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Halloween, blasted by winds that seem to sting your cheeks, the same sting that burns children’s faces red. Hallow’s Evening.

Hallowed, hollowed, hollows, holy. Empty, but full.

The St. Malo Retreat Center, the Chapel on the Rock, in Allensparek CO, Halloween 2013. After the Retreat Center was destroyed by fire in 2011, the area surrounding the chapel was damaged in September 2013 after mudslides wrecked the area. The chapel survived both disasters. Where once a small pond settled in front of the chapel, the grounds are now a wasteland of broken tree branches and small stillwater puddles.

St. Malo's before the fire and mudslides, spring 2009. Photo by Steve Johnson.

St. Malo’s before the fire and mudslides, spring 2009. Photo by Steve Johnson.

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