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About the Blog

This blog is not a travel blog in the traditional sense of the word. Nor is it a traditional literary blog. In essence, it's a melding of two blog types to create something completely different. In looking at maps, we create mental images or thoughts of the places we have been, are going to visit, or want to visit. In traveling to those places, our prior images match or differ from the reality we experience, creating an entirely new set of mental images. As we read about places people have written about, these images are stirred up and brought to the forefront of our thoughts. Reading is a dynamic activity that causes us to recollect and reflect on that which we know and what we wish to know. These blog posts are a running journal of what comes to my mind when I read.

It is my hope that the things that I write will touch readers, and perhaps jog their own memories and recollections. Each blog post will take the same form. It will center around a physical place mentioned in the book. A quote from the literary work being read will be provided, and a set of thoughts presented that relates to the quotation.  My thoughts may or may not relate to the place which is being referenced. Remember, these are the reflections, feelings and thoughts that come to my mind upon reading the passage.

Finally, should you wish to learn more about the actual place, a set of links will be provided for you to reference. If nothing else, since I am not egotistical enough to think that my writings will always interest the reader, I at least hope the Google Map I provide with each work will be of value. So please, enjoy this literary journey!

About the Author

Michael L. Hess was born and raised in Fort Bragg, a small town in Northern California, and developed a love of books and maps at a young age.  Currently, he is a Student Learning Success Manager at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  He also has a PhD in Political Science from the University of New Orleans, and he adjuncts for the Political Science Departments at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College as needed.

He currently resides in Albuquerque with his wife, journalist Megan Kamerick, and his immensely cute and lovable dog Zia.  He reads voraciously, and can't stop himself from examining a map when he sees one.