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Coco la Boca
Less horsepower, more horses.
Interests: southwest history, folklore, politics, community places
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Three women are sitting outside on the patio in the sun drinking box wine out of paper cups as the sun gets low in the narrow mountain valley. “Did you see any of those blackbirds in your kitchen last night?”... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cocoposts
Mesmerizing view. We stop and bask in color. Mustard yellow. Sharp blue turquoise sky. Yellow wild roses blooming. Pale against red wall. Flowers bash the stone. Wind blows the helpless petals. Scented confetti. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Cocoposts
"What were you doing there in the first place?" She controlled her temper and answered him softly. "The cows would have gotten into the kitchen if Chocky hadn’t wired the doors shut…." "That was months ago. I mean yesterday. What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Cocoposts
"It was around this time of year - the beginning of February." Sadie sat on a tall stool in her tack room drinking her brother’s good scotch. Her friend Cat was folding clean horse blankets and towels. She’d heard the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Cocoposts
When Sammy took over he fired everyone and put Ace in charge. Ace Scanlin had been his driver and bodyguard. He'd never managed anything larger than the turning radius of a truck but Sammy let him run the ranch and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Cocoposts
She stood alone outside under the long portal that edged one side of the old building. The wind was howling through the long stretch of power lines up the mesa. Alva had given the power company an easement across Cozy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Cocoposts
The place was a real dump. That’s saying something because people were dumping all over after they stopped running sheep and cattle on Cozy Y. People needed it then - the land - they used it for everything: animals, plants,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Cocoposts
Rosa had been forced to give up her baby. She’d been raped by her cousin but could never tell anyone. The whole place was full of secrets like that, and worse. Secrets and lies and lies about the secrets. They... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Cocoposts
Maybe it was concussions Alva got playing football or lead gas exposure over the years but he was unable to focus or absorb new information by about the age of sixty. I mean he was always a bit like that,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Cocoposts
Consuela Escadero Simpson’s mother, Maria, was a dancer. They said all her babies were born dancing. She danced straight through eight pregnancies by two husbands - brothers - and outlived them both. She raised eight girls. Connie was the youngest.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Cocoposts
Sadie turned into Caracol Drive. The old bar was long gone but the place still gave her the creeps. It had been photographed in a couple of magazines before it fell into ruin. After Aunt Connie died everything went that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Cocoposts
It was banks, bulldozers and boom times. Alva made a killing just drawing lines and filing deeds. The state was one of the last to enact subdivision law. Legislation was quietly vetoed by the rancher governor at least a couple... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Cocoposts
"There is a valley in the West where phantoms come to brood and mourn, pale phantoms dying of nostalgia and bitterness." Published in 1956, sixty years ago, favorite book was about Albuquerque and a few other things. Favorite movie, Lonely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Cocoposts
David Riley's "Alameda Church" Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Cocoposts
Stood on the bank of an ancient acequia beside the gigantic stump of a very old cottonwood just cut down in Alameda, New Mexico today (so named because of those trees) and yelled, at no one in particular, "Fucking butchers!"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Cocoposts
They used to say the valley was haunted. Ghosts edge the pasture and she could see them, dark shapes against the ditch bank and smokey shadows along the fence line. Even before she heard the other stories about floods and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Cocoposts
With apologies to those still laboring in the field, my career choice - city planning - got hijacked sometime around the mid-eighties and has been going downhill ever since. The rise of organized private property rights movement(s) and the interests... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Cocoposts
House Bill 307 would put architects, engineers and construction professionals and maybe a planner* together in a committee to recommend** capital outlay priorities for New Mexico. Think New Mexico thinks this is a good idea and I'm sure a lot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Cocoposts
Step One: Don’t keep decorating it. So the Governor sees an angle in having a capital plan. She’s put HB307 - the Capital Outlay Reform Act on her call. I posted about SB 33, another reform bill here. The bills... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Cocoposts
Paseo del Volcan is a project on the far west side of anything metropolitan about Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. Promoters have gone largely unchallenged in presenting it as a critical "regional need" and have corralled over $8 million for land.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Cocoposts
The inaptly named Paseo del Volcan project is all set to dole-out $8 million public dollars to big private landowners and that’s just the start. Rest uneasy, the total cost of the project is estimated at $70 million, not including... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Cocoposts
Senate Bill 33 - the Capital Outlay Planning and Monitoring Act introduced by Senator Carlos Cisneros is an attempt to get a handle on well-publicized problems with New Mexico's capital outlay process. It's probably an improvement. The bill would create... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Cocoposts
Oh! What’s that smell? Shhh! Leftover Chinese food didn’t mask body odor in the airless room. It would become so much worse as the session wore on. A priest used melodious phrases in the invocation. selfless devotion… common good… unfailing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Cocoposts
How was the Ozark vacation? Picture “Winter’s Bone” with Flooding. You’d be wrong. People are proud to be from the Ozarks. It's a place of great natural beauty. It’s got big trees, big springs and it’s thick with wildlife. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Cocoposts