I thought New Mexico would be flat and dry, lifeless, that the only movement along the wide expanse would be me and Wile E. Coyote chasing that blasted Road Runner. “Me-meep!”
But it wasn’t like that after a while.
The wide expanse closed up. The ground sprouted green. Foothills pushed my little silver car higher through rough walls of Pinon and shivering Aspen. Alone, certainly, but that lake to my left looked awfully blue, the sky ready to toss down mountain rain like confetti while rumbling out a hale and hearty, “Welcome to Taos!”
I had chosen to arrive at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House a day early, thinking I could slip in and feel New Mexico on my feet. By the time I walked over the uneven cobblestones and through Mabel’s old, creaky door New Mexico was all over me.
Natalie Goldberg lured me to Taos with her descriptive love letters to the open sky and a week long promise to write, read, write, sit, write.
In my room a window opened to the east.
I heard coyotes at night.
As a way of luring you into my clutches, Penny Jar is hosting its first ever give-away: Your very own copy of Old Friend from Far Away.
I’m looking for subscribers and Facebook fans, friendly folks, talkers and listeners, music lovers, lovers and risk-takers. I’m looking for you.
The goal: 200 Facebook fans right here.
So how is this going to work?
If you’d like a copy of the book, leave a comment on this post letting me know that you are indeed a fan as well as a brief memory of a place that struck you in some way. When Penny Jar reaches 200 fans I will use the magical randomizer to choose a winner.
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As my Dad would say, “How do you like them apples?”