All of My Published Books
Surrender, Solitude and Synergy
(112 pages 7 X 10 format)
The title of this book of prose and pictorial imagery conveys a transformational experience of the so-named “Higher Self” and vividly described throughout a 24-hour day’s outing to a lofty aerie overlooking a landscape of changing color, lighting and migrating shadows. Later, darkness arrives and is enhanced by an awe-inspiring glowing cosmos, taking the reader to yet another realm of an alluring awareness: What we observe also observes us! Given all of Nature’s manifestations, the purpose of the author’s sojourn is reflection and reverence for the pageantry of the life process. Thus, a transformational, subjective experience where the viewer melds with objective reality, both the seen and unseen. Included in this modest-size narrative are black and white photos and illustrations.
ADVENTURES IN SPACE:
A High School S.T.E.M. Laboratory Textbook
(co-published 176 pages 8 X 11 format)
Joe Maness and I published this textbook for his High School students studying mathematics. Using an innovative S.T.E.M. template geared to aerospace and astronautics, the letters signify Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The methodology of this teaching tool and paradigm is easily the most innovative means to illuminate these four disciplines in a refreshing new way, even hardcore mathematics! As some people are aware, studying mathematics can be intimidating for some students, especially in the higher grade levels. With our concept, however, a creative teaching and learning methodology is possible. Moreover, helping Joe with some of his classes (I was both a substitute teacher and educator assistant) and using Adventures in Space S.T.E.M. concepts did the proverbial trick. Ergo, difficult math concepts made easy in a so-called Title 1 Albuquerque, NM schools. Thus, the poorer lot who excelled in Joe’s classes.
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(375 pages 7 X 10 format)
Many people who know the legendary chronicle about the legendary explorer, Major John Wesley Powell whose adventurous and inaugural explorations of the canyon country carved by the Green and Colorado rivers (1869 and 1871). The former Civil War hero and his men were also the first to navigate through the entire Great Unknown, which he later aptly named: the Grand Canyon. Upon his return to Washington, D.C., his ‘uncompromising’ reputation as an uncompromising expedition leader was not only questioned but also tarnished. Thus, America’s river-running paladin and touted explorer of the West was challenged by some of the crew who were on the first expedition. Accordingly, the account presented in An Uncompromising Explorer reveals a differing historical version and perspective using the novel format of a proxy on-stage performance. In short, a telling chronicle recited to an imaginary audience and elucidated by Major Powell and two of his 1869 crewmen, John Sumner and George Bradley (notably, referred to as the three diarists).
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(596 pages 7 X 10 format)
My first meeting with these striking and the tallest penguins of their species, the ‘Emperors,’ was in the 1960s. Visiting their singular frozen world, Antarctica, that droll and pleasant introduction remains a vivid memory to this day. Many years later, the novel I wrote depicts a fictional saga of a penguin colony returning to their homeland rookery that is starting to collapse, which parallels ongoing global climatic change. Thus, the catalyst of the narrative and a plucky penguin family who set out to discover the cause and concern for the survival of their species. The perilous adventure will have you cheering for their survival against all odds.
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(766 pages 7 X 10 format)
(646 pages 7 X 10 format)
A planned 3,000-mile barnstormer cross-country flight in a 2-seat vintage aircraft turns nearly fatal for one of two pilots. Lux’s best friend and flight instructor, Walt, sat in the rear, who also crashed the airplane later that afternoon. On the first day of a planned two-week outing. After a harrowing rescue late in the evening, Lux arrived at the hospital DOA but was revived. Given the extent of his critical injuries, and followed by a year’s convalescence (physical and psychological), the ill-fated flight had changed everything in both of their lives. As a challenging consequence, a new criterion (by way of a spiritual transformation) unfolds in this multi-faceted narrative based on a true story. As Lux later wrote and published in the novel, “My fall from wings meant I eventually renounced everything and everyone in my life of success; that is, based on a lifestyle I once enjoyed. Thus, I had to reinvent myself anew. Eventually reborn into a secular new life and divorced, Walt, who removed me from the wreckage and saved and watched over me, was killed in a senseless car accident one year later.”
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Note: The original book title, A FALL FROM WINGS, is still available for purchase. The newer version omitted some of the earlier text, as well as some of the narrative, which was added in later parts of the text.
Volume I is presented on this URL: https://amzn.to/318ZhUv
Volume II on this URL: https://amzn.to/2Z3FfrS
The Science of Geology, Life Forms & Human Chronicle
(452 pages 7 X 10 format)
The title of this publication promotes what the subtitle states: a discussion around a dining room table predicated on various dietary preferences that either abet or mar the environment. Regarding the latter point, and considering the sad shape our species has caused all over the world, the narrative of this non-preachy opus is indeed topical. Set in two parts, the first half of the book relates a lively discourse of nine friends dining out at a posh Tucson East Mediterranean restaurant where a variety of personal culinary tastes are represented. Later that evening, the debate loosely centers on the topic of not only the helpful benefits of nutrition based on food preferences but also collateral environmental damage caused by the meat and dairy industries. However, their combined objective account is not moralizing much less belittling. They are simply expressing what they like or dislike, except one among them is an argumentative vegan. Hence, pleasantly, though tolerably, bombastic. The second half of the book is my version of Grey’s Anatomy. Thus, an anecdotal portrayal and tutorial how the body’s organs function. The description describes the subject of anatomy that even young adults can comprehend.
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It Wasn’t Nice To Drown A Canyon Lady
(257 pages 8 X 11 format)
My favorite canyon oasis on the planet is, to state the matter plainly, no longer entirely visible. That’s because the upper remains of this once pristine canyon are partially jutting out of the water. Thus, unspoiled and paradisal, like a sandstone Eden, Glen Canyon was targeted by the BLM in the late 1950s whose 200-mile-long unprotected real estate was selected for the first major dam site in the Upper Colorado River sector. After the mega-sized dam was completed in the mid-1960s, by the early 1980s, Lake Powell’s blue oasis shimmered in the sunlight. Thus, the so-called Place that nobody knew became an aquatic playground just beyond the new-found town of Page, AZ. This factual 3-part publication depicts the before (read, “halcyon”), during (read, “building the dam”), and the after (read, “artificial”) transformation. Discover for yourself why this unvarnished declaration is verifiable by this objectively researched tome represented by both sides of the dam-fence squabble (still ongoing).
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The Cathedral in the Desert
(123 pages 8 X 11 format)
This companion book to my GLEN CANYON BEFORE LAKE POWELL: It Wasn’t Nice to Drown a Canyon Lady (https://amzn.to/3gOtFsP) sets its focus on what is conceivably the most cherished canyon facet-oasis by the deep water of Lake Powell. Ergo, the aptly named CATHEDRAL IN THE DESERT. This cavernous chamber, along with most other bucolic facets of Glen Canyon, was engulfed and hidden from view. For those rare visitors who once explored Glen Canyon before ‘the sacrificial baptism,’ starting in the mid-1960s, before the dam was built, hikers revered the Glen’s bucolic template of magisterial beauty and solitude. Up to April 2005, the ‘Cathedral’ remained ensconced deep below the waterline until a long drought set in and the level of Lake Powell dropped some 144 feet. Thus, a brief window of time when the Cathedral’s gaping cavernous jewel was briefly exposed. Accordingly, relatively few people got to see this veritable shrine of the ages in its entirety and I was one of them. My memoirs that turned a published treatise and testimony will take the reader on a visual and virtual tour of Glen Canyon’s most awesome sandstone chamber, bar none.
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A Rim-to-River Time Machine
(260 pages 8 X 11 format)
While writing this comprehensive text, I thought H.G. Wells would be impressed given the analogy of a ‘grand’ time machine where each step from the rim to the Colorado River equates to some 2,000 years back in time. In fact, within 10 miles (from the South Rim), the canyon’s geologic formations represent differing geologic windows of time, starting around 251,000 years ago to nearly 2 billion years ago. This factual and well-researched Grand Canyon publication explains the how-what-why-where-when aspects whose educational field guide suffices as a personal tour guide (me)!
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An Interpretive Rim-to-River Guided Tour
(451 pages 8 X 11 format)
(159 pages 8 X 11 format)
Verily, the Grand Canyon is like no other canyon abode on the planet. Thus, unparalleled given every respect, and this comprehensive 2-volume reference publication explains why. The subtitle also describes how the canyon’s essential information is presented to the reader. Namely, it’s as though taking a guided tour. Starting with key geological eras based on a changing timeline and environs, including some fifteen encroaching and retreating seas, a quiet ocean or two, swamps, deserts, lagoons, and primal forests. Nearly 2 billion years in the making, you will be surprised how young this canyon creation is once the Colorado River came along and exposed all the formation layers, inch by inch over millions of years. The subject matter includes changing flora and fauna from the rim to the river, human history, hiking trails, prose, and poetry, including a boatman’s down-river excursion through the canyon.
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Book 1 https://amzn.to/2YpIoli
Book 2 https://amzn.to/2XTEulX
Navajo Nation Tribal Park
(242 pages 8 X 11 format)
“Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii” is a Navajo word for describing this unparalleled tribal park: the Valley of the Rocks. Make that MONUMENTAL ROCKS! Adorned by mesas, buttes, and hoodoos (pinnacles and totem poles), this desert sandstone landscape’s display located on the Arizona-Utah border is indeed the most scenic and surreal backdrop; also, a celebrated Western film location. The publication’s 15 fifteen Sandstone Sketches (chapters) reveal all the facets of this truly Big Valley’s features. Namely, a concise history of the Navajo, geology, poetry, a personalized tour of the interior (including the adjacent Mystery Valley annex), a backpacking sojourn and chronicle (mine), which includes an errant interruption of a major movie (“The Lone Ranger”) scene that started a fracas with the director! (As it turned out, the Navajos sided with me).
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Poetic Poem To An Autumnal Season
(76 pages 7 X 10 format)
This expressive opus is the poetic sibling to A TREATISE OF NATURE and the SELF and recounts a long day’s evocative reminiscence of my favorite month of the year. Notably, an exposition of verses describing not only the changing light and atmosphere of the day but also a personal awareness of Oneness with Nature conveyed by equally changing moods and scenery from moment to moment. Embarking on an early morning sojourn that ends just before sunset, the numerous 6-line stanzas chronicle the author’s emotional and spiritual reactions given everything that befalls his senses––fallow fields and gardens, a fragrance of hummus and dried grass, wildlife and avians, trees and autumn leaves, clouds and itinerant shadows, to mention some of the highlights. Hence, a meditative, philosophical, and transcendent rendering. The book also features black and white photos and illustrations.
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Expositions of National Parks and Monuments, Tribal and State Parks and Archaeological Ruins
(494 pages 8 X 11 format)
The topographical features of the Colorado Plateau Province throughout this sector of the Southwest where four huge Western States merge their respective corner boundaries display a plethora of awe-inspiring landmarks. None of these erosional features are matched anywhere on the planet. Namely, national parks and monuments, tribal and state parks, and archeological dwellings (Anasazi ruins). For some 50 years, I have visited, hiked or backpacked, and experienced this elevated landscape of nonpareil protected domains. In time, I wrote and published books that explain all the key essentials: geology, archeology, flora and fauna, human history, hiking trails, and other miscellaneous details readers will enjoy perusing and contemplating.
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A Literary Travelogue of National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks and Archaeological Ruins
(468 pages 8 X 11 format)
This all-inclusive traveler’s reference and combined guide book is the sequel to Scenic Icons Of The Southwest: Exposition of National Parks and Monuments, Tribal and State Parks, and Archeological Ruins. Given the impetus of this publication, the subject matter herein is presented in more detail, explaining key concepts introduced in the first book. For example, tectonic plates, archeology, a geologic lexicon, ethnobotany, touted commercial tourist towns, slot canyons, hiking trails, a Durango and Silverton Railroad excursion, a history of Route 66, the Old Tucson Movie Studio, an exposition of dinosaurs, Arizona’s Kitt Peak Observatory and New Mexico’s Very Large Array, an abstract of the Colorado Plateau Province (aka the Four Corners region), et. al. and enthralling.
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A Quirkish Novel About a Haunted House, a Charming Cat, Romance in the Rockies, the Georgetown Loop Railroad, and Small-Town Politics
(664 pages 7 X 10 format)
I think this may be the longest novel subtitle in published books! Still, these declared subtitles state the scope of this admitted long-winded narrative. That said, this Colorado novel (based on a true story) is a bit ‘racy’ in parts of the text. However, the elderly editor I hired assured me assured me there was no need to edit the occasional theatrics and intimacy because she thought the intimate confessions were essential to the storyline. The plump feline heroine in the story (named, “GT”) is also a true pivotal and essential character to the developing narrative.
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Ruffin' It On the Navajo Reservation
(305 pages 7 X 10 format)
This novel is based on a ‘real’ res dog (stray) whose picture is on the front cover and introduces Stumpi and many other canine pals running loose in this picturesque national monument, which is part of the vast Navajo Reservation. Canvassing the campground, these carefree roaming moochers will steal your heart, try and score a handout, and reel in your dogmanity with conniving and cute antics to get fed, which, by the way, is the only source of food and nourishment these homeless dogs get from campground visitors.
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Dryland Farms of the Four Corners Region
(269 pages 8 X 11 format)
Given the many books that I write, the majority center on the Colorado Plateau Province, due west of Colorado Rockies. Also known as the Four Corners region of the Southwest, the crux of my publications apply to fora and fauna and human history that mostly sets its focus on the Anasazi and their successors, the so-named Puebloan People. There are fifteen informative chapters in this instructive anthology that explain the ‘everything’ about a remarkable and stalwart primal people who were the first to live year-round in this region for over 1,000 years. These so-named dryland farmers built but later abandoned impressive settlements-turned archeological ruins such as Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and Hovenweep.
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National Parks and Monuments, State Parks, Tribal Parks, and Archaeological Ruins
(Volume I 426 pages and Volume II 419 pages 8 X 11 format)
Hitch a ride with me and take an informative sightseeing tour of the Southwest’s most scenic and desired tourist destinations. With this consolidated two-volume road tour series, everything essential about the Four Corners region is explained in a clear and concise presentation. Namely, geology, archeology, human history, flora and fauna, hiking trail descriptions, among other engaging and relevant topics. Both volumes take readers on a virtual road tour where all the stops are in alphabetical order and key tourist hubs such as Flagstaff, AZ, Moab, Utah, and Las Vegas. Readers also choose what to peruse and learn, depending on one’s interest in target destinations.
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Volume I: https://amzn.to/3fvm3tK
Volume II https://amzn.to/3hubpFg
Note: There is also a Kindle 17-volume min-series available, viewable on this URL (Kindle format): https://amzn.to/3fYlAQZ
Other books in the series are presented on my Amazon Author’s Page URL: https://amzn.to/2Qb3t08
Note: these mini-volumes are solely written for key tourist locations such as Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM Tucson and Phoenix, AZ, Cortez, Co, and Kayenta, AZ, and all the other tourist hubs.
(90 pages 8 X 11 format)
A female Zorro some might ask? Yes, and why the hell not? In this tale of redemption, a contemporary superhero has the huevos to 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 New Mexicos’s 21st century. Viva Señora Zorro! Currently, this screenplay is being shopped around for a movie studio to put our charming heroine on the big screen.
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