Bluff / Mexican Hat

It is true that I typically cannot distinguish noun from pronoun, verb from adverb, or preposition from proposition, so when Rick suggested I read Language and Art in the Navajo Universe by Gary Witherspoon, I was uninspired. Most often English feels like a second language to me, and Priscilla has...
Lately, I know I am feeling my age because all I talk about is how the world has changed and how I am unprepared for the “new normal.” Every day I find myself humming 1970s songs from Linda Ronstadt, Poco, and the Eagles. When I speak with my siblings, they are struggling with the same issues....
High temperatures typically don’t affect me, but last week it was hot, and I mean hot, even for this small desert community. Heat stroke has never been one of my ambitions, so I knew I had to be careful. As a result, I waited until almost 7 p.m. to get on the bicycle. By that time the sun was...
“Normal” is a relative term, especially in a place as independent and contrary as Bluff. Like everyone else, we have been adjusting to the new reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Early into the crisis, the town council of Bluff declared that all commercial operations, including restaurants,...
Recently one of our loyal readers asked Rick how “Tied to the Post” got its name. Rick had never actually considered the question, so he didn’t have an adequate response. As Napoleon Bonaparte suggested, “History is the version of past events that people decide to agree upon.” At Twin Rocks...
There are times when I confuse my wife, my kids, my coworkers, and even myself. It is, however, relatively rare that I confound all of us at the same time. That, however, was the case several years ago when I bought a 1936 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Having come of age during the muscle car era of the...
On June 4, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to settle longstanding water rights questions for the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation. Supporters hope the bill, if passed into law, would help extend drinking water to many of the isolated corners of San Juan County. It would transfer of up to 81,500...
Yesterday, Susie and I drove the 75 miles north of Bluff to an area called Indian Creek Corridor on route to Canyonlands National Park. Our purpose was to re-visit a famous archaeological site known as Newspaper Rock, located in what currently remains of the Bears Ears National Monument. While...
Hundreds of live sheep were delivered to needy families on the Navajo Reservation on Memorial Day as part of the “Farmers Feeding Utah” project. The distribution was for families in the Montezuma Creek, Aneth, Red Mesa, and Tódahadekanii areas. An additional distribution of live sheep will take...
It’s been a long time coming, but the Crazy Crow Café at Twin Rocks has finally arrived. Steve has been considering a new restaurant concept for over ten years, and that plan is now a reality. Under the guidance of Frances van der Stappen, the cafe’s general manager, our new casual Four Corners...

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