Archive for Stowell

RIP Artist Thor Carlson

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Recommendations & Tributes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2018 by Drogo

E. Thor Carlson was from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, of Finnish descent. Thor Carlson was best known for his Oil Paintings and Woven Tapestries, but he was also a WW2 veteran. [1925-2013]

“At Yale studied with Eugene Savage, Louis York, Dean Keller, and Sante Graziani. Before graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for a year’s study at the Academia in Florence to study fresco painting. Returning to Yale, he completed his fifth and final year, studying with Josef Albers and Willem DeKooning. He graduated ‘In Primi Honoris’ with a BFA in painting (1951). After graduation he went to New York City, working first as a Junior Art Director at the advertising firm of McCann-Erickson and, later, on advise from well known muralist, Allyn Cox, as a free-lance mural painter. He became a member of the National Society of Mural Painters (1956) after painting a mural in the Waldorf-Astoria for Conrad N. Hilton. In 1986, he moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire. During the summer of 1987, he was a “Visiting Artist” at Saint Gaudens National Park in Cornish. Tapestry weaving has occupied much of the artist’s work during the past thirty-four years. His grandmother taught him Scandinavian methods for tapestry. Many of his tapestries have won prizes. His tapestry, “Peaceweaver’s Web”, on exhibit at the Entler Hotel Gallery, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, was viewed by President Bill Clinton during the Israeli-Syrian Peace Conference in January 2000.” – from his website

“Thor visited with my family, and we visited with him for many days over many years from the 1980s to 1990s and a few times after 2000 before my father died in 2009. I mailed him back some of his paintings which were in our gallery but we did not own. We sold some of the pieces we owned, but still have others. He shared with me many personal insights into his art and his writing, and was always kind and gentle. I almost studied oil painting with him, but instead discussed descriptive narrative with him regarding our related thesis work about ‘dwelling’. I was greatly influenced by his style, from having his paintings in our house on display all my life. My favorite times spent with him were reflective at Lake Sunapee, in his house, and at Saint Gaudens. It was my father that got his work displayed at the Entler, and got Clinton in to see the exhibit by running into the street and waving his hands in front of the motorcade. Clinton remembered my father as Mayor of Harpers Ferry during the Earth Day events previously, so he agreed to check out Thor’s Peace Tapestry.”  – Walton Stowell II

Peace Tapestry 01

Blackberry Cove Herbal Book

Posted in Book Reports, Food & Drink, Medical, Nature Studies, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Gardens, Pagan, Trips, Walks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by Drogo


West Virginia Wise-woman healing with wild herbs in the Appalachian Mountains; according to organic, rural folk-traditions.

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2nd Edition (Full Color):  Paperback book

2nd Edition (Full Color Illustrated):  Kindle ebook

2nd Edition (Greytone Illustrated):  Paperback book

3rd Edition (Text Only):  Kindle ebook

Interview with the Author Linda Rago 

Audio Recording of Monthly Chapters

Audio Recording of ‘Spiral Gift‘ Chapter

Audio Recording of ‘Grandmother’s Methods

Audio Recording of ‘Herbal Healing


Palladian Bridge near Bath at Prior Park

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Historic Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2011 by Drogo

Palladian Bridge at Prior Park near Bath, England

This tribute to the Prior Park Bridge is dedicated to the memory of Architect Kip Stowell

This picturesque landscape architecture folly exists in at least 3 different locations in England. The original ‘Palladian Style’ Bridge is at Wilton [near Salisbury], put up in 1737 to the design of Lord Pembroke, the ‘Architect Earl’, and his assistant, Roger Morris. The second tribute to Palladio was built at Stowe in 1742. This was one near Bath was the last of the 3 built.

SCOD Thesis 2000 Spiritual Phases

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by Drogo

music by Shepherdstown Band:  BRUHA

Harpers Ferry Legacy

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by Drogo

Harpers Ferry Legacy

Tribute to Harpers Ferry

Mayor Stowell

DJ Instant Remedy

C64 “Warriors”


Harpers Ferry Literature

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2010 by Drogo

Harpers Ferry Literature is dedicated to publishing those that want their work published without the hassle of paying agents and submitting endless sacrifices to big publishing companies. The time has come that us little people can have our work published, without big bucks. Based in the spirit of sharing with neighbors that we have in Harpers Ferry, WV; this concept of publishing is open to all applicants around the world.


Must be your own work, or the work of someone that wants you to publish it for them.

Must give full application information requested.

Yes it can be writing from any year, any style, any genre, and any reading level from anywhere in the World.

Yes you retain copyright as the noted author of your piece, allowing for unlimited printing of our book, but contributing authors do not receive any royalties.

Yes you and others will be able to order copies directly from and




1. Full Name (for publishing credits)

2. Contact information

3. “I permit my work (as submitted to you) to be published by ‘HF Literature’, for unlimited printing.”

4. Optional personal or work info (Biographical blurbs)

5. Attach or paste the work you want published.

Note: Once your work is published, it will not be unpublished because of individuals that change their minds. Like a tattoo, consider the work permanent once it is published. Also like a tattoo, you as the author can always make more in other locations, even copies of the same one. If there is a chance you will regret it, simply do not publish.

Cost of Publishing: Currently there is no cost to the authors for publishing in this book. However if you would like to send a donation to ensure your work is published, simply make this known in your application, and we will work out the details.


Thank you for your interest!

Publisher: Walton Stowell II

Sponsored by SCOD.

Murder He Wrote Part 1.6

Posted in Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2010 by Drogo

~ (from 1.5)

I woke up in complete darkness. I smelled rotting manure again! I didn’t believe it! We were back in the Spanish room of Bonner! John shined a flashlight in my eyes. My bones ached as I got up. “What the heck was that all about?” I asked. No one answered me.

Joe grabbed the haunted Bonner Sweat-shirt from the wall, and we left. As my eyes adjusted to the light outside, I turned and saw Bratt climbing out of the window with a cheery smile. “I can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow!” he said.

Almost no time at all had passed from the time we first disappeared. The sun had not yet set, and our parents arrived to pick us up; as though nothing had happened. We all went home, and called other kids to tell them what happened. Believe it or not, not many people believed us. Alan did because he was an official ghost bagger, but no one else at Bonner believed our experiences.

Soon after these happenings; the school was repaired, classes returned to normal, Laurel’s novel was published, and Asher found Zimbabwe. The murder mystery was never solved, but this was not the last time our school would be haunted by paranormal activity. Everyone lived happily ever after, until Murder He Wrote Part 2, “Revenge”!!


Murder He Wrote Part 1.5

Posted in Fictional Stories with tags , , , on May 17, 2010 by Drogo

~ (from 1.4)

The world around us was gray, and the ground was indistinguishable from the sky. Distance, therefore was also indeterminate, as no objects besides ourselves existed. “Where are we?” I asked Pavlov.

“Limbo. Well, one version of Limbo, which is more of a Purgatory really. We are literally situated between Right and Wrong. Everyone sees it differently, at different times, relative to their own life. For me, where ever I walk in this Gray World, all the people will be shades of gray, and the surroundings are always black and white. The single border between the two black and white sides follows me, and always stays directly between my feet. Some people see black and white patterns, and for others it is all a grey mist.”

“Well this is weird!” Laurel said.

“The human brain is weird!” said Pavlov. “Don’t leave home without it, though.”

Pavlov started pulling out wires from his coat pockets, and began fixing the Time Recorder. While Pavlov was tinkering around, Laurel sat down and began writing on a note pad. She was intent on completing her 999 page novel she had started two days before, called Space Dogs the Fifth Chronicle.

Finally Pavlov finished fixing the Time Machine Tape Recorder. We held Timmy back from it. “I think this jerk is going to work!” Pavlov said as he pressed eject.

The space around us imploded. Either that, or we were thrown out of that Gray World with a quickness. Real solid ground replaced the soft gray matter beneath us, with a harshness so abrupt that I could not retain consciousness. I went right to sleep.

~ (continued in 1.6)

Murder He Wrote Part 1.1

Posted in Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2010 by Drogo

The Mischievous Murder

Bonner English 1987

Walton Stowell

~ It was dark as slate, that night. Which is not really all that dark, but still it was dark. By “it” I mean the old school that was once a church. The school was indeed dark, but it was also lonely. The building was lonely, except for one person inside, standing in the corner of the hall. Ok, they were both mutually lonely, the building and the boy. His cold lips were blue and parted. Blood slowly trickled down his forehead, from a bloody axe hanging from his head. Silent, as a cold breeze ran through the school. ~

“I didn’t do it!” Bratt yelled as the table fell over.

Mrs. Yonder came by and put the table upright. “Bratt, I’ve had it with you… EXCUSE Me!!!” Mrs. Yonder shouted as the class quieted down. “First, cramming my chair into my coffee mug, and now this?!”

From here on, I had an idea that things were going to get really WEIRD.

“But…..How could I have fit your chair into …” Bratt started.

“Even I’m stumped on this one, Bratt!” Mrs. Yonder replied.

Pavlov rolled some percentile dice on his 3,000 page book. “Snake eyes!”

The class headed for English, after Bratt received two checks. When we entered the English room, the teacher asked us if we had seen her plan book, and everyone said no. While we were doing our work, Pat’s chair flew across the room. His chair literally slipped from under him, and broke through the window. The girls screamed. After a half-hour everyone calmed down. After English class was over and Bratt finished making weak jokes, we all headed for the Assembly Hall.

Our class was questioned by the Bonner Principal, Mr. Echo, about missing rulers and papers, and a number of bizarre happenings. No one answered. He just shook his head.

At recess the next day, lots of kids were forming detective clubs. Some of them included names like The Donna Detectives, TCS Investigators, The Missing Stuff Busters, and The Joe Mob. We had recess at Barker Park, a most beautiful setting.

When we got back from recess, instead of eating lunch, all the kid inspecting clubs went in search of clues for all the missing things. They did not want to be blamed for all the missing objects, which would lead to harsh penalties. The TCS Agency and 5 other clubs checked the Assembly Hall. Several other clubs checked the English room. The Missing Stuff Busters checked the Science room. A few others investigated the Social Studies room. The Underhill Associates checked the Spanish room.

I was with the Underhill Associates, along with Bratt, Carla, Mac, and the peppy young Bushy Bright-Eyes. Bratt started to retell the story he wrote of Carla’s brain landing on Mr. Echo’s car. When Carla hit him, Bratt hit his head on the radiator, knocking he and the radiator to the floor. Bratt appeared to be unconscious.

While Carla slapped Bratt, to make him wake up, Bushy Bright-eyes peered into the hole in the wall where the radiator had been. As his bright eyes peeped into the void, a dull dusty object caught his inquisitive attention. “Ewe! I see something, I see something!”

“That’s an axe!” Mac said, reaching in and taking the dusty hatchet. We decided to take the suspicious item to Mr. Echo, but the door had sealed itself against the wall! John tugged on the door, but it was stuck. The axe flew out of Mac’s hand and stuck in the wall above my head!! We had to smash our way through the door, out of the Spanish room with a skateboard! The walls of the school began to move, and we became dizzy.

Carla, Lea, Laurel, and Donna began a chorus of screaming in the Science room. Underhill Associates made their way, wearily, to the Science room. We picked our way through the skewed chairs. Mr. Echo and the Missing Stuff Busters stood in awe of the 10 foot frog that sat beside them on the broken science table. The frog began trying to leap up, hitting the ceiling, but the leader of the Missing Stuff Busters, Alan, grabbed the frog’s leg and yelled “For science!” Alan and the frog disappeared through the ceiling. Then everything blurred up, and I blacked out.

~ to be continued… in 1.2

Harpers Ferry Art School

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Education / Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Drogo

Currently this school exists in an alter-dimensional realm called theory, yet Harpers Ferry Art is very real. Created in 2010.

Principles of the Harpers Ferry Art School

1. Everyone is an Artist

2. Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

3. Art is the Result of the Confluence between one’s Self and Others

“A mouse drops a stick, and a bird sees it. That is art. Art exists as an archetype  even if no meaning is applied to an event or object, or the creation of it. Even if the idea is only human, it exists outside individual perception of the physical world. Ideas do not exist in the same way that mortals do.” – Doctor Drogo F. Empedocles

10 Lessons of HFA

1. Abstract Basics

2. Impressionism: Focus on Pointillism- One Dimensional

3. Line Drawing – Two Dimensional

4. Light & Dark – Shading, Blending & Contrast – 3D

5. Sculpture – Three Dimensional

6. Colors & Tones – Light & Pigment

7. Finishing Touches – Cropping, Glazing, Matting, & Framing

8. Art Styles – self-made plans for production

9. Art Business – financial applications

10. Thesis Project – Graduate Level


Dean: Master Walton D. Stowell II

Faculty Staff: Artists, Architects, and Musicians

Students: Children and Adults with appropriate level of funding

Suicide Surprise

Posted in Book Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Drogo

Suicide Surprise Book Report

Book by: Noel Lana Tavano

Main Characters: Elisa, Larry, Jennifer, Benedict, Charles

Magical Mystery Characters:  Emilio, Edwin, Smith

Bad Characters: Hans, Dirk, Leo, Seren, Julian Augustine

Chapters 1-31

35 year-old Elisa shoots herself in the head. She awakens in a gothic mansion with a mysterious library. She meets Larry, a vampire, who tells her that she is now a half-vampire. Elisa questions Larry, and learns about two more vampires; Hans, Dana, and Benedict. Then Larry takes Elisa out to share a voluntary kill and blood drinking.

Larry’s flashback begins at a library in France. He met Hans there, and begins his life as a vampire. The concept of “guardian testing” is introduced.

Elisa returns to the house after a few days to find a new half-vampire named Jennifer. Elisa and Jennifer chat, but Elisa becomes increasingly annoyed by Jennifer’s peppiness. Elisa ends up killing Jennifer, after Jennifer kills Larry.

Elisa accidentally conjures a demon named Smith from her mystery surprise pendant. Smith tells Elisa that he works for a mage named Emilio, who feels Elisa has potential. Smith leaves in a hurry.

Benedict arrives. He and Hans argue. Benedict and Elisa become instant friends. Benedict tells Elisa that vampires are killed by cutting out their hearts and burning them in the sun and that half-vampires are killed by staking them through the heart, cutting off their heads, and then burning them. Benedict tells Elisa that for her safety she should make her first kill.

Benedict and Elisa go out. Benedict tells Elisa that he is over 600 years old and used to be a bishop. He also tells Elisa about some other vampires that Larry didn’t mention. Benedict and Elisa wait outside a club for a victim. When a suitable victim emerges, Benedict shows Elisa how to kill her. Elisa experiences the full effect of consuming a person’s life-force.

Benedict uses magic to open a portal to another dimension, the demon dimension, through which he stashes the body of the victim. Benedict tells Elisa that when she uses her vampire abilities she is “tapping.” He also tells Elisa that vampires cannot kill guardians, which means that Hans’ efforts are futile. He also tells Elisa that sun will weaken but not kill her.

Elisa goes to a park and calls Smith. Elisa revels in her ability to see in the dark. Elisa meets the mage Emilio. Emilio tells Elisa that he is breaking mage law by speaking to and not killing a vampire. He also tells her that he is over 5000 years old and sees “potential” in her. Emilio gives Elisa a book he wrote for her. The book has the same handwriting as all the books in Hans’ library.

Elisa goes to the university library to read Emilio’s book. She learns that people are composed of three parts: body, soul, and soul connector. Vampires are the way they are because their bodies are destroyed, but due to magic their soul connectors are not destroyed with their bodies as they should be. So, the soul connector uses life-force to construct a new body for a vampire based on the soul’s astral body.

She also learns that vampires were created by a spell called the Godspell. Vampires who drink the Godspell directly are “original vampires.” Vampires who drink other vampires blood are “inherited vampires.”

Elisa meets Edwin who is a college professor and collector of old books. He recognizes the handwriting in Emilio’s book. Elisa is upset that she cannot read Edwin’s emotions like she can other humans.

Elisa realizes that Edwin is an old classmate of hers. Edwin asks Elisa if she is a vampire. Edwin said that his brother taught him how to recognize vampires. Elisa goes to the park and calls Smith. Smith says that Elisa can trust Benedict but not his friend Charles.

Smith’s History

2000 years ago all dimensions were one. The Council of Mages was formed, headed by Zarek, to protect mages from demons. The Godspell is performed by Emilio, Astra (a high ranking mage), Seren (an ex-mage now vampire), and Julian Augustine (a rogue mage now vampire). Zarek fears that newly created vampires pose a threat to mages and finally gets support for the dimensional split, exiling demons to the demon dimension and vampires to the non-magical (techno) dimension.

Smith warns Elisa to stay away from the vampire Julian Augustine, who was once Emilio’s friend. Benedict tells her it would be safer for her if she came to stay with him and his friend Charles. Elisa agrees. She and Benedict go to their hotel. Elisa falls into instant lust with Charles. Benedict and Charles invite Elisa to go to Paris with them to escape Larry and Hans.

Benedict’s Flashback

One night in his cathedral, Bishop Benedict meets and is attacked by Hans the Vampire. Benedict and Hans fight, and eventually Benedict thinks he killed Hans. Benedict has become a vampire himself. He meets Seren, Leo and Julian Augustine.

Chapters 32-41

Elisa suspects Edwin is a guardian. Elisa speaks with Emilio. Emilio gives Elisa advice on controlling her impulses. Charles begins telling Elisa his story.

Charles was a 22 year old aristocrat living in Paris during the French Revolution. He joined an idealistic political group, was arrested, and sent to prison. Charles fights Dirk, and awakens in his own house. Charles finds a note inviting him to a midnight meeting at a cemetery. Charles finds dozens of zombie-like vampires performing some pagan ritual. Charles meets Benedict who is chained to a tombstone. Charles is captured.

Benedict names the three leaders as Leo, Seren, and Julian Augustine. As Charles and Benedict are forced to watch, Julian Augustine commits acts of necrophilia and cannibalism. Seren frees Charles and Benedict.

Charles seeks revenge. Benedict and Charles encounter a very much alive Hans, Dirk, and Dana. Dana explains how full vampires are really killed. Benedict and Charles go to America.

Secrets are revealed and passions flare even more towards the end of the book. Charles, Benedict, and Elisa agree not to go to Paris but to instead stay and see what happens. To be continued in Vampire Surprise

Book Reviews for “Harpers Ferry Houses”

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Book Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by Drogo

These are a collection of book reviews from various people for the book Harpers Ferry Houses, by Walton D. Stowell II.

January 2010 email from a Harpers Ferry neighbor

Loved your book! What I loved the most brought a smile to my face …. things that you said that were completely noncomformist and unexpected and true
“… have weekly sacrificial garbage days. Trash is placed publicly & symbolically outside, to show how many material items have been wasted …”
” … it was difficult to understand how the NPS was really saving the town … other buildings were demolished like the Scottish Castle …”
(BTW i wld have loved to have SEEN that house)
“… colleges are over-priced but depend on expendable under-paid adjunct professors …”
“… if one is hired it’s usually because they have bribed a connection to support another obedient slave to the System …”

I liked your definitions of Self Education, and of Tourism. Your comments are trenchant —

Well, thanks again for sharing the book with me.
And keep on doin what you do!
From reviews:
5.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Memory Lane, January 21, 2009
Kip and Walton Stowell have provided an incredibly extensive collection of photos of Harpers Ferry houses.
In addition to being a historic town, Harpers Ferry is also home to its residents. It remains “home” to many of us who have left. As a former resident, the book took me down memory lane. I am so impressed with Kip’s and
Walton’s foresight to have started this collection of photographs and I am judging that it is a culmination of more than 30 years work. Congratulations and thanks to Kip, Walton, and Nena.
By Pat H. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 300 B&W photos and drawings!, November 24, 2008
Authors Kip and Walton Stowell have spent many years living and designing in the Town of Harpers Ferry at Stowell Galleries. Anyone reading the book is invited to journey into the history, landscape and architecture of Harpers Ferry’s houses. Pass through Colonial, Federal, Victorian, and various Modern periods and styles in order to get a better understanding of the National Treasure that is Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It is a street by street tour of the Town, complete with a unique Harpers Ferry architectural classification guide. The scope of this book transcends conventional architecture with essays on applied philosophy, a glossary of regional terms, and artistic images not found in other books. Plus, it’s a really cute little book!
By Noel L. Tavano