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Talisman for the Journey on My Dashboard

BOOK TOUR JOURNAL 13
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I have left Albuquerque, and as I type this, I’ve completed the second leg of my drive to British Columbia. I’m sitting in the shade of an oleander hedge, enjoying the light breeze in 75º sunshine in Kingman, AZ, after starting out in fog and 39º weather in Holbrook, AZ, this morning.

My last two events in Albuquerque were great successes, both in numbers and in conversations. For an English major, I’m not at all bad at math, but I am not good at estimating lengths (beyond a couple of yards), distances, or numbers. Taking a stab at the Book Forum numbers—the joint event with UNM sociology professor Rich Wood—I’d say we had an audience of about Read More 
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BOOK TOUR JOURNAL 12
AN AUDIENCE OF ONE



My first event in Farmington, at Identity Inc, brought in the organizers on purpose, then a mother and daughter “by accident,” the person who was meeting the daughter, and the building’s landlord. Six people, four of whom I conversed with. The second event, the next day, was held at the San Juan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets in a sweet little red brick bungalow on Orchard Street. The building reminded me of the red brick house that was the Farmington library when I was a child, dying for books.

There I had an audience of one, the organizer, Judy Cline. As we arranged Read More 
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The Walk

BOOK TOUR JOURNAL 11
A DAY IN THE LIFE



When I’m not driving, working on my next book (yes, I still do that sometimes), submitting essays (hard to find the time), holding a book event, here is what a day in the life of this DIY Book Tour author looked like on Monday, October 17, 2016:

• Organized and emailed a set of questions, based on my reading of my co-presenter’s book, that he, the moderator, and I can think about before we meet this afternoon to prepare for our joint Book Forum on Sunday.

• Took a 10-minute walk down a country lane, lined with turning cottonwoods, with Sam the dog.

• Wrote an email to the person in charge of ordering at the Calvin College bookstore, based on a contact made by  Read More 
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Navajo Dam State Park

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EVENING IN TSEDAAK'AAN &
HOUSEKEEPING AT NAVAJO DAM STATE PARK



Yesterday evening in Tsedaak'aan was perfect. I spent most of the morning and afternoon with Gloria Emerson and her friend Marie cleaning and arranging indoor and outdoor spaces for our evening guests. Gloria was the executive director of the Native American Materials Development Center when I worked there, and her brother Larry, who lives next door, was a staff artist and writer. There was a period of time when I was traveling the world that we lost touch, but for the past six years, I have often spent time with Gloria, a painter, sculptor and writer. Larry, in the meantime, has become an educator and philosopher as well as a farmer. I was over visiting him and his son Mark, talking about religious and linguistic decolonization, when Gloria walked over to say some guests had arrived.

It turned out to be three members Read More 
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