New Patterns 1

Our little m. From seven months old she has slept peacefully through the night almost every night. Sure there were off days. Some nights she wouldn’t want to sleep and we’d have to sit with her until she closed her eyes. Other nights she’d wake up screaming and seem completely unconsolable. Still, over all she ...

Stuck in a Blizzard with you 1

It’s winter–why would we expect snow fall to hamper our holiday plans? We had a short window to get to Dallas for Christmas this year. M had four total days off, including the weekend, and the high cost of flying put us in the driving mood. Sure, Shiprock to Dallas is about 850 miles, but ...

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
We are spending the holidays (two full days of it) in Plano with my family. Getting here was an adventure that I’ll write about here next week. The delay is due in part to the fact that our return trip has yet to be made and those 15 hours in the car will be the ...

Saying Goodbye

I spent this past weekend helping a neighbor load a moving truck. If I do say so myself, I’m quite proud of the job I did. I walked up to the truck Saturday after a long run (14-plus miles across a part of the mesa I’d never seen, for good reason: uranium mine tailing ponds). ...

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1; or, how I learned to love the bomb.

I had been sitting in my seat in the darkened Animas 8 theater in Farmington for less than five minutes before I stifled my first chuckle. I’d been warned to keep my comments to myself during the course of the film and while I knew it would be difficult, I didn’t realize my struggle would ...

Nightly 1

I’ve been doing pretty good at writing every night. I spend 20 minutes on my journal, and then go to some other topic, either a book review or an essay or short story. This week I submitted an essay to a competition, the first time I’ve submitted anything non-fiction in twenty years. I hope it’s ...