Southern Deviled Egg #Recipe—Just in Time for #Easter



6 eggs



Salt & Pepper


1. Boil eggs in with with a dash of salt 15-20 minutes.

2. Let eggs cool. Crack and peel eggs.

3. Slice eggs in half lengthwise.

4. Scoop out yolk onto plate and mash with a fork till lumps are out and yolks are blended.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add mayo (1/3 cup???) I add till it “looks right”.

6. Add mustard ( 1 Tbsp????) You know what I’m going to say here, right? This is how I was taught to cook by the best Southern cooks I know.

Until reaching desired color and texture.

7. Spoon into egg whites.

Yield: 12 eggs


Southerners eat this at all social gatherings year-round. It’s about as de rigueur as sweet tea.

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#Plant Diversity in #Arizona

The amazing and diverse ecosystems featured in The Stronghold


Century Plant


Cottonwood leaves turn a beautiful yellow in autumn.


Mexican blue sage—beloved in drought-tolerant gardens.


This gnarled juniper brings an architectural beauty to the desert landscape.


The iconic saguaro


Pinon Pine



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#Desert Creatures from #TheStronghold

Here are a few of the desert animals—sometimes exotic—encountered by the hero and heroine on their quest in The Stronghold


Red-tailed Hawk




Bald Eagle


Chuckwalla, more frightening—and deadly—than you might suppose.

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The #Apache World



The stark world of the Apache


The vibrant, cultural identity of the Apache


A traditional cradleboard—Apache version of the modern REI baby backpack


Traditional Apache 3-tiered skirt and Mexican overblouse


Traditional Apache culture thrives


Distinctively Apache footwear

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The #Supermoon & #TheStronghold

A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon comes into its closest elliptical orbit to the Earth. The technical name for this phenomenon is perigee. A full moon at perigee is visually larger as seen in the Earth’s night sky—14% larger in diameter, 30% larger in area and shines 30% brighter.

In the Northern Hemisphere, supermoons will tend to appear larger during the winter.


The best time to enjoy a supermoon is after moonrise, weather permitting, when the moon is just above the horizon. A supermoon appears bigger and brighter than when it’s higher up in the sky because of the comparative size of the supermoon with the landscape – hills, foliage and buildings.

Civilizations throughout history have given this event various names—such as blood moon, harvest moon or hunter’s moon.

Sometimes a supermoon coincides with a lunar eclipse—which happened most recently September 27-28, 2015. It is not unusual for these eclipses to occur in a tetrad—4 lunar eclipses over the span of 2 years.

The next tetrad will occur—

  • April 25-26, 2032
  • October 18-19, 2032
  • April 14-15, 2033
  • October 8, 2033

The next supermoon dates are—

• November 14, 2016

• December 3, 2017

• January 1, 2018

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#BorderWars & #TheStronghold

The Mexican-American borderland is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Crossings monitored by Border patrol are located in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California.


Border Crossing Checkpoint

The State Department has issued numerous alerts warning American tourists of the danger in the violent, blood-soaked domain of the drug cartels.

Be advised—as Pilar and Alex discovered in The Stronghold—You enter at your own risk.


Border Patrol

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Real Life #Explorers of the #Sierra Madre

If you are interested in learning more about the rugged and fascinating history of this remote wilderness just south of the American border, start with these real life explorers—


Helge Ingstad—Norwegian archaeologist who first discovered evidence of Vikings in America


Fascinating account of a son’s quest to retrace the steps of his famous father — who died months before the son’s birth.


Anthropologist Grenville Goodwin—a life cut tragically short

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#Architectural Inspiration in the #Southwest

Here are a few of the dwellings which inspired me in the creation of The Stronghold




Mexican hacienda


Abuela’s Arizona ranch


The inn in Xoacatyl


Traditional Apache wickiup

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Apex Predators in the #TheStronghold

What is an apex predator? An apex predator—also called a super, alpha or top-level predator—resides at the top of the food chain upon which no other creatures prey. They are the ultimate predator; all others are the prey.

Apex predators are divided into 3 categories—terrestrial, aerial and aquatic. Aerial apex predators include the bald eagle and the red-tailed hawk. Sharks, whales and octopus are aquatic apex predators. The jaguar is a terrestrial apex predator and can present either as a spotted or black cat.


The jaguar is the 3rd largest of the big cats—after the lion and tiger. The jaguar is the only one of the Big 3 native to the Americas. Indigenous peoples from Argentina to North America regard the jaguar as a sacred cat. The jaguar was on the verge of extinction when scientists from multiple countries created a safe zone, called a “corridor”, to connect the “islands” of jaguar habitat, allowing the animals to roam freely and enable the animals to make a comeback.

The jaguar needs a wide prey territory to thrive, but the corridor stopped at the border between Mexico and the United States. It was believed that the last Arizona jaguar, a subspecies, had been killed by a hunter in the 1960s. But wildlife cameras have spotted several outlier jaguars in the borderlands south of Douglas, AZ since 2009.

In 2014, 1200 acres were bought and set aside in AZ, NM and on the other side of the border in Sonora, Mexico by conservationists. This has not happened without controversy—by NM cattle ranchers—who fear this biological reserve so close to their ranches also threatens their livelihood. Because true to their innate nature, apex predators will always be apex predators.


Death this way Comes.

Of course as The Stronghold illustrates, the supreme, most deadly, apex predator of all is none other than mankind itself.

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Physical Obstacles in #TheStronghold

The physical terrain featured in The Stronghold became a character in its own right. Here are some of the challenging obstacles Pilar and Alex faced on their quest—


Hoodoo—sculpted by desert wind and rain


Mesa plateau


Alkalai Flats—enter at your own risk


Box Canyon


Sandstone cliffs


Red buttes


Swale—hollow depression between mountain ridges, often marshy at best, at worst a channel for flash floods.


Plunging chasm—watch your step or next stop, eternity.

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