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My Brush with Nicolas Cage

The most famous member of my family is Grandpa’s truck. It’s a green Chevrolet from the late 90s, and for the last month Nicolas Cage, the actor, has been driving it around. Seriously. It all started several months ago when the Kanab Department of Tourism asked some local residents if they would be willing to […]

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A Lesson from Fremont Petroglyphs

Over Thanksgiving break my family went on an adventure in our favorite stomping ground Southern Utah (near the Kanab area). Our goal was to hike to hike to Cutler’s Point, which is a fabulous (albeit shallow) cave inside the side of a mountain plateau. (See pictures below.) As we drove back from Cutler’s Point on an old highway that used to […]

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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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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 […]