About Me and this Website -
The objective of this website is to showcase the beauty of our natural surroundings through art, photography, atypical endeavors, and such. The content is intended to offer an escape from daily routines by providing artistic, historic, and literary diversions. Creativity enlightens our spiritual and cognizant awareness by eliminating the mundane.
Our world's secrets continue to be discovered through exploration. Risking the unknown broadens our knowledge; Hemingway wrote: "What Reward, Without Risk?" Edward Abbey advised us to "Resist Much, Obey Little." Two quotes that somewhat define the life I strive to lead; taking risks and follow the heart; obeying that which must be obeyed.
The remains of Hovenweep and the ancient Anasazi culture gets more intriguing with each visit to the four-corners region. By studying such ancient sites and exploring art on canyon walls in the form of etchings, petroglyphs and pictographs from the early inhabitants of the Americas, one gains understanding and perhaps some guidance from the messages carved and painted onto the sandstone. Intriguing is the word which best describes these ancient messages found in our wilderness, some dating back to 6,000 BC.
In 2019, after several years of extended desert visits, I moved to Moab, Utah, a small Utah town surrounded by two National Parks, numerous State Parks National Preserves, and National Forests. Millions of visitors from all countries visit the Four-Corners region and to enjoy the many wonders found in our desert areas. After two years of rural desert life, that endless highway rolled me back to my beloved Holladay home where I continue to study the history and known culture of the Anasazi who migrated to the Four-Corners region more than 2,000 years ago. I teach a course on the Anasazi and Hovenweep with the University of Utah's Life Long Learning. The next class will be in March 2024. Come join us.
My last business venture, post-retirement, was the development and implementation of a life-saving technologies that will prevent first responder and law enforcement auto accidents and associated fatalities and injuries. The project was encouraged by then Secretary of Transportation, Ray La Hood, who promised an $800,000 grant to cover the engineering and development expenses which I personally funded to allow us to bring this technology to the automobiles industry. Operational prototypes of this technology went through live testing to validate the technology. Regretfully, the project was aborted by Anthony Foxx, when he was appointed Secretary of Transportation by President Obama, replacing Mr. LaHood.
In 2018 I retired from retirement, with my focus on education, my first career upon graduating from the U of U. I continue to teach in local secondary schools when there is a need, and I teach several courses at the U of U on Hovenweep, and the Anasazi who roamed America before the Europeans arrived. Sadly, the American history taught in our public schools does not go back much further than the arrival of the Spanish and other Europeans. Those who called America home, prior to the arrival of the Europeans are largely forgotten in what our students learn in our public school.
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