Albuquerque-based writer and former mule packer Slim Randles will receive The Rounders Award at a reception October 16 at Governor Susana Martinez’s residence in Santa Fe. Named for the classic novel by Max Evans, The Rounders Award is given by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to “individuals who have lived, promoted or articulated the Western way of life.”
Since Slim has been so generous in sharing his columns with us, I thought it only fitting that we celebrate him today. This is quite an honor and so well deserved.
This has nothing to do with celebrating friends, but I laughed out loud when I read the following in Louise Penny‘s first novel Still Life. A witness is explaining his aversion to violence to Inspecter Gamache and says, “I’m not a brave man, I’m afraid, but I can’t tolerate killing. Killing anything. I have spiders in my home with names.”
While I have learned to be more tolerant of spiders since I moved out to the country, I draw the line on naming them. Although our daughter once named a spider that built a home on her porch. Our grandchildren were young at the time, and our daughter used the presence of the spider as a science lesson, letting the kids chronicle the life of the spider as she spent the summer with them, laid eggs, and then went to spider heaven. Yes, that’s what she told the kids. (smile)
Have you ever named a spider or any other bug? Do you run in terror from anything that creeps or crawls or flies too close?