Sage to Meadow is my ecological reflection about living with the land and people of the American Southwest. It encompasses historical narratives of the past and immediate present. The most important element in this blog is nature. The second most important element is humanity’s presence in nature. The dynamic between the individual and nature is my focus.
This website is also an Author Page for my writing. I am blending my fiction writing with my ecological reflection, the living with the land and people of the American Southwest. If you read my first novel, Death at La Osa: A Pueblo Tribal Police Mystery, you will see the symbiosis of this blog (Author Page, Author Website) with my writing. I hope you enjoy both my fiction and Sage to Meadow Jack Matthews. See also my jackmatthews.net Author Page at http://jackmatthews.net.
Currently, I spend time in Fort Worth, Texas, and Taos, New Mexico. I sold the ranch house, barn, stables, arena, and stock pens in 2015. But I retained 29.151 acres of pasture. The pasture, or Far Field as I call it now (sometimes the Pecan Tree Pasture), is my main link to “living with the land.”
I retain the following paragraphs from my earlier Sage to Meadow About Page, describing an earlier period. I now live with wildlife on the 29.151 acres. The dynamic of what I describe below still remains.
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I live with livestock and wildlife on 53 acres of mostly arable land in north Erath County, Texas. An intermittent stream, Salt Creek, runs through the ranch that is divided into three basic parts: the ranch house on Poprock Hill with barn, stables, corrals, and arena; the Grove with Salt Creek; and Pecan Tree Pasture that borders State Highway 108 and adjacent to Barton Creek, a major source of water for the area. I moved to the ranch in 2003, from Mingus, Texas.
The ranch is called Flying Hat Ranch or “Ranchito,” as Donald Worcester, my professor at TCU, used to call his 142 acres near Annetta, Texas. I raise and train horses, and, from time to time, Angus cattle, depending upon pasture grasses. I established and am maintaining the land, livestock and wildlife according to concepts that congregate under the terms: sustainability, holistic management, conservation, preservation and low-impact ranching and farming.
This brings me to the name of my blog, Sage to Meadow. A former blogger on WordPress, coffeeonthemesa of Taos, New Mexico, wrote a piece on a covey of scaled quail, using a phrase that described the covey moving from “sage across the meadow” near her home. I liked that. It describes plant and terrain, sage and meadow: expansive geographic images and symbols of the American West. And, the image has motion, a covey of quail moving, sentient creatures passing from one place to another on this good earth.
What I seek to accomplish in Sage to Meadow blog is to write about nature, wild and domesticated living things, people that live with the land and the constant cycles of the seasons that envelop our lives. It is not all pleasant, this nature writing, because life is abundant and green one season, gone and brown the next. If my writing ever accomplishes anything, what I want it to do is to get human beings back into balance with nature and out of boxes called houses, board rooms and classrooms for a time, maybe a season or so, while looking at water, earth, sky and fire as the wind and sun and rain grace our face. I write about these things because I think human beings can be persuaded by the written word. I may be wrong.
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