Read Puvungna for Free!

Download a free copy of Puvungna, written by the author when he was just 14 years old for his 9th grade English class at Long Beach, California’s Stanford Junior High School.

Puvungna, the book by Daniel R StielPuvungna is a story about two young brothers who travel back in time and discover an ancient Indian village along the shores of a Southern California beach and the terrifying secret behind its disappearance over five hundred years ago.

Puvungna is inspired by the true story of a lost village that was once populated by the indigenous Tongva people and the artifacts the author found while exploring the vacant land near his home in Seal Beach.

You will meet Chinigchinich and the people who called Puvungna their home, and experience how they lived before their land was conquered, their spirituality, and the events that changed a long-forgotten history which took place at the village.

The Tongva, which means “people of the earth” in their native language, called Southern California their home for many thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans.
Believed to be the birthplace of Chinigchinich, a prophet and the spiritual leader of the native Tongva, Puvungna is considered sacred by indigenous people. It is also believed by many remaining modern-day Tongva people to be the place of creation.

The last remains of the village of Puvungna is located less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean on the campus of present day California State University, Long Beach, along the banks of a once flourishing creek that today is little more than a drainage ditch paved over with concrete.

Click here to download a copy of Puvungna.


Cyberbullying Blamed for Child Model’s Suicide

A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of an iconic Australian bushmen’s hat brand was remembered by hundreds of mourners Friday after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying. The memorial service for Amy “Dolly” Everett was held in the tiny Northern Territory town of Katherine…

via ‘Unfathomable.’ Cyberbullying Blamed for Child Model’s Suicide — TIME

Chief Seattle, leader of the Suquamish people

…The sable braves, and fond mothers, and glad-hearted maidens, and the
little children who lived and rejoiced here, and whose very names are now forgotten,
still love these solitudes, and their deep fastnesses at eventide grow shadowy with the
presence of dusky spirits. And when the last red man shall have perished from the
earth and his memory among white men shall have become a myth, these shores shall
swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe, and when your children’s children shall
think themselves alone in the field, the store, the shop, upon the highway or in the
silence of the woods they will not be alone. In all the earth there is no place dedicated
to solitude. At night, when the streets of your cities and villages shall be silent, and
you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled
and still love this beautiful land…”
– Chief Seattle, leader of the Suquamish people
March 11, 1854, based on the interpretation and English translation by Dr. Henry A. Smith reprinted in the Seattle Sunday Star on Oct. 29, 1887.

The Depression-Era Story of How the ‘March of Dimes’ Got Its Name

Today, it’s easy for Americans to take for granted being able to dive into a public swimming pool or sit in a crowded movie theater without worrying about contracting polio. But that’s what life was like 80 years ago, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt — who had himself contracted polio in 1921 at age 39…

via The Inspiring Depression-Era Story of How the ‘March of Dimes’ Got Its Name — TIME

Obama most admired man in the U.S. – for 10th year in a row.

Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the most admired man and woman in the United States — a 10-year trend for Obama and 16 years running for Clinton.

via Obama most admired man in the U.S. – for 10th year in a row, according to poll — Q13 FOX News

People in L.A. Definitely Thought Last Night’s SpaceX Rocket Launch Was Aliens

SpaceX launched its final rocket of the year on Friday, which put on a spectacular show as it streaked across the night sky in Southern California. But not everyone in L.A. got the memo about the rocket launch. Some thought it was aliens. Or worse. Social media users posted pictures of the rockets…

more via People in L.A. Definitely Thought Last Night’s SpaceX Rocket Launch Was Aliens — TIME