Dia De Los Muertos

Halloween, that holiday of tricks and treats is also the time for the Day of the Dead – a time of celebration and remembrance.  Santa Fe is festooned like the cover of a Grateful Dead album.

This year, though, the numbers calling for remembrance have gone up.  In one year we lost a mother, a cousin and an aunt.  And so it is that the spiritual celebrants at our Dia De Los Muertos festivities get more crowded as the years add up.  It has also meant spending far more time away from home for all the wrong reasons.  Tours, I like; death watches and funerals, not so much.  Yes, one does get to drive through new and interesting environs, but the purpose for the trip tends to sour the waters.

As for you, dear friends, we can only wish that you have few to remember this Day of the Dead.  And may your remembrances be ones of happiness and love.

About Gary Paul

Having worn many hats in my life I bring a broad perspective to my writing. 2-time winner & 8-time nominee, New Mexico Music Awards. Winner, 2006 Xtreme Folk Scene's Song Contest. Degrees: B.A, Psychology; & MPA, Public Administration; MS, Computer Science. I'm a Santa Fean born poor, but surrounded by music, theater & poetry in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY. Piano gave me a love for melody. My grandparent's farm showed me the beauty of bucolic settings & bluegrass music. But around Boy Scout council fires I grew to love storytelling; especially a good ghost story! :-).
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