Musical Interlude With Jenny Scheinman

Enough for now about my house cleaning adventures. We have a realtor coming today to put our lovely adobe on the market, although we still have a lot of work to do to get it showable. We're coasting today. We need a breather. We thought about going to the circus last night, but decided to stay home and relax instead. We had cocktail hour in our magic driveway, and went inside when the sun went down and the breeze became chilly....more

New Mexican Cemeteries

We had a breakthrough, a turning point, an energy shift of great importance. Our renters finished clearing their stuff out of the house, agreed to pay extra for damages, and we all parted as friends, with hugs and thank-yous. We couldn't ask for a better outcome to what started as a Very Unpleasant Situation this week. Two things were important to us in all this - that we did everything we could to make things better, and that we didn't screw ourselves in the process....more

Wild and Wooly - Taos Wool Festival

We're waiting, waiting, sort of patiently, for our house to be empty. There is some slosh-over of timing that can't be avoided, and while we feel the clock ticking on this ideal time of year to sell a house, which we really need to do, we also realize we can only rush things so much. We have a lot of work ahead of us. OK, that's actually a pretty huge understatement, but I'm trying really hard not to freak out....more

Fall Color in Taos

From our perch on Taos Mesa, we can see the splashes of yellow high in the mountains, telling us it's time to drive up to the Ski Valley and have a closer look at the changing leaves on the aspens. It's been perfect weather since we arrived here on Sunday. Very seductive. Taos can be a temptress. But we know her moods, and aren't completely taken in just yet. Still, we made use of one of her perfect fall days and drove up to the mountains yesterday to have a look around and a bite of lunch. We were not disappointed......more

A Tale of Two Cities

(This article was originally distributed by American Forum, a nonprofit op-ed syndication service.)By Rev. Dr. Holly Beaumont...more

Ghost Ranch

While I'd love my eventual residence to be in the beautiful city of Santa Fe, New Mexico because of it's rich culture and history, beautiful landscape, creative energy, and breadth of spirit, there are several areas of the Southwest, besides Santa Fe, that seem to jus ...more

la familia mazunte, soñadores

the shaman who gave us his blessing repeated, again and again, "for health, for wealth, for mind, for heart, for the next generation...". he said, "you must stay together always" and he beat his man-made bird's wing on our bodies, blew resin smoke in our faces, shoved mats of lemongrass under our feet, and in each of our hands placed an offering (to our collective soul, i suppose). ...more

thanks for posting this. it's like dreaming.





Losing My Children's ReligionDevil be damned. I was always on the holy side because my grandmother monitored my daily progress,

Devil be damned. I was always on the holy side because my grandmother monitored my daily progress, gave me money and dragged me to the church house every time the doors opened. There was never any doubt Mr. Webb could find in my heart. All my boxes were checked. read more at ...more

Words in a Row: Chewbacca Rides Shotgun

The clouds that blanket the Plains of San Augustin rarely notice the science traveler, the Mescalero Apache, the patchwork family with a bag of marshmallows and one unused match. The clouds push from Arizona toward Texas, push across the reservation, the dried lake flats, push past the twenty-seven radio antennas without a second glance. Every time I drive past the installation, I feel those wandering jewels mock me, tell me I don't belong in this wilderness. ...more

Every story I write is completely different from what I expect and even want it to be. But ...more