Happy Holidays from New Mexico

2012 has been a year of transition for Ron and I – an emergence from the chrysalis of our South Carolina existence, a metamorphosis as we spread our wings and migrated westward to our new home in Taos.    

We’d thought about moving for a long time, then in June we decided to visit Taos and look for a potential home.  Thinking it would take months to sell our SC house we put it on the market.  When something is supposed to happen, doors open, a wise person once said.  Our house sold in two days.  We moved to our new home here in August. Legend says that when you move to Taos the mountain either accepts or rejects you.  I feel we’ve been accepted.  I feel we’ve been embraced.

Ron is active in Taos Artist’s Organization and has his first exhibit at the People’s Bank.  The landscape as well as the art community here has been very inspiring.  He’s now working on several more pieces for future exhibits and hopefully we’ll get a website up and running this year. 

We’ve spent several days exploring wild horse herds on both public and private lands.  Freedom – the spirit of the wild horse.  There is nothing quite as inspiring as watching a band of horses in the wild. I’ve been writing and doing research about wild horses and had my first article published in The Taos News.  If you are interested you can find it at:  http://www.taosnews.com/opinion/article_3564c2cc-3b30-11e2-8f84-0019bb2963f4.html .  My goal is to help educate the public of the crisis facing wild horses on our public lands.

Our time here has been full, hiking nearby trails, exploring this enchanted land, learning about the diverse culture.  We’ve made new friends,  renewed friendships with old Great Harvest friends in Albuquerque, Estes Park and Boulder, and continue to cherish our old enduring relationships with family and friends all over the place.  We’ve come to learn that we can stay in touch with loved ones wherever they are when we have a heart connection.

We’re finding our first holiday season here exciting.   Already we’ve enjoyed community activities of the lighting of the tree on Taos Plaza, lighting of Ledoux, and this coming weekend it will be Bonfires on Bent Street.  Christmas Eve we’ll be at Taos Pueblo taking in a different way of celebrating Christmas, with bonfires and Native American dancing.      

We’re grateful for the year past, look forward to the year ahead and hold in our hearts, a hope for peace on earth. We are reminded of Chief Seattle’s famous words:  “Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together, all things connected.”

Have a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year.           

About Paula Todd King

My passions are my husband Ron, dogs who've blessed me with their love, writing, spending time in nature, meditating, reading, and finding gratitude in every waking moment. Earlier this year I was asked to join The Cloud Foundation as Communications Director,which has allowed me to contribute in a small way to help educate the public about the ongoing threat to our nations' Wild Horse Herds.
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