The undiscovered country

That lieth, sublime, out of space, out of time ...

High Lonesome

High Lonesome
Southwest desert and mountains, U.S.
June 06
Hey, could you ...?
Flamingo chick.


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SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 8:33PM

When I Have Died - for my children

When I have died

When I have died, lay me here.
I won’t care how, handed down 
into the rocky earth to return to dust,
or trickled through your fingers, ashes to ashes.
I won’t know,
but you will care, and you will know,
and your hands will remember
that in this place,
this place I love,
all the glo…

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JUNE 20, 2012 12:02AM

A quick postcard


Sunset over the Abajos this evening. Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2012 9:10PM

Get out, kid, and keep running

This weekend, my daughter posted on her Facebook page a link to a magazine article about a national park near here. One of her cousins, a junior in college, commented that he'd like to see it again, because he'd been too young to truly appreciate the only time he visited. She… Read full post »
MARCH 5, 2012 12:21AM

33 for Candace


1. Your main trait: Determination. 

2. The quality you like best in a man: Decency.

3. The quality you like best in a woman: Courage. 

4. Your main flaw:  Nasty, stupid people irritate me to the point of making me lose my composure, when I want to be icily diRead full post »

JANUARY 23, 2012 10:57PM

I thought I was home


Let’s start this off with an understanding: I am not an acquisitive person. I’m still using the pots and pans I bought when I moved into my first college apartment. I have one purse, which I will replace, when it wears out in 10 years or so, with one more.… Read full post »


This is our Christmas tree. Ok, this is actually our daughter Pippa Kate and her little dog Toto Olive beside the tree, because I am not in the habit of photographing my Christmas tree, but that's beside the point.

If you look, you can see part of a pile of gifts under the… Read full post »


Church windowsToday is Reformation Sunday, a fact that means little to any here but a few churchgoing Protestants of the Calvinist tradition. It’s not a holy day, exactly, but it requires some observance. In our congregation, tradition (that bugaboo of the Reformers) dictates that we invite a b… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 12:12PM

'What is your emergency?'

 cougar(Photo courtesy of Microsoft Dangerous Creatures wallpaper)

Last night we shared dinner with good friends in the mountain town:  simple food, cheap wine, lots of laughter as we watched the sun set over the golden landscape to the west.

We were laughing, mostly, about a story we&rsq… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2011 10:15AM

Play 'Free Bird'

 Friends: I had intertwined this with music, but OS won't let me embed today — not surprising considering all else that we've lost.  So, I give you a free bird photo (complete with really bad pun, in honor of really bad service at OS) and ask you to supply your ownRead full post »

JUNE 21, 2011 4:14PM

Baby, baby, it's a wild world

On the soft early mornings of summer, my husband and I like to hike through a nearby natural area. We hop out of the bed we love so much in the wintertime, toss on shorts, t-shirts and Tevas, grab the dog leash off the doorknob, and we’re off: a little more… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 20, 2011 1:13PM

The end of the world as I know it


Do I fear Armageddon? All the time, although probably not like you imagine.

I was a child in the 1960s, raised on civil defense drills and assurances of mutual destruction. I don't remember whether I really believed the Soviet Union  was the Evil Empire. I don't remember whether… Read full post »

APRIL 23, 2011 11:01AM

The Maundy Thursday Foot Clinic

Homeless people have terrible feet.

Toward the end of a long winter — it’s not over yet; we’re supposed to wake up Easter morning to 2 feet of snow — everybody’s feet show signs of neglect, because who’s going to pay for pedicure to hide inside the LLBean boots? ORead full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2011 7:22PM

The contrarian view: Why I AM married

Yellow warbler The yellow bird of happiness — because one size doesn't fit all

Why am I not single?

It's not because I'm less independent than you are. It's not because I don't state my opinions, and it's certainly not because my opinions always match those of my partner. (You probably canno… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 11, 2011 2:58PM

Guns + X = Tucson


Like several other posters here, I grew up with guns. My father was a sportsman; when he died last summer there were perhaps 20 sporting guns to divvy up, plus some assorted others. I have, locked up, a .22 Colt Woodsman pistol, a .22 Ruger Bearcat revolver, a Browning… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 4:27PM

Or maybe it's a petrified cat*


My favorite piece of non-serious art, a print by Peggy Corpeny, possibly because if I had any sense, I'd run away. (I have a favorite piece of serious art too, but I've never figured out how to photograph it without a flare somewhere on the glass. You'll have to come

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DECEMBER 24, 2010 12:13AM

Life is a lemon and I want my karma back

Fencelineblue This is what cold looks like.

 This is our first Christmas without my Dad, and unfortunately, Mom's neediest times have collided with my busiest. Last night, we invited Mom over to have dinner and decorate the tree, just so she wouldn't be home alone.

The first thing she said was… Read full post »

High in the Rockies, we have had ... rain.

 Saturday it snowed all day, several feet worth, and then, when darkness fell, the rain started. Several feet of snow were reduced to 18 inches of the heaviest slush I have ever seen. Sunday it snowed all day, and then when… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2010 10:39AM

For unto us a son is given

Rico snow 2

This is our world right now: dark, snowy, cold, perfectly beautiful.

The nights between now and Christmas are the longest nights of the year. Looking at the weather forecast, it doesn’t appear we’ll have many starry nights.

If we do, on Monday night, we may have the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 7:02PM

Big teeth and pumpkin-pie breath

It was the pumpkin-pie breath breath that woke me up.

Our tiny mountain house has a very tiny bedroom, much tinier than the tiny living room, and the two share a wall furnace. That means the bedroom is at least 20 degrees warmer than the rest of the house, including the… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2010 6:37PM

On belonging


Last week, we took my father's remains home to Kansas, to the town where he had grown up, where his great-grandparents had homesteaded, and where I was raised as well.

When the children of Israel, exiled in Babylon, longed for their homeland, the prophet Jeremiah told them that God had… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 7:41PM



 This was the backlit view from the front porch of my little mountain house yesterday afternoon, looking toward "downtown." (Yes, that's pretty much all of it.)

 And this was the view looking up the same street.


Life is really, really good. Remind me of that over the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 1:43PM

The beat goes on

I don't approve of burning holy books. Neither do I  approve of burning people, nor bombing them, stoning them, starving them or marginalizing them because they don't believe the way I do. 

But  we ought to think very carefully about what David Petraeus has said before we start cheerin… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2010 10:44AM

The remodel that ate Colorado

 Sun porch

The room formerly known as my sleeping porch

First, some basic facts must be understood. 

1) We live in an old house.

2) When we moved in, it needed some remodeling.

3) Over the years, needy kids always seemed more important.

4) Therefore, we raised all our children — aRead full post »

JULY 13, 2010 12:31PM

The Dads of Summer

Some local kids went away when the school year ended, but a different batch arrived. The town was an energy town and employment there favored men, although it didn’t support marriage well. While they had a core of civilization — schools, churches, hospitals — oil and gas towns were… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2010 11:51PM

As long as we both shall live

Crane silhouette

This is a companion piece to, although in no way a refutation of, Mary T. Kelly's, "Why are the Gores divorcing?" I don't know why the Gores are divorcing. I wish them well.

Coincidentally, and ironically, I spent the afternoon with a friend and parishioner who lost her husband to… Read full post »