a note from the editor

Hello Cherished & Inestimable Reader!

Jesusita is in the limelight.  This is where she belongs.  I love her.  She is one of my favorite characters ~ one of several reasons why I’m more than satisfied when she rubs up to me.  Yes, I’m the rabbit.

I discovered her in a history book while living, working, writing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, some years ago.  She was the housekeeper of Padre Jose Manuel Gallegos, a pastor of Albuquerque when the U.S. Army dropped by in the mid 1800s.  Author Willa Cather made Gallegos into a villain in the popular novel, Death Comes For The Archbishop.  But I know better, because before I read Ms Cather’s book, I read a biography of the padre entitled,  Tres Macho ~ He Said, written by Fray Angelico Chavez.  Gallegos was no villain.  He was Jesusita’s lover.  You can find her full Spanish roller-coaster name in Tres Macho.  She & the padre were the talk of the entire territory!

Jesusita’s husband, a Mexican soldier, was killed by Indians.  Gallegos gave the beautiful widow, who had several children, a housekeeping job.  And a romance grew into a living legend!

The 3 stories I wrote under the pseudonym of Cloyd Campfire in which Jesusita appears are the only shining limelight she’s got that I know of today.  These obviously tall stories (one rhymes), featured below, got mixed up with modern day politics.  Sometimes that happens.  These stories reside in The Davy Crockett Reincarnated Almanac ~ which got really political 2001-2008.  Gotta preserve the democracy, you know.




About Rawclyde!

I have employed a few pen names throughout the years. Rawclyde with an exclamation mark (!) is the one too sticky to go away... Came of age at Crawford High, San Diego, CA ~ writing sports, a column, & playing football ~ graduated in '68... Attended SDSU for a couple years... Hit the road in a '56 Chevy milk-truck, a "studymobile," filling up notebooks & working as a laborer in the southwest... Practiced the genteel art of fiction for several years in my hometown... Enlisted in the U.S. Army ~ they made me a newsman in Hawaii ~ wrote another column for a while... Attended more courses at SDSU ~ studied novel writing with Professor Charlie Brashers... Sold books out of an '85 Ford one-ton van, a "book mule," in the desert... Did some writing in an old hotel in Prescott AZ... Have written & self-published 9 or so books ~ many of which are hiding out on the cyber highway...
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