Archive for About Conscence: Breaching Social Amnesia

My inspirers ….

The Nations have always been of great interest to me (not the “Indians” of Hollywood design).  The culture, spirituality, and heritage of North America’s indigenous people have had the center of my attention for as long as I can remember.

Helen Hunt Jackson

Deep inspiration for my studies and writing came from the work and pen of Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885).  Helen’s writing ability touched the genres of prose, history-based fiction, nonfiction, and articles.  But her specific nonfiction work which drew me in was Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Government’s Dealings With Some of the Indian Tribes (1881).  With that masterpiece, Helen detailed the government’s destructive impact on The Nations.

Mari Sandoz

Mari Sandoz (1896-1966) wrote Cheyenne Autumn, history-based fiction, in 1953.  Her book touched my heart unlike any other secular book I’ve read.  It also inspired Hollywood Director John Ford’s 1953 film, “Cheyenne Autumn,” starring Richard Widmark.


The best feeling is ….

After retirement from a long career, I discovered that (for me) the best feeling was not having to get up and go to work when I was sick.

Now, as an author, there are many “best feelings.”  After a book is published, seeing it placed on bookshelves of libraries and bookstores is definitely one of those good feelings.  Here are some of my favorite views:

Oklahoma Department of Libraries in Oklahoma City

Asst. Manager Tori Hoornstra placing copies on shelf at Hastings in Stillwater, OK

And there is one more occasion which, for me, will always be the most precious in the process of getting this book ready for publishing.  That moment was when my dear friend, Liz, took this photograph of me and my little girl, Victoria Diane, for our official publicity photo:

vehoae and Victoria Diane

Dr. Harry Gilleland assesses the real savages

Dr. Harry Gilleland was one of the main editors on my book, Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia, published January this year.  He is also a well-known author and poet.  His latest novel, Aldric & Anneliese, set in Europe during the late sixth century, is an adventurous and suspenseful read.

But for the moment, I want to draw your attention to a new poem published by Dr. Gilleland.  I was honored to learn that my book, Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia, and its cover, provided some of the inspiration for “Who Were the Savages?”  Dr. Gilleland’s poem renders dramatic images of non-revisionist history — “The old warrior chief sits atop his magnificant stallion on a high hill overlooking the green valley below through which a wagon train …”

Please click here to read the rest of this moving testament to history.

An interview with the author

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

I recently gave an interview to Penny Ehrenkranz about Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia, and the research that has been underway for over two decades.

Hope you’ll visit Penny’s site to read the interview.  The site is professional and attractive.  It is an exceptional source for writers and readers, alike.

Interview with vehoae

Oh happy day!

Thursday, the twenty-seventh day of January 2011 was a special day.  My long-held goal was realized with the official release of Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia.  Here are some photos that marked the release.

 These are my dearest friends, Liz and Skip Codding.  We’ve known each other a long time.  Liz has been a “rock”, supporting and encouraging me every step of the way, through all the research and writing.  Through the years, Skip has always been there with legal advice; we’ve had many conversations where I’ve benefitted from his level-headed perspectives.  After the manuscript was finished, Liz assisted with the first round of editing and revisions for improvements before promoting the book to publishers.

Then comes that first time when you personally sell a copy of your book.  I don’t know how other authors have reacted, but in all my excitement, I had my friend, Joan Kendall, make her check payable to the wrong person!  Such is life.


Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia was officially released 27 January 2011!  After two-plus decades of research, writing, and editing, my goal of seeing this work published has finally been achieved.

In the sidebar to the left, you will notice a section entitled “Reviews of Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia.”  As reviews come in, please click on each  name to read the assessments of my book.

Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia is available at and from the publisher, 4RV Publishing LLC .

Your support of my research and writing is greatly desired.  I’m looking forward to sending you a copy of Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia to include in your library of non-revisionist historical resources.

Non-revisionist history: “Here I come!”

Not too much longer to wait for official release of Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia!

This site replaced my original regular website for vehoae Conscience.   Information will be shown on this new webpage regarding scheduled presentations, other book events, and details on ordering copies of my book.

Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia draws parallels between the personal perspectives & motivations of invading Europeans and their successors,  and their professional decisions to subjugate and exterminate “heathen red-skinned impediments”.

Gradually, I’ll also be posting here excerpts from the book, articles related to the subject at hand, other recommended readings, web links, and research resources.  Each article will give you the opportunity to “leave a comment”.  Hope to hear from everyone!

You’ll also notice in the left margin a place to select the option of receiving notices via Email when something new has been posted.

I have a profound appreciation for non-revisionist history.  To that end, personal research and primary documents are the basis for all of my writing, including books and articles.  My publisher has stated on Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia’s bookcover, “…vehoae provides primary document details typically avoided in favor of political correctness.”