Happy Birthday, Katie Lee

Ever since Glen Canyon was buried by Reservoir Powell in the nineteen sixties, Katie Lee has sung, stomped, photographed, written about, fought to restore the magic of Glen Canyon and to let the Colorado River run free. She is venerated … Continue reading

Candles of Flame—Blooming Agave Parryi near Jerome AZ

In April and May, thick maroon shafts grow from the wild heart of the Agave parryi, growing inches daily, plumply erotic. They can grow as high as fourteen feet. During May, and early June, the shaft of the Agave parryi … Continue reading

Environmental Activist and Author Katie Lee and her Triple Tizzy

Katie Lee, now 94 years old, may be seeing the edges of her considerable legacy as one of the Southwest’s most outspoken environmental activists and authors. She just returned from Colorado from a screening of award-winning film “DamNation.” The Ghosts … Continue reading

ML Lincoln’s Film “Wrenched”—The Legacy of Edward Abbey

A hundred people came to Jerome AZ’s “Spook Hall” on Thursday, April 17 to view and celebrate director/producer ML Lincoln’s new film “Wrenched.” (www.Wrenched-themovie.com).  The film is about the community of activists that were inspired by the work of Edward … Continue reading

Honoring the Women in Jerome AZ: International Women’s Day

Anyone who has lived in Jerome for any period of time knows this to be true: the women are strong, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, accomplished at what they set out to do and passionately engaged. Many are artists that have served the town politically. And they’re smart. Very very smart. Here’s my contribution to International Women’s Day.

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My Mother Meets Katie Lee in Jerome AZ

Nothing prepared mu mother for the party at Wylci and Jore’s art studio. I told my mom she would meet my close friend Katie, whom I described as a well-known published author and singer/songwriter who was about her age. My mother smiled with relief at the possibility of meeting a respectable friend of mine.

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7-Up Billboard Bites the Dust in Jerome AZ—Love in the Wild 70’s

In the 70’s there was a hideous “7-Up Power” billboard ad in paisley flowers of Day-Glo orange/green/fuchsia. In an election year, the ad was temporarily replaced by an ugly mug of a sheriff running for the county spot against the USA’s red white and blue. One day, the billboard was gone…

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You Know When You’re From Jerome When. . .

Denise Lerette started a Facebook craze in Jerome when she posted, “You know you’re from Jerome when. . .” The responses crowded my mail box and many of them were hilarious. Nobody ever stops living in Jerome, even when they’re not there,

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Kate Wolf Meets Katie Lee: Fires Burning Bright in Old Jerome.

In 1983, the late singer songwriter Kate Wolf visited Jerome, Arizona.Kate gave a concert in Jerome’s old Episcopal Church and met writer/singer/wilderness activist Katie Lee. The women became instant friends, a mutual spark between two very remarkable artists.

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