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.