Books by A.O. Kime
"Metaphysical realities in America's politically-challenged democracy"
"A sagacious accounting of the Stone Age and the beginnings of civilization"
U.S. colleges and trade schools
Odd combination of directories you think? See 'faces'
A.O. Kime Articles:
Shoofly Village ruins
Stone Age history
Stone Age timelines
Stone Age tools
Dynamics of now
Evil (nature of)
Gift of life
Light (nature of)
Time (nature of)
Curse of science
Int'l Criminal Court
Rule of law
A native Arizonan and the product of a long line of American farmers, editors, preachers, doctors and educators... of German, English and Irish ancestry who first arrived from England on the good ship Speedwell in the 1640's, A.O. Kime was a family farmer of 1120 acres in southeastern Arizona from 1973-1998 while occasionally engaging in other related businesses. Of an active nature in business affairs, he also formed a utility watchdog organization, had a stint as a farm advisor in Mexico and was a volunteer (USAID) in Nicaragua in 1994.
Yet, during this time his love for letters was still missing... even though his mother was a lifelong correspondent ultimately to become the editor of the Payson Roundup in Payson, Arizona. He consider her his mentor, his rock... although her strict pragmaticism he never adopted. As a professional, Doris Sturges may be best remembered for being instrumental in getting a reservation for the 'squatting on federal land' Tonto Apaches.
However in 1997 at the age of 56, as if having undergone a metamorphous, his outlook changed drastically. While an impetus will often spark a change, just as life's influences often determine one's direction, there seems no doubt the early influences on Kime finally bore their respective fruit.
During the late 1940s, having helped buck hay onto horse-drawn buckboards which were still in use, having grown accustomed to the smell of both horse and harness, a dairy and the sound of a bullwhip, Kime saw the last gasp of the Old West ... associating him, in a sense, with the 19th century. The nightly sound of the Navaho cotton pickers chanting nearby helped solidify, in his mind, this association. He used to play in their hogans during the off-season and a few years earlier, he and his sister tried catching wild donkeys along the Mexican border near Naco, Arizona. Trapping them in a gully, from an overhang he'd then try leaping upon them (to ride)... but often to no avail as they usually escaped. Whether from donkeys, playing kick-the-can, or from jumping off the first horse he ever rode in 1947, a galloping horse which he didn't know yet how to stop, he was continually bruised... albeit no worse for the beating.
While undoubtedly there were other childhood influences, which later evolved to include the influences of hot-rods, girls and sports, but by then... he was already branded by freedom herself. While the fact freedom demands 'servicing' may seem contradictory, that it has need of a few slaves, there is much truth to it. The same holds true for truth itself and even the spirit world, for they too need spokesmen (slaves)... although often spiritual truths speak for themselves.
While his latter-day focus on writing was perhaps inevitable, in part due to his heritage, this explanation cannot be expanded upon sufficiently because it entails an unknown process of a metaphysical nature. Kime states:
"Attributing a proficiency to genes or DNA is only the mechanical explanation. Since this curiosity has gone unanswered scientifically, then I submit the acts of our ancestors reverberates, carries forward and has a lasting effect. At least enough, all should agree, to effect later writers and their subject matter. In my case, it was likely due to my family's long history in America, nearly as long as that of the Apaches (circa 16th century), and my family's involvement in the Revolutionary War and Civil War... my great-great Grandfather having died in 1863 while serving with the Ohio 10th cavalry. So, if history can speak as well, then my ancestors were about service, freedom, magnanimity and pragmaticism. In other words, they were 100% American."
Yet, the road he chose was not paved by pragmatic soldiers, farmers, healers, teachers, preachers and editors... but taken for a reason. Hence, the impetus. When in 1997 a looming financial disaster was just over the horizon, a series of phenomenal events occurred which changed his life forever. He refers to them in STD LEX but they aren't what this book is about, but inspiriting they certainly were. From that point on, nearly every spare moment was dedicated to spiritual verse and by the time he lost my farm in 1999, he had written enough for a book. Within two years he compiled his short works and metaphysical poems to create STD LEX.
Why metaphysical poems? Well, unbeknownst to most people poetry is the language of the spirit world. More-so... metaphysical poetry.
His second book, Metaphysical Cavemen, came along later (2003) but embodies a more practical application of 'spiritual logic'... perhaps due to a different outlook which mountains create. At the time, he was living in a small secluded community of about 200 in northern Arizona by the East Verde River, at the very base of the Mogollon Rim. Yet, writing a book does not free an author by purging his thoughts. Still, even today, he continually ponders, reassesses and questions his purpose. Kime states:
"Far away now seems the road I once took, strewn with whiskey bottles, broken marriages and near bankruptcies. And with my legacy in mind, albeit a common concern, I look now for what good I might do... finally. Yet, why is the concern over one's legacy common? Surely it goes deeper than selfish egoism... after all, a legacy cannot effect an ego which no longer exists. The question whether one's legacy affects their soul is a different matter. I submit our fears and satisfactions are proof of lasting reverberations... as in cause and effect. While we all know acts have lasting psychological effects upon the world, I'm saying conduct is inheritable and we subconsciously sense it. The connection to the ego is that we also subconsciously sense our departed souls will either relish or suffer the consequences. So goes the importance of how we raise our children.
So, in the end, it isn't just about what we do in life, but what our offspring does as well. If that wasn't true, then we wouldn't worry about our legacy.
A.O. Kime addresses his qualifications:
"I respect and endorse the idea that non-fiction writers should only write about those things they are scholastically qualified for or otherwise intimately familiar with. While the sciences have just about everything conceivable titled and subtitled, and while many are well developed, organized and progressing, they have created an umbrella effect. For some sciences their umbrella can cover a lot of ground they know little or nothing about. While this unknown territory should be under some particular umbrella for the sake of logically structuring the scope of each science I suppose, this should be in the spirit of only retaining it for future jurisdiction because these areas cannot yet be claimed by academia. Until there is a scientific breakthrough, or progress seen... the matter still belongs to the public.
In the meantime, there are instances whereby certain individuals can have advanced knowledge in certain areas, for whatever reason, and this should be recognized and sought. Copernicus and Euclid would have related. Therefore, for those unanswered eternal questions, the sciences should step aside and cease blocking the path for others through jurisdictional claims. It should be noted that while academia developed the sciences, they rarely discovered them."
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