired educator and instructor for the…

Fire in the Valley

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Name
VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK

State
Nevada

Lat/Long
36.4855° N, 114.5313° W

Geography
Located 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Las Vegas (Overton), at an elevation of 2,000–2,600 feet. Abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the Virgin River confluence, measuring a 4 by 6-mile basin (6.4 - 9.6 km).

Spotlight
Sometimes mistaken for Utah’s Valley of the Gods, Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park is quite a ways from the Colorado Plateau, and with an entirely different geologic setting. Displays red sandstones exposed beneath the Sevier fold-thrust belt, where older rocks of Cambrian age (about 500 million years old) were pushed sideways on a so-called thrust fault over younger rocks (Jurassic, about 160 million years old) of the Aztec Sandstone. The sandstone was laid down in a colossal, long-lived sandy desert like today's Sahara or Arabia. The red color is from the presence of iron oxides in the sand. Focus: geology and human history.

Snapshot
The Valley of Fire derives its name fr…

House On Darque Hill Enigma 7

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HOUSE ON DARQUE HILL –– A Psychological, Existential Thriller & Mystery
by  Richard Kerry Holtzin © 2019
ENIGMA 6 | TABLE OF CONTENTS | ENIGMA 8
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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 VII
FIRST VIEW OF DARK HILL
"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it opposes."
(Carl Jung)
Half-asleep or half-…