Category: Deep Desert

How many handshake rituals have you participated in, in your lifetime? I’m guessing thousands. And yes, I said ritual. Have you ever wondered why it is you do this? Couriouser yet, have you ever wondered why nearly every culture on earth has partaken in this ritual (or a variant)since before recorded history? What exactly is taking […]

“We Spaniards know a sickness of the heart that only gold can cure.” – Hernan Cortes   No doubt you’ve heard the name Montezuma somewhere before, but how about Moctezuma? Also known as Moteczoma, Motecuhzoma, Moteuczomah, and Mwatazuma. But usually referred to here in the Southwest as simply Montezuma. I often tell the story of […]


September 12th, 2016 by

When the war of giants is over, the wars of pygmies will begin  -Winston Churchill Queho This is the story of Queho, pronounced (Kay-ho) although some say (Kwee-ho) and in Spanish the name means (to complain). The story is a fascinating one and has all the makings of an old west legend as it contains […]


June 1st, 2016 by

Fa from faich (fa!) “behold!” or “see!” Fe from Fiadh (fee-a) “food”; Fi from fiú “good to eat” Fo from fogh (fó) “sufficient” and Fum from feum “hunger”. “Fa fe fi fo fum!” becomes “Behold food, good to eat, sufficient for my hunger!” Hercules and the Greek Olympians, Jack and the Beanstalk, David and Goliath, Big […]

The Sedona Vortice

April 3rd, 2016 by

I’m not crazy.  My reality is just different from yours. – Cheshire Cat So this isn’t going to be a piece on how to attain personal enlightenment. Nor am I going to give you directions to a secret cave where you can meditate and realize nirvana. So much has already been written about the Sedona […]


January 23rd, 2016 by

  There are two sorts of curiosity – the momentary and the permanent. The momentary is concerned with the odd appearance on the surface of things. The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive life that flows on beneath the surface of things. Robert Wilson Lynd No fancy intro here, I’m just going to […]

Phoenix / Egypt

December 18th, 2015 by

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” […]


December 18th, 2015 by

Just east of Phoenix, perched atop the Superstition Mountain range lay the mysterious and well-preserved ruins of Circlestone. Like a crown resting atop an indomitable and unbroken mountain wilderness, this ruin forms a near perfect circle 140 feet across. Although not the showiest of ruins left behind by the ancients; the size, and location beg […]


December 17th, 2015 by

Just over the Colorado River in California, near the towns of Blythe and Yuma, and also in Sacaton Arizona along the Gila River, lay etched into the desert floor huge geoglyphs called Intaglios. These mysterious images measure up to 175 feet long and can only be fully seen and distinguished from the advantage of aircraft. […]


December 17th, 2015 by

This is the story Ho’ok or Haw-awk (as it is written in this story), a girl who was born to the Gila River Pima before the arrival of the Europeans. It is an extraordinary story of a child born very tall, with claw-like hands and the feet of a wild animal. This is the complete […]