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NOTE: Regarding the perhaps odd addition of nuclear events into this chronology. Amongst the many requests had for me if I were to ever write his biography, he asked that his life be interlaced with the development of nuclear weapons. 

He always believed there was great providence in his being born on the exact day as the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. And was always intrigued to find anyone who shared an explosive date. He believed they were spiritually seismic events that sent shockwaves back and forward through time. They were, for him, a form of divination in which he took on the robes of the haruspex and ,by peering into the rent opening in the world, probed for augury in the exploded organ and bone.

Unfortunately, I do not have the talents of skilled biographer that would have allowed me to adequately incorporate this nuclear material into his life story. My inclusion of it here is my slight attempt to honor one of Jones' last requests. 


HISTORY


The following adapted from Wikipedia:

700 to 900, the Pueblo began to abandon ancient pit houses dug in cliffs and to construct rectangular rooms arranged in apartment-like structures.

1050, the Pueblo had developed planned villages composed of large terraced buildings, each with many rooms. 

~ 1150, Chaco Anasazi society began to unravel. 

1500s - The Spanish encountered Pueblo civilization and elements of the Athabaskans

1527 - Panfilo de Narvaez expedition 

1535 - Cabeza de Vaca tells of hearing Indians talk about fabulous cities somewhere in New Mexico. Fray Marcos de Niza enthusiastically identified these as the fabulously rich Seven Cities of Cíbola, the mythical seven cities of gold. 

1540-42 - Francisco Vásquez de Coronado led a massive expedition to find these cities. Coronado camped near an excavated pueblo today preserved as Coronado National Memorial in 1541. 

Some of Coronado's horses escaped, to be captured and adopted for use by Plains Indians. Over the next two centuries, they made horses at the center of their nomadic cultures. Only two of Coronado's horses were mares.

1598 -  Juan de Oñate and the first Spanish settlement in New Mexico. Oñate pioneered El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, "The Royal Road of the Interior Land," a 700-mile (1,100 km) trail from the rest of New Spain to his remote colony. 

1610 - Governor Pedro de Peralta established the settlement of Santa Fe in 1610 at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. 

1650s - Pueblo dissatisfaction with the rule of the clerics was the main cause of the Pueblo revolt.

1670s - Drought swept the region, causing famine among the Pueblo, and attracting increased attacks from neighboring nomadic tribes trying to gain food supplies. Spanish soldiers were unable to defend the settlements adequately. At the same time, European-introduced diseases caused high mortality among the natives, decimating their communities. Dissatisfied with the protective powers of the Spanish crown and its god of the Catholic Church, the Pueblo returned to their old gods. This provoked a wave of repression on the part of Franciscan missionaries. 

1680 - Following his arrest on a charge of witchcraft and subsequent release, Popé planned and orchestrated the Pueblo Revolt.

After being freed, Popé moved to Taos and planned a Pueblo war against the Spaniards. He dispatched runners to all the Pueblos carrying knotted cords, the knots signifying the number of days remaining until the appointed day for them to rise together against the Spaniards. Hearing that the Spaniards had learned of these plans, Popé ordered the attacks advanced to August 13. The Spanish were driven from all but the southern portion of New Mexico. They set up a temporary capital at El Paso while making preparations to reconquer the rest of the province.

The retreat of the Spaniards left New Mexico controlled by the Indians. Popé ordered the Indians, under penalty of death, to burn or destroy crosses and other Catholic religious imagery, as well as any other vestige of the Spanish culture. He also wanted to destroy Spanish livestock and fruit trees. Kivas (rooms for religious rituals) were reopened, and Popé ordered all Indians to bathe in soap made of yucca root. He forbade the planting of Spanish crops of wheat and barley. Popé commanded those Indians married by the rites of the Catholic Church to dismiss their wives, and to take others under their traditional ways. He took over control of the Governor's Palace as ruler of the Pueblo, and collected tribute from each Pueblo until his death in 1688.

Following their success, the different Pueblo tribes, separated by hundreds of miles and six different languages, quarreled as to who would occupy Santa Fe and rule over the territory. These power struggles, combined with raids from nomadic tribes and a seven-year drought, weakened the Pueblo strength. 

1692 - Diego de Vargas led Spanish forces that surrounded Santa Fe, where he called on the Indians to surrender, promising clemency if they would swear allegiance to the King of Spain and return to the Christian faith. The Indian leaders gathered in Santa Fe, met with De Vargas, and agreed to peace.

While the Pueblo achieved a short-lived independence from the Spaniards, they gained a measure of freedom from future Spanish efforts to impose their culture and religion following the reconquest. The Spanish issued substantial land grants to each Pueblo, and appointed a public defender to protect the rights of the Indians and argue their legal cases in the Spanish courts.

1750s - By the 1750s the Plains Indians horse culture was well established from Texas to Alberta, Canada. The Navajo, in addition to being among the first mounted Indians in the U.S., were unique in developing a pastoral culture based on sheep stolen from the Spanish. By the early 18th century, the Navajo households typically owned herds of sheep

After the Pueblo revolt, the Comanche posed the most serious threat to the Spanish settlers. Scholar Hämäläinen (2008) argues that from the 1750s to the 1850s, the Comanche were the dominant group in the Southwest, and they ruled a domain known as Comancheria. Hämäläinen calls it an empire. 

The Comanche were pure nomads, well mounted by the 1730s.They were more elusive and mobile than the semi-nomadic Apache and Navajo, who were dependent upon agriculture or herding for part of their livelihoods.The Comanche both raided and traded with the New Mexicans. They were especially prominent at the annual Taos trade fair, where they peacefully exchanged hides, meat and captive, often before or after raiding other settlements. They endangered the survival of colonial New Mexico, stripping the settlements of horses, forcing the abandonment of many settlements, 

and in 1778 killing 127 Spanish settlers and Pueblo Indians. Punitive expeditions by the Spanish and their Indian allies against the Comanche were usually ineffective. 

In 1779 a Spanish and Pueblo Indian force of 560 men, led by Juan Bautista de Anza, surprised a Comanche village near Pueblo, Colorado and killed Cuerno Verde (Green Horn), the most prominent of the Comanche war leaders. The Comanche subsequently sued for peace with New Mexico, joined the New Mexicans in expedition against their common enemy, the Apache, and turned their attention to raiding Spanish settlements in Texas and northern Mexico. The New Mexicans on their part took care not to re-antagonize the Comanche and lavished gifts on them. 

1846 - The peace between New Mexico and the Comanche endured until the United States conquest of the province during the Mexican–American War.

Peace with the Comanche stimulated a growth in the population of New Mexico; settlements expanded eastward on to the Great Plains. The inhabitants of these new settlements were mostly genizaros, Indians and the descendants of Indians who had been ransomed from the Comanche. Navajo and Apache raids continued to affect the territory. 

1864 - The Navajo were defeated by Kit Carson, but 

1886 - the Apache leader Geronimo surrenders. 

The Comanche empire collapsed after their villages were repeatedly decimated by epidemics of smallpox and cholera, especially in 1849; their population plunged from about 20,000 in the 18th century to 1,500 by 1875, when they surrendered to the U.S. Government. The Comanche no longer had the manpower to deal with the U.S. Army and the wave of white settlers who encroached on their region in the decades after the Mexican–American War ended in 1848.

U.S. exploration

Following Lewis and Clark many men started exploring and trapping in the western parts of the United States. Sent out in 1806, Lt. Zebulon Pike's orders were to find the headwaters of the Arkansas and Red rivers. He was to explore the southwestern part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1807, when Pike and his men crossed into the San Luis Valley of northern New Mexico they were arrested and taken to Santa Fe, and then sent south to Chihuahua where they appeared before the Commandant General Salcedo. After four months of diplomatic negotiations, Pike and his men were returned to the United States, under protest, across the Red River at Natchitoches.


1835 - Texas declared its independence in 1835, triggering the sequence of events that led directly to Mexico's collapse. 

The Revolt of 1837 in New Mexico itself overthrew and executed the centrally appointed governor and demanded increased regional authority. 

In the mid-1830s New Mexico began to function as a trading hub between the United States, central Mexico and Mexican California. 








"The first village, legend remembers, was the home of the "shadowy Asa," descendents of the Anasazi who settled this mesa and farmed this valley as early as the 1200s." p. 19

Mesa de las Viejas ("mesa of the old women") - "named for two old women who fell into disfavor with local witches." p. 14

Canon de Navaho - "Or the canyon may have been named in the early or mid-nineteenth century, when several skeletons believed to be Athapaskan were found sitting upright beside what was once a smoky fire, hair and skin still attached to their bodies, in a small cave." p. 14

La Cuchilla - "for the historic Spanich, the cottonwood grove and the country surrounding La Cuchilla were believed to be the gathering ground for the local bujas and brujos (witches). Abiquiu lore includes many after-dark sitings of flickering and flitting lights around wagons and through trees, widely known to be the movement of witches" 

"But to the Tewa this jagged rock that cuts into the Chama Riovver and the country beside it, was sacred ground. It was called P'oe waa wiri ("water wind point"), and to them it was a blessed place where the Powaha, the benevolent water-wind-air spirits that energize all life, lived." p. 14

"Spanish soldiers once followed a vision of Saint Cecilia across the Rio Grande and up the Chama to this very mesa.. The saint disappeared into a hole in the side of the mountain, on the far side of which the perplexed but faithful soldiers found her dropped shoe." p. 15


1598 - Juan de Onate led a caravan of four hundred men, ten friars, servants, eighty-three ox-carts and wagons into New Mexico. Set up camp where the Chama and Rio Grande meet. p. 22


Pueblo Revolt in 1680. Led by a San Juan medicine man, Pope (Popay). 

1745 - church of Santo Tomas still under construction.

1750s - Founding of Santa Rosa de Lima.


WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY


"The Terrible Curse." 

Migeul Ontiveros, known as Migeul el Cojo ("Miguel the Lame")

Ute curandera

"El Conoso did his Athapaskan best to exorcise the illness from Abiquiu, but he, too, gave up, claiming it was El Cojo's demonic rattlesnake that rendered Apache medicine useless." p. 46

1760 - Fray Toledo began his own investigation. 

"pagan troublemakers"

the women and young girls began to suffer from energumenas, possession by demons. p. 47

purging of the sacred shrines. "Hopi and Tewa petroglyphs of serpents and spirals, birds and medicine men found in caves and on the rock walls of remote mesas were either covered and surrounded by Christian crosses or were obliterated." 






"But the San Idelfonso Tewa told Bandalier the town was called Abi-chiu, and that this was Tewa for the screech of an owl." p 21

"The Triassic layer of the Piedra Lumbre basin - represented by the lower red, sparsely vegetated hills of the Chinle Formation at the foot of the cliffs, whose barren contours captivated O'Keefe's heart and were frequently the subject of her paintings - was know to hold the bones of the earliest dinosaurs." Valley of the Shining Stone, p 212

1874 - Dr. Edward Drinker Cope with the Wheeler Expedition found fossilized bones of the Typothorax. 

1876 - David Bladwin came to Abiquiu to prospect for fossils. Adoped Abiquiu as a home. 

1880 - "Baldwin was not an intrusive or demanding man, and we can assume that regardless of his eccentricities and hermit-like demeanor, he became an accepted figure to those shepherds and ranchers who stumbled across his camp in the dead of winter." p213

He mailed bones from the post office in the Abiquiu plaza. 

"There ain't ain't a foot nor skull in the entire lot. Abiquiu is my address all the time." - Baldwin


1928 - Dr. Charles Camp uncovered several fossilized phytosaur skeletons. p. 212

1928 - 1934 - "The fossil hunters learned of the local lore and legend that claimed the Valley of the Shining Stone was haunted. Stanley told Dr. Camp that the site of their excavations in the summer of 1933 was called Spooky Gulch among the local ranchers. And she shared with the scientists Rancho de Brujo's auspicious beginnings as a cattle rustling outfit and its lingering reputation as a playground for the spirits of those whose bones - human bones - lay in its sands." p 215

23 July 1933: "Spent the evening in Abiquiu with Mr. Bode (owner of the general store) over several bottle of beer. Bode spoke frankly and in detail of the Penitentes, the woman, & the state of the country. Abiquiu he says is all Penitente except himself, Gonzales, Chavez, & one or two others." p. 215

Summer of 1934 - "Descriptions of this supposedly twenty to thirty foot long snake-like creature given to badly scared sheepherders had suggested that there really must have been something unusual to have occasioned a fright of such degree, and I half jokingly proposed that these young paleontologists might go over there to look around. Several hours later they came back in a frenzy of excitement, begging me to ride over and see what they had found. It was a hot summer day when the direct rays of the sun reflected from the bare ground in shimmering waves. As my horse rounded the sharp bend of an arroyo a coiled skeleton, perhaps twenty feet long, uncovered by the vagaries of wind and storm suddenly appeared on the opposite slope, and in the dancing heat waves actually seemed to move from side to side." Arthur Pack, p. 219

1937 - Excavation of the Raina Archaeological site by Frank Hibbert. Now under the water of Abiquiu Lake.

June of 1947 - "The Bone Hunters." The complete Coelophysis skeletons. "The quarry was obviously the location for a mass burial." "A catastrophic flood." p. 220







1940


"The Pack's decided this would be their contribution to the war effort and, unbeknownst to them until after the war, opened Rancho de Los Brujos' doors to the top nuclear scientists of the world." - Valley of the Shining Stone, Lesley Poling-Kempes, p. 208

"It seemed an incongruous relationship, Ghost Ranch's unspoiled wilderness a part-time think tank for the creators of the world's deadliest weapon. 'Ghost Ranch had played a small accessory part in the making of the atomic bomb,' Pack wrote years later. "We shared and understood some of the guilt that afflicted others." 

"Here, on a Ghost Ranch evening, the utter incompatibilities and terrible contrasts inherent in man's warring natures stood out as starkly as did mountain, cliff and sky. The Hiroshima destruction, which one of the two actually witnessed, was a nightmare they might vainly wish undreamed. p. 210



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MARCH 

6 - GODSKULL


JUNE

Charles Lincoln Boney
1945–
BIRTH 16 July 1945 - Thoreau, McKinley, New Mexico

JULY

AUGUST



16 July 1945 - 5:29 am
Trinity Detonation in the Jornada del Muerto desert of New Mexico




AUGUST 

6 - Born in Little Hope, Texas 

Father Hulen Melville Jones, 1904–1967
BIRTH 22 APR 1904 • Mineola, Wood, Texas
DEATH 18 FEB 1967 • Little Hope, Wood County, Texas

Mother Margaret "Mattie" Nancy Stonecipher, 1916–1965
BIRTH 14 DEC 1916 • Gun Barrel City, Henderson, Texas
DEATH 8 AUG 1965 • Little Hope, Wood County, Texas



Wandering Monks in Chama Canyon




6 August 1945 - 8:16 am
Little Boy Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan



9 August 1945 - 11:01 am
Fat Man Atomic Bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan



1946 (1 year)

JANUARY

Jones speaks first word, which mother claimed was, "light," but which his father argued was, "lied". 

FEBRUARY

His mother, Mattie, reports his first sentence was, "It must be." He said this when Mattie told him he needed to go to bed so he could visit the world of dream. She said his response was so surprisingly articulate that she "let out a scream of delight and couldn't stop laughing the rest of that night."

After that, Jones' language skills developed quickly. Much to the dismay of his parents, he talked incessantly, asking questions about everything.


MARCH

His mother writes: 

"Charles had an odd manner of thinking and speaking about the world, evident from an early age. My father, Charles Stonecipher, passed away in March of 1950. They had been quite close and my father had taken great concern over Little Charles' upbringing and education. The day before he died, my father had planted the garden and spent the morning teaching Little Charles all about seeds and germination. At the cemetery, we kept close eye on him as this was his first experience with death. We were, naturally, curious as to his understanding of the matter." 

"Afterwards, I asked how he felt about his grandfather's death. He took such time to reply that I wondered if he had heard my question. Then he said, "I am going to water Grandfather's grave every day." Naturally, I thought this a fine and precocious statement. "Why Charles," I said to him, "that's a beautiful sentiment, so finely expressed. But Grandfather would not want you to shed any extra tears for him." A puzzled look flashed over his face, then he replied to me as if I were the child, "Mother, I do not plan to water Grandfather's grave with tears." Now it was I who didn't understand. "Then, whatever do you mean to do?" I asked him. He affected exasperation, at having to explain something so obvious. He said to me: "I know what happens, Mother. Grandfather taught me all about it the other day in the garden." I asked him to please continue. What he told me then, in one breathless sentence, I will never forget. He said, "When you die you go to sleep and turn into a seed and people plant you in the ground and your bones make roots and drink your blood and eat your body and makes a shoot rise above the ground to make you into a flower."  [souce: Jones Family Lifebook]



APRIL

Monastery Founded


1947 (2 years)




1948 (3 years)


Home School in Little Hope
Taught Ancient Greek


1949 (4 years)


Home School in Little Hope
Taught Latin


1950 (5 years)


Home School in Little Hope

JUNE

Korean War - 25 June 1950

AUGUST

Death of Mother's Father, Maternal Grandfather

Charles Foster Stonecipher, 69 years
1880–1950
BIRTH 3 APR 1880 • Poughkeepsie, Sharp, Arkansas
DEATH 27 AUG 1950 • Little Hope, Wood County, Texas

When Charles Foster Stonecipher was born on April 3, 1880, in Poughkeepsie, Arkansas, his father, Ezekiel, was 40 and his mother, Harriet, was 34. He had eight children with Liza Avery Bates in 1916. He died on August 27, 1950, in Wood, Texas, at the age of 69.


1951 (6 years)


Home School in Little Hope


1952 (7 years)


Home School in Little Hope

August 6 - a gift on his 7th birthday, reads Moby Dick for the first time. 

NOVEMBER


Ivy Mike - an atmospheric nuclear test 
conducted by the U.S. at Enewetak Atoll on 1 November 1952. 
It was the world's first successful hydrogen bomb.



1953 (8 years)


Home School in Little Hope

Invented a new language / dialect he called "Fiskkun"
Writes a series of stories in Fiskkun.

Reads in Greek the early dialogues of Plato, Aesop's Fables and Herodotus. 

Read and loved Dumas' d'Artagnan Romances in French. 

Read and loved Don Quixote in Spanish. 

Populaiton of Abiquiu is listed as 621 - http://www.newmexicohistory.org/landgrants/abiquiu/history.html

APRIL


Nuclear test Upshot-Knothole Badger on April 18, 1953.



MAY



GRABLE EVENT - Part of Operation Upshot-Knothole, 
was a 15-kiloton test fired from a 280-mm cannon on May 25, 1953 
at the Nevada Proving Grounds. Frenchman's Flat, Nevada





1954 (9 years)


Home School in Little Hope

He went through all the commonly taught Latin and Greek authors and by the age of ten could read Plato and Demosthenes with ease.

Heraclitus
Schopenhauer
Nietzsche. 

MARCH


Castle Bravo conducted at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands,
as part of Operation Castle. Detonated on March 1, 1954, 
the device was the most powerful nuclear device detonated by the United States.



1955 (10 years)


Home School in Little Hope

Upanishads
Dhammapada
Bhagavad Gita
Zen

APRIL 

April 12, 1955 - Salk and the Polio Vaccine. 

JULY

4 - Abducted during July 4th celebrations by Charles (Demos) Carver, the caretaker at Gudstream Lake, a private lake developed by wealthy businessmen from Dallas as a fishing and hunting club. 

BONE CARVER STORIES

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For eleven days, Carver tortures and abuses Jones. He is found on the July 15 in the Old Mill. Carver escapes and is never found. 

It is discovered Carver was a known criminal wanted by police in seven states for questioning about kidnapping, torture and murder. Nowdays he would be profiled as a serial killer - although none of his convictions were for murder. 

The Jones family sues the Gudstream Hunting and Fishing Club for negligence. The court decides in favor of the Jones Family. Settlement in the millions of dollars. Hulen Jones makes a deal in addition to a financial settlement, a house on the lake, additional real estate and lifetime membership privileges at the Lake. The Gudstream Corporation agrees to this. Jones will receive the money from the settlement on his 18th birthday.

Jones is in the hospital for three weeks. When he returns home, he stays in his room for 6 months. 

AUGUST

6 - Jones' 10th Birthday. He is released from the hospital early as a birthday present in an attempt to speed his recover. 

SEPTEMBER

Jones recovering. Month 1

OCTOBER

Jones recovering. Month 2

NOVEMBER

Jones recovering. Month 3

DECEMBER

Jones recovering. Month 4

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger.


1956 (11 years)


Construction begins on the Abiquiu Dam on the Rio Chama

JANUARY

Jones recovering. Month 5

FEBRUARY

Jones recovering. Month 6

MARCH

APRIL

SEPTEMBER

September 9, 1956 - Elvis Presley's first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show




1957 (12 years)


Enters Steiner College. Year 1

Building begins on Abiquiu Dam. 

OCTOBER

4 October 1957 - Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite.


1958 (13 years)


Steiner College. Year 2


1959 (14 years)


Steiner College. Year 3


1960 (15 years)


Steiner College. Year 4


Abiquiu Dam History - Albuquerque USACE




1961 (16 years)


Steiner College. Year 5

APRIL

17 April 1961 - The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group.

OCTOBER


30 October 1961
Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created. 
Its test on remains the most powerful explosive ever detonated.



1962 (17 years)


Steiner College. Year 6

Abiquiu Dam completed.

"Dorothy Burnham Fredericks visited the lake during the first year of inundation: "I ventured out in a little boat, looking for the old River Ranch. Even floating on the water, I knew where it was... what mesa was here, what arroyo had been over there. I finally rowed to where I was certain the old crossing had been. I peered over the boat's side down into the water. Below I could see the tops of the great cottonwood trees. I couldn't see the stone house of the corrals. They were gone. There was just the branches of those old trees waving in the water below me.... The arms of those drowned cottonwoods reaching up through the water have haunted me all my life." Valley of the Shining Stone, p. 229

JANUARY


FEBRUARY

20 February 1962 - John Glenn orbits earth in Friendship 7,


MARCH
19 - Birth of Scot Keith Casey 


APRIL


MAY

Graduates from Steiner College

At Steiner, he was given the freedom to determine his own course of studies and the nature of his degree. 

He was graduated summa cum laude from the Steiner College of Ontological Osteology where he studied Legerdaemonic Epistemology and Allegorical Cetology.

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1963 (18 years)

JANUARY


FEBRUARY

5 February 1963 - Abiquiu Dam on the Rio Chama completed


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NOVEMBER

22 November 1963 - Kennedy Assasinated


DECEMBER


1964 (19 years)


Oxford University

He then briefly attended the University of Oxford 

but left after a dispute with one of the Dons over the Nature of the Hesychast Controversy. LETTER CONCERNING THE HESYCHAST CONTROVERY

"Hesychasm is a form of constant purposeful prayer or experiential prayer that, from at latest the 13th century, took the form of "a particular psychosomatic technique in combination with the Jesus Prayer"[1] Even before the adoption of that technique, hesychasm, as "the practice of inner prayer, aiming at union with God on a level beyond images, concepts and language", with or without use of the Jesus Prayer can be traced back much earlier.[1]

"Barlaam took exception to, as heretical and blasphemous, the doctrine entertained by the Hesychasts as to the nature of the uncreated light, identical to that light which had been manifested to Jesus' disciples at the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, the experience of which was said to be the goal of Hesychast practice. His informants said that this light was not of the divine essence but was contemplated as another hypostasis. Barlaam held this concept to be polytheistic, inasmuch as it postulated two eternal beings, a visible (immanent) and an invisible (transcendent) God." 

"In 1341 the dispute came before a synod held at Constantinople which, taking into account the regard in which the writings of the pseudo-Dionysius were held, condemned Barlaam, who recanted and almost immediately returned to Calabria." - Wikipedia



He traveled to Mexico in 1964 and lived with the Nahuas of La Huasteca, near the small agraian village of Aquismon. He conducted ethnobotanical research on entheogenic plants native to the region, traveling often to El Tajin, where he helped to uncover the Codex of Little Hope. 

Nahuas of La Huasteca, near Aquismon

Codex of Little Hope



JANUARY


FEBRUARY


MARCH


APRIL


MAY


JUNE

24 June 1964 - Father Aelred Wall, Father Placid Cormey and Father Basil de Pinto and friend drove into New Mexico on the Feast of St. John the Baptist. - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 16




JULY


AUGUST

2 August 1964 - Gulf of Tonkin Incident


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1965 (20 years)


Lived in Intentional Art Colony in Abiquiu, New Mexico with Sor Juana de la Cruz

NAME OF COMMUNITY

From 1965 until 1972 he lived in an international art colony north of Abiquiu, New Mexico

working as a surrealist painter and poet, BOOK OF POETRY

receiving some money from his family NOTE INHERITANCE AT 21

There, he carried out anthropological research with the Penetintes and was 

involved in several controversial crucifixions. MONOGRAPH ON THE PENITENTES

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1966 (21 years)

Abiquiu, New Mexico with Sor Juana de la Cruz

From 1965 until 1972 he lived in an international art colony north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, working as a surrealist painter and poet, receiving some money from his family. There, he carried out anthropological research with the Penetintes and was involved in several controversial crucifixions. 

AUGUST

6 - 21 years old - inheritance, settlement

8 - Death of Mother
Margaret "Mattie" Nancy Stonecipher, 48 years
1916–1965
BIRTH 14 DEC 1916 • Gun Barrel City, Henderson, Texas
DEATH 8 AUG 1965 • Little Hope, Wood County, Texas

23 - Leaves Mineola, Texas
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SEPTEMBER

1 - 
2 - Night in Espanola
3 - Night in Abiquiu
4 - Night with Sor Juana
5 - Night with Sor Juana
6 - Night with Sor Juana
7 - Encounter with Demos, DOG

8 - Dolores 1
9 - Dolores 2
10 - Dolores 3
11 - Dolores 4
12 - Dolores 5
13 - Dolores 6
14 - Dolores 7 

Feast of the Cross  
Exaltation of the Holy Cross

15 CRUCIFIXION

Procession of Dolores 
The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
DEMOS

16 - DESCENT FROM CROSS

17 - SOR JUANA
18 - SOR JUANA
19 - SOR JUANA
20 - SOR JUANA
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"Reies Tijerina and some of his friends arrived at the monastery in search of the ruins of the village of San Jaoquin. The monks assured their visitors that they had seen no traces of the long-defunct settlement." - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 27


OCTOBER

"In October of 1966, a group of armed me gathered at Echo Amphitheater, the large erosion-carved hollow in the walls of the white and yellow stone of Navajo Canyon on the Piedra Lumbre's northwest side. The men were led by Reies Lopez Tijerina, "el Tigre" ("the tiger"), the charismatic leader of the Allianza Federal de las Mercedes - the Federal Alliance of Land Grants (also translated as the Federal Alliance of Free City States) - a Hispanic New Mexican political group that sought to reclaim Spanish-American ancestral lands in the Southwest. Echo Amphitheater, once favored by Pueble orators who traveled miles to practice their skills below its reverberating bowl, and land surrounding it were part of Kit Carson's National Forest." Valley of the Shining Stone, p. 2321

"set up a tent village in the Echo Amphitheater campround."
 
The Abiquiu Corporation

"declared independence from the State of New Mexico and from the United States of America."

NOVEMBER

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"On Christmas Eve of 1966, Father Aelred, wearing hand-sewn vestments by a Native American Group, along with five monks, the monastery dog, and a crowd of some fifty well-wishers, celebrated Mass for the first time in the new chapel." - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 24

Five monks: 

Father Maur Flemming from Portsmouth Priory
Father Placid from Mount Saviour
Brother Steven Galban from Mount Saviour
Brother Dennis, a Trappist Hermit
Father Aelred

"There was also a hired man, Andronico and his wife, Ida, lived in a small house upriver near Brother Dennis' little hermitage. Andronico helped with the garden and the animals, and his wife baked the communion wafers and bread." - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 30




1967 (22 years)


Abiquiu, New Mexico with Sor Juana de la Cruz

From 1965 until 1972 he lived in an international art colony north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, working as a surrealist painter and poet, receiving some money from his family. There, he carried out anthropological research with the Penetintes and was involved in several controversial crucifixions. 

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Death of Jones' Father. Never the same after Mattie died. She kept him you, he used to say. 
Hulen Melville Jones, 62 years
1904–1967
BIRTH 22 APR 1904 • Mineola, Wood, Texas
DEATH 18 FEB 1967 • Little Hope, Wood County, Texas

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6 JUNE 1967 - "The previous day, the Alianza protest had exploded in violence when a small group of supporters bearing rifles attacked the Rio Arriba County courthouse in Tierra Amarilla."

"The ensuing manhunt was the largest in the history of New Mexico." [...]

"Nevertheless, the manhunt found its way to their peaceful canyon. Three heavily armed state police, wearing old khaki clothes, arrived at the Monastery seeking the Tierra Amarilla insurgents. Terrified at the sight of three pistols, a rifle and a machine gun, a shaken Father Aelred initially thought they were Tijerina's men. Finally realizing they were state troopers, he assured them that the brother's weren't harboring any fugitives. Nevertheless, the police interrogated the monks and searched their quarters, along with the ranch house, the chapel and every chicken coop and barn." [...]

"To Father Aelred's surprise, the following Sunday the policemen returned to the canyon, this time unarmed and with their families. They had come to celebrate Mass. After the service, they pulled three bundles from the trunks of their cars: two ancient carved wooden saints and a beautiful life-sized figure of Christ on the cross. The carving of Christ had been found in the ruins of a crumbling chapel on the New Mexico - Colorado border." [...]

"... the Cristo hung on the wall of the chapel for many years." - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 28 - 29


11 June 1967 - Six Day War between Israel and Egypt ends.



1968 (23 years)


Abiquiu, New Mexico with Sor Juana de la Cruz

From 1965 until 1972 he lived in an international art colony north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, working as a surrealist painter and poet, receiving some money from his family. There, he carried out anthropological research with the Penetintes and was involved in several controversial crucifixions.

Thomas Merton visits the Monastery. 

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"Heavy rains caused the new monk's cells to 'leak like sieves.' The rain bore down onto the galvanized roof of the new chapel, leaking down the walls and into the earthen floor. Eighteen inches of snow created more leaks, and moisture ate into the mud plaster. The monks feared their masterpiece would collapse. 

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Trial of Tijerina

DECEMBER

Trial of Tijerina - acquitted of the courthouse shoot-out.




1969 (24 years)


Abiquiu, New Mexico with Sor Juana de la Cruz

From 1965 until 1972 he lived in an international art colony north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, working as a surrealist painter and poet, receiving some money from his family. There, he carried out anthropological research with the Penetintes and was involved in several controversial crucifixions. 

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Building the Guesthouse at the Monastery. 

"Of course, this plunged Father Aelred into the middle of a fight between a very defensive builder and a very unhappy Nakashima who considered the whole affair a "tragic experience." The builder threatened a lawsuit. Father Aelred wrote to him, "There was a tremendous amount of drinking at night and on the job. The building is a disaster, the loss inestimable... all the time the community has put into the work - that obviously has to be done over. There is also the loss of income from the guesthouse we expected to be finished last spring."

"The guesthouse debacle was finally settle at some expense, but at least without a lawsuit. Father Aelred lamented in a letter to Nakashima: "Without the love of God, one would go mad in a place like this." - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 32

"One candidate was drinking the sacramental wine, another threatened suicide. There were peculiar people wandering the canyon; one guest was a professional skydiver. Local rebels expected to take over the monastery, as they had proclaimed the canyon a free state of San Joaquin. One candidate was "weird." He had gone on a barefoot pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe. He had visions and Aelred was relieved to see him go. Another arrived with some friends driving a hearse. He was a candidate for one night. He made Father Aelred take him back to civilization or he threatened to commit suicide." Letter from Brother Ansgar Kristensen to Father Placid. - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 34

"... by 1969, the monastery supported a herd of fifty sheep, sixty-two lambs, and fifteen Nubian goats. Through the efforts of Aeneas, the billy-goat, there were soon twelve kids, which the brothers discovered had to be bottle-fed three times a day." - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 35

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Tijerina attempts occupation of the Ghost Ranch. p 236

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21 July 1969 - Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon. "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

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9 August 1969 - Manson Family Murders

August 15–17 - Woodstock

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6 December 1969 - Altamont


1970 (25 years)


Abiquiu, New Mexico with Sor Juana de la Cruz

From 1965 until 1972 he lived in an international art colony north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, working as a surrealist painter and poet, receiving some money from his family. There, he carried out anthropological research with the Penetintes and was involved in several controversial crucifixions. 

"In the early seventies, three families settled on the monastery grounds." - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 37


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4 March 1970 - Kent State Shootings

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Cold Winter


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Cold Winter


1971 (26 years)


Abiquiu, New Mexico with Sor Juana de la Cruz

From 1965 until 1972 he lived in an international art colony north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, working as a surrealist painter and poet, receiving some money from his family. There, he carried out anthropological research with the Penetintes and was involved in several controversial crucifixions. 



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The coldest temperature in Tierra Amarilla was −39 °F (−39.4 °C) on January 6, 1971


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1972 (27 years)


Abiquiu, New Mexico - Death of Sor Juana on 1 November.

From 1965 until 1972 he lived in an international art colony north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, working as a surrealist painter and poet, receiving some money from his family. There, he carried out anthropological research with the Penetintes and was involved in several controversial crucifixions.



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"In 1972, Father Aelred was quite depressed that winter. He brooded a lot and had arguments with Andronico and Mike. It was not a cheerful community. Things were going decidedly downhill." - Amy Richardson in a letter. - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 59

"Ill, discouraged, exhausted and angry, Aelred resigned that year as prior of Christ in the Desert." Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 60


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In 1973, he traveled to Mt. Athos in Greece where he studied the teachings of Theophan the Recluse under the guidance of Archimandrite George, Abbot of Holy Monastery of St. Gregorious. 



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Arthur Pack of the Ghost Ranch dies. 


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He returned to the United States in 1983, settling in Austin, Texas, operating a small bookstore near the University for many years.



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Paternal Grandmother
Sarah Hamnet Miller, The Miller's Daughter, 103 years old
1881–1984
BIRTH 3 APR 1881 • Cave City, Sharp, Arkansas
DEATH 24/05/1984 • Grapevine, Tarrant, Texas

When Sarah Hamnet Miller was born on April 3, 1881, in Cave City, Arkansas, her father, Roller, was 32, and her mother, Almira, was 32. She had ten children with Clarence Hawthorne Jones in 1904. She died having lived for more than 100 years. She died on May 24, 1984, in Grapevine, Texas, at the age of 103. 


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"Father Aelred spent the rest of his life at La Soledad. He died on November 13, 1984 and is buried there. He never returned to Christ in the Desert." - Brothers of the Desert, Mari Grana, p. 61



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Abnormally high snow pack melt. p 229



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1999 (54 years)


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2000 (55 years)


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EVENTS OF BOOK 2

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JANUARY 

Just after the first of the year of 2005, Jones was struck by a car while riding his bicycle home one night. He suffered extensive head injuries. Shortly after, he began to experience selective retrograde amnesia and a progressive anomic aphasia (grammatic, but empty, speech).


Back to Little Hope
Trouble at the Lake

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Go to Little Hope

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9 - Decision to leave to desert

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In October of that year, realizing he did not have long to live, he asked me to assist him in the journey back to his “spiritual home.”

15 - Chama

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He died beside the fire under the full moon of November 15th in the hills above the Chama River in New Mexico, not far from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert. His last words were: “In the end, these bones...” - as fitting an epitaph, at least to my mind, as any Japanese Death poem.

15 - Death

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Espanola Jail



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16 Cascadia Weekly Article: What Remains?

23 Stamp Detournements Charles "Bonesy" Jones at the Black Drop



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30 - The Insane at the Hole in the Wall



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20 - 15 Songs About the Devil at the Honey Moon



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30 - The Sorrow Over the Darkening of the World at the Honey Moon



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A History of God’s Bones at the Honey Moon


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20 Stamp Detournments From the B. Jones Archive at Casa Que Pasa

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20 Stamp Detournments From the B. Jones Archive at Casa Que Pasa"



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Honey Moon



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9 Currency Détournements from the Charles B. Jones Digital Archive at the Black Drop



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EVENTS OF 
BOOK 3

The Recovery of Jones’ Skull



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