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Total Eclipse of the Sun

Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun Whoa, but mama that’s where the fun is -Bruce Springsteen The day of the eclipse has arrived: August 21, 2017. You’ve planned all year for this rare

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Haiku of the Day

We had a little bit of snow today and my wife took this picture of the bamboo bench on our porch. When her sister commented that there is a haiku in there somewhere, I was inspired to whip up this

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Story Cartel and the Search for Reviews

One of the biggest struggles for an indie author is getting people to review your books on Amazon and other book retailers (I even have trouble getting people I know personally, and who have given my novel extremely positive feedback, to

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Posted in Books, Entertainment, Essay, Writing

Keep Krampus in Christmas

When I wrote the following piece five years ago, most people in this country had never heard of Krampus. Since then, he has appeared in numerous TV shows, been featured in toys and ornaments, and now even has his own Hollywood film! So in honor of

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Remembering Heidi on Her Birthday

I’m re-posting this in honor of what would have been Heidi’s 17th birthday, along with an expanded tribute video incorporating footage that I found since the original post. We miss you so much, baby girl. Not a day has gone

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Quotes from My Novel

To help spread the word about my novel, I’ve decided to begin sharing selected quotes on a weekly basis. Most of these will be in the form of small snippets on my social media feeds, but from time to time

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My First Novel: The Long Road to Publication

I’m pleased to announce that my debut novel The Eyes of Mictlan is now available for purchase at Amazon in both Kindle (eBook) and paperback formats. The Kindle version is $2.99. If you do not own a Kindle, Amazon has

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Dear Heidi

We fell in love with you from the moment we saw you on that wintry day back in 2000. While all of the other dogs up for adoption were jumping around in their crates and barking, you were just lying

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Looking Back

As 2013 winds to a close, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the past year, during which this blog has come a long way: on this day last year I had three

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Keep Krampus in Christmas

The first chapter of my Mexico journal will be posted shortly, but in the meantime, and in keeping with spirit of the season, I thought I’d share an essay I originally wrote three years ago.  Perhaps I’ll make this re-post

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Grand Teton National Park - August, 2017 Chapel of the Transfiguration (upper left) #ChapeloftheTransfiguration #chapels #GrandTetonNationalPark #historic #landscapes #MormonRow #mountains #nationalparks #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park - August, 2017 Mormon Row: T.A. Moulton Barn #architecture #barns #GrandTetonNationalPark #historic #landscapes #MormonRow #Moulton #mountains #nationalparks #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park - August, 2017 Bird overlooking Andy Chambers Homestead on Mormon Row. #birds #animals #GrandTetonNationalPark #historic #homesteads #MormonRow #nationalparks #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park - August, 2017 Mormon Row: Clark & Veda Moulton Homestead #architecture #GrandTetonNationalPark #historic #homesteads #landscapes #MormonRow #Moulton #mountains #nationalparks #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park - August, 2017 Mormon Row: John Moulton Barn #architecture #barns #GrandTetonNationalPark #historic #landscapes #MormonRow #Moulton #mountains #nationalparks #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park - August, 2017 My humble attempt at recreating Ansel Adams' famous black-and-white Snake River photo. #GrandTetonNationalPark #nationalparks #NorthAmerica #panoramas #Photography #Scenic #SnakeRiver #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming #blackandwhite #landscapes
Oliver Grant-Rappa - April, 2016 My little buddy, Ollie. #dogs #pets #blackandwhite
Machu Picchu, Peru - August, 2012 This is another photo for which I think the conversion to black and white might be an improvement over the original color photo as it brings out more detail than was visible in the original shot. #machupicchu #peru #Photography #SouthAmerica #Travel #ruins #incas #landscapes #mountains #blackandwhite
Paris, France: Eiffel Tower - July, 2014 This is a black-and-white conversion of a shot I took of one of the Eiffel Tower's massive legs. I think it's an improvement over the original color photo, which had been mostly devoid of color anyway, as many more details are now visible that had been lost in the original photo. #architecture #EiffelTower #europe #france#paris #Photography #Travel #blackandwhite
Cape May, New Jersey - June, 2017 Cape May sunset, black and white conversion. #beaches #capemay #capemaypoint #landscapes #newjersey #NorthAmerica #ocean #Photography #shore #sunsets #Travel #blackandwhite #clouds
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Grand Teton National Park - August, 2017 Snake River. This is almost the exact same spot from where Ansel Adams took his famous photo. #GrandTetonNationalPark #rivers #landscapes #mountains #nationalparks #nature #NorthAmerica #Photography #SnakeRiver #roadtrips #Travel #trees #UnitedStates #Wyoming
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