Crochet balloons for a crochet bird house — photo and crochet by Leslie Stahlhut

The view toward the south of a railroad crossing where NM 47 intersects with US 60 south of Belen, New Mexico
The view toward the south of a railroad crossing where NM 47 intersects with US 60 south of Belen, New Mexico
Tara’s view at the southern end of her bike ride. Photo courtesy of Jordan Jones

LOCATION UNKNOWN

An unresolved mystery of a missing woman

Tuesday, September 20, 1988, was — to all outward appearances — an ordinary, late summer day in Rio Communities, New Mexico. Situated thirty-five miles south of Albuquerque, the western edge of town abuts the Rio Grande River for which the city is named.

Tara Calico, a busy, ambitious, and athletic nineteen-year-old woman had just begun her sophomore year at the nearby University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus. She lived at 403 Brugg Drive with her mother and step-father, and that morning she was preparing to go on a 35-mile round-trip bike ride before an early afternoon tennis date.

It was…


A pink crochet blanket worked in a textured basketweave stitch
A pink crochet blanket worked in a textured basketweave stitch
The corner of a basketweave crochet blanket worked in pink — photo and crochet by Leslie Stahlhut


One hundred and sixty-nine crochet cookies by Leslie Stahlhut
One hundred and sixty-nine crochet cookies by Leslie Stahlhut
A baker’s dozen of a baker’s dozen — crochet design and photo by Leslie Stahlhut

A baker’s dozen of crochet cookies
A baker’s dozen of crochet cookies
A baker’s dozen of crochet cookies — cookies and photo by Leslie Stahlhut


A crochet square before color revision — Crochet and photo courtesy of Leslie Stahlhut

“…in life one has to make one’s own mistakes.” Mrs. Bulstrode in Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

There are things in life that one can hire out for someone else to do — wash a car, mow a lawn, prepare a meal, oversee the care of a child — but even in the “insta-age” with many “on demand” services, there a few things that one must do oneself, and making mistakes is one of those things.

While a consistent diet of failure isn’t fun or illuminating, if you don’t make your own mistakes, you will have precious little…

Leslie Stahlhut

Crocheter on a mission to make the world a better place — one stitch at a time. Twitter: @crochetbug. Crochet blog: https://www.crochetbug.com

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