Featured Stories – August 2009 Archive (45)

Morning Fix: The old switcheroo

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Added by once banned twice shy on August 20, 2009 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Summer is Over

I hate to be a(n) hyperbolic alarmist, but I think summer is over. Yesterday, whilst extricating dog doo ‘neath the cherry tree, a lone, waxy yellow cottonwood leaf flittered down to the ground from a high branch on one… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on August 19, 2009 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

Part-time locavore

Farmer's market season brings out the locavore in me. I have good intentions during the rest of the year, but it gets hard to live on chard, squash, and garlic. Especially after the smorgasbord available right now at the farmer's markets. Fresh eggs with bell peppers for breakfast, rainbow chard for lunch, and grilled veggies with pesto for dinner. Munch on apples and green beans in between. And pecans by the handful! Heaven...

It… Continue

Added by Laura on August 18, 2009 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment

UNM Continuing Education: Now Is the Time to Check It Out

NOB HILL--To relieve the winter blues I visit REI every couple of weeks and fantasize about cook pots, trails, and starry nights. In spring the seed catalogs come and I mentalize rows of heirloom tomato plants and dark melons with moons and stars on them.

It is now late summer and those other dreams have come and mostly gone. I have done the trails. I have hoed the rows of summer and eaten a good part of the harvest.… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on August 18, 2009 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

The Dog Days of August

We said goodbye to our beloved old dog at the beginning of summer. He joined our household at 6 weeks of age, a huge ball of fluff from Animal Humane whose only crime was that his father, a dog of indeterminate heritage, had impregnated his mother, a pure-blooded Newfoundland with… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 17, 2009 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tamra Hays... Starting Over

Starting over? This little poem navigates through the clutter of life. The images are so strong that a first reading hides its rigorous organization. It is powerful and lush, yet spare...not an extra word or thought anywhere. It is just a beautiful piece you can enjoy over and over again.

After teaching in the Duke City for over 20 years, Tamra Hays and her husband, Michael, began to teach in international schools. They now split their time… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 16, 2009 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Would You Wait Five Hours for Fresh-Roasted Chile?

God knows what many of us would do for a freshly-roasted batch of New Mexico chile -- but waiting five hours in the hot August sun?

That was the case today at the new Sunflower Market at San Mateo and Academy. Before I entered the store for other items, I had to visit the spectacle in the south-side parking lot: no fewer than 25 people waiting in line, all of them with shopping carts full of burlap bags of chile waiting to be roasted. Some… Continue

Added by Don Brown on August 15, 2009 at 6:45pm — 6 Comments

Have you seen this surfboard? Church of Beethoven sign has gone missing.

The Church of Beethoven’s surfboard has disappeared. If you’ve attended one of the Sunday morning concerts, either at the Filling Station on 4th or at the C of B’s new home at the Factory on 5th, you’ve seen it—the yellow surfboard with Beethoven painted on it.

But now it’s been stolen. Felix Wurman, Church of… Continue

Added by E Cline on August 15, 2009 at 12:09pm — 3 Comments

The REAL reason I live in NM

This afternoon I was driving down north 4th and it hit me. The real reason I live in New Mexico.

For several weeks now, at the Walmart on Coors Bypass there's been caution tape around a wall of shopping carts, and off in the corner a propane tank and a blackened metal cage.

But today, there was the aroma of fresh roasted green chile. I'd venture to say that there are few, if any, other locales in the U.S. that have a comparable aroma announcing a season. You don't smell… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on August 13, 2009 at 9:00pm — 32 Comments

Laundry day

Normally, laundry day is nothing to blog about. But I was so inspired by Carrie's Eco-Therapy post earlier today that I couldn't possibly see laundry like I usually do--a chore to get through as quickly as possible. So after work, I took my time, hanging items on drying racks inside, and saving the best for last, the laundry lines outside.…


Added by Laura on August 13, 2009 at 8:53pm — 6 Comments


Just got back from a morning of weeding the peppers at Los Poblanos Organics (LPO). As an LPO workshare member in their community supported agriculture program, I get my weekly box of produce half off the regular price in exchange for 2.5 hours of work on their farm in the north valley. It's a screaming deal -- I get to meet great people from all walks of life, burn some calories and get my hands in the earth once a… Continue

Added by Carrie on August 13, 2009 at 11:22am — 8 Comments

Feeling the Duke City Love -- Climate Action Plan Town Hall meetings

Love the Duke City? Want to have a say in how neighborhoods, buildings, energy and food shapes our community? Then head on out to one of the many City of Albuquerque town hall meetings being held this August to see the fruits of a mammoth, year-long project called the City of Albuquerque's Climate Action Plan.

The Climate… Continue

Added by Carrie on August 12, 2009 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

With Robby at the Sewage Treatment Plant

SOUTH VALLEY, ABQ--I finally thought of a place to take my grandson that was just as exciting as The Garden of Broken Glass that we visited 6 months ago: The Sewage Treatment Plant! Run by the Water Utility Authority and known as the Southside Water Reclamation Plant, the facility… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on August 11, 2009 at 9:05am — 11 Comments

High School Dropout

I’m a high school dropout.

There is no question that recent news about the high school dropout rates in New Mexico is disturbing. All children living in this state should have the opportunity to get a good education, and a high dropout rate undoubtedly… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 10, 2009 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Visit to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Today I went to visit The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History with my kid. I took lots of pictures. I find this place very interesting for a number of reasons. I truly like Einstein. I picked up a new book to read on the travel of his brain after death. Sounds strange but it is an interesting book.

I think my child should know all about nuclear… Continue

Added by Mary Jane Collins on August 9, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A Rant and Some Other Nonsense

I'm sitting at the desk with a cup of coffee, earphones on listening to AC/DC ("Who Made Who?") on Pandora.com. This is one of my very favorite things to do on an early weekend morning before the world brightens and stirs.

Actually, any day that starts with music and/or a bike ride puts me in a fine state of mind. I need that these days, seeing as how my present job has me knee-deep in tediousness and miopic management foofraw much of the time. Pardon me, just a little rant, missing… Continue

Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on August 9, 2009 at 11:46am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gina Marie Marselle... My Daughter's Hand

Maybe because I am a parent...maybe because I had to keep the world from falling apart no matter what my breaking heart felt like...maybe because I love walking in the bosque--whatever the reason, I love this poem. The poet asks, "What am I searching for? What is missing?" Let's see if there an answer to be found among the cottonwoods.

Gina Marie Marselle is a dedicated supporter of the Albuquerque poetry community. She is involved with the… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 9, 2009 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

NM Tea Company now serving tea and food

I love the New Mexico Tea Company for many things; for its fabulous selection of tea and tea accessories, for its knowledgeable owner David Edwards (I haven't met his business partner but I'm sure she knows her stuff, too), and for the smell when I walk through the door. The smell was always a promise of things to come… Continue

Added by Spring Griffin on August 8, 2009 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

ABQ How-To: Dry Your Laundry in the Sun

Oh yes, it's hot. It's blazing. Nobody wants to be out in this. But your clothes do. Summer is a perfect time to explore the joys of solar laundry drying. My friends at the Hardy Women's Society asked if I could share this How-To video on taking advantage of our copious solar resources by using a clothesline. Take it away, Hardy Women's Society...

HWS Co-Presidents Penelope and… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on August 6, 2009 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

Mentor & Apprentices Show Examines Teaching/Learning Process

Here's how I'm spending my Friday night. My friend and tapestry artist Donna Loraine Contractor (second from right) and past and present apprentices will be showing the fruits of their teacher/student relationship at a show titled “Mentor and Apprentices.” The opening reception is tonight from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Contractor’s program is unique among teacher/student arrangements, because rather than lecture her apprentices, she points… Continue

Added by Kelly on August 5, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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