A bit of an exaggeration… I’m not quite THIS bereft but I am sad. One of my favorite blogs has folded.
In the early morning, The Zapata Tales was usually the first site I viewed. Quite often Don Felipe Zapata and I would be posting at about the same time… I would comment or he would and we’d get a little bit of mutual admiration to start the day. I didn’t always agree with Felipe but I always respected him… very much.
One of the things I enjoy about blogging, is making friends with other bloggers. I consider that Felipe is my friend. He always says sweet things about his wife and when he speaks of his nephew the ”Little Vaquero,” it’s obvious that the man who likes to portray himself as an old curmudgeon is actually a bit of a softie. But he does not suffer fools gladly as evidenced in his gossip about the “Widow Woman” and in his jabs at the “Egg Man”, her late husband.
We’d kid one another about our very different regions. He loves his mountainous, lakeside, temperate climate and sends me condolences because I live in a “hot, sweaty place.” He taught me that what I call morning doves are in truth called Inca doves. I love learning things like that.
I admire his writing… always descriptive, concise and perfect. He likes Emily Dickinson and a quote from one of her poems was his blog’s motto:
“If I stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
And this quote from Miss Emily probably sums it up:
“Saying nothing sometimes says the most”
P.S. Don Felipe sent an update, so I can store my mourning dress… His new site http://unseenmoon.wordpress.com/ is up and running, featuring two posts from the former Zapata Tales… we all look forward to the new content.