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ON THE ROAD AGAIN Kate’s Journal

Episode 31 Kirkland, Washington 1969 We loaded our small menagerie into our cars and set our compass for Seattle. I took Rudy, the cat who was certain he was a dog, and Dr. Advice was accompanied by Mrs. Emma Peel and Tuffy who were fairly certain of their heritage and always ready for a ride. […]


“Navajo Grandmother” watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen These words written by Nancy Woods in her book “MANY WINTERS”. ““You know how it is. People come here and they want to know our secret of life. They ask many questions but their minds are already made up. They admire our children but thy feel sorry […]

LIFE CHANGES Kate’s Journal

Episode 30 1969–1974 Moving can enable the powers of uncertainty. The act of transporting oneself from one place to another is exciting because you don’t know what awaits on the other side. It’s like going through a door, or climbing a stairway you hadn’t noticed before. “Ascent” watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen Once we […]


Episode 29 Fremont 1966-1969 The years after my Southwest odyssey were ripe with possibility. I had come away with a deep feeling of humility and admiration for these people who had so little and yet were so generous and had the gift of laughter and ingenuousness. The window dressing business, was still going well, spreading […]


“Plains Indian Chief” watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen It is hard to imagine the Plains Indian of the 1800’s as a pedestrian hunter, but until the arrival of the horse in the early 1500’s, they were a nomadic society following the “grocery store”. As the herds of buffalo meandered, so too did the tribe. […]

ARRIVAL AT TAOS Kate’s Journal

Episode 28 Taos “Taos In Winter” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen Taos stands resplendent in the late afternoon sun, magnificent against the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains. Taos is the jewel in the crown of the nineteen New Mexican Pueblos, unchanged throughout the centuries, despite the influx of visitors who come to marvel at the […]

THE ROAD NORTH Kate’s Journal

Episode 27 New Mexico Georgia’s mother had taught in several of the villages on the way north, and our first stop was at San Ildefonso, home of friends of Georgia. San Ildefonso is another sleepy village with large cottonwood trees sheltering the homes. It is the home of Maria Montoya Martinez, one of the most […]