Escape – Little Bighorn, Thomas Merton & Disappearing in Plain Sight


An eclectic photo-essay on the theme of escape.



Little Bighorn National Monument

click for a link to the U.S National Park Service website






Photo of a photo of an Amerindian (original photographer, unknown)





Merton laughing! Art Enables us to find and loes ourdelves













Disappearing in Plain Sight - cover






Needlepoint and novel are by my wife, Francis Guenette

The novel addresses issues of escape – click here for an interview with the author

























Now for my getaway –



14 thoughts on “Escape – Little Bighorn, Thomas Merton & Disappearing in Plain Sight

  1. I live on a street named Little Bighorn Drive so that is why I clicked on this post rather than a later one, like maybe from 2014! I have great respect and admiration for anything and anyone Native American. I do not necessarily believe everything I read about them but neither do I believe everything I read about Americans. History is written by the victors. Anyway, I’m rambling. Love your photos and the sculpture. Oh, and I am ordering a copy of your wife’s first novel tonight. Will let you and her know what I think. But don’t expect to see much on the subject for a month or two since my reading is so scattered lately!

    • I really enjoyed putting together this post and I’m glad you found it, over on Little Bighorn Drive. In regards to Frans’ novel, you will find one of the lead characters is a Native American, or rather a First Nation person, as we say in Canada. Fran and I look forward to hear what you think of it. Remember – the first pages seem like a teen romance (and it is a tiny bit), but it is so much more, as you will discover a few chapters in.

      So true, history being written by the victors. Peace and friendship Emilio… Bruce

      • I started reading last night and have to be honest that if I hadn’t heard about the beginning from you I might have put it down. Not because it is poorly written but because it seems EXACTLY like a teen romance. But I love the characters Beulah and Bethany (is that the name? I went to check on my Nook but something’s wrong. Can’t get it powered up.) Interested to see where this might lead.

  2. An inspiring escape. So much to learn from the past. In a way, it saddens me to know what happened to the Native Americans and how the their land was taken from them. Honestly, I think there is no amount of compensation that can repay for the damage that was done to them. Sadly, no escape to the truth although it can teach our generation the things we should never repeat.

    • Thanks for this thoughtful reply. I recall reading this and I wanted to take a day before I responded. Now the days have turned into many moons. My apologies. Tonight I have learned a new method of checking and responding to comments.

      Your comment reminds me of something I read , that the Dalai lama had said during an interview – a monk had come to him seeking guidance about being reincarnated so as he could lead a better life. The monk afterwards took his own life and the Dalai lama felt badly that he hadn`t said something different or wiser to the monk, so he wouldn`t have resorted to suicide. The interviewer then asked the ‘his holiness’, how he got over such a terrible experience. The Dalai Lama paused for a moment and then replied – “I didn’t get over it.”

      Like you say, with our mistakes there is nothing we can really do to compensate – but hopefully we can learn, so as not to repeat them.

  3. Hi Bruce, Just love these two pictures: Merton and Mother Earth. Ehem, May I take a copy of these pictures for future post credit to you? Thanks.

    • Seeker. Tonight I was doing blog maintenence and I came upon numerous comments (almost 10) that I missed seeing and responding to. My humble apologies.

      In regards to your request for using my photos from this blog, I would be more than honoured and it is my peasure to share them with you. I’m certain you have noticed that occasionally I use photos from google etc (like the merton one) and those are usually credited accordingly, but in this case I missed the notation. . . Sorry. Almost all the rest I have been the photographer, though any photo of myself will have been taken by mife Francis. Sometimes I have photographed artwork and I am unsure of the protocal about these. Your welcome to use the “Mother Earth” needle point for sure.

      In regards to responding to comments, I now will use a different method to ensure I don’t miss so many.

      Wow – thanks so much for asking to use my photos. Again – so sorry for the delayed reply – opps.

    • Tina. Thanks for this comment way back in May. I’m not sure how I missed it. It is so sad indeed, how we treat(ed) native americans. I remember reading Bury My heart at Wounded knee about 35 years ago – story after story of suffering and defeat – all in the name of ‘manifest destiny’. My wife and I make a point of visiting such sites as Little Bighorn, and I have to say that the National Park rangers are in general incredibly professional and un biased in representing events, admiting mistakes, questioning and even challenging the mainstream view and “official history”, which of course is so often is both flawed and one sided. In regards to my approach in posts, I try to be eclectic as possible. I’m glad you found this particular post of interest. Best regards. bruce

  4. Love this post!!! Greetings to you in Canada. Like I told your wife more or less lately, please greet the Canadian nature from me, I love it there πŸ™‚
    Great you posted the Thomas Merton Quote.
    Looking Forward to checking out Disappearing Into Plain Sight.
    Best wishes, Nicole

  5. the theme can go in so many directions, Really good photos and blog post, so sad about the Indians, I always wonder what would our life be if it stayed the way it was as simple and beautiful, and full of wisdom.

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