Living, writing, and the great adventure

Dana Sanford

“Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing”
Helen Keller

It’s a wild ride in this world. And, at times, a struggle to survive. Adventures are not always a wild flight to glory.

Born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA in 1949.
Grew up in Albuquerque from age 5.

I’ve never been able to stay away from New Mexico for long. This is a wild land (outside the cities) both in terrain and weather. Vistas that grab your soul.


I am not as much educated as learned. School bored me most of the time and it was all…

Thoughts and memories of death

Photo by Alexander Sinn on Unsplash

Death is a funny thing. The constant companion of the living is denied, feared, rejected, and vilified by almost every human.

Achieving the age of 60 surprised me. It wasn’t a part of the plan at 30.

As I have grown, now past 70, I have become more aware that personal death is truly a part of my future.

I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m not anxious to see what that path holds. Though, I am curious and will smile when it is time to ride that dragon.

My dream is, at…

Large Clenched Hand (about 1885), Auguste Rodin. Collection of Phyllis Lambert, Montreal

Grasping at more life

On making it up as you go along

Photo by Dana Sanford

cardboard and plastic tubs
clothes, books, knickknacks
are strewn everywhere

Where does all this dust come from?
25 years of junk and memories
dreams and failures
and dust!

Don’t throw anything away.
throw out everything
where am I going?
who will be my companions?
am I as crazy as I sound?
things end
things change
/ follow my impulses
or my compassions

the wildman in me
is on the open road

the good person
says I should stay tamed

“How can you be in two places at once, when you’re not anywhere at all?”
-Firesign Theatre

always the battle

Dana Sanford

Poet. Philosopher. A sense of Humor. 60 years ago I rode the winds at the top of a tall cottonwood. Buy me a coffee @

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