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Semester break in the Red Rock Country.

It was mostly T-shirt weather.

Back home and it’s supposed to be fifty below this weekend.

I hope your new year is off to a good start. I’m teaching American Lit. and Newcomer English, taking a class, shoveling tons of snow, and am hoping to start writing a new book soon.

What are you up to?

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This little wash only runs after some considerable precipitation.

Maybe ten times a year.

After the pour-over, the water flumes through this narrow channel.

A couple of bends later it cascades over these temporary falls.

Whatever doesn’t evaporate will end up in the valley below.

At least for a little while.

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We went to bed under Milky Way drenched skies.

(Photo compliments of NASA.)

We awoke to snow in the desert.

 The first significant snow here in eight years, I’m told.


Red Tank Draw, already running high from last weekend’s rain, should be raging in a couple of days.

I love watching water make its way through the land. Those ancient recycled molecules of H2O shape and reshape this amazing place we call Earth.

Water cuts through the land and it cuts through time.

It finds a way around obstacles, or it breaks them down and flows through them.

It never gives up.

And, us humans, we’re mostly water.

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Keep an eye out for the Shadow People.

 They come out just before sunset.

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We started our fourteen mile hike on this trail above Wet Beaver Creek.

After four miles the trail dropped down to the creek and we had to wade across if we wanted to keep going. Yeah, that’s Dana getting a little help from a stick she found.

It was a steep climb from there and we got a cool view of the creek below.

We climbed up higher and the red rock trail turned to snow.

We kept on going until we caught some air. Yep, didn’t go any further for obvious reasons. 

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I haven't taken the time to look this puppy up, but he's pretty buff, I think.

1. I came home from a long run and found the guy in the above photo in the kitchen. I persuaded him to get into a plastic container, then set him on the back patio.

2. Scorpion Sting Update: One month later and the very tip of my pinky finger is still a bit numb.

3. I haven’t told you my number one sting story yet, but I probably will soon.

4. Thanks to some great critique notes from Terry, ali, Natalie, and Robert I’m plowing through a rewrite of one of my WIPs.

5. When my internet connection was on the blink last week I got a lot of writing done. Still, I’m glad to be reconnected.

6. This last thing sounds deceptively simple: The best way to plan for the future is to live in the present.

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Celebrate Life


The route into the new year looks rocky, but inviting.

Hey my friends, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday in whatever way or ways you celebrate life on this amazing place called Earth.

Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah.

Thanks for being in my writer-life. Each and everyone one of you has made this past year all the richer with your thoughtful and thought provoking comments, emails, tweets, critiques…the list goes on.

I’ll be around, but won’t be posting here until shortly after the new year. Have a wonderful two weeks.

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