This morning I got
up at 5:15, to what looked like a beautiful day. The night must
have been pretty good also, because I slept later than usual.
Last Tuesday I awoke in Las Vegas, Nevada, to blistering heat.
By comparison, this morning was wonderfully cool. But this crisp,
cool morning was not in Santa Fe.
I had spent the night
in Taos, New Mexico, about 78 miles north of Santa Fe, where
I have a small condo. The roof was being worked on this week,
so I decided to go up and check on the job. Taos, to me, is
a small version of Santa Fe, although I doubt that the good
citizens up there would appreciate me calling it that. I find
any little excuse to go to Taos, because it reminds me of Santa
Fe when I was a youngster. Like Santa Fe it has a plaza, and
I believe it is the only other city in New Mexico that does.
Starting my walk
somewhat earlier than usual, I took a brisk stroll through the
condominium complex, then showered and headed back to Santa
Fe by 7, eager to finish some work. Because I was feeling so
good about Taos, I decided to write this weeks article
about my other favorite place in New Mexico. But a far grimmer
When I got home my
wife had the coffee on, so I paused to read the newspaper and
drink a cup before sitting down to write. After scanning the
news, I put the paper down and flicked on the television while
finishing the last few sips of coffee.
I don't have to tell
you what was happening on TV. Seeing the images of the World
Trade Center exploding and disintegrating, I thought at first
it was an advertisement for a movie. When reality set in, a
feeling of horror, shock and depression overcame me. How
could that happen? I kept thinking. How could anyone
do such a thing? I grasped for coherence, but could not
find it. Struck speechless by the horror on the little screen,
I did not even call out to my wife. A few minutes later, however,
Linda came in discovered the tragedy for herself.
I cannot believe
man's inhumanity to man. I leave you with no other thoughts.
I hope somehow you
can find a way to make the rest of your day good, and also the
ones to come, until we finally get through this incomprehensible