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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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A Grand Gulch

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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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Ballad of Chief Joseph

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Chief Joseph
Here is a music video that I created about the venerable Chief Joseph (March 3, 1840 - September 21, 1904). He was the leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain band of Nez Perce tribe.

The U.S. government broke a land treaty with the Nez Perce, forcing the group from their homes in Wallowa Valley. When he surrendered to U.S. General Nelson A. Miles in the Bear Paw mountains of Montana, Chief Joseph famously declared:
“Hear me, my chiefs: My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” He was a great man who only wanted to raise his family in peace. He honored the treaty and

All the music was composed and performed by yours truly.

Chief Joseph Music Video
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November Musings

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NOVEMBER MUSINGS (Poetic Paean to an Aging Autumnal Season) depicts the process and reality of Nature, where the subject is perceived through the eye of the observer. Here, the two phases of objectivity and subjectivity collide as synthesis issues. Hence, another way of perceiving the world, but, in this case, Nature’s changing temperament on a late November day marking the near end of the autumnal season. At this time of the year, November is also my favorite month. For me, there is something special about this change of season more than at any other time of the year. For those who see and sense the interconnectedness web of life, as well as being in touch with an ultra reality beyond the mundane view, this narrative realizes the micro view within the macro. This lengthy poetic narrative invites the reader into personal woolgathering and musings centered entirely on a serendipitous outdoor adventure into the countryside. …

Nature and the Self

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A TREATISE OF NATURE AND THE SELF:  Surrender, Solitude & Synergy
Abstract: Encapsulated in a mere twenty-four hours, there are moments when time seems to stop; at least slowing down to the point, each passing minute seems like hours. There is also another peculiar and coinciding sensation when one senses something unusual occurs: in some inexplicable way that which we watch and experience also watches us! At times, the subtlety of these experience is utterly transformational whose profound effect on our senses denotes where the objective melds with the subjective. Nature, therefore, is personified to the nth degree and countless levels and layers beyond the usual ken of reasoning. In all Her varieties, Nature does indeed serve as a reminder for all of us to stop and pay closer attention to unfolding process and reality. Indeed, in the earthly’s plane space-time continuum we are all spectators for as long as our breath l…