Boots Socks and Mercury Metaphor

As this current Mercury Retrograde gets ready to unfold, I had a perfect way to express the energy. This synodic period of Mercury’s trajectory through the heavens doesn’t have to spell out trouble, as there are useful ways to put this energy to use. I had to attend a funeral the other day. Didn’t have [...]

Cu at the Rock Shop Again

Looks like Austin, At the Rock Shop Again, at Nature's Treasures, for a Tuesday. (Hoping for “see you” there.) Tuesday at Nature's Treasures. 4103 North IH-35 Austin, Texas 78722 Store phone: 512-472-5015 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM —— #Austin

Ides of March

Crossing the pass, Trans-Mountain Pass, Franklin Mountain, El Paso, TX.. The hazard signs read: Rock slides Strong wind currents 8% grade Falling rock Runaway truck ramp It’s the drive over the mountain to “work,” such as it is. Details are at

Get Some Blakes

I know “Blake’s Lotaburger” from New Mexico. Regional burger chain, with a principle difference than most: Hatch — or “Hatch Style” — green peppers as a required condiment. Or should be required. I haven’t checked, for sure, but the Blake‘s in El Paso, old West Side location, that’s the only one in Texas? Certainly, currently, in [...]

Civilized Histories

Presido, TX: couple of hours southeast of El Paso, and evidence of some of the earliest civilized settlements in North America. It is history — and geography — that defines the area, and speaks to my great love of the countryside. Up the roads few hundred miles to the north, is the namesake and first [...]

Shout Out SWA

I’ve been commuting across the American SouthWest for more than a quarter of a century, and on SWA, after not-so-cheap seats on another — now defunct — airline. While I didn’t intend to, El Paso is a regular stop. Quickest, shortest frequently least expensive? SWA. This is the second time in recent memory the ground [...]

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