Begoso cabin: a Pecos country retreat by Mari Graña

By Mari Graña

Mari Grana starts off her account of an event that grew out of her wish to withdraw to the wild and that ends with a feeling of homecoming and neighborhood: "I observed over an increase in a meadow a bit stone cabin some distance within the distance. The panorama of the canyon--the rocky pine-covered ridges, the lengthy large meadow with the escarpment of Rowe Mesa emerging within the background--suddenly grew to become where I had dreamed about."Once she had bought the deserted sheepherder's cabin on 240 distant acres of land in northern New Mexico, Grana started the paintings of constructing the cabin livable. With the aid of neighborhood villagers, she plastered the dust partitions, put in a cook-stove, and wiped clean the rats out of her storehouse. She started to meet her associates and to benefit the human historical past of the realm. As she turned acquainted with the wonder, drama, and probability of the traditional surroundings, she additionally discovered approximately mythical neighborhood criminals and historic land swindles. Writing out of her direct event of this panorama and tradition, Grana vividly describes a global the place the village church comes alive on saints' days and the spirit of Begoso Cabin's builder, Natividad Ortiz, lingers nonetheless.

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It was "The Gadget"the first atomic test blast. Later Andy worked at Los Alamos, loading bombs onto trucks and delivering them to defense installations all over the country. One day he was given a special assignment: It had been discovered that for several months a young man from Las Cruces had been making trips to the Trinity test site north of Alamagordo, loading up the pretty green glass-fused rocks into the back of his car, and selling them as souvenir trinkets in Albuquerque. It was Andy's job to stop this trafficking.

And then I was ashamed. What arrogance! Of course it is not mine. My tenure on this land will be the briefest instant of its perennial existence. The next settler in the stone cabin will not be able to rummage through my garbage, because my life is not Natividad's. But I'll make sure he can read Natividad's life, for I will leave his trash heap just as it is. I'll bet the old man is giggling in his grave to think that someone is preserving his droppings! 4 I hired the Martinez brothers from the village, Presilino and Secundo, to help me fix up the place.

He was iridescent with a blueness brighter than any I have ever seen. I will have to add a birds-of-New-Mexico book to my shopping list. And there are eagles, though I haven't yet seen one. The villagers say they circle above the Nido de! Aguila, the highest point I can see along the south wall of Rowe Mesa. A rabbit scampered across my path this morning between the outhouse and the stone corral, and Anu presented me with a dead field mouse when we went down to the well later. For a couple of days I kept shooing the same lizard out of my storeroom, he always returning the minute I looked away.

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