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Veterans Day in Albuquerque

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:23am 2 Comments

The last of the original Navajo Code Talkers, Chester Nez of Albuquerque, passed away on June 4 of this year. Chester Nez was 93 and one of the original 29 U.S. Marine Code Talkers. When the Marines came to his Arizona boarding school looking for Navajo speakers to help in the war effort against the Japanese, Nez was a young 10th grader. Ironically, a language that many Navajos were discouraged from using when they were sent off to boarding schools became the very…

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Arrival of the Sandhill Cranes

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 9:59am 1 Comment

I wait for them every year. I locate them first by sound, though their precursors remind me of their arrival weeks before. At summer’s end, cattle egrets dot the fields with shocks of white, and by early fall, Canada geese stand like awkward, misshapen soldiers in places lush with grass mere…

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Homage to Albuquerque Coffee Shops

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 9:30am 8 Comments

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop

I love so much

All of the while I never knew

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop

I love so much—Landon Pigg

 

When I was a teenager, my dad had a coffee shop…

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