"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Of earth and faith nine days til Christmas

Of earth and faith, watercolor card
There's something special to me about the simple Catholic faith of Northern New Mexico...steeped in history and tradition, sure, but most of the churches, and the people, are inseparable from the earth--adobe and hard workers and close families. The churches remind the faithful of the hope beyond this world, while outside, the graves in the campo santos are a reminder of how brief life is. Life is simpler with those reminders, and the holiness of their faith, in the chill desert and mountain air.

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