Cyrus Stevens Avery: The Father of Route 66

Posted on August 11th, 2011 in Stories

An undaunted champion of human rights and civic causes throughout his almost ninety-two years, Cyrus Stevens Avery — a proud Tulsan by choice — led the effort to establish U.S. Route 66, the most famous highway in the United States and possibly in the world.

Top of the Earth

Posted on August 4th, 2011 in Stories

“We were here long before the Spanish came,” he said in a nonchalant way as if we had been visiting for hours. “And, we were here long before the Anglos.”

It’s 1980 and Saturday night in Miami. I have taken time off from my duties as a magazine correspondent in the hard news capital of the nation for an evening of badly needed rest and recuperation.

The Sophian

Posted on July 21st, 2011 in Stories

In the Sophian Plaza we find refuge in the treetops with our books, art, and totems.

The High Road

Posted on July 14th, 2011 in Stories

Like the 18th century poet William Blake I am an aficionado of crooked roads. I find them as irresistible as freshly baked pie. A true son of Route 66, I prefer cruising the twists and turns of America’s Main Street, or any of the nation’s other venerable two-lanes, to coasting those endless slabs of monotony littered with generic culture that pass for today’s interstate highways.

T. “Yellowstone” Moran

Posted on July 7th, 2011 in Stories

From the very beginning, the American West has captured people’s imagination.

Star Dome

Posted on June 30th, 2011 in Stories

Near the edge of the earth in the low country of South Carolina on an island sculpted by wind and waves they found a special place.

Ride to Live, Live to Ride

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 in Stories

Way out west on a stretch of varicose concrete two-lane, stained from the vermilion earth of surrounding wheat fields, a man clad in supple leathers and faded denim slips outside and welcomes the Oklahoma morning.

Old Roads

Posted on June 16th, 2011 in Stories

As I travel this land I witness cities coming back to life. I see buildings of value with architectural merit and historic significance saved and recycled. I hear more and more voices speaking up for the built environment, for preservation, for honoring our history and culture. I listen to children and adults of all ages who truly care about saving the past, protecting what is left today, and who also are committed to fight the good fight in the future.

A Writer’s Life

Posted on June 9th, 2011 in Stories

As a writer my job is to depict life and its events in the way I see them. I need to stay in tune with everything going on around me. I have to feel what others do not feel. I have to see what others do not see.

On the Road Again

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 in Stories

I am now on the tour circuit promoting three books; David Crockett: The Lion of the West, The Wild West: 365 Days and Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd.

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