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Richard Francis Fleck (juneaukid)

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  • Colorado Mountain High
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    Colorado Mountain High

    23 months ago

    High Country Colorado is an invigorating place for people six to eighty-six!

  • An Alpine Ramble High Above Crested Butte (poem)
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    An Alpine Ramble High Above Crested Butte (poem)

    9 months ago

    Take a chairlift ride above Crested Butte, Colorado and you'll be more than inspired by unique alpine beauty.

  • Florida Wetlands: A Quartet of Poems
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    Florida Wetlands: A Quartet of Poems

    20 months ago

    Surprising things can happen in Florida just before a hurricane

  • Hudson River Vignettes (a poem)
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    Hudson River Vignettes (a poem)

    9 months ago

    THe Hudson River is quite full of pleasing surprises for the soul.

  • Japanese Temples in the Forest
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    Japanese Temples in the Forest

    9 months ago

    Japanese temples are unique places conducive to spiritual meditation.

  • Attending the Musical Play
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    Attending the Musical Play "The Book of Mormon"

    5 months ago

    This play has a deeper meaning than an irreverent comedy

  • Wyoming is Like No Other Place on Earth: Poems
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    Wyoming is Like No Other Place on Earth: Poems

    12 months ago

    Wyoming is a place that takes hold of your spirit and won't let it go.

  • La Tierra Encantada: Poems of New Mexico
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    La Tierra Encantada: Poems of New Mexico

    9 months ago

    The landscapes of New Mexico are truly enchanted.

  • Mountain High: Colorado Collage of Poems
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    Mountain High: Colorado Collage of Poems

    7 months ago

    The Joy of getting away to the mountains Richard F. Fleck View of Longs Peak from Chasm Lake Richard F. Fleck Aspen gold Richard F. Fleck Blue Moon at Rabbit Ears Pass Well above nine thousand feet, we stand with cameras in hand waiting...

  • Twisted Junipers: Poems of the Utah Desert
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    Twisted Junipers: Poems of the Utah Desert

    5 months ago

    These poems, I hope, give the reader a taste of Utah.

  • A Poetic Collage of Old Irish Scenes (5 Poems)
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    A Poetic Collage of Old Irish Scenes (5 Poems)

    23 months ago

    Coast of Donegal Richard F. Fleck Rolling hills of County Monaghan Richard F. Fleck In an Auld Irish Shebeen* In the rolling hills of County Monaghan not far from the Northern Irish border sits an old Irish farmhouse amid a grove of...

  • Vedauwoo, Wyoming: On a Sierra Club Hike
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    Vedauwoo, Wyoming: On a Sierra Club Hike

    5 months ago

    Vedauwoo, Wyoming is a splendid place to explore, photograph and try your hand at writing.

  • From the Redwood Forests...
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    From the Redwood Forests...

    9 months ago

    Surely a visit to northern California's Redwood forests is far more than mere travel!

  • Up the Wide Missouri With Lewis and Clark
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    Up the Wide Missouri With Lewis and Clark

    9 months ago

    Lewis and Clark experienced such a wild and vast new land on their exploratory expedition up the Missouri River in 1804 that it clearly impacted them with a sense of awe and of the sublime.

  • A Wee English Countryside Ramble
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    A Wee English Countryside Ramble

    9 months ago

    I enjoyed a delightful reunion with my friends Jonny and Gordon in jolly old England where we took a nice walk through Devonshire countryside.

  • A Quick Camping Get-Away
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    A Quick Camping Get-Away

    5 months ago

    Getting away from the city up into the forests of the foothills can be rewarding and excviting even if it is only for a short time.

  • Trekking Through Arches National Park, Utah
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    Trekking Through Arches National Park, Utah

    9 months ago

    A visit to Arches National Park will clear the mind of its city distractions with refreshing desert breezes, brilliant flowers, and amazing spans of sandstone arching over space.

  • To the Back of the Beyond in Canyonlands National Park
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    To the Back of the Beyond in Canyonlands National Park

    9 months ago

    Our four-day trip to the Utah Desert proves to be an inspiring experience. A day-hike in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park gives the mind something to focus on for years to come.

  • Alpine Chiaroscuro
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    Alpine Chiaroscuro

    9 months ago

    You can experience a marvelous contrast of landscapes by going to the Colorado tundra and the sea-level Florida wetlands in a short period of time.

  • Remembering Princeton: The Bird Man of Guyot Hall: The Late Charles Rogers
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    Remembering Princeton: The Bird Man of Guyot Hall: The Late Charles Rogers

    9 months ago

    Charles Rogers was known as the Bird Man of Guyot Hall at Princeton University whom I had the pleasure of knowing a half century ago.

  • Wild America in Four Poems
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    Wild America in Four Poems

    9 months ago

    America, whether upstate New York, Charleston, South Carolina, or the prairies of Wyoming, offers the spirit an invigorating wildness.

  • Three Winter Rondelet (Poetry)
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    Three Winter Rondelet (Poetry)

    9 months ago

    Walking through winter landscapes can be invigorating to the body but more particularly to the creative spirit.

  • Ice Age Temple: Gobekli Tepe (A Poem)
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    Ice Age Temple: Gobekli Tepe (A Poem)

    9 months ago

    One can only imagine what the ceremonies inside Gobekli Tepe Temple were like 12,000 years ago.

  • North Woods of Minnesota
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    North Woods of Minnesota

    9 months ago

    By reading Sigurd Olson, a literary naturalist of the 1950's, you are taken right up to the North Woods of Minnesota

  • Three Woodland Amulets (poems): On a Sierra Club Hike
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    Three Woodland Amulets (poems): On a Sierra Club Hike

    9 months ago

    Writing amulets in autumn forests can prove challenging and rewarding in that they bring the reader back to the beginning of woods that beckon.

  • An Autumn Hike in the Woods: On a Sierra Club Hike
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    An Autumn Hike in the Woods: On a Sierra Club Hike

    9 months ago

    Taking an autumn hike in the woods of Colorado's foothills can prove to be inspiring enough to write amulets that are poems showing the inter-connections of Nature both visible and invisible.

  • Our National Parks: Sudden Surprises on Trail Ridge Road*
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    Our National Parks: Sudden Surprises on Trail Ridge Road*

    9 months ago

    Trail Ridge Road is a scenic road one must visit in the summer if you are any where near Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The views of the Front Range and the Never Summers are phenomenal.

  • Rambles Along Irish Country Lanes
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    Rambles Along Irish Country Lanes

    9 months ago

    Just a week ago, my family and I took country rambles along Irish lanes surrounded by beauty of hedgerows and rolling fields and forested hills.

  • 2 Nights at Palo Duro Canyon
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    2 Nights at Palo Duro Canyon

    9 months ago

    Two nights at Palo Duro Canyon can reveal much to the spirit.

  • Crossing the Oklahoma Panhandle
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    Crossing the Oklahoma Panhandle

    9 months ago

    If you are driving anywhere near the Oklahoma Panhandle, a visit to Boise City and its Cimarron Heritage Center is a must.

  • A Nighttime Prairie Walk
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    A Nighttime Prairie Walk

    9 months ago

    Wyoming is the perfect place to take a nighttime stroll out on the prairie without the aid of a flashlight but only stars and moon.

  • Our One Hundred Year-Old Home
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    Our One Hundred Year-Old Home

    9 months ago

    We have lived in a fine old home for twenty-two years as we celebrate the home's one hundredth birthday in the heart of Denver Colorado.

  • Henry David Thoreau and the Mystic Lore of Cape Cod
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    Henry David Thoreau and the Mystic Lore of Cape Cod

    5 months ago

    Henry Thoreau visited Cape Cod 4 times and each time he went, he became more and more fascinated by the mystic lore of the many legends of Cape Cod that were ercorded in his writings.

  • The Warbler of Verrazano Bridge (poem)
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    The Warbler of Verrazano Bridge (poem)

    9 months ago

    There is still a patch of wild beneath the Verrazano Bridge named after the Italian explorer.

  • Christmas in Japan
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    Christmas in Japan

    9 months ago

    We grew together very much in Japan and especially appreciated each other as a family on Christmas day

  • Three Icelandic Poems
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    Three Icelandic Poems

    9 months ago

    Iceland is not only a fantastically beautiful country, it also has incredibly unique geological features

  • QUEBEC!: Le Canada Français, Mon Retour a Quebec and Une Cathédrale Canadienne Pendant L'Hiver (poems)
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    QUEBEC!: Le Canada Français, Mon Retour a Quebec and Une Cathédrale Canadienne Pendant L'Hiver (poems)

    9 months ago

    As I practiced my French in Quebec, I grew to love the people and their land. I have included a short poem in French immediately followed by a translation in English.

  • The Atom Station: An Icelandic Satire and More
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    The Atom Station: An Icelandic Satire and More

    9 months ago

    This wonderfully satiric Icelandic novel is written and published by nobel laureate writer Halldor Laxness. Its protagonist, a farm girl named Ugla from northern Iceland, is also the narrator. She provides a simplistic but forceful account of Iceland's political and social life during the Cold...

  • Sand Hills Below the Wyoming Line
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    Sand Hills Below the Wyoming Line

    5 months ago

    A Number of years ago I well remember spending the day with my youngest daughter in pursuit of the sand hills of northern Colorado just south of the Wyoming border. After we found them, we enjoyed the great variety of vegetation and especially the aspen trees trying to grow faster than the...

  • Under the Glacier, A Superb Icelandic Novel
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    Under the Glacier, A Superb Icelandic Novel

    5 months ago

    This novel but Icelandic author Halldor Laxness (1902-1998) is a must read for all who quest for spirituality and humor.

  • Icelandic Elves, Demons and Hidden People
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    Icelandic Elves, Demons and Hidden People

    9 months ago

    Iceland is a place where Nature truly dominates with its glaciers and volcanoes, but it is also a place where a vigorous human imagination and spirit triumph.

  • Not Coal, nor Oil, but Icelandic Fire
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    Not Coal, nor Oil, but Icelandic Fire

    9 months ago

    Iceland's volcanism is an anomaly in Europe but a great benefit to Icelanders through geothermal energy.

  • Hudson River in Winter
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    Hudson River in Winter

    5 months ago

    One of the most unusual storms I ever experienced was along the Hudson River just above New York City--a snow thunder storm.

  • Irish, French, and Italian Sketches in Poems
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    Irish, French, and Italian Sketches in Poems

    5 months ago

    The Irish and French seacoasts are connected with heather, rocks and wind , and Venice is surrounded by the sea, though its towers rise high above.

  • Remembering Our Japanese Home
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    Remembering Our Japanese Home

    9 months ago

    While living in Japan 1981-82, we enjoyed very much our traditional Japanese home with its tatami mat floors and ofuro and a marvelous view out at the Inland Sea across to Wakayama Prefecture. Every day was a total inspiration for me and, even though I was on a full-time teaching assignment at...

  • The Impact of the Dawes Act on Native Americans
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    The Impact of the Dawes Act on Native Americans

    9 months ago

    The Dawes Act of 1887 greatly impacted tribal peoples of the United States by essentially breaking up reservations into personally owned lots that became taxable to the individual. Before hand the land was held by the tribe as a whole and was not taxable.

  • Ah to Be in Ireland! (a Short Story) Part Six
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    Ah to Be in Ireland! (a Short Story) Part Six

    9 months ago

    In this section Seamus and Dermid strike up a conversation with a stranger at the bar who had been to New York as an elevator operator but missed the green fields and rolling braes of Ireland too much. He had to return home. After singing and drinking was over Seamus staggers home completely...

  • Ah to Be in Ireland! (a Short Story) Part One
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    Ah to Be in Ireland! (a Short Story) Part One

    5 months ago

    This short story was originally written as a play for the stage. It begins with Seamus O'Neil, his wife Cathleen and a auto mechanic whose name is Jmmy Schwartz. Seamus is tiring quickly of his job as janitor of an apartment complex in Brooklyn. His children come home complaining about being called...

  • Our National Parks: Revisiting Rocky Mountain National Park 50 Years Later
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    Our National Parks: Revisiting Rocky Mountain National Park 50 Years Later

    9 months ago

    Even today in late 2011 it is still possible to experience the wild in Rocky Mountain National Park if one takes the trouble to hike into the back country just a few miles beyond the crowded part of trails into the Wild Basin. If one is lucky, he will experience a nighttime coyote yapping at the...

  • Thanksgiving Day in Dublin, Ireland
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    Thanksgiving Day in Dublin, Ireland

    5 months ago

    While on sabbatical leave in Ireland doing research at Trinity College Library in Dublin, I never felt so homesick for the States as I did on Thanksgiving Day, a regular work day in Ireland, when I sat down to a restaurant meal of sausage and chips all by myself.

  • In the Comfort of a Plains-Indian Tepee
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    In the Comfort of a Plains-Indian Tepee

    9 months ago

    Tepee's are so well constructed that even when it is bitter cold outside, the warm fire heats up the dwelling very effectively and quickly with the smoke rising straight up through the flap hole. One March, at the University of Wyoming, the White Roots of Peace visited our campus with messages of...

  • Three Asian Poems
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    Three Asian Poems

    18 months ago

    Climbing Halla San crater on Cheju Island in South Korea is to experience being inside a Chinese scroll painting. And viewing Hiroshige's woodblock prints is to absorb the essence of Japan itself, and walking the floor plank floor of Ni Jo Jo castle in Japan is to rentery the time of the Shoguns.

  • Three European Poems
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    Three European Poems

    9 months ago

    In these three poems, I have attempted to catch the essence of the Loire River flowing softly with big spreading circles that look like frozen water in the midst of summer. In eastern Begium lies a firmly built tower that served as a lookout for approaching Saracens and yet today there's nothing in...

  • British Isle Seacoast Poems
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    British Isle Seacoast Poems

    9 months ago

    Something there is about the seacoast of the Isle of Man and the white cliffs of Dover be it the fierce surf and wind or the arctic terns guarding their nests from human intruders or hovering gulls and gannets at dizzying heights.

  • Our National Parks: The Anasazi of Chimney Rock (Poem)
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    Our National Parks: The Anasazi of Chimney Rock (Poem)

    9 months ago

    Standing high on Chimney Rock between Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado, one can experience the northern most Chacoan settlement, some 90 miles north of Chaco Canyon. Though corn was grown up here it had to be water from hand-carried pots filled in a stream far below. But this colony furnished...

  • More Day to Dawn (A Prose-Poem)
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    More Day to Dawn (A Prose-Poem)

    23 months ago

    Indeed there is more day to dawn than any other time of day in that it awakens the human soul to the potentialities of the day that lies ahead especially with pre-dawn light that gradually leads to a sunrise.

  • 7 Sacred Directions of Native America in Poetry
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    7 Sacred Directions of Native America in Poetry

    9 months ago

    Out West where the land remains spiritually Indian, the new inhabitant cannot help but feel a sacred presence whether it be clouds in the sky, the drumbeat of a sun dance, or the ancient walls of an Anasazi ruin.

  • Four Poems of the Southeast
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    Four Poems of the Southeast

    9 months ago

    From the tropics of Florida to the swamps of Georgia and the high ridges of the Appalachians, the American Southeast has such a variety of vegetated landscapes that, once seen and experienced, become part of the human psyche,

  • Four Midwestern Poems
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    Four Midwestern Poems

    9 months ago

    The rural American Midwest offers open skies, lone, time-worn wooden barns and clouds beyond your imagination.

  • Four Poems of the Pacific Northwest
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    Four Poems of the Pacific Northwest

    9 months ago

    One cannot help but feel the very spirit of the Pacific Northwest when he takes a bit of a stroll through the damp and rainy red cedar forests where streams cascade down from the snowy mountains so high above.

  • Our National Parks: A Nighttime Ascent of Longs Peak
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    Our National Parks: A Nighttime Ascent of Longs Peak

    9 months ago

    Even though we all had become exhausted climbing to the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado before sunrise, our minds and spirits became refreshed with the most unusual sunrise phenomenon--the Brocken Specter--whereby the massive shadow of Longs Peak sped westward at the...

  • Aboard the Charles Morgan at Mystic Seaport
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    Aboard the Charles Morgan at Mystic Seaport

    9 months ago

    The Charles Morgan whaling ship has rested in Mystic Harbor, Connecticut since 1941. It is the best preserved whaling ship (out of over 600) that originally formed part of America's whaling fleet of the nineteenth century. Charles Morgan, who served as the captain of this ship (named after him) out...

  • Rafting the Upper Colorado River
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    Rafting the Upper Colorado River

    5 months ago

    On the night of our first day on the river, I reflected on experiencing swirling rapids beneath ever-so-still sandstone towers. I recalled hikes taken with my son years earlier at headwaters of the Colorado River at Thunder Pass, high in the Rockies. Under the rising moon, I drifted a few years...

  • A Medley of New England Poems 2
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    A Medley of New England Poems 2

    9 months ago

    The very landscapes and seascapes of New England evoke a sense of Henry Thoreau's spirit be it in the Cochituate pines of Massachusetts, or the dense spruce forests of northern Maine, or the thundering waves rolling in to Cape Cod dunes.

  • A Medley of New England Poems 1
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    A Medley of New England Poems 1

    9 months ago

    Robert Frost's face indeed is a face of verse itself looking so New England! Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth's paintings certainly inspire New England landscape poems as do old New England bookbarns with rows on end of musty volumes.

  • East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 5
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    East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 5

    9 months ago

    Thanks to Dr. N.J. Berrill, I had a new place to look for specimens in tide pools--Reeds Island between Ocean Point and Little River. It has pools as small as puddles and as large a small swimming pools. I got there with my collecting net just as the tide was low enough to look for our pool. In it...

  • Earth Day With John Muir: Part Two
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    Earth Day With John Muir: Part Two

    9 months ago

    It is no wonder that John Muir's birthday is celebrated as Earth Day. Like Thoreau he sensed many layers of spirituality in our planet's nature. It allows us to transcend material planes of existence into higher realities that need to be continually deciphered. Nature calls us to look through that...

  • Earth Day With John Muir Part One
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    Earth Day With John Muir Part One

    9 months ago

    Muir came to America with his family from Scotland at age 11. The wisconsin woodlands inspired him greatly as would the writings of Emerson and Thoreau at the University of Wisconsin. He began his exploration of Nature walking a 1000 miles from Kentucky to Georgia. He worked as a shepherd in the...

  • Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Prologue
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    Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Prologue

    9 months ago

    The Lakota as well as many other tribes seized Wounded Knee in late February, 1973 and held it for 71 days until early May claiming independence for U.S.A. The American Indian Movement (AIM) organized the seizure on the grounds that the original Treat of Fort Laramie (1868) had been violated by the...

  • Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Six
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    Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Six

    5 months ago

    In this sixth section of the story, Sam, the Lakota Medicine Man and the Viet Nam vet are released from prison. After Bill, the vet, leaves Sam and Spotted Hawk (the medicine man) arrive at the idea of reclaiming the Black Hills for the Lakota Nation not by violence but by placing prayer flags up...

  • Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Five
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    Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Five

    9 months ago

    In this section of the story, Sam is sentenced to three months in jail while Kitty is deported back to Ireland. Sam's cellmate is an old Lakota medicine man who was caught in the act of blessing a sun dance and thrown in jail for violating freedom of religion. In the cell next to them is a Viet Nam...

  • Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Four
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    Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Four

    9 months ago

    In this section of the story Sam and Kitty discuss further similarities between the Irish cause and the American Indian Movement's cause. They planned to drop off their supplies at Wounded Knee the next night but are apprehended by federal officials who seize them and take them off to Rapid City.

  • Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Three
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    Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Three

    9 months ago

    In this section of the story Sam and Kitty (the Irish girl) chat a good bit about the violence in Ireland over the years and the harsh treatment of Indians by the American Cavalry. She is from Crossmaglen NOrthern Ireland where the tricolors are flown illegally just like the flag of 4 colors is...

  • Distant Drums of Wonded Knee  Part Two
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    Distant Drums of Wonded Knee Part Two

    9 months ago

    The Shoshone, whose name is Sam Ravelle, heard the sound of another person walking in the ravine behind him. That person turns out to be an Indian-sympathizer all the way from Ireland to pack supplies into occupied Wounded Knee. After they get to know each other, they find many similarities between...

  • Distant Drums of Wounded Knee  Part One (a story)
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    Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part One (a story)

    9 months ago

    A Shoshone Indian backpacks supplies into the Native American-occupied Wounded Knee of 1973. It is bitter cold, but this adventure was far more pleasing to him than being a creative writing professor at a stuffy little school in Idaho.

  • Irish Interest in Henry David Thoreau
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    Irish Interest in Henry David Thoreau

    5 months ago

    During my sabbatical leave from the University of Wyoming, I spent six months in Ireland researching the influence of Thoreau in Ireland. Michael Yeats relates that his grandfather used to read Walden aloud to his son William Butler Yeats and surely his poem "The Lake Isle of Inishfree" is...

  • Unique Moments While Teaching Edward Abbey
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    Unique Moments While Teaching Edward Abbey

    9 months ago

    Nature itself assisted me several times in teaching Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. On one occasion a fierce blizzard hit Laramie on the day I was supposed to meet a class of twenty students who had started to read the book. Doubting that anyone would show up in a blizzard, I thought I would test...

  • Translation of Ten Japanese Haiku
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    Translation of Ten Japanese Haiku

    18 months ago

    Professor Minoru Fujita and I once worked on translating Japanese haiku into English. His native languagewas Japanese and mine English. I knew some Japanese and he knew much more English. He provided a rough translation into English that we both worked on refining to arrive at a poetic...

  • Springtime in Bologna
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    Springtime in Bologna

    5 months ago

    While teaching at the University of Bologna one spring, one of our favorite walks was from the bivio San Luca up the colonnade walkway to the very top of the hill where the San Luca shrine was perched among flowering trees. We enjoyed the views of the distant snowy Apennines while standing in the...

  • A Cross Country Descent Into the Laramie Plains
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    A Cross Country Descent Into the Laramie Plains

    5 months ago

    In this adventure a group of friends and I descended on skis the wrong canyon down to Laramie, Wyoming and we came out ten miles south of Laramie in bitter cold winds. We had to cross country ski up and down over icy prairie mounds until we returned to Laramie some 5 hours late.

  • Having Fun With the Kids in Old Wyoming
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    Having Fun With the Kids in Old Wyoming

    5 months ago

    There were many things we could do with the kids in Wyoming including prairie hikes to see the wildflowers in bloom and antelope running in the distance. In the winter we climbed the prairie snowdrifts with a shovel to dig a tunnel that led downwards and burst through the lower end of the drift....

  • Aldo Leopold: Getting Back to Nature
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    Aldo Leopold: Getting Back to Nature

    9 months ago

    Aldo Leopold, in his book A Sand County Almanac (1948) to get back in touch with the natural world. Our educational system teaches us to learn one thing by forgetting about another. Following his lead my son and I took my grandchildren for a walk around a nearby nature preserve to stop, look and...

  • Silver Fever (a Story in a High Country)
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    Silver Fever (a Story in a High Country)

    5 months ago

    This short story focuses on two silver miners suspicious of one another in a high country out in Wyoming. One of the miners turns the other's heart condition to his advantage but all for naught.

  • Our National Parks: In Quest of a Glacial Ghost
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    Our National Parks: In Quest of a Glacial Ghost

    9 months ago

    Having just returned from glaciated coastal Alaska, I wanted to see glacial valleys and ice again, I took my son on a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park up to Chasm Lake nestled beneath Longs Peak. I chatted with my son about the glaciers of Alaska and the Juneau Ice-fields as we climbed higher...

  • The Prairie off Guard, an Encounter With Inverse Gravity
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    The Prairie off Guard, an Encounter With Inverse Gravity

    5 months ago

    I experienced the presence of an expanding globule of mercury that formed in the sky of the lone prairie of Wyoming. It communicated without words when I dared to ask it how it got here. It communicated that it employed inverse gravity to propel itself at incomprehensible speeds.

  • Spiritual Reclaiming of The Black Hills of South Dakota
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    Spiritual Reclaiming of The Black Hills of South Dakota

    5 months ago

    Inasmuch as the U.S. Government refused to return tribal lands in the Black Hills of South Dakota but instead offered a monetary settlement in the 1970's, the Lakota Nation refused the money and laid spiritual claim to the hills (guaranteed by the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868) by placing spirit...

  • Rambles Across the Isle of Man
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    Rambles Across the Isle of Man

    9 months ago

    A few years ago we sailed from Belfast to an independent island in the British Commonwealth called the Isle of Man in the middle of the Irish Sea. It not only is politically independent having its own currency and poatage, it has its own language, Manx (a combination of old Norse and Gaelic). We...

  • Our National Parks: An Hour Inside a Glacial Ice Cave
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    Our National Parks: An Hour Inside a Glacial Ice Cave

    5 months ago

    The one time that I attempted to climb Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park up to Muir Camp led me to some marvelous ice caves. I could not resist walking deep into one of them and sitting down in a comfortable spot where i could no longer see daylight. I soon realized that my presence back...

  • Our National Parks: Deep Into the Grand Ganyon Along the Kaibab Trail
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    Our National Parks: Deep Into the Grand Ganyon Along the Kaibab Trail

    9 months ago

    As an unbeatable 21 years-old man, I foolishly elected to descend the North Kaibab trail into the Grand Canyon with insufficient water. Even though it was a bracing 50 degrees atop the North Rim, it was over 100 degrees far below Ribbon Falls with its refreshing cool water. My return climb back up...

  • Hiking to Split Level Ruins in Utah's Grand Gulch
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    Hiking to Split Level Ruins in Utah's Grand Gulch

    9 months ago

    It is a true adventure to hike in the Grand Gulch of Utah where one might encounter a winding diamond back rattle snake slithering near trail-side, or he may even encounter an icy-cold oasis of spring water at the base of a small waterfall. But most importantly, the hiker will certainly sense the...

  • An Open Letter to the Late Edward Abbey
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    An Open Letter to the Late Edward Abbey

    5 months ago

    In this imaginary letter to the late Edward Abbey (deceased over twenty years), I complain about unbridled develop such as the building or rebuilding of major cities in flood plains or urban sprawl far beyond the limits of what was once suburbia. Edward Abbey certainly addressed these problems from...

  • Rambles on the Aran Islands West of Galway
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    Rambles on the Aran Islands West of Galway

    5 months ago

    In order to prepare for taking a trip out to the Aran Islands, I read the journals of the dramatist John Millington Synge to get a preview of a rugged seacoast, fishing villages, and the Gaelic language. A year later, I and my brother-in-law sailed from Rossaveale to Inis Mor where we heard the...

  • Ancestral Pueblo Ruins in Utah's Grand Gulch
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    Ancestral Pueblo Ruins in Utah's Grand Gulch

    5 months ago

    When we at last ascended to the top of Turkey Pen Ruins in the Grand Gulch of southern Utah, we saat and stared at the valley below us. Up here it sounded like the voices of others far below us were really right next to us. We reflected that Einstein's theory of relativity was correct as the here...

  • A Night Below the Perfect Kiva in Utah's Grand Gulch
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    A Night Below the Perfect Kiva in Utah's Grand Gulch

    9 months ago

    After setting up camp beneath the Perfect Kiva in the Grand Gulch, we grabbed flashlights to find our way along a narrow trail to ancient ruins housing the Perfect Kiva. I descended into a pre-Columbian world, a mythological world before history. In these dark depths I imagined spirits coming...

  • Climbing Mount Fuji in the Bright Stars
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    Climbing Mount Fuji in the Bright Stars

    18 months ago

    We climbed Mount Fuji after living in Japan for a year. It was a stormy, rainy evening when we climbed from the fifth station up to the eight and ate a meal of steaming rice and mountain vegetables. Rain pattered down on the barracks roof. We awakened early to see the stras above and tiny stars of...

  • A Strange Unearthly Ranch
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    A Strange Unearthly Ranch

    5 months ago

    After visiting a barley ranch owned by Pat McGuire north of Laramie Wyoming and experiencing highly unusual localized weather that knocked down our tent three times in a row and experiencing unusual lights in the sky, we returned to Laramie thinking that we had visited a place from another...

  • Our National Parks: Losing a Thousand Years at Mesa Verde
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    Our National Parks: Losing a Thousand Years at Mesa Verde

    9 months ago

    Camping for a week in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado is to lose a thousand years through its mystical, ancient ruins with kivas and sipapus, through its legends and stories about the Anasazi and most of all the unique sense of place with rattling thunder clouds in the distance and the rising of...

  • A Day on the Delaware Bay
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    A Day on the Delaware Bay

    5 months ago

    Bivalve Harbor, New Jersey is not as active as it once was back in the 1920's when oystermen were astir in the wee hours of dawn with lamps aglow on decks of the oyster fleet. Oystering today is still moderately strong with boats heading down the Maurice River for the open waters of Delaware Bay....

  • Our National Parks: Putting America Behind You on Cape Cod
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    Our National Parks: Putting America Behind You on Cape Cod

    5 months ago

    A visit to the beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore Recreation Area that are pounded with surf are mystical in that the sea is in a constant hypnotic movement. It relaxes the mind and spirit and helps to connect the human being with the cosmic universe. Thoreau once wrote that to walk along the...

  • The Missing Panelist (A Short Story)
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    The Missing Panelist (A Short Story)

    5 months ago

    In this story I have a hesitant English professor serve as a panelist on a psychic energy panel along with other college professors. A hot shot out-of-body travel man from Philadelphia has the panelists travel out of their bodies for a few moments before showing his own expertise. The English prof...

  • Our National Parks: Excitement in Dinosaur National Monument
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    Our National Parks: Excitement in Dinosaur National Monument

    5 months ago

    Way back in 1959, as a young bachelor, I wanted to explore Dinosaur National Monument by traveling west of Maybell Colorado on a dirt road with a warning sign, "Four-Wheel Drive Only!" Not to be deterred, I drove my old 1950 Ford onward into the Monument even though the road became to ruts filled...

  • Our National Parks: Along the Trail of an Ancient Volcano
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    Our National Parks: Along the Trail of an Ancient Volcano

    9 months ago

    As a rookie ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park, I led a group up Specimen Mountain from Poudre Lake on Trail Ridge Road at 10,000 feet to climb 2,484 feet to the summit. At first a Chicago man in the group got frightened by our bear sighting from a distance of 50 yards or so. Later, a Korean...

  • A Brief Interruption, A Professor's Unearthly Encounter
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    A Brief Interruption, A Professor's Unearthly Encounter

    5 months ago

    This short story involves an overworked college professor at a technical college who experiences a brief UFO interruption in his busy routine in the dark of night that gives him a broader perspective of life.

  • Teaching Momaday's THE WAY TO RAINY MOUNTAIN Under Open Prairie Skies
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    Teaching Momaday's THE WAY TO RAINY MOUNTAIN Under Open Prairie Skies

    9 months ago

    It is one thing to teach N.Scott Momaday's epic poem The Way to Rainy Mountain in the classroom and quite another to teach it in one of its original settings on the open prairies of Wyoming where the bursting antelope described by him can be seen running in the distance!

  • Remembering Princeton: IV University Town in the 1940's (a poem)
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    Remembering Princeton: IV University Town in the 1940's (a poem)

    5 months ago

    What I remember most about my boyhood in Princeton was my father's Parnassus Bookshop with its Monday Evening lecture and poetry reading series with poets like W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell and William Meredith and lecturers like Erich Kahler and Richard Blackmur. But the natural surroundings come to...

  • Remembering Princeton: II Further Memories of Parnassus Bookshop
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    Remembering Princeton: II Further Memories of Parnassus Bookshop

    5 months ago

    I have many fond memories of my father's bookshop in Princeton including Erich Kahler's encouraging me, as a boy of 7 or 8, to become a writer. I remember his telling us a story about Albert Einstein being asked by a little girl in his neighborhood if he would please tutor her with fractions...

  • Remembering Princeton: I Memories of Parnassus Bookshop
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    Remembering Princeton: I Memories of Parnassus Bookshop

    5 months ago

    In 1943 my father, J.Keene Fleck, opened Parnassus Bookshop on Nassau Street near the campus of Princeton University. Within days, many writers came to the shop to view volumes of antiquarian books including first editions of Sir Thomas Moore's Utopia or T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland. I remember, as a...

  • Spirit Drawings or Petroglyphic Fear (short story)
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    Spirit Drawings or Petroglyphic Fear (short story)

    5 months ago

    This piece focuses on aseemingly ambitious professor trying to get some information ofrom a tribal elder of the Shoshone people of Wyoming. The professor is interested in knowing about petroglyphs. The Indian takes him out to the wilds of the rez to show him what Indians call "spirit drawings." He...

  • Silent Joys of Cross Country Skiing (a poem)
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    Silent Joys of Cross Country Skiing (a poem)

    9 months ago

    Cross country skiing offers a quiet and reflective time for the individual or the group of individuals.

  • The Prairies of Laramie
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    The Prairies of Laramie

    9 months ago

    Laramie, Wyoming is one of the best places to be to learn about the essence of a prairie that scents the air with sagebrush after a spring rain or howls with unmerciful winds in winter and yet forever retains its beauty.

  • Our National Parks: Guadalupe High
    2

    Our National Parks: Guadalupe High

    5 months ago

    We chose the wrong time of year to climb Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas--the month of March. While El Paso was mild, Guadalupe Mountains National Park was quite chilly. Not to be deterred we proceeded up the trail dressed in winter garb with skull caps and gloves. Once we cleared the...

  • Our National Parks: A Day in Death Valley
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    Our National Parks: A Day in Death Valley

    5 months ago

    To get out of Las Vegas for a break during a three-day convention, we drove northwesterly into Death Valley National Park to hike into Mosaic Canyon as though we were on an expedition to Mars with gray and red swirls of rocks that looked like a giant brain with grooves. We saw lizards running at...

  • Our National Parks: A Strange Switch: A Short Story Set in Early Yellowstone
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    Our National Parks: A Strange Switch: A Short Story Set in Early Yellowstone

    5 months ago

    The U.S. Army served as the first National Park Service personnel to defend Yellowstone National Park (1872) from poachers and marauders. In this short story I focus on a conflict between a poacher and a member of the U.S. Army defending Yellowstone. The poacher kills the service man by claiming...

  • A Sharing of Irish Bread Recipes From My Wife's Irish Farm Days
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    A Sharing of Irish Bread Recipes From My Wife's Irish Farm Days

    5 months ago

    Two breads that I remember the most while living in Ireland at my wife's birthplace out in the countryside were Irish soda bread and brack bread. Soda bread is the good old standby bread served at all three meals of the day, while brack bread (made with tea and dried raisins and currants), is...

  • Arizona High
    2

    Arizona High

    5 months ago

    Years earlier I had climbed the San Francisco Peaks through hip-deepm snow one day after a freak June blizzard in Arizona. We failed to reach the summit of Humphreys Peak at 12, 633 feet. We contented ourselves with just looking across at Humphreys from a little summit about 400 vertical feet...

  • Cross-Country Skiing on Casper Mountain, Wyoming (A Poem)
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    Cross-Country Skiing on Casper Mountain, Wyoming (A Poem)

    9 months ago

    We learned to cross country ski on Casper Mountain, Wyoming, hunched over like chickadee chicks slinking along in pure powder snow.

  • Our National Parks: Particles of Sand
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    Our National Parks: Particles of Sand

    9 months ago

    The Great Sand Dunes National Park is as magical and alluring as it was for my first visit some 50 years ago. This particles of sand piled over 700 feet high are fun to watch up close to see saltation or the dancing of pieces of sand over the remotest obstruction, and they are fun to watch from a...

  • Come to Alaska: III Walking North from Juneau
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    Come to Alaska: III Walking North from Juneau

    5 months ago

    A day earlier I took a raft trip down the Mendenhall River near Juneau, Alaska. Today I would walk along the North Shore highway until it crossed the Mendenhall River. where I would hike a trail that climbed along the edge of the Mendenhall Glacier (originally called the Auk Glacier). I woke up...

  • Come to Alaska: II Climbing High Above Juneau
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    Come to Alaska: II Climbing High Above Juneau

    5 months ago

    During my one week in Alaska in 1986, I took the Mount Roberts trail above Juneau through dense forests of sitka spruce and alder with an undergrowth of devil's club and ferns. The trail climbed steeply through tree-line at 1,500 feet. Soon I entered the foggy tundra with occasional peep holes...

  • Come to Alaska: I Sailing South from Juneau
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    Come to Alaska: I Sailing South from Juneau

    9 months ago

    I anxiously awaited my fishing boat cruise out of Juneau Harbor down to Sum Dum Bay and the Taracy Arm fiord. Here we could see clear evidence of what John Muir called glacial hieroglyphics or glacial carvings in immense cliffs rising out of the fiord. We witnessed the Twin Swayers "calving"...

  • Children's Stories: II A Muskrat's Courage
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    Children's Stories: II A Muskrat's Courage

    5 months ago

    In this short story based on an Algonquin legend, it is the muskrat who saves the day by diving from a log raft deeper than the brave beaver and deeper still than the otter to obtain in its paw a bit of mud for Manabozho to turn it to dust and blow it upon the flood waters. Once this was done, the...

  • The Medicine Wheel of the Bighorn Mountains
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    The Medicine Wheel of the Bighorn Mountains

    9 months ago

    The 300 years old Medicine Wheel in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming has 28 spokes of rock within the rock circle representing the lunar month. It has a beautiful alignment during the autumnal and vernal equinoxes during which time the setting sun and rising moon form a perfect right angle in the...

  • Children's Stories: I Little Green Witch of the Prairie
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    Children's Stories: I Little Green Witch of the Prairie

    5 months ago

    This little story is based upon a dream my daughter Michelle had when she was a little girl living in Laramie, Wyoming. It was there that our Shoshone friend, Rupert Weeks, came to visit quite a number of times telling stories of his people, including one called "The Shoshone Witch Woman.". Surely...

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