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A Moveable Marfa

Steve Miles is suddenly wealthy. Now he has to discover what that means as he moves from the bureaucratic rat race of Washington, D.C., to the laid-back peace of Marfa, Texas. Of course, he finds that wealth doesn’t equal personal fulfillment and, after many challenges, decides to embark upon a journey to figure out who he really is.Follow along on this thoughtful and at times, humorous, journey as he navigates the cultural complexity of an artist colony in West Texas, suffers his quirky family, explores the crowded but lonely streets of Paris, experiences the second coming of the “Lost Generation,” gets to know a very free-spirited Brazilian neighbor, and explores the culture of numerous villages in the South of France to ultimately find love and a far deeper self-awareness.A description of the project and the works presented.

Available on Amazon for Kindle and Paperback.

The Sommières Sun

The sequel to A Moveable Marfa. (But one doesn’t have to read A Moveable Marfa to be able to enjoy and follow along.)

Steve continues his journey to finally discover who he is while pursuing a complicated but wonderfully rewarding relationship with a woman from another, older world. He navigates the eccentricities of the West Texas art colony of Marfa, a collection of intriguing, and at times downright weird, characters in Paris, and the relaxed village life of southern France. From experiencing a hurricane in New Orleans, to delving into the world of Tiki culture to ultimately letting go and becoming who he really is meant to be, Steve fills in the gaps with insightful observations about life. Ultimately Steve finds he must reconcile his beliefs with French perspectives on a host of modern social issues. The Sommières Sun is a genre bending tale that it is part travel writing, social commentary, humor and coming of age.

Available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle. You can read it on any device as long as you have downloaded the Kindle App.

Big Thicket People

Living off the land—hunting, fishing, and farming, along with a range of specialized crafts that provided barter or cash income—was a way of life that persisted well into the twentieth century in the Big Thicket of southeast Texas. Before this way of life ended with World War II, professional photographer Larry Jene Fisher spent a decade between the 1930s and 1940s photographing Big Thicket people living and working in the old ways. His photographs, the only known collection on this subject, constitute an irreplaceable record of lifeways that first took root in the southeastern woodlands of the colonial United States and eventually spread all across the Southern frontier.

Big Thicket People presents Fisher’s photographs in suites that document a wide slice of Big Thicket life-people, dogs, camps, deer hunts, farming, syrup mills, rooter hogs and stock raising, railroad tie making, barrel stave making, chimney building, peckerwood sawmills, logging, turpentining, town life, church services and picnics, funerals and golden weddings, and dances and other amusements. Accompanying each suite of images is a cultural essay by Thad Sitton, who also introduces the book with a historical overview of life in the Big Thicket. C. E. Hunt provides an informative biography of Larry Jene Fisher.

Available on Amazon for Kindle and Hardback.

Houston Atlas of Biodiversity

The Houston metroplex and 24 surrounding counties possess striking natural beauty, unique biodiversity, and globally important ecological resources. With lively, engaging text and vivid color photographs and illustrations throughout, the Houston Atlas of Biodiversity highlights the variety, cultural importance, and global value of the natural environment found within the Houston Wilderness project area. Written by a consortium of authors in conjunction with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and Houston Wilderness, the Houston Atlas of Biodiversity focuses on habitats, animal and plant communities, and broad multi-county ecoregions. It demonstrates how local parks and preserves are part of an interconnected, diverse natural world. C E Hunt was the author of the chapter covering the Neches River.

Available on Amazon for Paperback.

Paradoxes of Power

The American leadership power system is fractured. We’ve lost touch with how power relationships are supposed to work. As a result, our institutions, our nation, and almost every form of democratic republic may be worse off now than they have been in decades. In the United States alone, we have seen failures at the Federal, state, and local levels. We have also observed failure at the social level by ‘civilized’ members of society who would still attempt to deny power and privilege based on gender, race, or sex. Power in America is in paradox.

This book is about transforming human relationships that are built around power. To start overcoming these paradoxes, we must understand where and how they originate. We’ll talk about power relationships at every level: from government to governed, owners to employees and leaders to followers, to name a few. More importantly, we will suggest solutions, and attempt to demonstrate how success can emerge from failure when the right concepts and models are better understood.

Perspective, combined with the willingness to observe, analyze, and critique our domains of power are necessary to recognize their respective paradoxes. This process is vital to getting back on track as a country, and to making power work better for everyone in our post-pandemic world. Our belief is that a fresh examination holds the promise to make the United States of America united once again. The rest of the world will benefit as well.

The lead author is Carl Hunt and the lead editor is Joshua Hunt. I co-authored the Chapter on our Paradox of Power in our relationship with nature and provided a bit of editing in a few other chapters. It is an excellent read that helps explain much of the dysfunction we find in our society across the board.

Available on Amazon for Kindle and in Paperback.

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