Welcome. This is GODDAMN BUFFALO!

PERSONAL ESSAYS AND VISIONS from 7,000 feet. For some who end up in the Terrible High Desert™ and mountains of northern New Mexico, the starkness is a kind of medicine. There’s something alien and ancient here that doesn’t need us… Subscribe and see. From the introduction to ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE: Notes from Taos:

“You're one of the few who arrived and immediately experienced the spiritual imagination of the place and appreciated it in an articulate and instinctive way. What intrigues me is how many people move here and are tone deaf. I can't figure out why they are here since they might as well live in Colorado: beautiful but soulless...the chthonic spirits are absent. ‘Course sometimes a man needs relief from the resonating spirits. They can drive you mad.” 

 -Bill Whaley: Taos writer (Gringo Lessons), publisher (Horse Fly)

As if I needed any help. In April, 2021 the love of my life went to heaven without me. I’m not yet fit for company, yet neither am I dead. (Just look at all this stuff. My first NFT photography collection is dedicated to Katie Jane and named after this newsletter, by the way.) From something I wrote a few years back: “The thing was, though, they’d done it, the entire Taos murder trip, yet both of them were still together, healthy, and the love danced in her eyes.”

Sweet Kathy (2001)

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It could happen. Make me an offer I can’t refuse on a pretty place with a ranch gate, water, power (off-grid?), and good internet. A place to store my stuff, a refuge for what’s left of friends & family. Name it after Kathy, can’t miss. It was in her bones. Do it for Katie Jane! Seriously.

Behold the book that tells how the adventure began in ‘99. There are more. (← link!)

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