About

I am a retired newspaper guy with an adopted blue heeler. I read, write and walk between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, in the Sandia Mountain foothills, a few miles east of the Rio Grande.

Dream Ranch is a blog. I occasionally chip in an essay, although they may be more like newspaper columns, written in a couple of hours or less. The ease of the iPhone got me interested me in illustrating my posts. I admire Charlie Russell’s illustrated postcards and letters. These days, I take bird pictures with a little Canon Powershot with a telescoping lense.

Aerial view.

My roots reach back to Granville, Ohio, but Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I attended Acequia Madre Elementary School, feels like home, even though I have lived the last 31 years in Placitas, New Mexico, another good place. Dream Ranch is a postage stamp on the landscape but with long views and adjacent public land.

Once upon a time, I was a paperboy, a dishwasher, a firefighter, a trail builder and a bartender. I was a terrible student and always a dreamer. I broke into the business without a college degree and worked from 1974 to 2015 as a reporter and editor at the Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe Reporter and Albuquerque Journal.

Wikipedia tells me there were more than 156 million blogs worldwide when I started mine. I am happy if I can entertain a few relatives and friends. And it keeps me typing.

Finding my way in the literary wilderness hasn’t been easy. I’ve always been a slow learner. I’ve been on this path since a spring day in 1960, walking along a gurgling Acequia Madre on my way to the sixth grade, first verse tucked in a pocket. It’s fun as long as I don’t set the bar too high. Related to all this is an an essay I wrote about essays, called Essays: https://dreamranch.blog/2017/10/20/essays/

The cover photo is one of our 2020 summer of record heat and wildfire smoke with the sun setting, from my perspective, just to the north of Cabezon.

John Robertson

jemezview@gmail.com

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