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Coco la Boca
Less horsepower, more horses.
Interests: southwest history, folklore, politics, community places
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I've been taking a long slow read of Charles Dickens's big fat historical fiction, Barnaby Rudge. The tale was published serially in 1841 and it's about the London Riots of 1780. The title character's familiar is a raven named Grip.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Domenico Dragonetti was a double bass virtuoso who wowed European audiences from his London debut in 1794 to a performance at age 82 in Germany. Huge hands, strong fingers and hours of daily practice enabled his nearly unmatched talent. Why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Cocoposts
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The goats are at Weedranch this week assisting with weeding and seeding. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Father Ferdinand Troy arrived in New Mexico Territory the same year as the railroad. During his tenure here as a Jesuit priest he traveled on the back of a burro and in an airplane. Had he lived a few more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Bronson Cutting had a niece named Iris.* She visited New Mexico occasionally while the Cutting siblings were in Santa Fe between 1910 and Bronson's death in 1935. She became a respected author. In classic Downton-esque - Age of Innocence style... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Cocoposts
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One of the most important skills of Santa Fe Ring members was concealing involvement in various deals through use of agents, employees and opaque subsidiaries. Alonzo B. McMillen, the lawyer responsible for legal destruction of the Alameda land grant in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Without mentioning the unsolved Cricket Coogler murder, William Keleher decribes the scene in New Mexico around 1949 in his memoirs.* Pressure had come to bear on Governor Mabry about "wide-open" illegal gambling in several New Mexico counties, including Dona Ana... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Delighted to begin reading some of Bronson Cutting's handwritten letters today. His biographer, Richard Lowitt, left extensive paperwork with UNM. The material is from not only the Bronson Murray Cutting collection in the Library of Congress but from those that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Cocoposts
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In his memoirs, the late Kenneth Balcomb of Albuquerque reminisced about an ancient Indian footbridge across the Rio Grande at San Felipe Pueblo. The structure consisted of huge willow baskets filled with boulders and bridged with timbers and, later, planks.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Cocoposts
Balloon Fiesta 2013 from the porch at Weed Ranch Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Alonzo's Bank (Photographium.com) In his memoirs, William Keleher* describes walking home from school one day in 1894 and seeing attorney Alonzo B. McMillen, "a slim six footer," physically attacked on an Albuquerque street corner by the District Attorney. The quarrel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Cocoposts
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The communal grazing lands of Alameda heirs and settlers morphed into modern day Rio Rancho primarily through the self-interested efforts of one prominent New Mexican lawyer named Alonzo B. McMillen. The story is detailed in a juicy 2008 paper in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Floods were expected. Dams and levees had been built and rebuilt at the mouth of arroyos and along the Rio since Pueblo times. The 1885 levee was built after a huge flood in 1884 and had already been breached twice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Cocoposts
Edward Abbey knew and loved this place. It was the setting and chief subject of his first novel. He changed the city's name to "Duke City", Sandia's name to "Sangre", and Sandia Labs to The Factory. "The Sangre mountains loomed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Bronson and his sister were both first drawn to the romance of the West reflected in the "blood and thunder" books that were contraband at Bronson's Groton. The history teacher berated the boys for reading such trash - perpetuating myths... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Cocoposts
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He was wealthy because his father was, like his father before him. Shipping and railroads mostly. Living off of the interest and overseeing big philanthropic endeavors. The best schools, sister too. Tutored in multiple languages for months abroad. Maybe babied... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Tercio's fourth morning The driveway alarm went off about 4:45am. This is unpleasant. In my head, I form a dark vision of predators. In my bed, I'm stiff with fear and barely breathing. The dog is barking his coyote bark.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Cocoposts
One time after a long lunch meeting on a golf course when he was feeling pretty tired and toasted, Chocky was asked to lead the Pledge Of Allegiance. It was customary before the commission meeting for the Chair to ask... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Cocoposts
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Among them was also the resolve to blog more. Here's a bit from recent story by Kent Paterson in Frontera NorteSur about Cricket Coogler. In myriad ways, the unfolding Coogler drama read like a script for the official handling of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Cocoposts
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Last year's resolutions included stepping-up my cooking so I've been baking breads (pictured) stewing beans, roasting vegetables and doing wild and crazy pies this week - just in time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Cocoposts
Cold woke me up at 3am with a scary dream about things dying. In the dream cows were perennials - like plants. They died out in the winter with a hard frost but grew back in the spring as full-grown... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Cocoposts
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Just returned from annual family thing in the Ozarks where I enjoyed the company of my new and newest Great Nieces and being "assistant cook." Wandering in the beautiful woods (wearing bright orange) I found these. The second ones (woodears?)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at Cocoposts
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Colorado Fuel and Iron Company houses in Toller Colorado "early twenties" from Images of America: Mining Towns of Southern Colorado, 2013. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Cocoposts