Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Kelly Mine In Magdalena, New Mexico

Magdalena, New Mexico. Known for¬†Smithsonite, a zinc ore. Beautiful country all around. A proud rock shop owner known simply as Otero, displays his rough material and his cabs, the findings made by a native woman silversmith. To know more about … Continue reading

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In Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park

A hiker crests a hill on the way to the Fire Maze. His only companion, a trail marker at the top. Black and white and white leaves the lines of the earth bare. I think of Kate Bush: And if … Continue reading

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The Problem With Model Releases

People add interest to otherwise dull photos. See below. These shots are from the Trinity Site on the grounds of the White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. It was the location of the first atomic bomb explosion and … Continue reading

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Twitter and Instagram Tips for Newbies; Hashtags Explained

As I learn about social media to help publicize my book, my brother (external link) sends this in about Twitter and Instagram: Twitter and Instagram Tom, hashtags are used to classify content on Instagram and Twitter for search purposes and … Continue reading

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I am Tiring of These Constructions

I am tiring of some constructions. My complaint is they contain the word “not” or “no,” those words inherently negative. Is there a way to recast these sentences positively? Original: Not only is the bread exceptional, the butter is as … Continue reading

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Turning the Organizational Corner: Inside Baseball

With nine months to deadline I have turned the corner on writing my book and I can clearly see how it will finish. And that it will finish. There’s an American saying: inside baseball. It means discussing obscure details that … Continue reading

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Writing’s Hidden Time Bandit

As I continue my tour of the Southwestern United States, I am taking pictures by the score. ¬†With two cameras, just in case I miss a shot with either one. The problem is that each image takes a judgment, to … Continue reading

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