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Do You Remember Your First Cemetery?

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Do You Remember Your First Cemetery?

Do you remember that very first time?  For the love, whatever the reason, took you to that place…to the Cemetery.  (the word cemetery (from Greek κοιμητήριον, "sleeping place").  I remember that first time, but I don’t remember when I first started having my fascination with them.  I still really don’t know why I do.  All I know is I am drawn to the architecture, the serenity, the history, the sheer beauty of them.  My first time was at Placitas Cemetery, New Mexico March 23, 2001.  It is a very small Catholic Cemetery, about 18 miles northeast of Albuquerque.  It’s in...

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Cholla Cactus the Beauty of the Desert

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Cholla Cactus the Beauty of the Desert

  Since we are wanderers and gatherers we find beauty and inspiration on our journeys.  The Cholla Cactus was our inspiration.  The cholla (pronounced choy-a) is perhaps the most feared and hated cacti in the southwest desert.  It is also known as the “jumping cactus”.  If you have ever brushed up against one you will know why.   There is also beauty in this plant as well.  With over 20 species many of which has beautiful flowers.  Just look don’t touch.   The living plant also provides food and water for desert livestock and wild animals.  Even the cactus wren builds their...

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