writing life

He Still Likes It

2001 Dodge Dakota

Your gentle reminder that I photoshopped the fake license plate above

About ten days ago (?) we had a little snow. Just a few inches, and it was quickly gone. The drought-parched soil soaked up the melt water so fast, it was like the slush was only visiting. While it was here, though, the Dakota got “stuck” backing up the hill. The rear tires simply couldn’t [...]

The Deepest Red

red cactus flowers

Amazing color in the Terrible High Desert™

Just the flowers. Surely nothing else is needed.

Rollin’ and Tumblin’

Video is 1080p HD! Adjust setting in viewer for full effect. Damn it all. Here I was all set to jump back in with a fine big story, but current events grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Be that as it may, I’m alive and kicking. Enjoy the video—an excellent metaphor for [...]

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. [...]

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