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Reflections in the Silver Cup

BE THE LIGHT

This piece first appeared as a column on December 23 in my hometown newspaper, the Gallup Independent. Printed here with permission.

On the magnificent golden butte that overlooks the ruins of Chaco Canyon, ancient astronomers, ancestors of the Pueblo peoples, created a massive solar calendar. They were not only astronomers, they had among them highly talented engineers that were able to place three enormous slices of sandstone in perfect alignment so that, as Earth revolves around the sun, sunlight strikes a spiral carved on the foremost rock in targeted locations. It happens on the fall and spring equinoxes and on the summer and winter solstices.

Long before I knew about this calendar, I imagined Read More 
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