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The Shameful Misuse of our National Parks


The government shutdown offered a unique opportunity for Americans to enjoy our National Parks for free. To camp and wander unrestricted and prove ourselves worthy of this gift. And we showed ourselves dreadfully unfit by the shameful misuse of our National Parks. Shame on us! Unfortunately, vandalism, trash, human waste, and off trail destruction has been our return. Apparently, we…

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mother marys garden

Mother Mary’s Garden


An invitation to hear the cousins play at a tiny church festival in San Luis, prompted a leisurely drive back. We took Highway 159 toward Taos, NM, to County Road P, toward Manassa. Mother Mary’s Garden is tucked away on the left. We parked outside the gate and walked in. Mother Mary’s Garden is a non-denominational, spiritual oasis. Susan and…

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La Santisima Trinidad, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico


Blanketed in the first snow of the season, La Santisima Trinidad radiates hope to the surrounding community of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. Built in 1834, the historic church stands as a monument to the families who originally settled the area. That the Catholic faith thrived during a period when there were very few priests available to serve the faithful in the rural southwest,…

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