Ellen Meloy, Bluff’s Favorite Local Writer — We Miss You.
Author Ellen Meloy lived in Bluff, and she left the earth far too early.
She captured our home here as few other writers have. And so, why use our words, when we can give you hers about this, our desert home.
“…in the desert there is everything and there is nothing. Stay curious. Know where you are—your biological address. Get to know your neighbors—plants, creatures, who lives there, who died there, who is blessed, cursed, what is absent or in danger or in need of your help. Pay attention to the weather, to what breaks your heart, to what lifts your heart. Write it down.” ~E.M. November 2004
When travelers come into Twin Rocks, they often ask us directions, the history of the land, about Navajo people. They want to know how we can live here, the epicenter of nowhere and everywhere. We should simply print out Ellen’s words and hand them out to our guests.
We could also say that her advice works just as well if you live in New York or L.A. You are still part of the natural world, and it makes sense to know your heart’s address, no matter where you live.
When researching her last book, she wrote, “…During my recent journeys this history (of land) felt foreign and unnervingly off-the-Map, even as I lived in its heart. Gaze out from the mesa, and you will meet my duplicitous lover. You will see eternity, a desert that like no other place exudes the timelessness of nature as the final arbiter. Scrape off our century, and you will find its usurper, pressed into a nugget of inorganic matter, the single greatest threat to the continuity of life. The history inscribed itself on the Map’s most alarming folios; ignoring it was no way to earn Home.”
Come visit us at Twin Rocks. Read one of Ellen’s books. Understand that when you come here, you, too, will see eternity. What a blessiing, Ellen. Thank you for your words.
The Crew at Twin Rocks.