July 28, 2021

An excellent suggestion from the closed movie theater in Center, CO.

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Local Green

July 26, 2021

So the sign on the hotel door read NO SMOKING OF ANYTHING INSIDE! “Hmm,” I thought to myself. “I must be in Colorado.” We are on our first trip out of state since August 2019, cruising up central Colorado to Steamboat Springs and back, magnificent scenery all the way, cool temperatures, and signs of a […]

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Sun and Smoke

July 21, 2021

The other day we meandered down to Belen to view a work by the artist Judy Chicago. She and her husband moved to Belen some years ago and bought an old brick railroad hotel. They live in part of the hotel, and use the rest to store art. (Since Chicago tends to go in for […]

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Foot of the Bow

July 17, 2021

I apologize for the poor quality of this photo, but I shot in through the screen, in some haste to capture the image before it vanished. If you observe the rainbow from today’s cloudburst, you’ll see it stretches all the way to the ground in front of the treeline. The rainbow actually touches ground a […]

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Rain, Glorious Rain

July 11, 2021

Of the last fifteen days, fourteen have featured rain of some sort, anywhere from a light drizzle to an hours-long thundershower. The monsoons came a month early, and it’s been glorious. New Mexico normally receives half its yearly rainfall in July and August, as big brawling Pacific summer storms battle their way across all of […]

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From the Family Archives

July 7, 2021

So have I ever told you about the time my dad was held hostage by a gun-wielding madman? No, I didn’t think so. My dad was quite young at the time, under ten years of age, so perhaps his memories of the incident aren’t 100% accurate, but on the other hand it’s not the sort […]

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Midsummer Sale!

July 1, 2021

The ebook of Fleet Elements is on sale most everywhere for $1.99! Check it out! The sale began on June 28— though I only found out today— and will run through August 2nd. Buy it while it’s hot!

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June 30, 2021

While the Northwest U.S. and Canada are suffering under their “heat dome,” with Canada thrice recording an all-time high temperature of 121F, my own neighborhood is experiencing a cold front. The weekend’s predicted rain in Taos Ski Valley was delayed— I got in two hikes, not one, before the skies opened— but when the rain […]

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Havoc x 2

June 28, 2021

June Havoc harmonizes with June Havoc singing “The Man With the Big Sombrero.” I keep thinking the sombrero is a metaphor for something, but I can’t imagine what. June Havoc, it will be remembered, was the younger sister of noted ecdysiast Gypsy Rose Lee. She was pretty much the definition of trouper, having (as “Baby […]

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Rained Out

June 25, 2021
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I’m in my happy place, which is to say Taos Ski Valley. But Nature is not in tune with my bliss. We thought a few days in the cool of the mountains would be an antidote to the misery of the 100-degree parched desert of our home, and we were right. We got reservations on […]

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