Mystery

Helpless Something

old Taos scene

See the Thing?

It ought to be easy to climb out. Everything is in place, even the elm tree trunk that broke off and fell, nearly hitting the house. I'm going to leave it there. The crash was like closing a dead man's eyes. When we finally have our feet on the ground in a place that feels [...]

Chthonic Heart

Taos Mountain (detail)

Telephoto image of Taos mountain from our home

The gas wall heater crinks and ticks its little shutdown song. A short time later it will come back with a woomp and heat some more. For this unusual mild, dry autumn, so far that's been enough. An untouched mound of firewood sits beside the driveway covered by a rotting plastic tarp, waiting for the [...]

Walk Right In

Llano Quemado sky

Now this is like it really is

We were coming back from the dentist. It's half an hour out of town on a two-lane road that drops a thousand feet into the canyon of the Rio Grande. The river was beautiful today, mostly clear as it reflected sky and trees. We could see rocks and sand on the bottom even speeding by [...]

Weekend Report

kiva mantel, Taos, NM

Mexican copper, grandmother’s clock, a silkscreen by my sister

It was one of those quiet, bright afternoons with a cool breeze hissing lightly in the piñons, the kind that make you slow your pace to listen to the gravel crunching underneath your soles, the ones where you're completely there. We'd just been to a movie, the first one in fifty years, I joked. A [...]

Picuris Peak in clouds

Picuris Peak at 7:30 a.m. from the driveway (300mm telephoto, Photoshop CC 2015.5)

An old friend died three days ago back in Maryland. It wasn't all that unexpected, but still one feels the blow. His wife wrote, "I take great comfort in knowing his spirit is free. I just wish I knew where he was!" That made me me laugh. We're at that age, I guess. It's like [...]

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