Another Omen

downed tree in Taos

Yow! I mean, YOW!

They don’t come more obvious than this! (See previous post.) The wind has been unbelievable today, simply horrific, fifty miles per hour at least. I’d just finished posting about getting the hell out when I heard (or felt) a very large “thud.” Thank God that’s all. Half of one of our big elm trees is now lying on the ground beside the house, but no broken windows, skylight, or roof. We could so easily have been rendered homeless, too.

Well, son. What does this mean?

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.  

  • Fw March 6, 2017, 3:15 PM

    No Harm, No Foul…but Free wood for the stove, John.
    Cheers, Fred

  • Mary L Martin March 6, 2017, 3:16 PM

    Well, if you still needed firewood to finish out the season… Although it would be awfully wet. I understand that elm takes a long time to dry. I think it is a sign (or omen). Best of luck to you in finding a new place.

    • JHF March 6, 2017, 6:49 PM

      Completely dry elm is okay. I’ve gotten a lot of heat from large elm chunks. But it’s the devil to cut or chop. I’d never go out of my way to choose elm, but it’s saved us in the past—mainly because it was just lying around because nobody wanted it. 🙂

  • Scott March 6, 2017, 3:44 PM

    It is a very good sign. It missed you, your car, and the house!

    • JHF March 6, 2017, 5:19 PM

      Yes, exactly! A big “HEY YOU” but ultimately, uh, fatherly.

  • Marti Fenton March 6, 2017, 4:08 PM

    A lucky miss, but a powerful suggestion.

    • JHF March 6, 2017, 6:51 PM

      I think of it as a cheering section.

  • Peter March 6, 2017, 6:57 PM

    The spirits in the wind have spoken and it’s clearly a message to move on.

    • JHF March 6, 2017, 7:37 PM

      Incontrovertible, that.

  • vicky Zillioux March 7, 2017, 10:51 AM

    lucky break with that tree… I am hearing that rental properties are difficult to find because so many places are now airbnb. It seems like you aren’t really wanting something close in to town, though. You photos look like the area you are in is very pretty.

    • JHF March 7, 2017, 11:15 AM

      We’re looking for a place to buy, doesn’t really matter where it is, although you’re probably right. This neighborhood is near the national forest and up high, so yes, great views. That’s it, though. Mud and wreckage…

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