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Thomas Merton wrote about New Mexico: "I was bombarded by impressions getting here . . . The vast sweep of the Rio Grande Valley. Sangre de Cristo Mountains, blue and snowy . . . marvelous long line of snowless, arid mountains, clean long shapes stretching for miles under pure light. Mesas, full rivers, cottonwoods, sagebrush, light red cliffs, piñon pines. Most impressed of all by the miles of emptiness."
This is country I like too; the desert has its own special form of presence, and I am drawn to it, just as I am to coastlines of the sea. The "miles of emptiness" allowing for and encouraging quiet and peace. There is danger too, of course, just as there is with the sea. The desert is fully alive and filled with spirit . . .