July 2011 Stories (28)

The Sunday Poem: Gail Miller... Nightfall

How much can a poet pack into 7 lines?  Well, how many moments make a day?  How many eyeblinks in a life?  You will love to read this piece more than once...smiling all the while.


Nob Hill resident Gail Miller writes mostly fiction. This summer she is reading Tristram Shandy,…


Added by The DitchRider on July 31, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Recovery Cat 7.30.2011

Employees of the newspaper were accused of engaging in phone hacking and obtaining illicit information by bribing police officers and exercising improper influence on politicians and the police. The results of investigations conducted from 2005–2007 reached the conclusion that the… Continue

Added by J. Paul Lanier on July 30, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Theater at 11

For her 11th birthday, in 1998, I gave my Capricorn daughter, Nina, a summertime gift: tickets for her first Broadway show, The Lion King, in July. She had practically memorized the animated movie…


Added by Terry S. Davis on July 29, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Your V is fine. Don't be a Douche.

Some insults are outdated and sexist.  But calling someone a Douche actually isn't a bad insult- who would want to be a douche?  A chemical, cleansing agent designed to make women feel bad about their healthy, normal bodies? We at Self Serve stand by healthy vulvas that don't need odd advertising gimmicks to incite self-loathing or criticism.


I am so glad to hear about an upsetting ad campaign when it's already been…


Added by Self Serve on July 28, 2011 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Defense Force Series

What began as a single novel published in 2006, The Defense Force Series has now grown to include three novels, American Defense Force: The Triangle, Covert Defense Force: Sake of Time and the newest novel in the series - Time Defense Force: 2025,with a fourth in the works- Special Ops Force: Temporal Armageddon.

The basic premise:

The Triangle:

When the United States Faces the threat of a dirty bomb, Major Robert Tucker and the 27th Air Wing of the American Defense… Continue

Added by Gary A Wilson on July 28, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Time for the Lead / Coal Switcheroo!


At 8 p.m. on Sunday night, July 31, 2011, Coal will open to two-way traffic and Lead will close to thru traffic between University and Washington as crews mark an important project milestone – completion of construction on Coal. At this time, construction is one month ahead of schedule. During…


Added by JeSais on July 25, 2011 at 1:11pm — 14 Comments

The end of the drought

The lightning photo drought that is.... 

The Sandias opened up on Saturday so that means that there has been some rain here, some of which happened just as I was landing the other day.  


But finally, on Sunday night I was able to get a series of shots from a storm that rolled over the Sandias and over Bear Creek Canyon.  …


Added by David on July 25, 2011 at 10:09am — 5 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Vargas... 13 angels rising

No one comments more on news of the day than Albuquerque poet Richard Vargas.  He is always on duty.  And the recent headlines about prostitution have not gone unnoticed.


Vargas recently won the 2011 Hispanic Writers Award at…


Added by The DitchRider on July 24, 2011 at 8:19am — 5 Comments

Velvet or Surprise Package Bands

 In 1960 and 1961 There was a high school band by the name of "Velvet". Some of that group went on to form a band called "Surprise Package". My classmate Anthony Romero was in both bands. Anybody remember anything? I graduated with Tony from St. Mary's High School in '61.

Added by Leonard J Hills on July 23, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Recovery Cat 7.23.2011

Unfortunately, several of the debt reduction proposals the president has offered involve tax hikes on corporations that would only hamper growth, handicap our ability to compete globally, lower tax revenues, and exacerbate the problem we’re desperately trying to solve.

In his talks with Republicans,… Continue

Added by J. Paul Lanier on July 23, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Four Questions for New Mexico Poet, Bob Johnston

On Saturday, Aug. 6, at Alamosa Books, Bob Johnston will be reading from his first published collection of poems, At the Rim: Selected Poems (Sunstone Press.) No other than Valerie Martinez had this to say about his poetry:


“Bob Johnston…


Added by Richard V on July 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Four Questions for Internationally Renowned Poet, Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall will be reading from her new collection of poetry, Ruins, (with foreward by V.B. Price) University of New Mexico Press) on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2-3 pm, at Alamosa Books.


1. Who were your early influences?

I assume you are asking about poets, because many…


Added by Richard V on July 22, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Team Spirit

Richard Adler, composer for Damn Yankees, wrote about the first audience that show ever had — an afternoon run-through for other people in show…


Added by Terry S. Davis on July 22, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Rain Review

I read a ways back that weather pattern models suggested we weren't going to have a monsoon season. This is in contrast to conventional wisdom from the last time we had such an extreme cold/hot dry year, which I think was in 2006.


I'll take the farmer's almanac over meteorology any day, so I was pleased to see the thunderstorm clouds return a couple of weeks ago. Today the monsoons came back with a vengeance. 


Like most things, rain doesn't come moderately in…


Added by Joe Cardillo on July 20, 2011 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sharon Niederman... Wars Ago

Sharon Niederman writes, "The Muse wears many disguises.  For years I have seen the same street person walking up and down Central Ave.; in winter, she wraps herself in a tattered blanket, and in summer her face is deeply sunburnt. I try to give her money every chance I get, but sometimes…


Added by The DitchRider on July 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Recovery Cat 7.16.2011

Game theory is the study of the ways in which strategic interactions among economic agents produce outcomes with respect to the preferences (or utilities) of those agents, where the outcomes in question might have been intended by none of the agents. The meaning of this statement will…


Added by J. Paul Lanier on July 16, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment


Yul Brynner famously played the role of King Mongkut in The King and I 4,525 times before he died in 1985. How did he keep his performance of that role fresh?

One of the demands for an actor is to make each show look like it’s the first time his character has ever experienced…


Added by Terry S. Davis on July 15, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Like Magic?

While roaming around Nob Hill and looking for something different, something new I found a tiny hole in the wall with a fun show.  I found a magic show.  Who knew we had a venue for live magic shows in town?  I didn't.


I've gone to three shows there and at $10 or so dollars its a good way to spend an hour and a half.  And the plus is these are really friendly folk! Parking is a challenge though - it is Nob Hill afterall.  The shows I've been to started at 7:00 p.m. and that…


Added by vinceinburque on July 10, 2011 at 11:03pm — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Harvena Richter (In Memorium)... Myths

We received word that Albuquerque writer and poet Harvena Richter passed away this last week.  She was 94.  Ms. Richter was featured in The Sunday Poem series on the DCF in March of 2010.  Her poems showed a…


Added by The DitchRider on July 10, 2011 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

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