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 group: "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 all started the paintings of creating 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 profit the human historical past of the world. As she turned conversant in the sweetness, drama, and risk of the usual setting, she additionally discovered approximately mythical neighborhood criminals and old land swindles. Writing out of her direct adventure 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 issued by Saibe's Confectionery, Medicinas Caseras. Eusebio Seguro, Prop. , Las Vegas, N. , and shows a picture of Jesus, a brilliant light radiating from his body, appearing to a kneeling Mary Magdalene before an empty tomb. Below this scene, all the months have been torn off down to August. Some say he was ninety, some say less. On one of my trips to the village I stopped by the camposanto, the old cemetery in El Pueblo, to see if I could find him. In among a population of cement angels holding faded plastic flowers and watchful Madonnasone of whom lives in a nicho made from an upended bathtubI came upon a lone rusted metal marker poked into the ground.

She had been working with him for months making sure that the easement agreements on the dirt road and the property boundaries were all in order. The next village downriver was San Miguel. There was an open area in the center of the village that looked like it had once been a plaza; now the state highway crosses through the middle of it. The area was dotted with crumbling ruins, with newer buildings in among them. The whole was dominated by a hulking old church with a historical marker in front of it.

Biography. M. M. M. )--Biography. Page iii THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO PRESS Albuquerque Page iv © 1999 by Mari Graña All rights reserved. First edition Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Graña, Mari, 1936- Begoso cabin / Mari Graña ; drawings by Rose Mary Stearns.  cm.  Title. 868'07649dc21 Designed by: LiMiTeD Edition Book Design, Linda Mae Tratechaud Page v For Cor, vanquisher of vipers Page vi Tell me the landscape in which you live, and I will tell you who you are. José ORTEGA Y GASSET Page vii Begoso Cabin Page 1 Page 2 1 Spring has not yet reached this high into the mountains of northern New Mexico, but the April sun is already here.

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