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A Murderer’s Thumb

            I was five, maybe six, when I first realized my thumbs were different. They were not only different from other people’s, they were different from each other. My right hand sported a long, sleek variety that had the grace of Audrey Hepburn. The thumb on my left hand was short, fat, and stubby—strangely similar to […]

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Ever had a “UFO” moment?

There we were, sitting in the living room, probably watching an episode of Stranger Things, when my daughter says, “Wow, look at the UFO.” Out the front window we could all see it clear as day. (See photo below.) Hovering in the sky was a classic UFO-shaped light. Maybe it was the time of night, […]

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The Shrunken Head Phenomenon

What is the fascination with shrunken heads? They’ve been around since pre-Columbian times, yet the concept still manages to rear its head (pun intended)  from time to time, even in the good old United States. Yesterday I pulled into the parking lot of my local city building. After killing the engine and taking out the […]

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The Hunt for Anasazi Writings

The Anasazi Indians are considered the “Ancient Ones,” even though their name literally means “enemy ancestors” in Navajo. The Anasazi lived around the Four-Corners area for a 1,000+ years until 1300 A.D. Their engravings into the smooth, red rocks cliffs are remarkable remnants of their lost culture.  The big question is where did they go? […]

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Coyote Slayer

It was late at night and I was driving my family in our Suburban along a fast-paced stretch of highway in remote southern Utah. We’d been traveling most of the day and had another half hour to go before reaching our destination. Two coyotes darted into the road from my left. I braked, missing the […]

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My Stint on National TV

In the spring of 2013 I received a strange email. It was from a television producer in England. They were filming a television series called “Myth Hunters” and wanted to do an episode about the legends of Montezuma’s Gold being in Kanab, Utah. They had found my name on Amazon. I had published various short […]

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Keeping it Real

There’s more to writing books for kids than making characters come to life, crafting unique plots, and weaving suspense and humor throughout. You also have to keep up with the times—what’s cool nowadays? What do nine year olds think about? Are you using phrases or similes that relate to them? This concept became obvious to me […]

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Plot like a Snowshoe Expert

       The problem with snowshoeing is that you can’t expect your feet to do their normal thing. The whole “one foot ahead of the other” concept is not applicable when you have 3-foot long tennis rackets strapped to your boots (at least that is what it feels like).    Instead, you have to […]

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An International Affair

Last spring I was interviewed by Paul O’Connor of World Media Rights from the UK. He was in Kanab, Utah doing a episode of “Myth Hunters” about Freddie Crystal and the legend of Montezuma’s cursed gold.   I’m somewhat of a treasure-hunting hobbyist. I don’t go hunting for the gold (though I do love hiking), but I love […]