Callie the Wonder Cat

cat by wood stove

Welp

Building fires is still a thing here. Callie the Wonder Cat is no dummy, although she’ll sit there sometimes when the Ashley’s cold. Cargo cult cat voodoo: if I lie here, heat will come. Oh that Ashley. I used to read the original Whole Earth Catalog when I was plotting my escape to northwest Arkansas. [...]

Natural Born Killer

Natural Born Killer post image

FYI: I’ve been dealing with a mouse tonight, so I decided to post this edited chapter from my Taos Soul book. Same cat now, just not as deadly. – JHF “AAAGHH!” she screamed. “Are you okay?” I shouted from the bathroom. (I was not in a position to render assistance.) “Yes… but THERE’S A MOUSE [...]

Because I Love You

old adobe kitchen window with cat in Taos, NM

Callie the MEXICAT at bask

See the most perfect old cat sitting in the sun. She is always in the sun. See the photons and the ultraviolet radiation keeping her alive. You know what that means, don’t you. She is of this space and it sustains her. One with the old adobe where the kitchen plaster fell down Monday, one [...]

Adobe Cat Day

old adobe doorway

Gold ore (!), fan, spotlights, jar of pennies, WD-40

For behold! From deep inside the dried mud cave with windows—look how thick the wall is in the doorway—a brief report on July at seven thousand feet. The cat, you see, has been outside, where it’s a little over ninety. Not inside these old adobe walls, however, and that is where she rests. The cracks [...]

Across the Great Divide

cat on patio table

Evening gato

My wife met someone today named “Thistle.” It might be “Willow,” though. She’s not sure. Very Taos, at any rate. But you have to give people credit for reinventing themselves here the way so many do. While this is a local industry, it does take a mess of hot lust to name yourself after a [...]

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