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A New Frontier and a FREE Download

Waving Hands

Waving Hands in Northwest Colorado

Communication has taken many forms throughout history. Ancient people left messages by drawing art and chiseling petroglyphs on rock. Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of movable press type around 1440 replaced the only means of duplicating print, copying with pen on paper. Movable lead type was used for printing into the 20th century.

For the past half century, my work has been deeply involved in writing and publishing, and I’ve seen a few changes. In college while studying journalism, stories were written on manual typewriters with yellow pulpy second sheets, thus the terms yellow journalism and pulp fiction. How quaint! When we started our graphics and typography business, The Letter Setters, our first IBM production system consisted of desk-sized metal box-like stations with keyboards driven by magnetic tape. We thought we were styling! It was the hot set-up until we invested in AM Varityper’s new phototypesetting system, which required processing light sensitive paper in a toxic chemical bath. Ah, the good old days. Then, along came desktop publishing software on clean, compact, affordable personal computers. Suddenly, everybody was an expert typographer! The industry had finally gone wacko, or so we thought. We changed right along with it.

Rock Art May 2012

This past week, after years of conveying written words to published books, along with copious chapters and articles, and varied items of printed matter produced with ink on paper, we entered a new frontier. I completed an e-book with the renovation of my first title, A Yellowstone Savage. Once again, I thought, the gods must be crazy! Since when do we carry a battery of books and internet resources around in a pocket or purse on a slick little electronic device the size of a couple of graham crackers! They were slow to catch on, but e-book readers appear to be here to stay. Hopefully, electronic books will be used in harmony with their paperbound buddies on the bookshelves for a long time to come.

Fusion 2

In the meantime, my e-book, A Yellowstone Savage, is now available on As an introductory promotion, a FREE download will be available this coming weekend, May 24-26. This new, polished edition of Savage celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its initial publication in 1988, and the 40th Anniversary of 1973 when the Yellowstone Savages first met, became lifelong friends, and invaded our nation’s oldest and largest national park. This fictionalized memoir contains more than sixty B/W and color images. It is a fun read for anybody remotely interested in Yellowstone, and especially for former Savages who carry those glory days, memories, and a love of nature’s wonderland deep in their hearts.

To download your FREE COPY of A Yellowstone Savage on e-book, go to:
this coming Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, May 24-26, 2013.

Joyce B. Lohse


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Archeology and History


Macaw at Petroglyph National Monument

Why was I riveted to an old Indiana Jones movie last evening? Besides Spielberg’s magic and a young Harrison Ford, it had a lot to do with the archealogical tale of unfolding mysteries through material evidence of past human life. The story also touched lightly on the issue of truth as opposed to myth, one of my favorite speech topics regarding our more modern western history. How cool is that!

Recently, I visited Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Located close to town, we hiked and scrambled through rocks containing messages from the ancients. A brochure contains a quotation by Pueblo Elder, William F. Weahkee: “Each of these rocks is alive, keeper of a message left by the ancestors … There are spirits, guardians; there is medicine …”

Deciphering the messages requires much study and imagination. The macaw, used as a symbol for the site, is probably indicative of trade and prosperity for the value of its feathers. Nothing is certain in this science. These beautiful images and symbols can also be appreciated for their artistic value. After this visit, and a past jaunt to the Talking Rocks north of Thermopolis, Wyoming, I am hooked. Next time, I encounter a petroglyph site, I will make sure I have my cowboy hat, boots, and water jug, and plan better for the hike and scramble over the rocks. Also, I agree with Indy … I can do without the snakes.

Joyce Lohse, 3/6/11


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