Pieces of Me

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(Española, NM)


She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.

Toni Morrison


My Leaf Obsession


I have a leaf obsession. I’m looking for leaves from all over & since I can’t go all over to collect leaves I’m hoping that some of you guys will mail me some. I’m working on a photo project. The more colorful they are the better. I don’t need a lot, just an envelope full. The best things about getting leaves in the mail are that they smell like fall & I’m getting little pieces of the world that I wouldn’t see otherwise.

Rachel Telles Photography

PO Box 5164

Alamogordo, NM 88311

Full Circle

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I’ve lived a little bit of everywhere but I’m not really from anywhere. The dreaded question for any military brat is “where are you from?” There is no right answer to that question. Is it where you just moved from even though you only lived there a handful of years? or is it where you were born, when you have no memory of that place? It’s just a place on the map. Do you claim your parents hometown when you’ve never even been there?

I moved to New Mexico when I was ten. I have so many memories from this place. My daughter attended one school all the way through elementary. That’s unimaginable and completely impressive to me. What’s even more remarkable to my gypsy spirit is that my son & daughter have attended the same elementary school and now middle school, with an eight year age difference even.

I never really got to know the place my parents are from. It’s foreign to me. Hearing their childhood stories are just that, stories. I have no real frame of reference to their hometown. With my own kids, I’m finding more and more that the places they go are also places I went to when I was a kid. For my son, it was the high school and the skate park. They haven’t changed much since the early 90’s. Today I took my daughter to her BFF’s birthday party at the Rollarena. It wasn’t our first time there, but it got me thinking about when I used to go there with my Dad, brothers, and sister when I was a kid. It was a connection to my childhood. I think everything in the Rollarena is exactly the same as it was in the 80’s. They even play the same skating games like four corners and limbo.

After many years of reluctance, I can now proudly say I am from New Mexico. Even though I’m not a native, I’ve been here most of my life. My roots are taking hold and my little family has a hometown. I finally feel like I am from somewhere.




If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world.

If you have money in the bank or in your wallet, you are among the top 80 percent of the worlds wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

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