Monthly Archives: January 2010



      by Dexter Cirillio.   Rizzoll International Publications, Inc. 

      “In this sequel to her earlier authoritative work, Dexter Cirillo intoduces a new generation of Southwest Native American jewelry makers and their stunning work.  More than 85 top Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and other artists are featured alongwith gorgeous photographs of their stunningly beautiful pieces.  Through innovative designs, dazzling techniques and amazing use of materials, the younger generation is taking the art to new and daring directions.  In just under 250 pages, Dexter Cirillo and photographer Addison Doty delight the eye, inform the mind and expand the spirit with beautiful photographs of the artists’ work and world.  This is a succienct but excellent history, placing the current art into historical context and offering in-depth discussions of the numerous jewelers, with equal attention to their dazzling art.”- Paul Huddy

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Croatian Drama- The Five Most Popular Croatian Playwrights in 2009

Five most popular Croatian playwrights in 2009. by search engine of wordpress.  For more information about Croatian Drama go to






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      by Brad Lancaster.      Rainsource Press

      “The Southwest has a problem: we live in a desert, we have used water like there was no end to it, and now we realize that the supply is limited.  What can we do?  Thanks to the pioneering work of Brad Lancaster and others, there are good solutions to the problem available at little or no cost.  In this, his second volume of three, Lancaster shows, in an easy-to-understand manner supported with lots of illustrations, how to re-form yards, parks and other landscapes to capture rainfall and care for landscaping in natural ways.  Because the average urban home in the Southwest uses more potable water on the yard than in the house, these measures can easily cut water bills in half for most people.  For putting practical sustainability to good use, this is a top pick for those who live in the Southwest and elsewhere.”- Paul Huddy

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Bobby Burns Author- Reads and Signs his book SHELTER- ONE MAN’S JOURNEY FROM HOMELESSNESS TO HOPE

       Special reading and signing of Shelter—One Man’s Journey from Homelessness to Hope by local author Bobby Burns

        Bobby Burns arrived in Tucson, Arizona, with a few dollars in his pocket and no place to live.   Without family, without a job, he had nowhere to go but a homeless shelter.   How did a college graduate find himself so close to life on the streets?

       In a voice that is startling for its simplicity and utter honesty, Burns tells the story of how he slipped into homelessness, how he learned what it means to live in a place where nobody will notice if you disappear, and how he emerged to tell his story.   Bobby’s diary of 41 days without a home brings readers into the world of a homeless shelter.   Shelter is filled with the sights and sounds of homelessness.

      “There are fine details and anecdotes in his thin and modest journal. . . . sincere and finally quite touching.” —

      “[A] fascinating, first-hand account of life as a homeless person. . . . a compelling view of what it’s like to be homeless.”

      Bobby Burn’s moving story, Shelter – One Man’s Journey from Homelessness to Hope is now in its second printing. Bobby will read experts from his book and sign copies.

     When: Wednesday, February 3, 5:30-7:00PM

      Where: Bookmans at 1930 E. Grant Rd.  Tucson, Arizona

       Cost: Free

        Refreshments served

       Proceeds benefit the Primavera Foundation

       This special event is made possible by the Primavera Foundation, Bookmans and Literary Partners Group

—BooklistPublishers Weekly

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      by Gregory McNamee.          University of New Mexico Press

      “Otero Mesa is 1.2 million acres of one of the largest remaining natural Chihuahuan Desert grasslands left in the United States.  It is also one of a diminishing number of large public lands in the Southwest that are not open to oil and gas exploaration.  The outgoing administration plans to change that.  The move is opposed by the government and people of New Mexico.  This book’s story is important because it is representative of the ongoing battle over the long term managment of public lands: choices between development and extraction or preservation and nature; old paradigm consumption or new paradigm sustainability; and corporate influence versus public interest.  Thanks to award-winning nature writer Greg McNamee, and the remarkable photography of scientist Stephen Strom and naturalist Stephen Capra, it is a story well teld.  Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico and former United States secretary of Energy, wrote the foreword.”- Paul Huddy

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       Bordering on Inhumane
The Politics and Tragedies of Secure Borders

      Tucson’s Margaret Regan’s new book, The Death of Josseline, Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands (Beacon Press 2010) is a timely and thought provoking work that contributes to the ongoing immigration discourse that is so prevalent within our government, media and daily lives.   Regan, a writer for the Tucson Weekly, pulls from her personal experiences during 10 years of interacting and traveling with migrants, patrol officers, local residents, hospital workers, and activist groups.   She centers her research on the heavily traveled area between Sonora, Mexico and Tucson, Arizona – a part of the world all too familiar to those of us in the southwest.   Regan uses the tragic death of a fourteen year old girl as a centerpiece around which other stories unfold, capturing the very human aspect of an issue that is often treated in a very inhumane way.

Want to get involved? Check out the website for Humane Borders and Border Action Network.

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Randy Ford Author- Snapshot AMOUR PROPRE OR LOSS OF FACE

      Put aside commonsense.   Disregard assumptions.   Try to understand the power of passion and the excesses committed by Moros when pushed to desperation by amour propre or loss of face.

      To better understand the phenomenon and its nature, particularly in the Sulus, let us follow a specific case.   Even though the specifics may have been unique, who wouldn’t recognize a pattern?   From a slight infraction to someone’s death, or a variety of situations, families went to great lengths not to offend someone and to avoid loss of face.

      But what about a kiss from an impulsive youth?   Did such an act violate the honor and virginity of a young girl?   How much more serious would it have been had he touched her breast?   Even the mere touching of a woman’s wrist or forehead, if intentional, was considered as serious as rupturing her hymen.   And if she were of the upper class, either a datu’s daughter and a Sultan’s grandchild, watch out!

       A young man, the nephew of the Sultan, might have lived to benefit the world, while the victim’s family could only boast of being tenants.   Nevertheless, the victim’s family considered the kissing to be a gross insult and thus the loss of face.

       The headman listened to the grievance and to a request that the young offender be punished in accordance with tradition.   However, because of the perpetrator’s status, there wasn’t much the chief could do.   Gossip dictated the rest.   The whole village soon knew, as it were, about the loss of face.   For that reason, the victim and her family felt ostracized, avoided public gatherings, but still once and while ran into the Sultan’s nephew.   Therefore, whenever that happened, villagers exchanged glances and sneers and quietly taunted the young girl and her relatives.   Something had to give.   As often happened, one of the offended kinsmen, without saying a word, then got his spear.   One might think killing the young man would’ve settled the score; but with the discovery of the young man’s corpse, the community now had to reckon with a greater wrong than the initial kiss and immediately knew evil had befallen them.

       Looking for justice, people came running with sharpened krises; but it was too late: the revenger had already escaped into the jungle.   For at least the time being, his family’s hurt pride had been appeased.   So readily he sacrificed himself for that and, indeed, never returned.   He later was killed, in the year of 1902, defying the U.S Expeditionary forces.   Hunted all those years, he never knew two of his brothers were killed for his crime.

       Normally, memory fades over time.   Shouldn’t feelings of obligation and shame go to the grave with the participants?   But in this case, after more than two generations, grandsons from each family continued the feud.   By then, with luck and shrewdness, the son of the killer had become rich.   For over thirty years, up to the outbreak of World War II, he owned a coconut plantation on Basilan and then collaborated with the Japanese in order to save his property.

       Beginning sometime in 1935, when a grandson of the slain victim came to Isabela to buy and sale smoked tuna and learned that the plantation owner was the grandson of his grandfather’s killer, pressure to erase the stain by avenging the slaying grew.   Only by killing his family’s blood enemy could he remove the social stigma.   For many years, the grandson lived with the shame because he didn’t want to face a long prison sentence. Then came the war and the chance he’d been waiting for.

      As a guerrilla officer, he became a living hero for killing a “Jap spy” and received a military merit medal from General MacArthur.   Even though he entered the residence of the plantation owner and massacred a whole family, he was never considered a cold-blooded killer.   The plantation owner died without knowing his killer or the remote cause of his death.

      Randy Ford

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