Mystery

Nothing to Be Fixed

Pedernal

Horizontal dark line is the Rio Grande gorge. The river is 800 ft below.

The Pedernal (Cerro Pedernal, elevation 9,866 ft) is the narrow, flat-topped mesa in the middle of the far distance. From where I stood in bitter cold to take this photo on February 23rd to the peak is 50 miles. Just imagine, no cities or suburbs between that peak and me. A boyhood dream come true, [...]

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

author in the sunshine

iPhone 6s Plus shot using Argentum B&W app and Ansel Adams filter, tweaked in Photoshop

It’s been my impression that most people think dreams are a hot mess. My own experience is different. The unconscious speaks in symbols, but speak it does, especially if you’re dealing with an existential question. Symbols aren’t easy to handle, since what they denote isn’t necessarily as relevant as the roles they play, and you [...]

Woodpile Black Hole Blues

woodpile

Landfill bins (recycling) in the background

The immaculate fall of the splitting maul. The ineffable release. The way the kindling flies apart, one half landing in the mud, the other off in drifted snow… My wood guy just ran out of wood. They all do, it’s endemic. Now I’ll have to call up half a dozen strangers in hopes of keeping [...]

Morning Tornado Dream

old Taos scene

Morning view from our front door

A large, two-story farmhouse close to the road like our old home in Maryland. Flat terrain, hedgerows and cornfields. I’m in my bathrobe looking out the window: across the highway, a tornado funnel just reaching the ground and coming my way! Very large, swirling, leaves and dirt already flying as it comes. There are other [...]

Incantation

Early morning sun

Early morning sun lights up the California smoke across the valley

This morning after visiting the bathroom, my wife crawled back into bed around 5:30 a.m., pulled the covers up to her chin, and said, “This is the end.” (Driving by those houses yesterday had something to do with this, the way it always does.) I put my arm around her, held her close, and felt [...]

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