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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 [...]

Thank you, commenter M.J., for inadvertently reminding me of where I picked up the phrase "metaphysical distress." It was from Ed Sanders' introduction to a recording of the Fugs' "Swinburne Stomp" from their 1965 debut album, to wit: "In the key of metaphysical distress, the Swinburne Stomp!" Be sure to listen to the whole performance, [...]

Silver Fingers on the Roof

Talpa valley in the morning

Morning light over the Talpa valley. Note the shadows in the foreground. Taos proper is down beyond and to the left.

The roof leaked like crazy the last time it rained—the same places as before, dripping quickly from the bathroom window frames and down from rotting vigas there and in the kitchen. The towels I quickly laid across the sills were sopping wet in just a few minutes. I built a fire in the wood stove, [...]

gopher damage in an old adobe

Stripped the toilet paper & Kleenex for their nests?

I hope we move before I find a pistol. This last stunt hit me hard. I was proud once, dammit. Kept the paint bright, planted trees. Saw the house a quarter mile away. Felt solid, taken care of. Boo-hoo batshit. Don't let me walk across that bridge alone. For at least a year now I'd [...]

My brother Bill around age four in Germany

Bill in Germany around age four, a long, long time ago

Oh yes, I watched that debate. As I tweeted to someone, "I've never seen anything like that in my entire life!" It's relevant to this post, but that comes later. This is all about my brother Bill. Someday I'll write the book about my family that will end all family histories—no one will even try [...]

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