New Arrival

Look what I found in the mail! Actually several boxes were stacked on the road outside the gate at the ranch headquarters, where fortunately I found them before today’s rain and snow showers did! Today is my mother’s birthday. I would say that I have received the biggest gift on her birthday, in addition to … Continue reading

Desert Chrome, May-June events

I have tried and failed to make an event page. Will continue the effort but for now, here’s this: Virtual launch! May 20, 6:30 p.m. MDT: Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, Colorado, BOOK LAUNCH! May 22, 6 p.m. MDT: Kat Wilder, author of Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West plus special guest TJ Holmes, both of … Continue reading

The Road Traveled

February 22, 1992, as portrayed in Desert Chrome:  Sonoran Desert, 1992. Smith drives me south through the desert, to Tucson, to treatment. I write as he drives, journal in my lap, pen in my grip. I try to keep my eyes open, to see those giant saguaro cacti, their angular arms rising to snag the sky; … Continue reading

After Birth

I was going to write about the different worlds I inhabit–something about being a ranch woman pulling a calf with her son then running quickly into the house to brush her teeth, brush any afterbirth from her hair, trade her insulated pants for jeans, and change her shirt before heading to town to the dentist. … Continue reading


I look for those men in the mirror of my face Eyes the blue of faded  winter sky Skin of winter earth in Rocky Mountain highs Hair once golden sunshine  on California’s summer hills Now the noncolor of drought  in the high desert Lines the tributaries of years flowing to or from the heart Skin … Continue reading

New Year

This will be a different year because I’m short a person who has been in my life all my life. May peace be waiting at the other end of her journey. It seems we’ve all lost something in 2020–jobs, people, homes, green growth–may we also have found something. Fortitude, resilience, stubbornness, compassion, faith, love? I … Continue reading