WILDLIFE IN WILD LANDS Book Review: Wildlife Photographer Laura Crawford Williams in South America

 

Passionate Wildlife Photographer Laura Crawford Williams Takes Nature Lovers on Enthralling Visual Journey Through South America in Her Newly-Released Book WILDLIFE IN WILD LANDS: Photography for Conservation in Southern South America.

 

 

“IT’S UP TO THOSE OF US WHO KNOW WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT WILDLIFE TO INFORM THOSE WHO FOOLISHLY BELIEVE THEY CAN.” Wildlife Photographer Laura Crawford Williams

This Year’s current Deer hunting season in Nova Scotia must be a resounding successful one — for the hunters.  Those hunters have been laying out their big bags of apples and carrots in the woods for weeks, checking their game cams, trading up to bigger four wheelers and side x sides, shaking bottled doe urine on bushes to turn their stands into “kill plots” — this year they were even allowed by the provincial gov to hunt Sundays…

We live on an old farmstead.  Lots of gnarled, aging apple trees still dropping small but sweet apples on the ground.  Attracting lots of deer and other wildlife.

Well, the last couple weeks — not a single deer.  But we’ve seen a small bear.  Raccoons.  Rabbits.  Even a red squirrel rolling a big russet apple into the bushes.  Two juvenile bobcats sniffing around our deck.  Two foxes — a red one and a rare silver fox.  But the deer, even the little ones, are gone.

We love Wildlife.

And wildlife art.  Ever since I was a kid, my favourite artist was book illustrator Charles Livingston Bull, who drew magnificent artwork for fave writers like Sir Charles G D Roberts, Jack London and George Marsh.

Today, those classic illustrators are mostly replaced by skilled wildlife photographers doing beautiful work, showing us the wildest of places and the free, often endangered animals that live there.  Photographers like Laura Crawford Williams.

In three languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese, PR Newswire has just announced this exciting book publication:

“Wildlife photographer Laura Crawford Williams invites you to take a walk with her on the wild side and behold her breathtaking photography captured during her eight-year journey through South America’s most robust landscapes.”

Her book WILDLIFE IN WILD LANDS: Photography for Conservation in Southern South America, a stunning collection of unique animals in dramatic landscapes, is available now.

An internationally recognized and award-winning photographer, Williams captures and shares her inspiring journey within 244 vivid pages, accessible in both English and Spanish.

In WILDLIFE IN WILD LANDS, she commemorates her colourful career. The exclusive images in this table top book resonate with a strong theme of conservation, allowing readers to connect to a world in need of exposure thousands of miles away.

“It’s been an amazing adventure, ten years in the making,” explained Laura. “It’s my sincere hope that WILDLIFE IN WILD LANDS may influence others to care more about the unique, fragile and irreplaceable beauty of our world. It’s up to those of us who know we cannot live without wildlife to inform those who foolishly believe they can.”

Since 2007, she and partner German Ambrosetti traveled together as photographers and videographers, beside scores of conservation-minded individuals and organizations. Together they helped to protect threatened species in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil. Their dedication to conservation is poignantly reflected in this inspiring book.

Laura began her photographic career while walking her dog through the forests and prairies around her own home.

Her passion ignited, she began to take wildlife pictures further afield, from bears and snowy owls to lions and Rockhopper penguins.

Her love of photography came naturally and led her to success in many areas.

Laura’s work was soon being published and recognized by such magazines as National Geographic, National Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy and Nature’s Best.

With WILDLIFE IN WILD LANDS: Photography for Conservation in Southern South America she hopes to “inspire intellectual curiosity and invite others to share the same excitement and awe that I experience when working with wildlife in the field.”

The book was created in conjunction with Fundación Parques Nacionales de Argentina (Buenos Aires) and sponsorship from the Tompkins Foundation, Aves Argentina, and Guyaki Mate Company. Argentinian President Mauricio Macri has written the Foreword.

To quote TransMedia Group President Adrienne Mazzone, “every one of the 244 pages, featuring 113 beautifully captured species, inside Laura’s magnificent book is rivetingly poignant and beautiful.”

A Masterwork of the Wild Places.

Brian Alan Burhoe

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IF SO, YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ WOLFBLOOD — MY MOST POPULAR ANIMAL STORY:

“I JUST READ WOLFBLOOD AGAIN FOR GOOD MEASURE.  ONE FOR ANY WOLF LOVER.  ENJOYED IT BUT WISH IT WAS A FULL LENGTH NOVEL.” – Gina Chronowicz @ginachron

“GREAT SHORT STORY!  DOES REMIND ME OF CALL OF THE WILD, WHITE FANG…” – Evelyn @evelyn_m_k

A “warm, authentic, enchanting tale” in the Jack London Tradition of a solitary Gray Wolf and it’s search for its place in the Great Northwoods.  FREE TO READ ==>  WOLFBLOOD: A Wild Wolf, A Half-Wild Husky & A Wily Old Trapper

 

To see a thrilling sample of Bull’s illustrations, go to A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES LIVINGSTON BULL, “AMERICA’S PREMIERE WILDLIFE ARTIST!”

About Laura Crawford Williams: Laura is a professional wildlife photographer and wildlife conservation advocate (lcwphoto.com). She’s earned multiple national and international awards for her photography and continues to make headlines. Her educational and professional background has provided her with a unique blend of scientific knowledge, technical expertise, visual skill and sensitivity. This diverse mix has helped her become successful in the competitive world of professional photography. It’s her mission to make a difference through her photography, while encouraging others to explore their own wildlife worlds!

To learn more about Laura and her book, see some of her magnificent wildlife photos, and even get a free screensaver featuring some of her images, go to wildlifeinwildlands.com.

Laura’s Big Cat, Little Cat photo above was taken in Duba Plains, Botswana, Africa.

En español: La fotógrafa de la vida silvestre Laura Crawford Williams le invita a recorrer con ella el lado salvaje y contemplar sus impresionantes fotografías, tomadas durante su viaje de ocho años por los paisajes más imponentes de América del Sur. FAUNA EN TIERRAS SILVESTRES: Photography for Conservation in Southern South America, una colección abrumadora de animales únicos en paisajes sensacionales, ya se encuentra en venta.

Em português: Laura Crawford Williams, fotógrafa de animais em seu habitat natural, convida você a fazer um passeio pela vida selvagem e contemplar suas fotografias de tirar o fôlego, tiradas ao longo de oito anos nos cenários mais robustos da América do Sul. VIDA SELVAGEM EM TERRENOS SELVAGENS: Photography for Conservation in Southern South America, uma maravilhosa coleção de animais únicos em cenários incríveis, já está disponível.

WILDLIFE IN WILD LANDS Book Review: Wildlife Photographer Laura Crawford Williams in South America

Source: Civilized Bears, Laura Crawford Williams & PRNewswire

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Wild Florida Manatees Return To Manatee Lagoon – See Manatee Cam

 

New Initiatives at Manatee Lagoon Featured for the 2017/2018 Manatee Season – Including Live Manatee Cam!

 

 

I tell ya, for a Northerner like me — from Atlantic Canada — those manatees are almost mythical beings.  Like mermaids, manticores and minotaurs.

Never seen one.  But knowing that wild manatees still swim free in the seas, alive and no longer on that dark list of human-endangered species (but still threatened) — fascinating stuff, my friend.

Those Gentle Giants of the Sea have been a protected species in American waters since 1903, when President Teddy Roosevelt, bless him, established the first National Wildlife Refuge at Pelican Island, Florida. [1]

And now it’s Manatee Season again!

So at least I can watch them on videos — and live online cams….

With just hours before the Sunshine State heralds the season that brings Florida’s favorite marine mammal migrating through state waterways, Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center™ is set to make a splash. New features will greet visitors as cooler temperatures prevail with the countdown to the 2017/2018 manatee season, Nov. 15 through March 31. [2]

“Anyone who has visited Manatee Lagoon and seen wild manatees in the refuge is sure to have a ‘manatee moment’ they can recall that personalized their experience,” explained Pam Rauch, vice president, external affairs and economic development for Florida Power & Light Company.

“Those experiences make it critical to continue with the mission of educating everyone about the importance of protecting manatees and the ecosystems they inhabit. That’s why Manatee Lagoon’s mission is so special.”

As water temperatures around Lake Worth Lagoon dip to 68 degrees or colder, manatees, also called sea cows, form their own aquatic meet-ups in the clean, warm-water discharge area of FPL’s Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. From the vantage point of the adjacent Manatee Lagoon facility, visitors have access to several viewing locations to see the immense creatures up close.

Additional initiatives to expand environmental stewardship this manatee season at Manatee Lagoon complement a full roster of Lake Worth Lagoon-themed art classes, lagoon-front wellness classes, environmental lectures, Junior Aqua Labs, and include:

  • Enhanced recycling with additional systems in place to separate, transport and dispose of recyclable items such as paper;
  • Reduced waste by eliminating straws, replacing the gift store’s plastic water bottles with recyclable boxed water and replacing the gift store’s single-use bags with reusable bags available for sale;
  • Starting a Floridian Native Garden with mangrove planters to integrate native flora into the center’s design to further highlight the ecological value native plants play in the environment;
  • An underwater cleanup event featuring Manatee Masters divers on Nov. 9 to remove trash from the surrounding waterway, particularly in the outflow area and along the shoreline. This event is used to educate the public about the importance of properly disposing trash on land to avoid garbage accumulation in waterways;
  • Installation of light-reducing window shades, which limit ultraviolet radiation and lower temperatures, decreasing impacts on the facility’s heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system;
  • A 215-gallon aquarium, which provides an up-close look at the smaller aquatic residents of Lake Worth Lagoon; and
  • New Manatee Masters team members recruited at Florida Atlantic University to provide additional guided tours including those for school and camp groups and lead programs and activities including Junior Aqua Labs and the Manatee Tales storytime series.

Wildlife officials encourage those who enjoy our waterways to watch out for manatees swimming in Florida’s rivers, bays or coastal waters and obey posted boat speed zones. Another option to check for manatee activity in the Lake Worth Lagoon area is to pay a visit to Manatee Lagoon’s manatee cam at http://www.visitmanateelagoon.com/manatee-cam.

Brian Alan Burhoe

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“I JUST READ WOLFBLOOD AGAIN FOR GOOD MEASURE.  ONE FOR ANY WOLF LOVER.  ENJOYED IT BUT WISH IT WAS A FULL LENGTH NOVEL.” – Gina Chronowicz @ginachron

“GREAT SHORT STORY!  DOES REMIND ME OF CALL OF THE WILD, WHITE FANG…” – Evelyn @evelyn_m_k

A heartfelt and thrilling tale in the Jack London Tradition of a lone Gray Wolf and it’s search for its place in the Northern Wilderness.  FREE TO READ ==>  WOLFBLOOD: A Wild Wolf, A Half-Wild Husky & A Wily Old Trapper

 

[1] Are Teddy Roosevelt’s magnificent National Wildlife Refuge System and National Parks in danger of being dismantled?  SEE Teddy Bears, Grizzly Bears & The National Wildlife Refuge System

[2] About Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center™

Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center™ features free admission and provides visitors engaging opportunities to learn about the threatened and unique Florida manatee and the Lake Worth Lagoon ecosystem it inhabits. The center hosts field trips for science programs, offering site-based enrichment and educational activities. Visitors will also understand the role power plants play in sustaining the species. The warm-water outflows from the adjacent FPL Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center attract hundreds of manatees each year during cold winter months. The waterfront facility provides opportunities for the public to learn more about these marine mammals and what is needed to protect their environment. The 16,000-sq.-ft. center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and is closed on major holidays. It offers two levels of exhibit and meeting space, a boardwalk to observe manatees in the Lagoon, picnic area, pavilion and gift shop. Manatee Lagoon hosts field trips and myriad educational and recreational activities from yoga and art classes to a Junior Aqua Lab and an environmental lecture series. For more information, go to: VisitManateeLagoon.com.

Source: Civilized Bears, Florida Power & Light Company and PR Newswire

Wild Florida Manatees Return To Manatee Lagoon – See Manatee Cam

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BLOOD OF THE NORTH written by James B Hendryx – Western Book review

In the way that Owen Wister created the Western genre in 1902 with the publication of THE VIRGINIAN, Jack London created the Northwestern genre a year later with his novel THE CALL OF THE WILD.

For the next five decades the Northwestern thrived and thrilled in every popular media: books, pulp magazines, film, radio and television.

One of the most popular Northwestern writers was James B Hendryx – certainly one of my faves.

Blood of the North BLOOD OF THE NORTH by James B Hendryx – Book Review
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hendryx’s best yarns are his short stories about Black John Smith, the big, black-bearded leader of the Halfaday Creek outlaw community, and Corporal Cameron Downey of the Canadian Mounted.

BLOOD OF THE NORTH is maybe Hendryx’s best longer story. Corporal Downey arrests Jacques Larue for the murder of the Scottish trader Colin Murchie. Downey believes the testimony of Murchie’s son Angus and is certain of a conviction. But Larue walks out of court a free man. And Angus follows his father’s murderer into the Northwoods. What follows is a story of psychological torment and vengeance.

Hendryx’s Northern world is mostly one of wilderness adventure and humour-filled characters. BLOOD OF THE NORTH was a darker tale.

“Jim Hendryx was born 100 years too late but made the best of it. He was at heart a mountain man, a fur trader, an outlaw of the plains. He was everlastingly a boy – not a Boy Scout, more a Huckleberry Finn.” Lee Smits, a friend.

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE LIFE AND WORKS OF JAMES B HENDRYX, CHECK OUT MY “GREATEST AUTHORS OF NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE FICTION” AT http://www.CivilizedBears.com/Greatest-Writers-Mountie-Fiction/

Brian Alan Burhoe

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TOM WEST – Western Writer Who Influenced Sergio Leone – Clint Eastwood

 

Tom West ACE Double Western Book Reviews: NOTHING BUT MY GUN & TRIGGERING TEXAN

 

 

TOM WEST – Western Writer Who Influenced Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name

As I’ve written elsewhere, Tom West is my favourite Western writer.

And that’s saying a lot, considering how many talented writers lit the 20th Century up with their mythic frontier fiction. Writers who became my personal heroes — besides Tom — include Giles A Lutz, Will Henry, Louis L’Amour, Max Brand and Nelson Nye.

Tom West had well over sixty Westerns published in his lifetime. Mostly by ACE Books, first as reprints from hardcover editions, then as first book publications. Titles like BOTCHED BRAND, THE CHALLENGER, THE BUZZARD’S NEST, CROSSFIRE AT BARBED M, THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK, HANGROPE HERITAGE, LEAD IN HIS FISTS, LOBO OF LYNX VALLEY, DON’T CROSS MY LINE, SHOWDOWN AT SERANO, SIDEWINDER SHOWDOWN, SCORPION SHOWDOWN, CORRAL THIS KILLER, TWISTED TRAIL and THE TOUGHEST TOWN IN THE TERRITORY.

Loved those ACE Doubles. “Turn Over Book for 2nd Novel!” Two for the price of one. By pairing an established author with a newcomer, editor Donald A Wollheim was able to help establish the careers of a number of new writers — though in the early years, to a kid like me, they were all new.

The Doubles were published from 1952 to 1973. Sales may have been dropping by ’73, when they introduced the “ACE Tall Twin Western” with a different look and full-sized format.

And here’s the good news for an old time Western fan like me: since Tom West published well over sixty novels — there’s still some rare ones out there to collect.

I just got my paws on a new (for me!) Tom West ACE Double. Two Tom West novels.

Here’s a look at ’em…

Tom West’s NOTHING BUT MY GUN was first published as an Ace Double Western in January, 1960 (ACE D-418) with C S Park’s THE QUIET ONES on the flip side. THE TRIGGERING TEXAN first appeared in May, 1963 (ACE F-200) back-to-back with THE BIG SNOW by Frank Wynne (Brian Garfield).

They were published together for the first time in 1973 under the revamped “ACE Tall Twin Western” format (ACE-58878) — the covers shown here are from this new edition.

 

NOTHING BUT MY GUN – 1960

Shunned as a known outlaw’s son, his only home burned to the ground by cattlemen who thought him nothing but a squatter, “Smiler” Bill Kieth owned only three things: a horse, a saddle and a gun.

So he jogged his buckskin into the border town of Mesquito, burst through the batwings of the Silver Saddle Saloon, slammed his walnut-butted .45 on the bar and said, “This gun’s for hire!”

Silver Saddle owner Curt Hogan was quick to respond. Dressed in gambler’s black, Hogan was a bulky man with an empty smile. But he was hiring.

So the next day Kieth found himself stepping through a fly curtain into a Mexican cantina to introduce himself to an hombre named Pedro Hernandes Gonzales, the man who ramrodded the biggest gang of cattle rustlers along the Rio Grande.

Gonzales was dressed in bright clothes like a patron and wore a heavy gunbelt — a pearl-handled pistol on one side, long bone-handled knife on the other. He gazed at Kieth with sharp, piercing eyes as mean as a sidewinder snake’s.

And soon he was headed north again with Gonzale’s bunch of hardened vaqueros and Yanquis. Turns out one of men, who called himself Cheyenne, had ridden the owlhoot trail with Bill’s father. Cheyenne knew the few surviving men of the outlaw bunch, naming one as the black-coated Curt Hogan. No, he couldn’t identify the lousy bounty hunter who had shot the elder Kieth in the back. Didn’t know what happened to the outlaw band’s reputed cache of stolen loot. And they rode north.

For Smiler Kieth, it became a time of treachery, backstabbing and hot lead…

Attracted by circling buzzards, Molly Burgess, graceful even in flannel shirt and stained Levis, pulled her horse off the trail. She expected to find a fallen steer. She found Bill Kieth, gunshot and bloody on the ground. The proud cattleman’s daughter hated what Bill had become — but her pulse still quickened when she was around him. She got him to an empty line shack. Tended Smiler’s wounds. And secretly brought food and supplies to him over the next days.

It took him over a week to heal enough to move around, but time came when Bill Kieth was able to ride back to town. For a reckoning.

 

TRIGGERING TEXAN – 1963

The South might have fallen, but Craig Carter, still wearing his tattered gray Confederate uniform was damned if he was.

“Your money’s no good here” had a different meaning to the soldiers returning to San Antonio, Texas in the early summer of 1866. When Carter went to pay for a beer with Confederate cash, the barkeep snatched the mug back saying, “We only handle rattling money, mister.”

And then a bad hombre called Buck Hobson made matters worse. Hobson had avoided serving in uniform during the war and made an easy fortune running cattle to New Orleans. Eyes as hard as onyx, face pockmarked and knife-scarred, the hardcase snatched up the bill, “Look at this! Confederate money, fit for nothing but to wipe your arse!”

Carter dropped him with a sledgehammer blow. Before Hobson staggered out the batwings, taunted by the crowd, he said, “Reb, this ain’t finished!” Enemy.

And then there’s Pete Corrigan, a stranger who paid for Carter’s beer. A wiry vaquero, Irish and Mexican, with hatchet features and devilment in eyes as blue as bottle glass. Friend.

Tom West could always tell an action packed yarn. With great hardass characters. And something else — the author knew the American Southwest. He travelled it often. Listen:

“In the freshness of early morning the rolling swales, clothed thick with mesquite, reflected a delicate green that seemed to pervade the entire horizon. As they pushed deeper into the brasada, the prickly pear formed thorny ramparts, hackberry clumped thick and yuccas raised distorted arms…”

Tom West wrote about these lands, barren and beautiful, and brought them to life in over sixty novels. Mostly, he wrote about a kind of mythic time, an Eternal West where the characters and the land they lived in were the whole story.

But TRIGGERING TEXAN is almost unique in his canon, dealing with an actual moment in American history. In this case, the rise of the great Cattle Drives. The creation of the mythic Cowboy.

Craig Carter signed on as trail boss of a restless herd of longhorns, and set out on a trail just being discovered, the wild trail from destitute Texas to a brand new cattle town in Kansas.

And Tom West takes us on that journey with almost day to day detail. Wild rivers. Storms. Stampedes — and more stampedes. Thirst. Desperate Indians. Ruthless Jayhawkers. Wide open frontier towns. Spanish Fever and Kansas Deputies.

Oh, and did I mention Jumbo, who Carter knew was “the most valuable man on his crew.” The Cook, of course.

This is a classic, pard.

If there’s a moral to this novel, chew on this: if you work hard and fight hard and live true, you’ll get your herd to railhead — and get the girl. Or maybe it’s this: if you ever get the drop on a gang of Jayhawkers out to bushwhack you, don’t let ’em go — string ’em up!

 

WHO WAS TOM WEST?

If you’ve never read the Bio of the man who called himself Tom West, you’re in for some surprises, my friend.

SEE my most popular Western Post, my heartfelt tribute: “Life and Works of Western Writer Tom West”

Want to learn more about Tom the man and his great Western novels?

SEE ==>>>TOM WEST – Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

 

How many books did Tom publish in his almost four-decade career?  In how many countries (counting translations)?  What European country translated 18 of his Westerns — and still avidly collects them?  What American university has a Tom West Collection?  To answer that — and much more — See MY COMPLETE & UNABRIDGED TOM WEST BIBLIOGRAPHY, Go Now To ==>>  TOM WEST – The Man Who Wrote His Western Stories In Gunsmoke !

 

More to the point, Tom West’s novels of a violent sun-broiled American and Mexican Border Country were sold throughout Europe in the early 1960’s. Enter the young Italian film producer Sergio Leone, who in 1964 gave us Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars).

In my intro to MY COMPLETE & UNABRIDGED TOM WEST BIBLIOGRAPHY, I mention Tom’s “cast of cantankerous case-hardened careworn characters the like of which we may have met in real life, but rarely in fiction — well, until Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name later wandered a similar kind of a sunbaked Southwest. Remember Piripero, the grizzled old coffin-maker from A Fistful of Dollars? Right out of Tom West’s reality.” Did Sergio Leone read Tom West? Gotta feeling, folks…

 

NOTE ON ILLUSTRATIONS:

Painting top of page is by Verne Tossey, used in the original 1960 ACE edition of NOTHING BUT MY GUN. Verne Tossey (1920-2002) was known for his Western art, both commercial cover illustrations and fine paintings. He always said that he owed much of the authenticity of his paintings to his wife Mary, “a Wyoming rancher’s daughter who helped me to really see the West and understand its ways.”

DON’T CROSS MY LINE cover art by Gerald McConnel. “Jerry” McConnel was a mainstay in ACE’s illustrator corral. He painted covers for both science fiction and Westerns, including a number of Tom West’s books. Read more about Gerald McConnel at “Tom West – Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed…”

The artwork for both covers of the “ACE Tall Twin Western” edition of NOTHING BUT MY GUN and TRIGGERING TEXAN was created by George Gross. Born in 1909, George Gross lived a long creative life until age 94. He worked for the top publications of the century, from early pulp fiction magazines (Adventure to North-West Romances) to later paperback books, including the Nick Carter Killmaster series.

THE GUN FROM NOWHERE cover is by Jerome Podwil. Podwil made his bones as a popular ACE cover illustrator. Graduating from the Pratt School of Art and Design in 1960 at age 22, Jerome Podwil established a career with his colourful, playful, imaginative cover art for the ACE Books science fiction and fantasy line. A fave of mine is his cover for the 1966 ACE edition of William L Chester’s HAWK OF THE WILDERNESS. But his Western covers had their own rugged grace, as solid and true as sun-scorched stone.

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Circle of Healing: Saving Farm Animals, Saving Abused Children

 

How One Bale Of Hay Can Save The World

 

 

Circle of Healing: Saving Farm Animals, Saving Abused Children

 

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to show people the power of these animals to teach the message of hope and compassion.” Ellie Laks, co-founder of THE GENTLE BARN.

It’s all happened in a century. Only one hundred years ago most of us lived on the land. Or made a living on the sea.

Hard to believe, eh? Most North Americans lived in the country — not the cold, ugly, industrial cityscapes that were growing like poisonous toadstools over the planet.

Although the Industrial Revolution had been tearing our extended families apart for 300 years, pulling young men and women into the coalsmoke clouded cities, most of us still had a real relationship with the living countryside.

In fields, in barns, in the woodlands, in small country churches, we gathered and grew.  In my case, I grew up in harness racing country, surrounded by all of these, and stables, and lots of horses and lots of animals.  I was blessed.

But for most of the world, that blessed relationship is mostly torn apart today. And with it, an essential spiritual emptiness haunts us.

The animals are suffering because of that. Humans are suffering because of it. Especially children.

But here’s some wonderful Good News!

“THE GENTLE BARN has more than 100 animals who eat organic hay at their three locations in California, Tennessee and Missouri.” [1]

Doesn’t sound all that impressive? Here’s what’s happening, mon ami…

“With increasing headlines of violence and social disparity, it’s easy to become discouraged.”

THE GENTLE BARN founders Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner are very aware of the challenges our world faces and are dedicated to making it better through a variety of animal-therapy based programs.

“When supporters donate toward the purchase of a bale of hay for GENTLE BARN animals, it allows us to use our ‘general funds’ to do our work, rescuing animals and bringing in groups of children who desperately need our programs,” says Ellie.

“People are losing hope! We work every day to restore faith in humanity and help people become gentle and respectful in their daily lives. By supporting THE GENTLE BARN you’re supporting peace on this planet.”

In addition to providing sanctuary to abused and neglected animals, THE GENTLE BARN educates children and adults about compassion as their mission statement reads: “Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet”

“When you donate towards a bale of hay, you’re not just feeding a rescued animal you’re also healing their hearts and showing them the power of a gentle world,” says Ellie.

“In turn, once the animals recover and learn to trust humans again, they are able to give back unconditional love and hope through our many programs to wounded warriors, victims of domestic violence, children escaping gangs and drug and alcohol abuse. Please help us complete this vital circle of healing.”

To support THE GENTLE BARN Hay Fund, please visit: http://www.gentlebarn.org/donate/

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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“GREAT SHORT STORY!  DOES REMIND ME OF CALL OF THE WILD, WHITE FANG…” – Evelyn @evelyn_m_k

In the Land of  Northern Lights, a lonely young wolf  searches for its place in the wild forests.  A tale in the Jack London Tradition!  FREE TO READ ==>  WOLFBLOOD: A Wild Wolf, A Half-Wild Husky & A Wily Old Trapper

 

Circle of Healing: Saving Farm Animals, Saving Abused Children

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[1] ABOUT THE GENTLE BARN:
A national nonprofit founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for severely abused animals. THE GENTLE BARN offers their unique philosophy of rehabilitating animals and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the experiences of children in need who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. By interacting with the animals and taking a hands-on role in their welfare, program participants learn empathy, trust and forgiveness. THE GENTLE BARN is supported by celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres, David Backes, Daisy Fuentes, Richard Marx, Jenna & Channing Tatum, Steve-O, Rikki Rocket and Hilary Swank…   See www.gentlebarn.org

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Tom West – The Man Who Wrote His Western Stories In Gunsmoke

 

A TOM WEST BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 

Tom West – The Man Who Wrote His Western Stories In Gunsmoke

 

Early in his novel RATTLESNAKE RANGE, Tom West introduces us to his protagonist:

Home was to Brick Riley any spot where he spread his soogans. When he was knee-high, his parents had been butchered in a Comanche raid. With no more roots than a tumbleweed, he drifted where the winds of chance wafted him, knowing no friends beyond his horse and gun, and craving none. Blocky, belligerent, sinewy as a range colt, with square features and a stubborn jaw, Riley took life as he found it — and found it good.

But Brick Riley, hired gun, soon found himself in a new kind of battle.  READ ON…

The newcomer, his long jaw working on a chaw, dismounted and stumped toward him. “The name’s Saxon, Bill Saxon,” he volunteered. “What in hell’s the idea of fencing our water?”

“Your water, hell!” returned Riley. “Circle C claims Granite Wells and hired me to watch it.” He tapped his holster.

The nester stood chewing, his faded eyes traveling over Riley. They dwelt on the white stars that decorated the tops of Riley’s boots. “You from Texas?”

“Sure am!”

“Shake! I was raised outside San Antone, in the Brasada country.” He thrust a hand through the barbed wire.

Riley gripped it. “They call me Brick,” he said.

The nester leaned down and yanked up his right overall leg. The limb was severed, the knee cradled in a leather bucket from which protruded a wooden stub. “Lost that leg fighting for the South,” he commented, “fighting for freedom. What you fighting for, Brick?”

“The iron that pays me,” returned Riley, a trifle tightly.

“And I reckon you’re mighty slick with that gun,” observed Saxon thoughtfully.

“Tolerable.”

“Wal,” said the nester as his eyes dwelt reflectively on the young Texan. “I got a woman down in the basin, and two gals, all dehydrated and panting for a sip of water, but I ain’t trading lead with no fellow Texan.” Sorrowfully, he eyed the murky run-off from the Wells dribbling under the fence. “Can’t even git the mules to stomach that alkali water we got,” he mourned, “but I guess my gals got no choice.”

With a sigh, Riley stepped to the gate, lifted the wire loop and swung it open. “Fill your doggone churns,” he invited, “and quit breaking my heart.”

No sooner had Saxon and his mules disappeared down canyon when the squeal of ungreased hubs told of another approaching vehicle. A decrepid wagon hove into view, mule-drawn, a lone woman with stringy hair holding the lines.

“Sorry ma’am,” he shouted. “No water.”

Reins slack in her workworn hands, she sat eying him, lined features stamped with the stoic, somber cast of the pioneer woman. “Mister, we just got to get water!”

The woman reached down and lifted a heavy buffalo gun…

 

I first discovered Tom West about age twelve.

It was after a Western matinee movie, checking out the latest Dell comics and paperback books in the small bookstore and newsstand next to the old Saint John City Market main entrance.

I picked up a book with exciting covers on both sides. It was probably the cover of Paul Durst’s KANSAS GUNS that caught my attention — a gun-shot hombre falling from a big horse coming right at you. I loved horses. Flipped over the book and there was a second novel, THE CACTUS KID by someone called Tom West.

Well, 35¢ — I could get three comic books for that, and still have a nickle left for popcorn next Saturday’s matinee. But I had saved my summer jobs money. That day I could afford it. I’m gettin’ it! Home, I read ’em both. THE CACTUS KID was a yarn and a half.

Tom West became my favourite Western writer. Still is.

I’m not the only one. Folks loved his Westerns, packed with action of course, but giving us a cast of cantankerous case-hardened careworn characters the like of which we may have met in real life, but rarely in fiction — well, until Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name later wandered a similar kind of a sunbaked Southwest. Remember Piripero, the grizzled old coffin-maker from A Fistful of Dollars? Right out of Tom West’s reality.

And here’s the good news, my friend — with 67 known novels, I’m still finding new Tom West books!  Meeting new Tom West characters.  Life is good.

 

HERE’S MY COMPLETE & UNABRIDGED
TOM WEST BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Meddling Maverick (1944)
Bushwack Basin (1945)
Gambler’s Gold* (1946)
Trouble Trail (1946)
Renegade Range (1946)
Six-gun Showdown (1947)
Tangled Trail** (1948)
Powdersmoke Pay-off (1948)
Renegade Ranch** (1948)
Spectre Spread (1948)
Red Range** (1949)
Six Gun Sheriff (aka The Desperado Code)** (1949)
Ghost Gold (1949)
Flaming Feud (1951)
Vulture Valley (1951)
Ghost Gun (1952)
Gunsmoke Gold (1952)
Lobo Legacy (1954)
Outlaw Brand (1956)
Beware Of This Tenderfoot** (1956)
Torture Trail (1957)
Draw And Die!** (1958)
Lead In His Fists (1958)
Slick on the Draw (1958)
The Cactus Kid (1958)
Twisted Trail (1959)
Nothing But My Gun (1960)
The Phantom Pistoleer (1960)
Side Me With Sixes (1960)
Double Cross Dinero (1960)
Killer’s Canyon (1961)
The Gun From Nowhere (1961)
The Buzzard’s Nest (1962)
Battling Buckeroos (1962)
Dead Man’s Double Cross (1962)
Triggering Texan (1963)
Lobo Lawman (1963)
Gallows Gulch (1963)
Don’t Cross My Line (1964)
The Man at Rope’s End (1964)
Sidewinder Showdown (1964)
Bushwack Brand (1965)
The Toughest Town in the Territory (1965)
Battle at Rattlesnake Pass (1965)
Lost Loot of Kittycat Ranch (1965)
Rattlesnake Range (1966)
Hangrope Heritage (1966)
Bitter Brand (1966)
Showdown at Serano (1967)
Crossfire at Barbed M (1967)
Bandit Brand (1967)
The Face Behind the Mask (1968)
Write His Name in Gunsmoke (1968)
Black Buzzards of Bueno (1969)
Renegade Roundup (1969)
Scorpion Showdown (1969)
Desperado Doublecross (1970)
Bucking For Boot Hill (1970)
Lobo of Lynx Valley (1971)
Sweetgrass Valley Showdown (1971)
Corral This Killer (1973)
Lone Gun (1974)
Shootout At Sentinel Wells (1974)
Payoff at Piute (1977)
Sagebrush Showdown (1979)
Trigger Tyrant (1979)
Hard Trail To Santa Fe (1980)

* As written by Peter Field
** As written by Roy Manning

Tom only published one non-fiction title:
HEROES ON HORSEBACK: The Story of the Pony Express, by Tom West, Four Winds Press, New York, 1969; Blackie & Son, London and Glasgow, 1972

On a number of occasions, Tom donated some of his published manuscripts to the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center for their Western Writers archives.   They were sent directly to the university from ACE Books offices in New York City.  The Tom West Collection (“circa 1950 – circa 1970”), Accession Number 00528, is stored in two containers at the Heritage Center.  “There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.” [1]

 

WHO WAS TOM WEST?

If you’ve never read his Bio, you’re in for some surprises, my friend.

Want to learn more about Tom’s great Western novels?

SEE my most popular Western Post, my heartfelt tribute: “Life and Works of Western Writer Tom West”

==>>TOM WEST – Classic Ace Double Western Writer Remembered & Reviewed

 

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From the beginning, Tom’s Westerns were quickly reprinted in softcover.  Some of his earliest hardcovers from Dutton —  including MEDDLING MAVERICK, BUSHWHACK BASIN and SPECTRE SPREAD — appeared in Hillman Publication Western Pulp Magazine Digest format as full length novels.

Before he became an almost ACE exclusive author, he had works reprinted as paperbacks by Pocket Books, Prestige Books, Pyramid Books, Magnum Books and Lancer Books.  The last Tom West published novel was HARD TRAIL TO SANTA FE, from Kensington Publishing’s Zebra Books paperback imprint in 1980.

Tom West’s stories were also published in England, Canada and Australia. And, in translation, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Argentina.  His books were sold throughout Europe.

From the early 60’s to 1977 the Librairie des Champs Elysées, Paris, published 18 of Tom’s titles, such as RATTLESNAKE RANGE (as L’OR DU CIRCLE C), LOBO LAWMAN (as LE JUSTICIER DU RIO GRANDE) and LOST LOOT OF KITTYCAT RANCH (as LE RANCH MAUDIT — “The Cursed Ranch”).

Librairie des Champs Elysées released them as part of their bestselling “Le Masque Western” paperback imprint. They are still collected today.

Created by French publisher Albert Pigasse in 1927, Le Masque Western series also produced Westerns by Louis L’Amour, Gordon D Shirreffs, Elmore Leonard, Clifton Adams, Clay Fisher, William Hopson, Ray Hogan, Giles A Lutz and Lewis Byford Patten.  Cover art was by some of the top American illustrators (in order of publication): Norman Rockwell, Gerald Powell, Frank McCarthy, Stanley Walter Galli, George Gross, Vic Prezio and the evocative Mort Künstler.

NOTE ON ILLUSTRATORS: Image at top of page is a detail from the painting used to illustrate the 1972 ACE edition of RATTLESNAKE RANGE, cover art by Gerald “Jerry” McConnell.

Born in New Jersey in 1931, Gerald McConnell illustrated over 2000 paperback covers in his lifetime.

Although he worked in a number of genres, such as the 1966 ACE edition of Ursula K LeGuin’s science fiction novel ROCANNON’S WORLD, most of his published works were in the Western field. McConnell later taught at the Pratt Institute School of Design and, in 1981, was given the Society of Illustrators’ Hamilton King Award.

Gerald McConnell also illustrated Tom’s DOUBLE-CROSS DINERO.

The cover artist of Tom West’s 1968 ACE edition of WRITE HIS NAME IN GUNSMOKE was Victor Prezio. Passing at only age 52 in 1976, Vic Prezio didn’t leave a large legacy of cover artwork. Although he did some Comic Book cover illustrations (DELL Comics Space Man and CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED Robin Hood), most of his paintings were for the popular Men’s Magazines and paperbacks of the 50’s and 60’s. Vic’s acrylic, gouache and oil paintings still sell at art auctions. [2]

[1] Among other Western writers included in the American Heritage Center Western Writer collections are Jack Shaefer, William Colt MacDonald, Cifton Adams, S Omar Barker, Matt Braun, Merle Constiner, Will Cook, Dan Cushman, Harry Sinclair Drago, L L Foreman, Norman A Fox…

[2] ILLUSTRATORS: Often, ACE Books used the same cover painting for different titles, different authors. So the illustrations didn’t always reflect scenes from the stories. I suppose the cost of paying for two novels and two illustrations for every new printing was prohibitive.

And sometimes the cover artist has been forgotten.

The image to the left of an hombre reaching for his sidearm behind a broken white fence was originally used as the cover illustration for Tom West’s THE CACTUS KID, 1958 ACE edition, the book I had discovered so long ago.

The painting — “mixed media on board” — recently went up for sale through Heritage Auctions.  The painting is not signed.  “Artist unknown.”  And not sold.  Lost forever — except on old pinewood bookshelves, eh?

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Goodbye Rhinos – Last Three Northern White Rhinos Statue

 

“The Last Three Northern White Rhinos to Occupy New York City”

 

Wildlife Artists Gillie and Mark with Sudan,
the last male Northern White Rhyno, 2017
 

Watching Sudan, Najin and Fatu, the last three living Northern White Rhinos in the world, walk around, eat, play, has got to be one of the most touching and heartrending sights ever. After all, when they die so do all Northern White Rhinos!

Think of it!  In a few thousand years, Humankind has spread out over an entire planet, slaughtered and gobbled up just about every big animal it’s stumbled upon, and now Homo Domesticus is systematically cleaning up as many smaller creatures as we can get our grasping primate hands on — with the help of our many, many machines.

But, maybe…  Maybe if we shed a tear for those last rhinos — maybe we’ll somehow find the heart and power to save so many more threatened species.

Australian artists and conservationists, Gillie and Marc, will launch Goodbye Rhinos at Astor Place in New York City with the installation of their “The Last Three” sculpture in January 2018.

The campaign is a valiant effort to raise awareness of, not only those soon-to-be extinct Northern White Rhinos, Sudan, Najin and Fatu, but of all endangered species. [1]

Gillie and Marc will be in New York City in January 2018 for the installation and unveiling of “The Last Three,” which will be streamed in a live broadcast by Nat Geo Wild. Visitors are welcome to view the sculpture at Astor Place from January 5, 2018 to April 15, 2018. After April 15, the experience will travel to The Rockefeller Center.

The statue’s creators have “traveled to Kenya, Africa to visit Sudan, Najin and Fatu where they live, heavily guarded in their own sanctuary.”

They spent time photographing, sketching and filming the docile rhinos from up close to better understand and get to know them. The sculpture will be the largest rhino sculpture to have been created, standing 16 feet tall and will be made from bronze.

The installation will feature three life-size, bronze Northern White Rhino sculptures mounted on top of one another.

By creating a space where visitors can see, touch and interact with the rhinos, Gillie and Marc hope to inspire visitors.

They also encourage visitors to leave their goodbye messages to the rhinos on the Goodbye Rhinos website, which will double as a petition to the United Nations to put an end to rhino poaching. The conservationists’ goal is to generate one million signatures on their petition. [2]

The creation of the sculpture was funded through Gillie and Marc’s Goodbye Rhinos’ Kickstarter campaign, headlined “Goodbye Rhinos: Goodbye Planet Earth!

“Help us make the BIGGEST RHINO SCULPTURE IN THE WORLD,” said Gillie and Marc on their Kickstarter page. “To build a legacy for the last three Northern White Rhinos and save Planet Earth.”

They went on to explain, “A rhino horn is worth more than its weight in gold or diamonds, and to some people money is worth more than a life. Because of this, only three Northern White Rhinos remain and within a few years this beautiful species will be lost forever!”

Gillie and Marc “travelled to Kenya in March 2017 to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy — the second largest conservancy in Kenya with around 90,000 acres — to share time with the last three surviving Northern White Rhinos in the world.”

These 3 surviving Northern White Rhinoceroses are “guarded 24 hours a day to protect them from poaching, which is a major problem for rhinoceroses. The protection includes horn-imbedded transmitters, watchtowers, fences, drones, guard dogs, and trained armed guards around the clock.”

Gillie and Marc were told that Sudan only has 2 years to live, “so this project has to happen now if he is to live out the rest of his life in peace.”

So there’s time yet, mon ami, time when we can still say, “Hello Rhinos!”

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] “Rabbitgirl and Dogman have a dream.” Playful and Loving — Be sure to visit Gillie and Marc on their wonderful website https://gillieandmarc.com

[2] “Leave their goodbye messages to the rhinos on the Goodbye Rhinos website…” https://www.goodbyerhinos.org

Goodbye Rhinos – Last Three Northern White Rhinos Statue

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October Is Adopt A Dog Month – Rescue Puppies or Older Dogs

 

Be a Hero to Dogs Young and Old at Your Local Shelter — Adopt a Rescue Dog

 

 

“During Adopt A Dog Month, don’t forget to consider older animals who often face the highest risk in animal shelters!”

We know a number of older folks — usually couples — who have said, “Never again!” after losing a beloved dog.

Part of it is the devastation of losing a cherished pet. We really DO love ’em, eh? The love, loyalty and attention that a dog can give to its humans can be amazing. As one friend said to us, “We didn’t realize what a loving presence Winnie was in our family. Always greeting us with tail wags. Always aware of us, always watching us with those big brown eyes. She left such a hole in our lives. We can never replace our Winnie.”

That relationship is so essential to us. In fact we’ve known some seniors, usually on their own, who’ve said “Animals are much more loving and loyal than people.” Followed by bitter comments about the Human race. The first time we heard that we were shocked. Now we understand it. We certainly agree with Doris Day’s “I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.” [1]

Another part of the “Never again” is that some older couples just don’t feel able to handle the physicality of training a dog again through its wild puppyhood. Especially people who love big dogs. The unintentional bites and bruises and constant energy can be too much for folks at a certain stage of life.

But what’s happening now is this. After a while they miss that companionship. That attention. That undying loyalty — and love. And they begin to say, “Well, we’ve been hearing about rescue dogs…”

Here’s the answer.

Each October, American Humane, America’s first national humane organization and the nation’s leading first responder for animals in need, encourages animal lovers to consider adopting dogs from a local shelter or rescue group in honor of its yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®.” [2]

This year, American Humane is “continuing its national initiative to bring awareness to a vital issue: The need to provide safe, loving homes for the thousands of older pets who often face the highest risk in animal shelters.”

Each year, they stated in a press release, “an estimated 670,000 dogs are euthanized in the nation’s shelters.”

Many potential pet adopters overlook older animals — but there are so many reasons why dogs over the age of 6 or 7 make ideal furry family members and friends:

  1. They tend to be less rambunctious than younger dogs.
  2. They’re often already house-trained.
  3. They’re a great fit for people with busy lifestyles.
  4. They’re so grateful for a second chance.
  5. They love you unconditionally.

“It’s heartbreaking to think about all the senior animals who had been cherished pets before they suddenly found themselves confused and alone in shelter kennels,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “Far too often this happens to many older dogs through no fault of their own —after their human owners encounter financial troubles, illness, or other life upheavals.”

This need is gaining attention across the country. Numerous stories are appearing on the news, and a marvelous book, “MY OLD DOG: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts,” by TODAY.com writer Laura T Coffey and photographer Lori Fusaro, highlights how much senior dogs have to offer. MY OLD DOG shares happy adoption success stories and celebrates the grand times that can be had with shelter dogs past the age of puppyhood.

“Senior dogs who get adopted from shelters just might be the most grateful dogs on the planet,” explained author Laura Coffey. “And don’t let their age fool you! It’s amazing to see how much these dogs still have to offer and teach us.”

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality – all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you. In fact, why not help build momentum and spread the word by adding your name to our pledge to make your next pet a rescue or shelter animal and “like” us on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are a variety of ways to celebrate Adopt-A-Dog Month:

Adopt from a shelter or rescue group.
When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, consider dog adoption from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too. Adopt a dog for free today.

Spay or neuter your dog.
Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.

ID your pet.
By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only 15 to 20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!

Support your local shelter.
Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference.

And really — REALLY — consider adopting an adult dog!

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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[1] See “Women Pioneers of Animal Rights” at www.CivilizedBears.com/Women-Pioneers-Animal-Rights

[2] About American Humane: founded in 1877, American Humane is the first national humane organization in the US. To learn more visit them at www.americanhumane.org today.

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Carl Kidwell – Artist and Writer – His Illustrations and Stories

 

Carl Kidwell – Artist & Writer – His Life, Illustrations and Stories

 

 

I first came across Carl Kidwell as the illustrator of William Byron Mowery’s SAGAS OF THE MOUNTED POLICE.  I’d never heard of Carl, but I liked his book cover artwork and set out to find more about him.

I discovered an interesting artist. [1]

American author and illustrator Carl Edmund Kidwell was born in Washington, Daviess County, Indiana on August 8, 1910.  At that time Daviess County was a thriving farming area, including a number of Amish settlements.  And Carl’s hometown was a major depot and repair yard for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which provided local employment.

Carl was the eleventh of twelve children from his father’s two marriages. He was closest to his brother Logan, last-born and two years younger than Carl — together they used to sit out on the front porch, happily playing music together.  Their music would often draw an audience of family, friends and neighbors.

Due to illness in his teens, Carl missed out on formal education but took the free time to discover his artistic skills.

After he recovered, he entered the work force at a number of jobs, including soda jerk, bellhop, railway coach painter and, for a year, a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

It was the Depression, and work was hard to find.

Carl and Logan decided to become travelling photographers.  They bought an old car and a camera, made a passable photo booth and traveled around the countryside.  For the next few years, they would set their booth up at fairs, carnivals and amusement parks.  They developed the photos on the spot.  Charging a quarter for three photos.

It was Logan who first joined the Navy in the late 30’s.

Carl joined next, serving as a radioman.

His first ship was the heavy cruiser USS Quincy, where he joined his brother Logan, already stationed there.

On the Quincy the Kidwell shipmates cruised the Atlantic from the Caribbean islands to the Canadian Arctic, where they thrilled at the sights of huge gleaming white icebergs and swirling Northern Lights.  They even shared shore leave at African ports.  “It was a crowded and eventful year, and I’ve always been grateful for it,” Carl later wrote in a letter.

After Pearl Harbor, Carl was re-assigned to another ship.

On August 9, 1942, the Quincy was sunk, a victim of enemy action off Guadalcanal Island.  Logan was lost in the attack. [2]

Years later, approaching his 80th birthday, Carl wrote, “As long ago as it was, it is still so real and vivid in my mind.  Logan and I were always very close, and even after all this time, I still miss him.”

Carl served on three other ships (two of which, including the USS Indianapolis, were also later sunk) before being transferred full-time to the US Naval Training Center in Miami, Florida.

He began to spend most of his off-duty hours sketching the ships, his crewmates and the seascapes around him.

Carl’s first illustrations appeared in The Chaser, a monthly newsletter from the Naval Training Center (left: Carl’s cover of the March 16, 1945 edition), and in Our Navy, a Standard publication of the US Navy, for public distribution.

Early commercial sales were “Sketched on a Sub Chaser” in the March 20, 1943 issue of the weekly magazine Liberty and “From a Sailor’s Sketchbook” in the October, 1943 issue of The Blue Book Magazine.  He sold a few more through the war years and after to Blue Book, including interior art for short stories such as “Sea Serpent, Ahoy!” by Crawford Sullivan (May, 1946 edition).

Living on his own in the challenging postwar years, Carl became a professional freelance illustrator, producing both magazine and book illustrations as well as cover art.

Carl sold artwork to a number of science fiction, mystery and horror titles such as Other Worlds Science Stories, Weird Tales, Startling Mystery Stories and Magazine of Horror.

And created the cover artwork for hardcover books in the adventure, historical and Western fields.

While Carl seems to have begun and ended his commercial career drawing effective pen and ink illustrations for the pulp magazines, his most inspired works were the covers for Westerns and juvenile adventure books.

Like Marjorie A Zapf’s THE MYSTERY OF THE GREAT SWAMP, which told the tale of Jeb, a boy who finds “the last survivors of an almost extinct mound-building Indian tribe hidden deep in the Okefenokee swampland.”

Jeb learns to understand and feel deep sympathy for these last two of a dying race: an Indian boy his own age and his elderly grandmother.  He will keep their secret.

And POSSE OF TWO by Gertrude Bell, the frontier yarn of Ned Belt and Dave Woods who join ranks to hunt down an outlaw band who stole something from each of them — Ned, a beloved stallion — and Dave, his late father’s Hawkins rifle.

And THE BARREL by Ester Wier.  Abandoned by his father as child, and a constant runaway from foster parents, Chance Reedy finally finds his real family: his illiterate Granny and brother Turpem.  They live deep in the swamplands of the Florida Everglades.  There, the two brothers fight, then find a deep bond.

CRY VIVA! by prolific pulp and paperback Western writer William Hopson tells the story of Gringo Don Guillermo, a man handy with a shootin’ iron.

Hopson  knew about ranches and his descriptions of Old Mexican haciendas in CRY VIVA! were right on.

It’s the time of Pancho Villa, revolution and bad banditos.  Those men have attacked and burned the hacienda of Guillermo’s patron, Don Sebastian, who stands his ground.  And then there is Sabastion’s proud, passionate daughter, Torcuata…

There’s something about the wild places in Carl Kidwell’s artwork that really lives — the wild places and the struggle of lost souls to find a family — these are the themes that brought out his best work.

In the late Fifties, Carl Kidwell developed a fascination with early Mexico, its landscape and people of pre-colonial history.  Perhaps he was inspired while researching his painting for the dust jacket art of the Bouregy & Curl edition of William Hopson’s CRY VIVA!

He not only sketched and created the illustrations, but wrote two books about Mexico: ARROW IN THE SUN and THE ANGRY EARTH.

“To shoot an arrow into the sun, one must climb a lofty mountain.”  The story of ARROW IN THE SUN (Viking Press, New York, 1961) reminds me of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.  Although Carl wrote about the Aztecs, not Mayans, the themes were similar.

Hidden in the forest of the Valley of Mexico, Prince Netzah watched the terrible murder of his father, King of Acolhuacan…  What follows is a story of running, hiding, escaping (from being sacrificed to the Fire God), waiting — and vengeance.

Also set in the Valley of Mexico, THE ANGRY EARTH tells the story of Blackwing, a young man captured in a bloody slave raid.  He was sold in the market at The Place of Song and Dance to a farming family.  His mixed feelings for his owners would be tested when an earthquake and volcanic eruption destroys their land.

With these two books, Carl showed he was an original storyteller.

He also wrote and illustrated GRANADA, SURRENDER!  A story about a young man who, hoping to join Columbus on his adventurous voyage, becomes embroiled in the Siege of Granada — the Spanish battle to drive the Moors from Spain.

Carl, who never married, passed at age 92 in New York City.

His artwork survives.

Here’s the Kidwell book cover I spoke of:

In 1953, Bouregy & Curl Inc published SAGAS OF THE MOUNTED POLICE, collecting eight short stories by best selling Northwestern writer William Byron Mowery.

For SAGAS, Carl Kidwell painted a mutiple-scene cover somewhat in the style of artists who had once painted popular murals and pictorial maps — like Stephen J Voorhies, who had done the cover art for William Mowery’s first Mountie collection, THE LONG ARM OF THE MOUNTED.

The upper left corner of the Kidwell’s SAGAS cover, for instance, shows an encounter of some Mounties with Sitting Bull’s Sioux when the war chief had sought refuge in Canada following the Little Bighorn.  The other scenes blend together in an almost patriotic poster motif of a people looking to the promised future of the West, including a Mountie holding a woman in a blue and white dress.

In his Foreword to this edition, Mowery wrote: “Most of these stories, since their original magazine appearance, have been published in various high-school and college English texts.  I have a suspicion that it was the character of the Police heroes and fascination of the Canadian plains, Rockies and the North…that led to their being selected as examples of the raconteur‘s art…”

And also because Mowery was one of the finest writers to chose the history of the North-West Mounted as his theme.  Although his mention of that “fascination” also shows the immense popularity that our Canadian Mounties once had in national and in world culture.

Now here’s a mystery:

Nine years later, Bouregy reprinted SAGAS OF THE MOUNTED POLICE through its new paperback subsidiary, Airmont Books.  The Airmont line tended to also reprint the artwork from the original hardcovers.  But this paperback edition had a new cover illustration and the artist was uncredited.  Could have been Carl Kidwell, but not certain.  Carl had done a number of Western covers for Bouregy over those years…

Airmont Books reprinted SAGAS in 1962 as a mass market paperback retitled TALES OF THE MOUNTED POLICE.

As with SAGAS, the cover had a multiple-scene motif, but simpler.  This time one of action (fist fight) and romance (Mountie holding woman in blue and white dress).

On the back cover, over a line drawing of a Mountie gazing at a forest-rimmed lake and soaring mountains beyond it, Airmont stated: “The stories in this book are of the early Northwest Mounted…

“William Byron Mowery knew the Northwest and he knew many of these men.  He met them in the twilight of their lives, at their Calgary reunions and visited them in their homes — and out of the incidents related at these meetings, and the spirit of the men themselves, have come these tales.”

Books well worth collecting, mon ami, for the writing and for the artwork.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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(Cover art of August, 1935 edition of Mystery Adventures by H J Ward, illustrating “Yukon Madness” written by L Ron Hubbard.)

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[1] Books illustrated by Carl Kidwell include:

RENEGADE SHERIFF by W C Tuttle
STOLEN BY INDIANS by Dorothy Heiderstadt
SMOKE JUMPERS by Nels Jorgensen
THE BARREL by Ester Wier
ISLAND GHOST by Janet Randall
TRUE ADVENTURE OF SPIES by Manuel Komroff
SMUGGLERS’ ISLAND by Martha C King
POSSE OF TWO by Gertrude Bell
THE DARK OF THE CAVE by Ernie Rydberg
BIG LEAGUE SANDLOTTERS by William R Cox
TO SURVIVE WE MUST BE CLEVER by Gertrude E Finney
BUFFALO GRASS by C L Murphy
ALFRED AND THE SAINT by Priscilla D Willis
THE RACE BETWEEN THE FLAGS by Priscilla D Willis
SUN EAGLE by Geraldine Wyatt
THE SWAMP FOX by Marion Marsh Brown
WINDS OF REBELLION by Ernest Haycox
CRY VIVA! by William Hopson
THIS RANGE IS MINE by Paul Evan
THE REDBIRDS ARE FLYING by May Nelson
THE MYSTERY OF THE GREAT SWAMP by Marjorie A Zapf

[2] When the Navy Report of Engagement on the sinking of the USS Quincy was later declassified, Carl was able to obtain a copy.  The report described an unexpected attack of enemy shells exploding topside and torpedoes hitting below, “the hanger and well deck blazing inferno, the steam escaping from #1 Stack was deafening, and Battle II in flames.”  The report didn’t solve Carl’s insistent questions about Logan’s final hours.

 

Aztec Cover Design by Carl Kidwell from ARROW IN THE SUN
 

For more information on Carl Kidwell, see Donald E Thompson’s INDIANA AUTHORS AND THEIR BOOKS 1916-1966, Wabash College, 1974

Carl Kidwell – Artist and Writer – His Illustrations and Stories

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Fur Trade Animal Trapping Report Exposes Best and Worst States

 

Every Animal Matters!  No More Fur Coats!  New Fur Trade “Best & Worst” Report from Born Free USA…

 

 

As much as I’ve prowled the forevergreen forest, I’ve only seen a wild Lynx up close once. We surprised each other.  And for a long moment we watched each other.  That animal, with its black-tufted ears and deep golden eyes was the most beautiful cat I’ve ever seen.  And then it was gone…

It’s been five years since I first put my most controversial post online.  It said this:

“We have beavers — and their dams — at the lower corner of our property.  And love to watch them swimming and playing.  If you’ve ever heard a beaver kit calling out with its comical, human babylike cry, you couldn’t help but respond with a warm laugh.”

Innocent enough, eh?

After all, the Beaver has always been our National Animal.  But then I said this:

“You must remember that Canadians didn’t pick the beaver as our national symbol in the first place.  The Hudson’s Bay Company did.  The London-based HBC made its fortune on the furs and skins harvested in colonial Canada, including the rich beaver pelts that were shipped to England to be made into those fashionable beaver felt hats for the well-heeled gentlemen of the age.

“Beavers weren’t cute, industrious and ecologically essential creatures to the company managers and shareholders of the day; they were raw material.  As an image, the Beaver was really a symbol of foreign corporate greed…”

And the bird poop caught a gust of gale-force wind blowing my way.  Especially when I went on to explain why our Canadian National Animal should now be the Polar Bear! [1]

I’ve nothing against traditional hunting, fishing and trapping for food and existence.  My father, born on a Nova Scotia farm, did it.  And he did it expertly and humanely.  He taught me how.  I CAN do it — I choose not to.

No, it’s the bloody Commercial Fur Trade that has outlived its time and should be hung out to dry.

In Canada, wild animals that are still commercially trapped for their skins include the badger, bear (yes, even grumpy, comical bears), bobcat, cougar, coyote, fisher, fox, hare, marten, mink, muskrat, otter, rabbit, raccoon, skunk, squirrel, weasel, wolves and the wolverine.  Yes, and the beaver, still.  And the beautiful lynx.

South of the border, the list is just as extensive.  But our American friends are doing something about it, bless ’em…

BORN FREE USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has released its 2017 Trapping Report, which gives a “letter grade to each of the 50 U.S. states based on the existence and effectiveness of the state’s animal trapping regulations on animal welfare, wildlife conservation and public safety.” [2]

Prashant K. Khetan, CEO and general counsel for Born Free USA, explained in a news release, “Indiscriminate body-crushing traps are used to capture or kill furbearing animals who are deemed a ‘nuisance’ or who are valued only for the fur on their backs.

“In many instances, animals are caught in these brutal traps, but remain trapped for days, slowly dying while subject to the elements, other animals, physical pain and emotional torture. And both targeted and non-targeted animals—including household pets and endangered species—fall victim to these traps.

“While our report card applauds the states that are leading the way to end trapping, we must also ask ourselves, ‘what kind of a society allows this senseless butchering of our beloved wildlife to continue year after year?’ It must end. And end now.”

The report card is compiled by “reviewing the laws of each individual state on a variety of different trapping-related topics and then, using a weighted point system, assigning individual letter grades and a final weighted grade to each state.

“Grades also include positive marks for prohibiting the trapping of bobcats and otters, two species native to most states but vulnerable to overexploitation.”

According to Born Free USA’s analysis, only four states received an “A” grade or better:

California
Colorado
Hawaii
Washington

Conversely, 14 states received an “F” grade:

Alaska
Arkansas
Idaho
Iowa
Louisiana
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Dakota
Texas
Virginia
Wyoming

“As the report clearly shows, most states don’t have good laws on trapping,” Khetan noted. “We’re working to shed light on the issue and help the states who are most interested in turning around their legislation.”

For those who are interested in standing up against trapping, Khetan recommends that they:

  • Learn more about the anti-trapping and anti-fur movement here
  • Write their government representatives to encourage them to enact and enforce better laws, including to prevent trapping on public lands
  • Support fur free products/retailers

Fur Free!  It’s important, mon ami.  The time of the fur coat as a fashion statement has gone.  Every animal matters.

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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“GREAT SHORT STORY!  DOES REMIND ME OF CALL OF THE WILD, WHITE FANG…” – Evelyn @evelyn_m_k

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[1] SEE “What is Canada’s National Animal? The Polar Bear! A Patriot’s Rant…” at www.CivilizedBears.com/Canadas-national-animal-polar-bear/

[2] About Born Free USA: Born Free believes that every animal matters. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, Born Free, we work locally, nationally and internationally on the conservation frontlines, in communities, classrooms, courtrooms and the halls of Congress, to end wild animal cruelty and suffering, and protect threatened wildlife. Born Free USA also operates one of the country’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, which provides a permanent home for 600 primates. Many are retired from research facilities, some rescued from inhumane conditions at circuses, zoos and private ownership. They have often endured a lifetime of abuse, neglect and cruelty. But at our sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, they are safe and live free.

Launched in 2002, Born Free USA is inspired by Virginia McKenna and her (late) husband Bill Travers, who, along with their son, Will, founded The Born Free Foundation (UK) in 1984. Their experience in Kenya filming the classic 1966 Academy Award-winning film Born Free, the story of Joy and George Adamson’s fight to successfully return Elsa the lioness to a wild and free life, launched the couple’s Compassionate Conservation movement, aimed at keeping wildlife in the wild. This movement continues to motivate millions of followers and activists across the globe. In 2007, Born Free USA merged with the Animal Protection Institute.

To view the 2017 Trapping Report Card, as well as the full report, visit http://www.bornfreeusa.org/trappingreportcard.

For a Canadian perspective, go to Barry Kent MacKay’s excellent Canadian Blog at www.bornfreeusa.org/weblog_canada.php

More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

Fur Trade Animal Trapping Report Exposes Best and Worst States

Source: Civilized Bears, Born Free USA & PRNewswire

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