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About Me:
I'm a writer who focuses mostly on the environment and social justice issues.
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
coyotes wandering the city, green chile in everything, the big muddy river that no one loves quite enough, people who also love Abq
My Website:

Ed Abbey knew what he was talking about

"One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards."

Laura's Blog

Sad, mad, frustrated, worried about the Gulf oil leak?

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 8:15am 1 Comment

Yeah, me, too. "Obsessed" would likely be a better word. Or "sick with grief and anxious about the future of an ocean that has been ruined not just by corporate mismanagement and a lack of government oversight but also thanks to our ridiculous and gluttonous consumption of resources" (Okay, that was 37 words.)

Anyway, wouldn't it be nice to hold hands on Saturday with some other people who feel sad and upset and angry and freaked out by the whole thing, too?

I think… Continue

Consider me a convert

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 6:40am 4 Comments

I've been meaning to do this for a long time, but I finally went to the Church of Beethoven.

Needless to say, I loved it. The one-hour concert (complete with a poetry break and two minutes of silence) provided everything I've always wanted from church (time to feel contemplative, feeling like part of a community, a break from the everyday and a visit with the sublime) without any of the other things that freak me out… Continue

Call me a nerd...

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 11:34am 0 Comments

...but this is awesome news.

From the Abq Journal: "The state Office of the Medical Investigator has lowered its fees for copying documents."

All praise the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government!

oh home. oh, sweet, sweet home

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 5:26pm 8 Comments

Thank God, I'm home in Albuquerque again. I was only gone for 18 months, and in the past nine, I've come back for week to two-week visits almost every month. But still, it's good to be home. (Especially when home is 30 degrees warmer than where I'd been living.)

And because I finally have an internet connection at home (Thanks to the Flying Star downtown for putting up with all my lingering. Thanks to the Abq library branches for the same. And thanks seriously to Y&S for their… Continue

For the rest of you who know and love this song...

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 3:21pm 0 Comments

Yay! I know I've looked for Neil Young's "Albuquerque" on You Tube before, so I could post to it. I obviously haven't done that search since sometime before last spring, though.

Here you go,… Continue

NM schools: What, really? We can do better, right?

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 11:42am 41 Comments

Okay, okay, I never in a million years (or rather, "never in my 30+ years") imagined I'd really care about things like school systems, but here I am. A mom. A mom considering a move back to Albuquerque.

(This is a move I desperately want on a personal level because honest to god, there is no place I love more than the Rio Grande valley. Crazy, huh? You'd have my head checked if you saw the beautiful, quiet, sweet, peaceful place I've been living the past year.)

But then a… Continue

Abq love (and mourning), plus a Tuesday night book reading

Posted on May 11, 2009 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Sheesh, it's so good to be home...Green chile, good friends, familiar faces and the city I love more than any other. Oh, Albuquerque, I won't drone on and on about how I always have to leave you, but know that I miss you more than you could ever imagine.

It's Day Nine of my visit to New Mexico and because I'm one lucky fool (I'm cramming a bunch of reporting trips into this visit), my "work" here has included climbing Mt. Taylor, visiting with the Zuni, backpacking in the Gila,… Continue

I'm coming home, baby!

Posted on November 16, 2008 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

So, I haven't been gone for long, but holy crap, I am so excited to be coming back to Albuquerque for ten days. (Yes, yes, I moved. Personal reasons, blah blah blah. I've spent the last 12 years trying to live in Abq and periodically getting booted out of the city for one reason or another.)

But whatever, hell yeah, I can't wait to see the Rio Grande, eat some kick ass food, visit with friends, (go to my best girlfriend's engagement party!) and walk around downtown, Nob Hill, the… Continue

confession time: I used to be a cocktail waitress at Brian O'Brien's

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 4:03pm 6 Comments

So, what's this about Brian O'Brien's burning down? I saw the raw footage on the Abq Journal's website, but can't find a dang news story about it.

I guess it's confession time: I used to work at that bar. Yes, I worked at the bar with the freaking dumbest name ever. In 2002, I returned to Abq from Europe--where my impending marriage had just crumbled--and I needed to line up some work so I could save up enough money to move to Colorado and start an internship with High Country News.… Continue

women and wilderness!

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 10:01am 0 Comments

This makes me so unbelievably happy: The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has launched a "Women Protecting Wilderness" campaign (and no, it's not just for Utah!)

Check out the website here and learn how to submit your photo and wilderness testimonial for the group's wilderness quilt here.

By the way, I heard about this through the… Continue

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At 3:34pm on August 11, 2009, cc said…
Great to get this, Laura! Thank you so much! I am not a big Youtube user (not like my 15 yr old) and I am so amazed at it. Great to see that Neil plays that song a lot in concerts and that folks capture it and share it on Youtube!
At 12:03pm on August 6, 2009, cc said…
Laura - glad to know someone else who knows Neil Young's song. I have tried to find it for my pop up player to no avail. There was a great discussion on Neil Young here last summer - wish I could find it.
At 12:30pm on November 12, 2008, Self Serve said…
Thanks for your support! You rock :)
Please mail your December issue to our shop if you can... xo -Molly
At 9:51pm on August 28, 2008, JMG said…
I love how your page looks, Laura. How can I customize the top banner on my page like you did with leaves?
At 3:25pm on July 30, 2008, Barelas Babe said…
Hi Laura - I just sent you a friend request. I have a question for you that i didn't want to post on comments.
At 10:09pm on June 18, 2008, Phil_0 said…
Will do...I'm actually meeting with her tomorrow morning. And I'll let you know if I feel any pontification coming on.
At 10:56am on June 9, 2008, Phil_0 said…
Heh, I work for SRI now...they've had an office here for a couple years now.
At 3:35pm on June 2, 2008, Juan said…
right on Laura, thanks for reading my blog. The Dream Reborn was a beautiful experience and tons of folks left inspired from that conference. The youth group I work with is currently working on a green jobs initiative and hope to have something going soon:
At 9:03am on June 2, 2008, Phil_0 said…
In Tucson, huh? Who did you work for? I was out there for school from 1999-2005.
At 7:27pm on April 27, 2008, Will said…
Wow that was a great article. I know what you mean it's one thing to write a letter and then go back to your regular day not really too worried about what's happening to some river not in your back yard. I think if more people loved the outdoors in a strip down get with your lover kind of feeling it'd be a lot harder to just sit by as people build roads in houses through our mountains and dump lord knows what into our rivers. People might also think twice before filling their front lawn with grass that needs huge amounts of precious water to live and grow. I think if we felt that way we'd sit at home in despair wondering what we could possibly do to to make the situation better. We'd wake up in the middle of the night thinking we heard the call of our anguished lover and want to go out to see her. But the problem is is that our society is build in such a way that we don't have time any more. People work 40+ hours a week to scrape buy. Their energy is sapped from all the worry, bills, lack of sleep, tv, fast food, whatever and it makes it hard to think about something you hardly see or feel the effects of on a daily basis. It's sad but until we rearrange our priorities to something more in line with what's real. Anyways, it's a crappy situation but we gotta just do the best we can and hope other people catch on and who knows, maybe some day in the future we'll all strip down and enjoy the clear, beautiful, healthy water that was meant to flow down the Rio Grande. Thanks for the read!

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