Where I would go if I could

Cousin Nate

Cousin Nate

As I write I am attracted to the Southwestern USA.  Drawn not only because of its warm weather, but for other more important reasons.  First , I have a cousin living at Bullhead City, Arizona.  On their way from Chambersburg to Bullhead City Nathan and Kathy visited us. I follow them on Facebook and when I see their pics I can almost feel the warmth of family and sun. I wish I could visit them.

I am drawn to the Southwest because Peter Oakley, my webmaster, has just arrived at his new home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  According to my expectation Pete will continue to have the same telephone number and manage his business from the power of  his laptop. When I had a problem posting on my blog I intruded into his trip while he was at a rest area . (To view Pete’s website click here .)


R.R. Station in Albuquerque somewhat as I remember it. Photo from Google images.


Sunset at Taos, photo from Google images

A memory that is stuck in my mind draws me to the Southwest.  About 70 years ago I was a passenger on a troop train carrying COs from Grottoes, Virginia to North Fork, California.  I have memories of R.R. stations at Gallup and Albuquerque.  That was my first sight of Southwest architecture.  As the train moved out of one of these cities, it stopped unexpectedly.  We learned that the locomotive of our train had hit a donkey drawn cart attempting to cross the R.R. tracks.  Some of us passengers walked to the front of the train and saw the body of a Native American lodged on the “cow catcher”. This unfortunate scene is stuck in my memory.

I am drawn to the Southwest because I have just finished reading “Rewilding the Way – Break free to follow an untamed God”  by Todd Wynard.    Wynard lives in Taos, New Mexico. Todd He is a wilderness guide, author, and educator and has spent more than one thousand nights outdoors.  If I were to visit the Southwest I would not stop with visits to Nate and Pete.  I would try to persuade them to go with me to Taos to visit Todd. Todd is a member of the Albuquerque Mennonite Church.  This is an exciting and innovative church as described by Wynard in Rewilding the Way.. If I could I would add his book to the rich literature of the New Testament.  I heard him speak at the College Mennonite Church and having read his book, I believe he is a prophet for our world and our times.


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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3 Responses to Where I would go if I could

  1. Jep says:

    I will check out the book. Thanks, old owl, for keeping us wise.

  2. webmaster says:

    “Old Owl,” I like that. Martin, yes I can work from my laptop when I am traveling, but in just a couple days the rest of my home office will be arriving in a moving container, and then I’ll have everything I need to continue my web hosting business right where I left off in Goshen. (I already have one new client here in Albuquerque!) If you do manage a trip to the southwest you’re welcome to spend a night with us. We are right near downtown, just a few blocks from the Amtrak train station (pictured in your story, above) and Patricia and I have guest accommodations — bedroom and bathroom — in our home. Please consider this your invite.

    • The invitation sounds inviting. If I do travel, which is unlikely, I will go to Florida in December for the 60th anniversary of a church I helped plant. Our daughter is invited too so there is a slight possibility. I do incourage you to look up the Taos people. Todd Wynard has a New Perspective kind of faith.

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