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May - 14 - 2014

    Some of these photos have appeared in a previous post, but it’s been a while.   These are all in Harding County. Every part of New Mexico is different, but Harding County holds a special place in my heart.  

February - 15 - 2014

I’ll admit up front that this article could use at least an hour or two of phone calls and research to find our more about how the event I’m touting came to be, whether it’s going to be an annual event, what the Chamber of Commerce will do with the $$….but it has to be posted today. That’s because tonight the Roy, New Mexico Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Salute to Bob Wills steak dinner and dance. Which means that if you live within three or four hours of Roy and you forgot to do something special for your  [ Read More ]

January - 21 - 2014

Not so long ago, I had the interesting experience of posting a profile on Match.com. Before moving to Santa Fe, I used to live in an extremely small town (pop 1100) and the dating prospects were practically nonexistent. So, telling myself that it would probably be fodder for a novel more than anything else, I posted my photos and a profile on Match.com, stating that I was looking for a team roper who could quote Shakespeare while shaving. I can’t say that I had exceptionally good luck – I had several first dates, none of which really made me want  [ Read More ]

November - 25 - 2013

I recently read a post entitled “Always Go To The Funeral.”   A woman named Diedre Sullivan wrote it for the “This I Believe” series on NPR.  She said it was a point on which her father was unyielding.  Whether or not she wanted to, he told her to always go to the funeral.  To do it for the family. It’s a beautiful piece of writing. I’m not stealing Ms. Sullivan’s thoughts.  I just think it bears repeating.  And her post reminded me that I’ve always lived with this advice as well.  Not that it was spoken.  Not that my  [ Read More ]

May - 11 - 2012

This is a repost of one of my favorite New Mexico stories. My daddy grew up in Porter, New Mexico, the youngest of ten children.  He delights in telling what I think of as “baby of the family” stories (I have a number of my own. . .), about how the older brothers used to torture him by hiding behind the tank and jumping out to frighten him when he had to walk to the windmill after dark to turn the pump off , or how he sometimes had to stay in and help Granny Terry in the house because he was the  [ Read More ]

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October - 25 - 2011

This was originally posted 10/31/10.  It seems a perfect story to share during the Halloween season. Halloween seems the perfect day to share a New Mexico ghost story, one borrowed from a great friend.  If you’ve read my previous post on the Perseid Meteor Shower, you know that my friend Elaine Quarles always inspired me to write, write, write more, and to be unafraid to share my stories.  We shared whatever we were writing at the moment – I’d send her an essay and she’d send me a paper she was writing for a college class, and she’d always be unflinchingly honest, but incredibly  [ Read More ]

March - 23 - 2011

I had the honor of attending a memorial service last month for Ruth Hartley, a lifetime Roy resident.  The service was held on her ranch in a clearing on the edge of the Canadian River Canyon.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with that corner of New Mexico, here are some of the photos I took that day.    Harding County is 2,125 square miles of open, unassuming New Mexico, with a population of 663 (http://bit.ly/eJ4yZf).  The sky in Harding County, much like the rest of the state, reaches from here to the end of the world.  And as you  [ Read More ]

November - 16 - 2010

Fall means several things at my house.  Green chile roasting and freezing.  Raking leaves in the backyard.  Planting arugula for a winter crop.  Smoking a turkey to see how it might work to do the same on Thanksgiving Day.  And gathering enough wood to burn in the fireplace until spring.  Luckily I live with a guy who traded some electrical work for a couple of cords of wood.  Dave wired a house in Mosquero in exchange for wood, with the only requirement being that we had to retrieve it.  From Ray Vigil’s Dad’s place in Mosquero Canyon. So last Saturday we  [ Read More ]

August - 5 - 2010

It’s summertime, and the living is easy, and once again, I get to go to Santa Fe and spend the weekend on the plaza with my best pal, Sabrina Colson, and my daughter and the Plaza Cafe and the La  Fonda and the Cathedral bells and the kettle corn and the frito pies from the Five & Dime. . .everyone should get to live like this. We’ll be selling at the Girls, Inc. 38th annual Arts & Crafts Show.  All booth fees benefits Girls, Inc., an organization whose motto is”Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.”  (www.girlsincofsantafe.org)    Love that.   [ Read More ]

March - 27 - 2010

After almost 50  posts and three and a half months of writing this blog, the post on Gallegos in Harding County continues to be a favorite among readers.  That first post was pretty short and sweet – an anecdotal look at my own memories about Gallegos and my awe at its continued beauty.  I’ve had a chance to take a closer look at the actual history involved – here’s just a small taste of what I’ve found about the church. The Centennial Celebration brochure created for the churches of the Gallegos and Bueyeros communities says that until 1894, all of northeastern New  [ Read More ]

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