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Wondering

Pondering

As I grow fonder

Of the wander

and I wonder

How much longer

Will I wander.

Chasing Taillights


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Rio Grande Gorge, Taos, NM

Down the highway
Through the canyons
Where spirits soar
In the gusting winds
Swirling their way
Through my mind
Through the trees
Through the passing cars
As I try to find my way
Back to the memories
Back to the imagination
Back to where I belong
Home

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Driving south from Santa Fe on North 14


I decided to drive home from Santa Fe on North 14. Its a beautiful drive beck through the mountains. It winds around on the west side of Sandia and intersects I-40 at Tijeras. It was nice getting out into the trees 🙂 I needed the break!

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2015 Revisited and Looking Forward to 2016


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As I sit here on the eve of a new year, I am thinking about the past crazy twelve months. The end of December 2014, I made the decision to leave the home I had lived in for seven years. I fought so hard to get and keep that house, had made it a home and gathering place for my family. But the combination of the commute, the maintenance, and a general dissatisfaction in the way my life was going prompted me to move on. By January 7th, I had pretty much completely uprooted my life and moved to my little rental. I may eventually buy a house again, but for now this is a good place to be 🙂

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I also changed jobs. I had been at St. Mary’s since 2008. I moved to Albuquerque School of Excellence in August. I am the 6th grade English teacher/Reading Specialist. This also was a good change 🙂 I love my new job! I also got a second job to help get the finances in order so I can pursue some dreams. I do Boars Head store demos on weekends and breaks from school.

My daughter Heather had her third son and my sixth grandbaby. Love these lil guys!

I spent a lot of time with my animals. I got a new dog, my sweet Micky. I also lost Ava 😦 My fur babies help keep me grounded!

I’ve spent time with my children, both of my sisters and my dad this year. I need to try to include my family in my life more often.

I have traveled quite a bit around this beautiful state, especially in the last couple weeks!

I’ve enjoyed hobbies, although I would like to make more time for fun things like writing, quilting, cooking, and hiking.

 

I’ve met some wonderful new people and reconnected with some that I had lost track of along the way and strengthened a couple of friendships.

No resolutions for 2016. I just want to continue to grow as a person and enjoy my life. Happy New Year to you all!!!

 

 

 

On the Wings of an Eagle


On the Wings of an Eagle

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Catching a hold of a bit of wild

The wing of an eagle

Who carries me, unbidden

Farther than I have ever been

Circling over majestic mountaintops

Higher and higher

Into azure so sharp, tears spring to my eyes

Spiraling, passion swirling

Soaring on the currents

His strength bearing me

Protecting me, caressing me

Carrying me to his treetop aerie

Released

Back I lay

Eyes wide open

Sightless, soundless, boneless

Outstretched, reaching for a piece of heaven

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument


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Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs” in the Keresan language which is the traditional language of Cochiti Pueblo. This park which is operated by the BLM as a national park is beautiful in a stark surreal way.  The cone shaped formations are volcanic hoodoos. They were formed by volcanic eruptions from the Jemez volcanic complex  6-7 million years ago.

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Many of the “tents” are topped by boulder caps which protect the softer pumice below.  The ones which have lost their boulder caps are rapidly disintegrating.

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There are several trails around the park, ranging from very easy and wheelchair accessible to moderate with a 621 foot climb in elevation. We went around the Cave Trail which was a fairly easy 1.2 mile hike.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is an easy drive from Albuquerque or Santa Fe. It is well worth the trip!

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