Category Archives: Navajo

Trading Posts

I love a good old trading post. I grew up with one, the Apache Mercantile in Dulce, N.M. The next nearest store was 90 miles away in Farmington. We thought of that as the “big city,” after all, it had … Continue reading

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Blood and Thunder, not a biography of Kit Carson but still good

There is a special enmity in my heart for journalists posing as historians. I have to admit that many write beautifully and some have done a wonderful job with their subject matter. However, many pad their bibliographies by including popular … Continue reading

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Kit Carson, Hero or Heel: Dispelling the false history of the ignorant and America hater

I was signing books in Santa Fe when a woman walked up to my table. “Your hero is Kit Carson? He was such a terrible person!” “What have you got in mind?” I asked. Her friend jumps in. “You better … Continue reading

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