Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As a professional archeologist, I have a deep love and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the many men and women who have left their enigmatic “footprints” on this planet we call home. Our world has sprung from the seeds of those who came before us and there is much we can learn from these early people, just as there is much to learn from all contemporary cultural perspectives.

As I travel my path on this Earth, I am always exploring, curious and fascinated by all the things that make this planet such an amazing place to live; hence my love of books. Each time I open a book and experience some fascinating new image, place, or sacred space my view of the world expands. When I look into the faces of people who appear so different from me, I see life from some entirely new point of view. After all my travels, I’ve come to focus on our similarities, not our differences because in the end, we are all connected, past and present.

Our collective story is one that begins long before written records, but it’s a story that can be told in the tangible remains I uncover each time I peel back the layers of time. I look for the clues of daily life in the small details of what was left behind and I visualize life as it might have been for these long forgotten people. When I gaze upon an artist’s remarkable rendering on a cave wall, I see a remembrance of travels taken or visions of a journey not yet begun. I wonder at the stories depicted in the intricate images portrayed in an ancient mosaic. The storytellers are gone, but when I hold a 1000 year old pot in my hands and can still feel the finger impressions of the person who made it, I am energetically connected not only to the object but to the potter. I might not know the potter or the artist's name or be able to see what he or she looked like, but I see the product of a creative spirit that endures forever.

I invite each of you to join me in this wonderful adventure. Become an explorer…discover where your imagination can take you. The possibilities are endless. In the wise words of Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes.”