When life is heavy and hard to take

Mom

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter into the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run trouble. Take it full-force. The “worst” is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return.

Son

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(c) 2018 – 2019, Ron McFarland, all rights reserved.

Sonoran Borderlands – Starters

Dear Reader;

Thank you for stopping by to read a few sample chapters from my up-and-coming novel tentatively entitled “Sonoran Borderlands.” (Note: up and coming may be a year or two). While the vast majority of the novel is written, it is still a work in progress. The posted sample chapters are presented for you to read and enjoy.

I do have a favor to ask of you. If you spot any inconsistencies or areas that seem to be vague, please let me know. Also, please know that while I will post chapters from time to time, each chapter may morph a bit when the final edits are in and complete prior to publication.

Also, feel free to drop me a note. I’ll gladly provide you with an electronic copy once the final edits are in and the publication is done.

Thanks! Ron

(c) 2018 – 2019, Ron McFarland, All Rights Reserved

Maquiladora

Raul is a good man. He was once her Hernan Cortes of historic Mexican fame, her hero, her conquistador. Maria was his Nahua Malintzin, a heroin by Mexican culture. She was his young innocent indigenous girl. The handsome chiseled stranger from Agua Prieta, AP, Sonora Mexico swept her away. With parents in tow, she left the magical rural town, un Pueblo Magico, of Talquepaque, Jalisco, to live with Raul.

Continue reading “Maquiladora”

The Blessing

Prelude: The Blessing
From: Sonoran Borderlands

The sun knifed through the stained, bent Venetian blinds. The sun couldn’t set soon enough. He twisted the auger on the blinds to halt stilettos of beams slicing through the long yellowed plastic slats. He yanked the sun-worn olive curtains together. Glittering dust lifted from the tattered swags. Continue reading “The Blessing”

Funeral

Chapter 26: The Funeral
From: Sonoran Borderlands

Each day opens as an authored script. The culprit of the script is the one who led these distant matters to a savage end.

By early May that year, the sun was bright and glittering. The brown and grey desert from the winter months had  turned into an immodest green with the late-spring rains, especially in riparian areas. The more recent of downpours carved new paths into stream beds. The desert was in late-bloom, suffused with sparse swatches of bright colors — the pink neon crimson of the cholla bloom, brilliant purples and lavenders of trailing windmill and brownfoot flowers, and the vibrant orange of the common fiddleneck. The last of the lingering spring winds were whipping up in aching defiance to the on-coming burning summer heat. But on that afternoon, houses in Douglas were emptied, doors locked. Continue reading “Funeral”

Mom & Son: Truth with Kindness

Truth with Kindness
From: Mother & Son

Mother

We must speak the truth with kindness. Use your words to add beauty to life. Ecclesiastics 12:9-10 states that the wise teacher “pondered and searched out to set in order many proverbs. He searched to find just the right words and what he wrote was upright and true.”

The first thing we must do is a little investigation to make sure that our fact is indeed true. We can be, oh so sure, something is true and later on, down the line, find we are mistaken. We must make sure the source and the transmitter are both reliable.

Telling the truth at all times is not an easy task. One must also consider the sensitivity of the listener. The right moment to speak also has to be considered. Certainly not during an argument or at the end of a long exhausting day. One must also consider if this bit of information will be an encouragement and a positive force for growth. Continue reading “Mom & Son: Truth with Kindness”

Mother and Son: Introduction

Introduction
From: Mother & Son

I always knew she was a writer. She always had a comfy chair in each place that she lived. The chair, tucked in a quiet corner, typically next to a window, always had an end table to one side and a reading lamp to the other side. The end table had small piles of books including her journals.

She loved pens too. Mostly purple, but blue would do. Her journals rested on the corner of the end table, ontop of three or four spiral notebooks, that would hold a pen or two. Continue reading “Mother and Son: Introduction”

Author’s Note

Author’s Note
From: Multiverse: The Secret Diary of an NDE Traveler

“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

Many doubts surfaced when writing this book. However, this is a gift to my children, my family and my old and new friends, so I pushed through. I do not expect anything in return for writing about my experience, except perhaps a friendly conversation. While the events contained within are factual, I still had continual doubts of writing a book, especially about spirituality. Moreover, writing a book for my children, family and friends could also be misunderstood, especially in light of the controversial content. Yet, this book should be taken on face value. It is a story. The story is both simple and true. Whatever is a take-away from the story is left to the reader. Continue reading “Author’s Note”

Introduction

Introduction
From: Multiverse: The Secret Diary of an NDE Traveler

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.  Nathaniel Hawthorne

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.  Martha Washington

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.  Thomas Jefferson

The Navajos, or more correctly the Diné are a great people of knowledge who have lived in North America and in the Southwest for thousands of years. Diné is a culture that deeply honors kinship and spiritual aspects of life. Diné philosophy is about restoring and maintaining balance in life. Continue reading “Introduction”