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BRING A CHAINSAW (and other stories from my solo travels)
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to clean up after a hurricane in Florida? Where those dirt roads in Colorado will take you? How to build an adobe and strawbale home by hand? What to expect riding your motorcycle across the States with stilts strapped on the seat? How to keep your mouth shut when living at a Buddhist monastery in England? Or what to wear for your first day at Clown School? This and so much more will be revealed in this travel memoir.
Lucky and Mike, best friends since childhood, travel through New Mexico and into Arizona, accompanied by Blue, a collie mix. Looking for Lucky’s newly discovered half-sister, these friends search across the Southwest, including visits to Las Cruces, Bisbee, and Flagstaff. The clues they follow begin resembling something an undercover genealogist might dream up. Over the weeks, Lucky unscrambles the past, one that challenges stereotypes of family, friendships, and gender, while laying a few good secrets to rest. Meanwhile, Blue, being a most generous dog, embarks on her own search and rescue mission, finding a needing-to-be-bottle-fed pup aptly named Peanut. It’s the two dogs – and soon Blue’s tiny kitten foundlings – that give this archetypal hero’s journey a mixture of heartbreak and comic lightness.
Lucky Shot: a novel of sex, death, and photography is a snapshot of a journey of self-discovery.
“They call me Lucky. My parents that is, they called me Lucky when I was a kid. Anyway, there I was, in my late thirties, wondering what the hell to do with myself. My dad, my girlfriend, my dog, my job, and my best friend; all were gone. For one reason or another, I’d lost them all. I stayed in Santa Fe. I tried to work, to keep the homestead fires going, but, well, like I said, it was a rough year. I packed my bags, threw everything into the crew cab of my 1983 Nissan truck, and prayed she would take me further than Eldorado, the one in Santa Fe, that is. With camera in hand, I looked for a new life. Is this what they call a mid-life crisis?”
The stories told through Lucky’s candid photos are of the basic human struggles that most of us face: betrayal, loss, fear, friends who lie, and lovers who cheat. Look through Lucky’s camera and join this archetypal journey of crisis, departure, and return. The trip is at times funny, evocative, and heartwarming.
WHEN NO-ONE’S LOOKING
A novel that spans six countries and 40 years, the story centers on an obsessive pair of lovers who cannot stay away from each other. Joey and Kat have had a messy relationship dating back to 1967. A random encounter in a small town in New Mexico takes them both aback. They part yet come back together repeatedly in Central America, Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom, and back to New Mexico. Looking back over the years, Joey reminisces with best friend, Paula on what could have been, while planning a final gathering of friends and family. “When No One’s Looking makes me homesick for the simple, hardscrabble, poetic life that unfolds daily in the Ortiz Mountains of New Mexico—and for the raw, fearless emotions and journeys of its people. Joey’s story is about the outer and inner landscapes that lead to love, to hate, and ultimately to wisdom.” Carol Carpenter, Playwright. New York.
AND THE MOST RECENT NOVEL: LIVING THE DREAM
Jenny, a teacher from Olympia, WA moves to New Mexico with her musician boyfriend. They decide to give up all the conveniences of the city and follow the dream of an off-grid, sustainable and trendsetting green lifestyle in a small rural community. Just the thing to spice up their relationship, and cheaper than having a kid. They arrive in the high desert, following the GPS directions, and struggle to find the forty acres and the RV. Quickly humbled by how little prepared they are, they try to settle in within this unique small town. Only it’s not as easy as the magazines make it seem.