THOMPSON PASS TO KEYSTONE CANYON BY CHERIME MACFARLANE
If Denali is the cherry on top of Alaska, Keystone Canyon is one of the yummy little nuts scattered on top the ice cream. Near the town of Valdez, and formed by the Lowe River, its walls are almost perpendicular.
The gorge, 3 miles or (4.8k) long, is rife with water. It spews from high and low places all along its length. At an elevation 307 feet (94m), it is close to sea level. But to get to it and the town of Valdez, you must negotiate Thompson Pass.
EIGHTH-GRADER WRITES AND PUBLISHES BEST-SELLING BOOK ON MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND GRIT BY MARY NHIN
He’s 14 and he’s already accomplished what most of us only dream of. Middle-schooler, Kobe Nhin has written and self-published a book titled, How to Win Wimbledon in Pajamas on Amazon. His book was funded through Kickstarter in 6 days. On May 17th, Nhin launched his book on Amazon and it quickly became a #1 new release and best seller.
MARK COKER IS THE CEO OF SMASHWORDS, THE LARGEST EBOOK DISTRIBUTOR IN AMERICA. MARK WAS KIND ENOUGH TO OFFER US AN INTERVIEW, AND HIS ANSWERS ARE TRULY FASCINATING, A MUST READ FOR ALL READERS AND WRITERS.
Smashwords is a wonderful platform for authors and publishers. What sparked the idea for Smashwords?
Smashwords grew out of my personal experience trying to sell a novel my wife and I co-wrote.
My wife is a former reporter for Soap Opera Weekly Magazine. About 12 years ago we wrote a novel titled Boob Tube that explored the dark underbelly of Hollywood celebrity.
Despite enthusiasm from beta readers and representation from a top New York literary agency, traditional publishers rejected it. Our agent told us that previous novels targeting soap opera fans had performed poorly which made publishers reluctant to take a chance on our book.
Our failure to land a publishing deal opened my eyes to what I perceived as a horribly broken publishing ecosystem that was no longer working for authors and readers.
A dep turned up to a Shebeen gig once with a ludicrous amount of gear, he had at least four keyboards, a rack of amps and outboard equipment. He came highly recommended from another dep with the accolade of having once been in a well- known eighties British rock group, so we had huge expectations of the dude, but he turned out to be useless, all the gear and no idea.
To be a sort after and well employed function band musician you have to have a unique blend of versatility and humility, know all the popular tunes, or at least the rudiments and be adept with a multitude of rhythms, this fella didn’t, and unfortunately neither did some of the core members from the original line up of Superfly.
I want to highlight a Philippine island that for many people may well be considered; “off the map” – the island of Mindoro, and more specifically the western side of the island, Occidental Mindoro.
Mindoro, a large, tear-drop shaped island is the seventh largest Island of the Philippines, at roughly 10,600 square kilometres, and lies off the south-west coast of Luzon, the main island. Its two provinces, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro are clearly delineated by a range of mountains that form the spine of the centre of the island. Although not generally seen as a tourist destination, Oriental Mindoro does contain one famous resort in Puerto Gallera, a popular spot for divers and sun-seekers, located on the far north-west tip of the island. However, I want to focus on Occidental Mindoro, on its sheer unspoiled beauty and the immense potential that exists there.
I recently visited the Museum of Leonardo and the Museo Galileo in Florence, two small hidden gems of the Tuscan city. The main premise is that both are science museums: the former is dedicated to working replicas of the different machines designed and built by Leonardo, while the latter displays collections of several scientific instruments used throughout the XVII to the XIX century.
Both indicate the renewed interest towards science that was typical of the Renaissance, which was dedicated to the research and discovery of the laws of nature; the incredible impact of visual arts produced during that period should not make us forget just how fluid the separation was between the philosopher, the artist, the scientist and the magician/ alchemist.