Spirit

Truck Ride with the Magic Dress

Dodge Dakota

More than just a truck you know

It was long, a kind of dark gray (“black”) speckled fabric, sleeveless, reaching to her ankles. She wore it often back in Maryland and afterwards, when she was teaching, too, I think, but it was long gone in our movings, cleanings, and impulsive weeding of possessions that were spoiled and no longer right. I remember [...]

Fifteen Years [Revised]

old Taos scene

If you read this one before, try it again

It was just before the landlord died. The lady from next door, two females EMTs, and I wrestled all six feet, six inches of him in his wheelchair through the snow and into the ambulance. We hurt him dragging him onto the stretcher and he cursed us, but “Uncle Dale” would never return to his [...]

What is the World Like?

awful pruning job

Pruning of the Damned

Does the Universe have a tail or is it like a tree? Is everybody crazy? Are things a mess? If one of us finds hope and common sense, does the world get any better? Is reality zero-sum? (“Is this all there is?”) If I show you twenty facts that say “we can’t” and you don’t [...]

Nobody Knows

snow in April

This shot taken at 11:15 a.m. today. Snow was gone by afternoon.

I used to tell my psycho-analyst before I fired her, “I can’t help it that I’m this old,” meaning that I’m on a different track than most of the known world, at least the parts I read about, and grading for success is stupid. It’s my path, after all, and everybody’s got one. The worst [...]

Found It Again

Rio Grande view

No one here at all

We were half an hour down the road at 10 to 15 mph except for crawling over black volcanic boulders. The Dakota’s V-8 chugged happily enough that in the smoother stretches, I had the brief sensation I was piloting a boat at low speed in the vast high desert sea. And then we saw the [...]

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