I read the book, Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, while living in Seattle, long before even thinking about coming to the southwest, years before making New Mexico my home. Now I understand it is a part of the curriculum of the New Mexico state school system. It is another book I recommend if you want to get an idea of the culture in these tiny Spanish Land Grant villages of New Mexico. I offer this short but beautiful quote:
“I bless you in the name of all that is good and strong and beautiful. Always have the strength to live. Love life, and if despair enters your heart, look for me in the evenings when the wind is gentle and the owls sing in the hills, I shall be with you.”
It is the time of night, the twilight, here on this land, that, no matter my challenges, always, always calls me and offers peace.
Love to you all,
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