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Beautiful Dreamer

raccoon track

Morning raccoon track!

"Yyou're doing this to yourself," she said. It was the sickness again. The impossibility of anything. I ought to give it a name, like an invisible raccoon, and tell it to go sit in the corner, except it would probably be the size of an elephant with fangs like butcher knives! Related or not, for [...]

Dead Dog Dirtball Dream

Llano Quemado, south side of Taos, New Mexico

The blue sky reflected in the puddles! Win!

There was silence when I walked up to the car this morning. Nothing. No barks, no jangling chain, no pity crying in my heart. Maybe the neighbor's dog died, I said to myself. I sort of wished he had. He was chained outside a few steps from the gate. A Doberman, black and very skinny. [...]

Recent Notes

kitchen window

Thank you angel sister for the silkscreen and the love

"Oh god..." What a terrible new habit. That's right, now I mutter "oh god" in the oddest places instead of clubbing the invisible wolf. (It's just as well, someone might see me.) So yes, another kitchen window photo. Grit and cracks and cobwebs, boyos. Transmute, baby! Hup! Hup! Is it working yet? Oh god. She [...]

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 [...]

2016

not far from our polling place in Llano Quemado

About two hundred yards from where we voted, on the way back home

This year has been rough for me, to say the least, especially the last few weeks. Today was different, though. My wife was already up. I got my ass out of bed and we walked to the polling place past barking dogs, chickens, sheep and goats, dead cars, mud puddles and all. It's in a [...]

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