cultural contact

A Cosmic Conundrum of Cultural Contact

“How do you expect to communicate with the ocean, when you can’t even understand one another?” – Santisław Lem, Solaris Recently, NASA uploaded the contents of the golden disk to SoundCloud. When the American space agency launched the two Voyager spacecraft in 1977, they placed onboard two golden records that contain the sounds of Earth. […]

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The Boundaries of the Sacred – A Visit to Zuni Pueblo

NOTE: This article was origionally published in the April 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine as a two-part series. ~ ~ ~ On a breezy late-June morning, Tom Kennedy, the Director of the Zuni Tourism Program at the remote western New Mexico Native American pueblo stands atop the remains of the ancient Zuni town of Hawikku, […]

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Tourists’ Tastes Craft Culture

NOTE: This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ “I leave the good stuff at home,” the man said to me. “It doesn’t sell.” “What do you mean it doesn’t sell?” I asked him. Just last June I was at Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico. On […]

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Valsörarna Lighthouse – Kvarken World Heritage Site – Finland

There is a little island out in the middle of the Gulf of Bothnia that feels like it is a thousand miles from anywhere. The mainland to the east is just out of view behind the curve of the Earth or perhaps behind a thin bank of clouds laying just above the horizon. West, towards […]

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Images of Windows. Tamsweg, Austria

I’ve certainly allowed my website to slide the past month. But I have a good excuse. Not only have I been publishing articles elsewhere but I’ve been developing the first guide to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Most importanly I’ve been teaching a writing course at Eastern New Mexico Univeristy (ENMU) out on […]

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A Finnish Photographer – My Shot of the Day – Aug 20, 2014

I have no idea who this woman is. Just another Finnish photographer. I REALLY hope she doesn’t mind that I took this picture. After a meal of fried muikku I went down to the the Söderfjärden Meteor Crater to find some cranes. I couldn’t find them however…until sunset when they suddenly appeared out of the […]

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The Bodvattnet at Bodback – Kvarken World Heritage Site

It is a humid mid-morning and the pond is glassy. Dragonflies pass over the muddy flats marking the edge of the water. A Red Admiral butterfly rests on a golden point of grass. A fat and roly-poly yellow bee lumbers between flowers, hitting the yellowest first and only afterwards tasting from the blue bells and […]

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Helsinki at Night – My Shot(s) of the Day – August 5, 2014

That is the Tuomiokirkko, the Helsinki Catherdral. While it is one of the most photographed buildings in all of Scandanavia, I’ve never been terribly impressed with it. I’m not sure why, I guess it is just that I’m not into Neoclassical architecture. It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel as the climax of his Senate Square layout: it is surrounded […]

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A Short (but awesome!) Colorado Road Trip

We left Taos in a pretty violent lightning storm and it rained hard all the way to the Colorado border at Antonito. Our Colorado road trip was supposed to extend for over a week but given a very busy summer, a family reunion and the need to have the kids to the airport by noon […]

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SEND ME BACK TO FINLAND! The Lake of Bothnia and Finland Ecotourism Project

My first crowdfunding campaign is under way! This is my very first attempt at crowdfunding one of the numerous projects I have in mind.  It probably will not be the last. Please help me set this project in motion. Click that link and please be so kind as to jump on board. Goal I need […]

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To Get To The Cloud Forest – #EcoCostaRica

To get into the cloud forest you first scramble past the hydrangea and on up through blackberry fields and plum and peach orchards on forty-five degree slopes. The craggy moss covered fruit trees seem older than you’d expect and are encircled with vines. There are Chlorophonias munching contentedly on the fuzzy little peaches. They move […]

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Ecotourism Costa Rica – The Impacts on Three Guides

It is hard to deny that ecotourism has benefited the nation of Costa Rica in a great number of ways.  The ecotourism boom began in the mid-1980s and really took off in the 1990s with 800,000 foreigners visiting the Central American nation in 1995, 1.03 million in 1999 and an astounding 2.34 million in 2012, […]

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