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Coming Home Once Again

Most Recent Update
December 29, 2022

I am now recommending that those interested in my work and writings should view my website at

which more accurately represents me and reflects my current thinking, as of the beginning of 2023.


As this year progresses onward, I wanted to update this last website of mine with some thoughts, ideas, assertions, and even perhaps insights into the increasingly vacant space containing what used to be my mind.

I find that I am far less judgmental nowadays, way more tolerant, and yet I seemingly still possess enough brain cells to make certain judgements and assertions on the nature of life, living, and other subjects that sweep uninvited into my mind, from strange and unusual sources.

I am to my delight finding a "flexibility" of thoughts and viewpoints which surprises me.   As I have written in other places, I am far less judgmental, less critical, more accepting, and way more tolerant, while still maintaining my old abilities - previously known as my "bullshit detector" - which have become increasingly useful, even though not openly wielded in polite company, at least usually.  It is particularly useful when observing what comes from my brain through my mouth, and keeps me humble and able to continue to be invited to share the company of other humans and most animals.


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Local Canyon In Fall


El Loco

I gave myself the "pen name" of "El Loco" several years ago for several reasons.
First, it was shorter than my formal name.

Second, it reflected my lifelong interest in railroads and railroading ("loco" is short for locomotive),

Third, as I aged, I got to be a bit "loco" as seen by my friends and acquaintances.  I prefer the phrase "more relaxed" as being more descriptive.

  To me, I simply became more like I really was - and was meant to be -  and besides, it is easy to remember and is distinctive.  It also fits in with the language and culture of New Mexico, where I now live in Santa Fe.

Website Title Meaning

One of my English to Spanish dictionaries defines the Spanish verb "llegar" to mean "to come home" or "to reach" or "to have enough" and by extension, "to be fulfilled."   
I take that to mean that one finally has come to the place of full self-acceptance, is satisfied and happy not only with the previous journey, but is content in the place in which that individual has come to, and has learned to accept that with grace, thankfulness, joy, and peace.

While one may never experience reaching that space, I believe I have come as close as I will most likely ever get to the full realization of that word, and that acceptance is the key to that last step.

And so may it be with You, as it is within Your choice to attain that, since it is already there, and only has to be discovered by You to bring it forth.  (Please forgive my over-use of capitalization to give significance to certain words.  I spent a lot of time in the sixties and seventies gazing at my navel when I could locate it between the folds of my somewhat larger belly in those days.  Also, the capitalization connotes the importance of Humans in this universe and suggests there is merit in examining our role in the cosmos.)

And so I present for your consideration some meandering and yet - to me - urgent and provocative thoughts that passed through my brain and rested a while for consideration and perhaps sharing.   It is what I do nowadays; I enjoy the process, and hope it finds a little nook in your brain/mind/consciousness to prick some interest, allow some humor, and provoke a thought or two or three.

The recent photos below and the one above were taken by me in a nearby canyon that we like to hike through.  We have never met another person hiking there at the same time in all our time here, but plenty of animals.  We love it, and it brings us back to our own Selves as we proceed through nature's grandeur, and reminds us of what is truly important in life.
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Previous Websites

You are invited to view these sites, and prepare to be

provoked, prodded, perturbed, and possibly pleased.


(Links Below Will Open In A New Window)    Wrapping It Up


     Please note that I have continued this website in the

more personal, cultural, and political website shown

above.  I will only be posting to that website from

now on as my interests in these subject continue

to increase and evolve, and those are my main areas

of interest now.                 More Random Thoughts                  Discussions About My Memory                    Humorous View of End Of Life               Professional Website (Dormant)


Special Notice:

I have incorporated and slightly revised and updated

most of the pertinent and significant material

on my websites and incorporated most of that into

three Kindle books,

available through, as listed below.   

Amazon Kindle Books


Michael McCaffery


(Click on link above to go directly to the specific Amazon page)

Journey Of El Loco

 Book 1

My Journey Toward Peace

(Observations About A Life)

Journey Of El Loco

 Book 2

El Loco Demented

(My Descent Into Dementia)

Journey Of El Loco

Book 3

Completing My Journey

(Wrapping It Up)

Journey Of El Loco

Book 4

Thoughts From My Journey

(Lessons Learned)


This Website Updated

December 26, 2022

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Michael D. McCaffery
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