• The camouflaged pole

    Last year, we stopped, started and swerved all over the road. The year was like driving an old Ford Edsel. Unforgettable, but still an Edsel. Should we leave the old jalopy jacked up in the bone yard? After all, who wants to look back from the rearview mirror at the year that was? It’s time to set our sights forward as we look to new adventures. But, even an ol’ motor deserves its next run, one that begins with a warm-up if nothing less. Mine will likely corner around special projects and friend…

  • I will see you again

    It was one of those phone calls where I’d hoped I was still in deep sleep. After sitting up in bed and collecting my thoughts, I heard what I knew I wouldn’t have dreamed. The voice on the other end of the phone was my nephew in Seattle. “Your brother died sometime in the night. Do you think you can get to Las Cruces?” That morning was a blur as I rushed around in preparation for my long drive and my quest to find answers. That day and the one to follow were not too dissimilar to one several y…

  • Moving forward without looking back

    A new year has come, and we made it. Barry Manilow’s song “I Made It Through the Rain” comes to mind. The Pagosa Springs High School graduation class of 1981 used this song as its theme. “We dreamers have our ways of facing rainy days and somehow we survive. We keep the feelings warm, protect them from the storm until our time arrives. Then one day the sun appears, and we come shining through those lonely years.” I feel like I am reliving a bra-burning moment from the 1960s. All I want to do is …

  • Mary, did you know?

    She was a teenager when she learned her life would change forever. The voice of a visitor with a heaven-sent message would have been enough to shake anyone at their core. But, for the one who was betrothed, it was a moment of excitement and anticipation. Learning that she would conceive a son, as a young mother to-be, her mind must have been flooded with dreams and desires. To be obedient meant to submit to the purpose of the promised one. With little thought and not knowing the road ahead, a …


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