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Secrets of Eternal Youth
The Book Of Everything
From A Globe Circling Forever Youthful Artist/Photographer
Who Hangs Out of Helicopters & Flew “The Dead Man’s Curve”
A Million And A Half Miles Over Every Continent
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With Newest Scientific Studies On How To Keep
Your Brain Young
Harvey Lloyd & Ivana Lovincic
 
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HARVEY LLOYD

    Secrets of Eternal Youth is a Kerouacian road trip through the mental universe with a merry prankster at the wheel. Lloyd is Coyote, the Trickster, who brings us the fire of imagination that is able to see the quantum foam of the universe in the dancing of Jackson Pollack—that allows us to feel the wild excitement of being alive. Secrets is an explosion of metaphor that reprograms our synapses, stretches our minds, and reminds us that we are all youthful poets.

                —ROGER JONES, Editor
C’mon Aboard!
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IVANA LOVINCIC

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Short Scream Time

We hover dangerously low over shark’s teeth, seracs or ice pinnacles tilted askew above gaping crevasses, a jagged ice bound moonscape, terrifying and beautiful as death. There is no place to land, no way out if we have a mechanical failure. Our big A-Star chopper’s turbine whines menacingly. The rotor blades fight for lift ‘whistling Dixie’ in this gleaming blue white frozen graveyard. “Hold it, stop, backup, terrific,” I shout at Brent, our pilot. We fly too low and slow, the Dead Man’s Curve, kept alive by the spinning rotors.

 

 

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Filled with adrenalin, I brace myself in the open door , lean out and framea tall blue-white pyramid of ice to give scale to a tiny seeming distant cruise ship. I shoot in a state of Zen no-mind, pure instinctive behavior, the spiritual warrior’s Way.

I am out of body like an Olympic athlete high on winning a gold medal, in a state of mad euphoria, totally unaware of peril below. My camera fires repeatedly.I have no conscious volition; intuition and instinct rules as certainly as a martial eagle stoops and strikes its prey. It shoots!

 

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HUBBARD GLACIER


I lean far from the chopper to clear the whirling blades with my wide-angle lens.Suddenly I slide out of the open door on the slick seat and, half-aware, quickly crab back.”Hand me the 70-200mm f2.8 lens please,” I shout to my companion S.P. (Shirlee)who sits next to me reloading camera bodies which I gently fling back at her.

Suddenly, my conscious mind recoils, scared as hell, I look down the gigantic Hubbard’s glacier’s snout studded with blue-white ‘teeth.’ Black crevasses gape at me a scant thirty feet below. Unstable seracs (ice towers) lean menacingly above us.I grab a freshly loaded camera from Shirlee. My intuitive, instinctive no-mind returns to making photographs.

 

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GLACIER BAY
My vision is informed by time’s arrow in my genes, a few billion years

of evolution, plate tectonics, mountain building, vulcanism, glaciation, the tranquillityof Zen, the TAO and Quanta. Those are the gifts to all of us from the genie and genes of evolution. This is the gladiator’s arena, the focus of life anywhere that danger entices, death beckons, and you will live forever. You or I stare down the devil and death,the dark crevasses, the blue ice and the fierce sun, Armageddon on the ice! Go for it!

 

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For weeks we endured rain and scud in Alaska. Today, brilliant sunshine illuminates the glacier under a cloudless azure sky. The blue and white ship sparkles in the distance. Giddy and tired, satiated at last, crazier than hell. In a sudden clear moment of sanity,I hand a camera back to Shirlee and call out on the intercom,”Brent, what happens if we lose power here?”

 

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LANDING PARTY
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GLACIER CALVING
Brent answers calmly, “We helicopter pilots in Alaska have a saying,
Lots of altitude, lots of scream time. Down here, short scream time.'”
Okay Brent, I’m finished, let’s get the hell out of here.”

 

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