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Hi-ā-tus.  Comes from the Latin hiare, to gape.  I wonder if that is connected to the fact that the “ah” sound is when the mouth opens widest.  The “a” turned long in hiatus, a word which first appeared in 1563, according to the OED.

I’ve had a number of gaps in my blogging in the past year, because other things got in the way.  Unscheduled interruptions.  I am now taking an intentional break.  I’m heading east and attending my college reunion.  I won’t have my laptop there.

My garden is sending me off with some healthy looking flowers.  The pansies have given me color all winter and haven’t quit yet.P1000508

These yellow daisy-like flowers are called Chocolate Flower.  Supposedly they smell like chocolate if you brush past them early in the morning.  I’ve never caught the scent.  Maybe it’s not dark chocolate.P1000506

I plan to be back in action about June 1, with pictures, I hope, from past and upcoming travels.  And the new thoughts that being in a new place sometimes brings.

Sunrise, Sunset


Laurie Smith has a stunning sunrise on his blog this week. https://laurie27wsmith.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/fire-in-the-sky-at-the-writers-room/  It makes me think about how the setting of one’s house favors either sunset or sunrise, but rarely both.  We have sunrise over the mountains here. He gets lots of sunsets.  To get the picture, he had to look back over his house.

Now and then there’s a sunset here that brings a lot of color to the clouds in the east, as in this photo I took recently.

Sunset in the East

Sunset in the East

Laurie is a better photographer than I am, and the area around his Writers Room, located somewhere in Australia, has animals as well as plants to see.  Have a look at his blog.

More Petroglyphs

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More pictures from my visit to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, now that I’ve had time to sort them out a bit.  First a close up of the rock ridge.   469 rocksMany of the figures stand alone, but in some cases the drawings overlap.  What is the meaning of these animals which seem to have invaded a house?  454 house animalsVarious zigzag patterns can be found.457 house mazeThat picture reveals the inexperience of the photographer, who does not always remember to check for her shadow!

The ridge is isolated.  To the west is the Tularosa basin, which is mostly the property of the army: White Sands Missile Range.  To the east is a plain before the Sacramento mountains, which had snow at the top. 463 mountainsI could only find one example of a sign well known beyond the local community: the thunderbird.466 thunderbirdThere were circles on many different kinds and complexities.472 circlesThe picture above gives a good example of the stone, dark on the outside, not on the inside.  Sometimes the different images are crowded together.  These seem to have been in a prime location.464 manyNot many flowers were in bloom, but I did find one clump in a protected area.473 flowerOn the was back to the highway I was stopped by a passing train.P1000476There are a lot of grade crossings in New Mexico.  I was stopped a second time on my way north to Albuquerque.  That’s one result of staying off the Interstate.  The rest of the world is still at work while I take a holiday.



The calendar says we are just half way through spring.  The temperature says we are fast approaching summer, a season too hot for me to enjoy much hiking.P1000448So I took advantage of one of my trips north for readings to stop at one of my favorite New Mexico sites: Three Rivers Petroglyphs.P1000467The petroglyphs are crowded on a small, narrow ridge, an outcrop of dark rock.  P1000461The scratched signs are many and varied.  I haven’t researched them.  Some are obvious, others less so.P1000454

On this trip, I didn’t bother with the explanatory booklet.  I just took pictures.  Lots of pictures; enough to share more another time.  Three Rivers is located on U.S. 54, north of Alamogordo and south of Carrizozo.

Readings I

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Between my readings “up north” and working on distributing the journal, I’ve fallen way behind on blog posts.

Yesterday I spent over half an hour figuring out how to get the cover of the new issue of Sin Fronteras onto the sidebar at http://www.sinfronterasjournal.com.  Putting it inside this post should be easier.cover 190001My reading in Santa Fe was held at op.cit. books, which is in an interesting neighborhood, near the train depot.trains

I was greeted by a glorious blooming tree.P1000437The bookstore is relatively new.  The owner moved to Santa Fe when she lost her lease in San Francisco.  She has not wasted money on appearances, identifying the store only by paper notices in the windows.P1000438Inside, of course, the books dominate.  Several nice people came to my reading and some bought books.readingThough it’s a long drive, I hope I’ll have occasion to read there again.  Three cheers for independent bookstores!

More Spring Color

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About two weeks ago, the blue iris burst out.P1000417

These came with the house.  That is, I found two very small clumps of leaves.  I didn’t know what they were.  When someone said they looked like iris leaves I transplanted them and they began to expand.  Only this last year did I get a lesson in when to feed them.  They appreciate being looked after.

Another plant which came with the house is Indian Hawthorn, now in bloom.P1000418

In the space vacated by a very overgrown sage plant (why would anyone plant something that wants to get six feet wide in a less than two foot wide strip?) I put this small cactus.  Its blooms, photographed last week, are already spent.P1000432 cactus bloomThe mesquite tree leaves are filling out.  That pale green color is appearing all over the desert areas: there’s a lot of mesquite in the area.P1000434One of the two little iris clumps turned out to be a white iris.  It is now in full bloom – but only one – while the blue ones have faded.  Obviously, this color is more finicky.  I’m hoping more attention will increase the blooms.  This one is planted outside my study window.P1000435

Upcoming Readings in the North

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Northern New Mexico, that is.  I am scheduled to do two readings from my book, Made and Remade, at independent bookstores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque during April.Paley front cover

I’ll be in Santa Fe on Saturday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m. at op.cit. books, Sanbusco Center, 500 Montezuma Ave.

I’ll be in Albuquerque on Saturday, April 25, at 3:00 p.m. at BOOKWORKS, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW.

If you’re in either area on the day I’m reading, please come by and say hello.

The poems in Made and Remade respond to William Paley’s book, Natural Theology, published in 1802.  Famous for his analogy, “suppose I had found a watch upon the ground . . . the inference we think is inevitable, that the watch must have had a maker . . . .,” the book presents Paley’s case for creation by design.  As cracks developed in a once coherent world view, we are left with patches and pieces – the material of poetry – with which to make meaning.  The poems move in many directions, reflecting on how much has changed in 200 years.

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