wordsmith and human being
It all boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all.
"Chick lit" meets sensual murder mystery as thirty-something Los Angeles sleuth Sara Strong debuts as a feisty, whip-smart freelance writer (with a red-hot Latin lover) who abandons her quest to find a reclusive movie star in order to search the Southwest deserts in a desperate bid to rescue her wild card of a sister, who's been abducted by a drug cartel—which has its eye on something that is potentially far more powerful and lucrative than the usual illegal substances. Relham, 2013.
Soon after Richard Mahler discovers that wild jaguars are prowling the remote corner of New Mexico, he embarks on a quest to see in the flesh a beautiful cat that is the stuff of legend, yet absolutely real. His passion sets in motion a years-long adventure through trackless deserts, steamy jungles, and malarial swamps, as well as a confounding immersion in centuries-old debates over how we regard the powerful predators: as varmints or as icons, trophies or gods? His odyssey introduces him to unrepentant poachers, pragmatic ranchers, midnight drug-runners, ardent conservationists, trance-induced shamans, hopeful biologists, stodgy bureaucrats, academic philosophers, macho hunters, and gentle Maya villagers. Yale University Press, 2009.
EarthNotes is a compilation of favorite essays heard on the popular public radio show of the same name. Richard has eight pieces in this 2005 book, including writings about aspen trees, Navajo hogans, and Hopi salt mines. Edited by award-winning nature writer Peter Friederici, this collection captures the diversity of cultures and landscapes found on the Colorado River plateau, the geopolitical meeting point of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. The book is published by the Grand Canyon Association, with a foreword by writer-anthropologist Gary Paul Nabhan, formerly with Northern Arizona University's Center for Sustainable Environments. Grand Canyon Association and KNAU-FM, 2005.
Mahler, a former NPR contributor, collaborated with Connie Goldman, past co-anchor of NPR's All Things Considered, in creating a print version of her popular radio series about "extraordinary ordinary" people who happen to be over the age of 70. This is the updated third edition, with new material. Although the book is targeted toward older readers, it's been enjoyed by many younger persons who would like some inspiration and ideas about how to make the best of their later years. Richard and Connie are 20 years apart in age, which better informs their discussion. Fairview Press, 2007.
In Stillness: Daily Gifts of Silence and Solitude, Richard combines entries from a journal he kept during a 97-day personal retreat in the New Mexico wilderness with intriguing research and specific practical advice about simple ways to incorporate stillness into everyday life, which include nature walks, yoga, and meditation. The book has been widely praised for its exploration of a rarely-discussed phenomenon of modern life: the disappearance of deep silence and quality time for self-reflection. Red Wheel/Weiser, 2003.
Another collaboration with Connie Goldman, this book is full of heartwarming stories, revealing interviews, and surprising facts that reinforce the theme of its title; Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit: The Healing Gifts of Gardening. Special emphasis is given to the therapeutic aspects of gardening for individuals, groups, and neighborhoods. Recommended for the nature lover in your heart (or on your shopping list). This revised second edition, with a larger format and type font, was published in 2006 by Nodin Press.
Inquire about out of print or out of date books by Richard Mahler that include: Plane Truth: Tips for Combating The Health and Safety Perils of Flying, Santa Fe Memories, Hidden Picture-Perfect Escapes: Palm Springs, New Mexico's Best, Insiders' Guide: Santa Fe, Guatemala: Adventures in Nature, and Belize: Adventures in Nature. Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer is also available in German and Chinese editions.
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