North America

Cats, Key West, and Ernest Hemingway

November 13, 2017 // 8 Comments

Fred Astaire, Winston Churchill, Lauren Bacall, and Howard Hughes pop out from basement grates, stroll through shrubs, and pose for guests visiting a certain Spanish Colonial home in Key West. Who are they? The Hemingway cats, all descended from Ernest's original tomcat, Snowball, who had six-toed paws. [...]

Visiting The Mouse

June 15, 2017 // 25 Comments

Catherine, you’ve just graduated from high school! What are you going to do next? “I’m going to Disney World!” My daughter Cat graduated from high [...]

Ghost Ranch

May 12, 2017 // 13 Comments

In the great wide open places, I can see the forever. The sky enfolds you, and then you are inside it. Whatever small place you came from is no more because you are part of that sky and the big beyond, and the rest isn't important. When the Spanish first rode into this valley in norther New Mexico, they called it Piedre Lumbre -- the shining stone. [...]

Embracing Santa Fe

March 31, 2017 // 29 Comments

Each time I return to New Mexico, my affection for this state grows . . . Doc looked like he came straight out of central casting. Film order: we need a quirky old man to play a part in a Coen brothers film set it Santa Fe. [...]

Road Trip to New Mexico

March 12, 2017 // 15 Comments

One of my best friends is living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for several months to complete a project -- and I thought, what a perfect excuse for a road trip! “I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” --- Jack Kerouac, On the Road [...]