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Richard Francis Fleck (juneaukid)

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  • Colorado Mountain High
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    Colorado Mountain High

    13 months ago

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

  • Happy Jack Reprieve
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    Happy Jack Reprieve

    15 months ago

    Just across the Wyoming line lies a world of invigorating forest hikes.

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

    3 days 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

    10 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)

    22 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

    3 days 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"

    20 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

    2 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

    2 days ago

    The landscapes of New Mexico are truly enchanted.

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

    21 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)

    13 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

    21 months ago

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

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

    20 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

    22 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

    22 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

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

    21 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

    23 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)

    23 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)

    21 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

    21 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

    21 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

    21 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*

    21 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

    22 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

    22 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

    22 months ago

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

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

    21 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)

    22 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

    22 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

    23 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)

    3 days 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.

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

    21 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

    22 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

    18 hours 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.

  • Relaxing in Iceland's Blue Lagoon
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    Relaxing in Iceland's Blue Lagoon

    21 months ago

    The soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon, the mud pots and hot springs of Pjorsardalur are more than relaxing.

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

    2 days ago

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

  • Whale Watching in Iceland's Flaxafloi Bay
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    Whale Watching in Iceland's Flaxafloi Bay

    21 months ago

    When we finally arrive in Iceland , itslandscapes almost put us in a trance. After a taking a much-needed nap, we proceed out into Faxafloi Bay on a whale-watching cruise off shore from the snowy plateaus of Iceland.

  • The Birds of Newfoundland
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    The Birds of Newfoundland

    21 months ago

    Here, I recollect a birding trip to Newfoundland over fifty years ago during which we camped 9 nights in various sections of the island from Port Aux Basques to Argentia seeing over 86 different species of birds.

  • Memories of Nova Scotia
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    Memories of Nova Scotia

    20 months ago

    the author recalls experiences in maritime Canada In this hub he recalls a frightful train ride from Halifax to Yarmouth through a raging forest fire.

  • An Icy Winter Crossing to  Prince Edward Island
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    An Icy Winter Crossing to Prince Edward Island

    21 months ago

    In this "Winter Passage to Prince Edward Island," the author recalls being on a ferryboat in March that had to crunch and crash its way through the thick ice of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

  • A Walk Along  Shore of Thoreau's Walden Pond
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    A Walk Along Shore of Thoreau's Walden Pond

    21 months ago

    In this 17th part of "Ever New England," I pay homage to the author of Walden, Henry Daid Thoreau. He had a passion for Nature and tribal cultures who lived within it. But his love of Nature was never at the expense of his concern for humanity.

  • Three More Asian Poems
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    Three More Asian Poems

    21 months ago

    At the Rock Garden of Ryoanji-dera one can easily sink through the stones in contemplation and in the vales of Shikoku the very river becomes your own awakening. The rice fields of Kansai all have banging and popping firecrackers to keep crows at bay thus orientalizing the story of Tantalus.

  • Hudson River in Winter
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    Hudson River in Winter

    22 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.

  • A Granddaughter's Snowy Owl (poem)
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    A Granddaughter's Snowy Owl (poem)

    22 months ago

    It is a curious thing that children tend to spot things in Nature well before adults. In this case, it was our granddaughter Clare who noticed a snowy owl high above on the top of a pole in the wintry woods of New York State. Thanks to her, we all became aware of this beautiful creature.

  • Our National Parks: Black Canyon of the Gunnison: A Place of Wonder
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    Our National Parks: Black Canyon of the Gunnison: A Place of Wonder

    21 months ago

    The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has the deepest canyon to be so narrow in North America. When we visited it, we soon realized that our eyes were tricked into thinking what was a huge boulder far below appeared to be a small rock.

  • Integrating Art with Books on Library Shelves
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    Integrating Art with Books on Library Shelves

    21 months ago

    Approaching my mid-seventies, I needed to give away books to my children and grandchildren and to sell a few of them for a bit of cash. In the spaces created on the shelves, I placed art objects related to books of a given section. For instance, between the volumes on arctic Inuit cultures, I...

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

    21 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

    22 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...

  • Homage to My Brother as Artist, John K. Fleck, Jr. (1932-2002)
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    Homage to My Brother as Artist, John K. Fleck, Jr. (1932-2002)

    23 months ago

    Victor Flach, Professor of Art at the University of Wyoming, has closely observed my brother's pen and ink sketches. He has stated that what is most memorable about my brother's work is its rich, a intricate and vivid detail and a unique feature of marginal commentary that describes the occasion...

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

    4 years 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 Seven: Finale
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    Ah To Be In Ireland! (a short story) Part Seven: Finale

    22 months ago

    The Finale ends with Cathleen imploring her husband to return to New York and get his children out of that wretched school. He sulks in the fields wondering what he should do. Dermid enters his house to say, of all things, that he's leaving for Chicago to be trained by his relative in the taxi...

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

    2 days 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 Five
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    Ah To Be In Ireland! (a short story) Part Five

    22 months ago

    Now that they're back in Ireland, it doesn't take Seamus' old friend Dermid to find them. They talk of the good old days, but Cathleen would rather Seamus did some chores around the house than just talk. But the two men decide to go into town for a drink o0r two and chat with old friends. The...

  • Ah To Be In Ireland! (a short story) Part Four
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    Ah To Be In Ireland! (a short story) Part Four

    22 months ago

    In this section, Seamus goes ahead with his plan of contacting Aer Lingus to book passage back to Ireland despite the shock it caused for his wife Cathleen. As he hangs up the phone with his booking of a flight Cathleen convinces him to tell his boss he's only going back for a short stay due to a...

  • Ah To Be In Ireland (a short story) Part Three
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    Ah To Be In Ireland (a short story) Part Three

    22 months ago

    I this section Seamus reveals his intentions of returning to Ireland. He's been saving twenty dollars a month for three years for just that purpose. Cathleen hardly wishes him to lose his status as a custodian in the States at over sixty dollars a week with free housing. Jimmy Schwartz is turuly...

  • Ah To Be In Ireland (a short story) Part Two
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    Ah To Be In Ireland (a short story) Part Two

    22 months ago

    In this section Jimmy Schwartz pops in after work and is invited to dinner--a full Irish spread--even though Jimmy really wanted to eat at acafeteria. Seamus puts on a Barry Fitzgerald accent and starts reminiscing about Ireland to Cathleen's embarassment. After a polite amount of time at Seamus'...

  • Ah To Be In Ireland! (a short story) Part One
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    Ah To Be In Ireland! (a short story) Part One

    22 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: A Serendipitous Breakfast in Yellowstone
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    Our National Parks: A Serendipitous Breakfast in Yellowstone

    21 months ago

    Instead of having breakfast at Canyon Village, we decided that we should drive northward to the Cascade Lake picnic area on the way to Dunraven Pass. We brought along our camp stove, a griddle and some pancake mix. We selected a picnic table with no one else around. As began cooking pancakes and...

  • Dreaming of Pieces of the Moon
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    Dreaming of Pieces of the Moon

    21 months ago

    In a strange dream I experienced climbing a rickety ladder to a high shack perched on stilts. A deceased friend of mine encouraged me to get up to the shack anyway possible. I jumped off the top of the ladder to reach the floor of the shack to discover my friend was already there examining pieces...

  • A New Translation of An Inca Rain Poem
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    A New Translation of An Inca Rain Poem

    21 months ago

    A fascinating concept of the Inca origin of rain is found in this poem in which the rain maiden strikes a water vase to have it burst with a thunder storm providing much needed rain.

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

    22 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.

  • A Very Humble Christmas Tree (Poem)
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    A Very Humble Christmas Tree (Poem)

    22 months ago

    The spirit of Christmas giving is found in the simplest of things like a hand carved figurine or a Christmas tree made of tumbleweed.

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

    3 days 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

    8 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

    22 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

    2 days 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)

    22 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...

  • Our National Parks: Navajo National Monument
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    Our National Parks: Navajo National Monument

    20 months ago

    Over half the experience of exploring the ancient Anasazi site of Keet Seel in Navajo National Monument, Arizona is getting there. But once the thirsty hiker is there seeing the ruins and the smoke-stained walls and metates and monos for grinding corn, canyon time will become real time.

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

    13 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.

  • Creating an Online Collection of Poetry
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    Creating an Online Collection of Poetry

    21 months ago

    One way to create on online collection of poetry is certainly to write individual poems for magazines that have online editions. Make sure the collection of poems has continuity and cohesion and, if possible, digital images as illustrations. Once you have 50 or 60 poems, go to Amazon.com or BN.Com...

  • Our National Parks: The Joy of Getting Away to the Snowy Mountains
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    Our National Parks: The Joy of Getting Away to the Snowy Mountains

    21 months ago

    Nothing better for the soul than getting away from the hot noisy city to the mountains above, be it the Rockies or the Catskills. John Muir once wrote, "Go to the mountains and receive their glad tidings." Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect place.

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

    2 days 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

    22 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,

  • Three Poems of Western Canada
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    Three Poems of Western Canada

    21 months ago

    Unique features of Canada include its diverse cultures from French Canadian to Inuit and its diverse landscapes from misty seacoasts of Nova Scotia to Canadian Rockies of Banff and Jasper.

  • Henry Thoreau and the Wilderness
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    Henry Thoreau and the Wilderness

    21 months ago

    Human needs for nature transcend food, clothing and shelter. We have a constant need for spiritual renewal whether it be along the beaches of Cape Cod, the slopes of White Mountains of New Hampshire, or deep in the mossy, moosey woods of Maine. Truly "In wildness is the preservation of the World."

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

    3 days 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...

  • Overcoming Writer's Block on Block Island, Rhode Island
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    Overcoming Writer's Block on Block Island, Rhode Island

    21 months ago

    While visiting Block Island, with friends and a fellow writer, Ben Benanni, we humorously thought of conducting a writer's workshop called Overcoming Writer's Block on Block Island. We thought it might catch on with prospective writers, but each of us drifted in our own directions and never got...

  • Rafting the Upper Colorado River
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    Rafting the Upper Colorado River

    21 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

    22 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

    21 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.

  • Trekking North into Vermont: The Snow Hole
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    Trekking North into Vermont: The Snow Hole

    21 months ago

    On a muggy day in Massachusetts, Maura and I hiked the Taconic Range trail from St. Petersburg Pass for two and a half miles just across the Vermont border to descend into a snow hole some fifty feet down to angular rocks draped in mosses and ferns and just beyond that, deep white snow from last...

  • Rambling Through the Berkshires II
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    Rambling Through the Berkshires II

    21 months ago

    After a month or so, we drove to the top of Mount Greylock above the heat and haze of Williamstown. The summit, close to 4,000 feet, afforded views well into Vermont and New York State. A thundershower developed to create wispy strands of mist that inched their way up and down the forested slopes...

  • Rambling Through the Berkshires 1
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    Rambling Through the Berkshires 1

    21 months ago

    Our first home just after our marriage back in 1963 was in Williamstown massachusetts in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains so rich with summer greens, autumn reds and purples and winter whites. We did our initiation climb within view of our house up the Pine Cobble to get a grand view of Mount...

  • East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 6
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    East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 6

    21 months ago

    Just before leaving Ocean Point at the end of summer, we sailed out to Monhegan Island ten miles off the coast and discovered by Captain John Smith in 1614. Monhegan has its on art history with artists in residence like Norman Rockwell and Jacqueline Hudson. It also has fantastic sea cliffs that...

  • East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 4
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    East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 4

    21 months ago

    Mondays were chore days at our cottage in Ocean Point Maine. We all drove to a fresh water spring near East Boothbay to fill up plastic jugs with fresh water to drink as the cottage pipes were quite rusty and so too was the spigot water. Searching for drift wood for the evening fire was my favorite...

  • East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 3
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    East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 3

    21 months ago

    After a foggy night my parents and I drove the next morning to Rockland where we boarded the Mary A to sail out to Matinicus Island twenty miles at sea. All was not peaceful back in the 1750's. Ebenezar Hall, against a government treat with the Penobscot Indians, settled on Matinicus to hunt seals...

  • East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 2
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    East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 2

    21 months ago

    As a youth summering along the coast of Maine, I loved to take a shoreline hike from my aunt's cottage in Ocean Point to Little River that had a tidal dam in which water flowed into or out of the Little River depending on the tide. Little River had a certain mystique all of its own with its white...

  • East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 1
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    East of Boothbay Harbor, Maine 1

    21 months ago

    I spent my summers as a boy along the coast of Maine at a place called Ocean Point, east of Boothbay Harbor. The novelist Thomas Wolfe spent time here writing portions of his novel Look Homeward Angel. I always looked homeward to my real home away from home, Ocean Point. Here I met Dr. N.J....

  • Prehistoric Connections: Spirit Vortex
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    Prehistoric Connections: Spirit Vortex

    21 months ago

    This is an excerpt from my novel Spirit Mound (2005) in which Veeluk, son of deceased Oonah sail south on for long rafts from Boyne River Valley to the Wicklow Mountains to get white stones to line a burial mound they have been building for two generations. Because they are members of the Wolf...

  • Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Seven (Finale)
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    Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Seven (Finale)

    21 months ago

    In this section Sam returns to his rez in Wyoming (an Arapaho word meaning where the prairie ends and mountains begin) and he is offered a teaching job at the Indian School for the summer. He also receives a letter asking him to interview for a position at Red Cloud College in the fall. He takes a...

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

    22 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

    21 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

    22 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

    22 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
    5

    Distant Drums of Wounded Knee Part Three

    22 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
    5

    Distant Drums of Wonded Knee Part Two

    22 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)

    22 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
    6

    Irish Interest in Henry David Thoreau

    22 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
    7

    Unique Moments While Teaching Edward Abbey

    23 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
    21

    Translation of Ten Japanese Haiku

    8 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...

  • Rambles in Ireland: Mullyash and Beyond
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    Rambles in Ireland: Mullyash and Beyond

    22 months ago

    We greatly enjoy climbing Mullyash mountain along the border of Northern Ireland to gain a view into the Irish Sea as well as the Mountains of Mourne. It is curious to note that when Ireland was divided in 1921, the people of Monaghan County were given a choice of two different places--Mullyash or...

  • Teaching Native American Literature at Osaka University
    8

    Teaching Native American Literature at Osaka University

    22 months ago

    One key aspect of contemporary Native American literature that interested both Japanese and Italian students is the deep sensibility of the Native American toward the land and its creatures and the connectedness of humans to the spirit world of Nature.

  • Springtime in Bologna
    11

    Springtime in Bologna

    22 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

    22 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
    5

    Having Fun with the Kids in Old Wyoming

    21 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....

  • Silver Fever (a story in a high country)
    1

    Silver Fever (a story in a high country)

    22 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.

  • The Prairie Off Guard, An Encounter with Inverse Gravity
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    The Prairie Off Guard, An Encounter with Inverse Gravity

    21 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

    22 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...

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

    21 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...

  • An Open Letter to the Late Edward Abbey
    4

    An Open Letter to the Late Edward Abbey

    22 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

    22 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
    6

    Ancestral Pueblo Ruins in Utah's Grand Gulch

    22 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...

  • If You Are Going to Ireland, Newgrange is a Must
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    If You Are Going to Ireland, Newgrange is a Must

    22 months ago

    Newgrange (Bru na Boinne) is a 5,000 years old burial mound, the best preserved prehistoric site in western Europe, is a must see for Irish visitors. Its entrance way to the interior is aligned with the rising sun during the winter solstice. The visitor can take a guided tour of the site year-round...

  • Climbing Mount Fuji in the Bright Stars
    7

    Climbing Mount Fuji in the Bright Stars

    8 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

    24 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...

  • A Day on the Delaware Bay
    6

    A Day on the Delaware Bay

    22 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

    21 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)
    5

    The Missing Panelist (A Short Story)

    22 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

    21 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...

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

    21 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
    8

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

    3 days 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)

    21 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
    8

    Remembering Princeton: II Further Memories of Parnassus Bookshop

    21 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

    21 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)
    5

    Spirit Drawings or Petroglyphic Fear (short story)

    22 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...

  • The Prairies of Laramie
    3

    The Prairies of Laramie

    3 days 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.

  • Cross country Skiing to Montezuma Pass
    4

    Cross country Skiing to Montezuma Pass

    20 months ago

    We celebrated Christmas Eve one time by skiing steadily uphill to the Drunken Irishman Mine and have lunch to hit the trail again and ski all the way up to Montezuma Pass between Keystone and Breckenridge in a soft snow with big feathery flakes. Nothing in the world was so peaceful to be up there...

  • Our National Parks: Guadalupe High
    2

    Our National Parks: Guadalupe High

    21 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
    3

    Our National Parks:A Day in Death Valley

    21 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
    3

    Our National Parks: A Strange Switch: a short story set in early Yellowstone

    22 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

    22 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

    22 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)
    1

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

    22 months ago

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

  • Come to Alaska: III Walking North from Juneau
    1

    Come to Alaska: III Walking North from Juneau

    21 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

    21 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

    2 days 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

    21 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

    3 days 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

    20 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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