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Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico

Tweet Last week, while giving a talk and leading a discussion at SOMOS – Society of the Muse of the Southwest – in Taos, Mexico, Elizabeth and I stayed for two nights at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos. The House is a National Historic Landmark. In 1917, Mabel, a rich heiress, and former [...]

D.H. Lawrence & Taos, New Mexico

Tweet While giving a book reading recently in Taos, New Mexico, I drove one day about twenty miles north of Taos to the D. H. Lawrence Ranch. Lawrence was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century – author of “Sons and Lovers”, “The Rainbow”, “Women in Love”, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, and other numerous [...]

Traveling to a New America – Taos, New Mexico

Tweet Taos, New Mexico. This week, “Traveling to a New America” stopped in Taos, New Mexico, at SOMOS – the Society of the Muse of the Southwest – where I gave a reading from one of my books, “A New Myth for America“, and held a discussion afterwards with a small group from the audience [...]

Evangelicalism on Trial, For All to See

Tweet So more than 150 evangelical leaders across the country have just put themselves on record, in part as follows: ‘We affirm that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.” “We deny that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception [...]

America – Drilling Down For Pay Dirt

Tweet Traveling to a New America _____________________________ PAY DIRT What is needed is the blow of a hammer. Cracking through age-old sediment, releasing hot plasma. There is fire at the center of your life.  Let it come forth. Now spin a tale with utter abandon.  Resurrect voices stifled and buried and abandoned down the well [...]

Jack London & The Iron Heel

Tweet This past weekend, Elizabeth and I stopped by Glen Ellen, California, a lovely small town north of the city of Sonoma, and the location of the Jack London State Historic Park. Jack London was one of the most prolific and successful writers of the early 1900′s – author of “Call of the Wild”, “White [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Salinas, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Chris.  Salinas, California. _________________________________________ Chris, what’s your take on America at this time? “With America being built on immigration for hundreds of years, we’re all immigrants, but we’ve let the illegal immigration go on for so long, maybe it’s been a century or longer, [...]

August 6th, Again – Hiroshima

Tweet Another year passes.  We come around again, remembering the horror of Hiroshima. Meanwhile, on the horizon, pointed shapes sprout from the Earth, deadly black missiles mushrooming into sight here and there – North Korea, Russia, France, Great Britain, Pakistan, India, the United States, and other countries planning and secretly hoping to bring into bloom [...]

America As It Is Unfolding

Tweet Donald Trump and his insular, vicious narcissism. The Republican Health Care debacle, an attempt to pass a law that violates the health of tens of millions of Americans – for what? – for power, for prestige, for money, for an empty victory, for blatant ego – and seemingly no one in the corridors of [...]

Maya Angelou & My Friend Joe

Tweet Joe Morhaim was my best friend.  He died in 2006, at age 79, from complications of heart surgery. Joe had such a bright, brilliant manner.  He was a wonderful writer, and for twenty-five years he lived and wrote screenplays in Paris. He loved France.  Even after he returned to Los Angeles with his French [...]