Calico Water Dream

Callie the Wonder Cat

Callie rocks the rule of thirds

It’s very simple, she said. Look around, do you see a riot? Is the government collapsing, are there racists wearing guns? Has Reactor 4 gone critical? Did Obama betray us all? Are there Wall Street bankers in the grass? Is that a drone I hear? Is a tar sands pipeline sneaking through the sage? Did Romero’s pit bull get loose again?

A fly, perhaps. Some hummingbirds, but I won’t try to catch them now. The morning sun, the cool damp earth, a rock to rest my paws. I bring little mind to this, except to note a sound or scent. You puny wretched bastards think those other things are real. You can’t prove it, but you let your stomachs churn with righteous acid as it eats away your days. I’m probably older than you are now, the way you count these things.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Rita August 18, 2013, 7:51 AM

    Ahhhh. Lovely zen morning thoughts. So true. The older I get the less worked up I get about it all. Sad, yes, perhaps. Incredulous, maybe. Now I seek out the beauty everywhere.

    You have inspired me to buy a camera. Mine was stolen years ago. It’s a Sony. Lloyd Khan (do you follow his blog?) raved about it. Now I am struggling with learning how to use it.

    I love this shot.

    • JHF August 18, 2013, 8:21 AM

      Yes, I do read Lloyd Khan’s blog. Not every day, but often. His coastal California photos drive me crazy and make me think I should be there. That’s one place I’ve hardly ever been, except for San Francisco once in 2000. If I only knew more about it, I might even have us move. 🙂 Seriously! But I don’t recall the model of Sony camera he raved about. I’ll do a quick search and see.

      UPDATE: the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100?

  • Rita August 18, 2013, 9:21 AM

    In the 70s I lived on the land where Lloyd’s friend Louie lives, and have never been back, but keep planning to. I am the type of person who does not keep up with people when I move on. And yes I am not on Facebook.

    I do think you would love it. I left because land is too expensive, but there are affordable situations, but more like your current sub- standard housing. I am thinking about wintering in Mt Shasta or Ashland, OR. I would think a concert pianist would be in heaven in Ashland. Check out the rentals on Craigslist. It is a college town and has that certain something. You know. However, it is dryer than it used to be and this year the smoke from forest fires has driven everybody who can leave to go visit the coast. Thus the need for a cargo van or something to sleep in parked outside a friends house.

  • Rita August 18, 2013, 11:56 AM

    Yes. That is the camera I have. Great camera. Also, I do know how to spell “drier.”

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