Novel by Geraldine Birch

Sedona: City of Refugees is a biting novel about a modern-day American tourist community caught in the throes of change. Sedona, Arizona, considered by many to be more stunning than some of America’s national parks, draws more than four million tourists a year. But beneath the surface splendor of the scenery, Sedona is torn by deep conflict with each political and spiritual faction hustling their individual philosophy.

The style is unique; she mixes a fictional plot with newspaper articles written by the main character. These articles really hit on the “story behind the story”, giving outsiders an insider’s view of what really goes on in a city renown for its breathtaking scenery and lure of New Age philosophies. – Carin A. Seebold

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Articles by Geraldine Birch

Their Kind of Music – Published by Opium Magazine at From the feature:

Oddballs littered the barroom.

“Mr. Vice President–What Would You Have Done in WW II? - Published by American Chronicle at From the feature:

Former Vice President Cheney’s attacks on President Obama shows lack of history about America’s moral stance regarding prisoners of war.

“In a Pink Chenille Robe, Face to Face with History” – Published by The Christian Science Monitor at From the feature:

One spring 35 years ago, the doorbell rang at 9 p.m. My first thought was to ignore it, but repeated rings made me open the front door.

“A Trip to London Takes Advance Planning” – Published by American Chronicle and available online at  From the feature:

Planning a trip to London takes some advance preparation if you are traveling on your own without the benefit of a guide or tour group.

“Jane Austen Center Celebrates English Author” – Published by American Chronicle and available online at  From the feature:

Wandering through the narrow hallway of the Jane Austen Center in Bath, England, I came upon a British teenager, about 16-years old, who seemed to be enraptured with the various exhibits about the famous English author. She read each exhibit closely and was particularly taken with the beautiful costumes on display from a British made-for-television movie, “Miss Austen Regrets.”
“Folk Song Welcomes Weary American Travelers” - Published by American Chronicle and available online at  From the feature:

The lyrics of the folk song, “City of New Orleans,” keep coming back to me as I recall our recent trip to Germany:

”Good morning America how are you?

Say don´t you know me, I´m your native son

I´m the train they call the city of New Orleans

I´ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done.”
Page Springs Hatchery Worth a Detour” – Published by the Verde Independent and available online at From the feature:

It’s an odd mixture of fish and flowers, but the hatchery’s eight employees do their best to maintain beautiful grounds around the state’s largest fish-growing facility while they also raise between 700,000 to 750,000 catchable rainbow (9.5 inches) and approximately 35,000 brown trout a year….

The beauty of the hatchery is captured in the show pond where the flowering honeysuckle bloom and a large “No Fishing” sign warns off potential fisherman who see large trout swimming lazily in the pond. That sign, however has not stopped raids from otters who were released into the Verde River in the 1980s and who have managed to find Oak Creek and the fish hatchery.

Where the grapes grow…” – Published in Kudos by the Verde Independent and available online at From the feature:

This mini Napa Valley is a bit of a surprise for the accidental traveler….

Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery was the first to open in 2003 and its specialty is Chardonnay, Syrah and Zinfandel. The second winery was Page Springs Cellars and its specialty is wine produced mainly from rootstock from the southern Rhone area of France. Their five varietals are Syrah, Petit Sirah, Mourvedre, Grenache, and a rare grape, Cabernet Pfeffer from California. Javelina Leap Vineyards and Winery opened last fall and although the vines will not be ready to pick for three more years, grapes are brought in from Paso Robles, Calif., and the winery makes Zinfandel, Syrah and Petit Sirah.

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