August 2011 Stories (23)

     Heavenly father, divine mother, saints and sages of all the ages, I bow to you.  Thank you for this day; may I do Your will and make beauty around me.      I have been in Albuquerque close to 4 …

     Heavenly father, divine mother, saints and sages of all the ages, I bow to you.  Thank you for this day; may I do Your will and make beauty around me.

     I have been in Albuquerque close to 4 months now, having moved here from Jamaica.  I had lived here for two months in 1990 when Kirk (my then husband) and I had moved here…


Added by Gaia Richards on August 29, 2011 at 7:51am — No Comments

Art Exhibit Displays 50,000 Clay Bones on Fourth Street

50,000 ceramic bones covered downtown Fourth Street between Central and Gold all day Saturday. One Million Bones, an Albuquerque-based non-profit organization, created the temporary exhibit to call attention to worldwide genocide.

The group’s website emphasizes genocide in Sudan, the…


Added by J. Paul Lanier on August 28, 2011 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: William C. Hyland... Step Lightly

Hemingway once said, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."  That is exactly the way many of us think about being in New Mexico's wilderness.  You take it with you…


Added by The DitchRider on August 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Recovery Cat 8.27.2011

We have learnt from the struggles of our past during the dark days of dictatorship that there is no alternative to building a free and democratic society and ensuring the supremacy of international humanitarian law and human rights declarations. This can only be achieved through dialogue,…


Added by J. Paul Lanier on August 27, 2011 at 7:36am — No Comments

Monday's Forecast: Cloudy

Sometimes all you want for disadvantaged kids is to broaden their horizons a little, to show them something about the world they never get to see.

Last year, teacher Peggy Jimenez brought her Hayes Middle School students to Popejoy Hall…


Added by Terry S. Davis on August 26, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

cute kittens need home

Two cute kittens were trapped in Bernalillo and civilized and are now ready for a good home. Their names are Sebastian and Simon and they look so much alike that I only need to post one photo! They love to play with fuzzy mice and their favorite food is turkey flavored baby food. I would like to place them…


Added by Lynne Fullerton on August 25, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Truth about New Mexico's 49th Graduation Rate Ranking

First and foremost, I am not arguing that New Mexico’s 49th place ranking in graduation rates is not a problem. It is a big problem. School reform, however, cannot be based on simple statistics. We have been running down that path for over a decade now and have nothing but failure to show for it. Therefore, before we react in any way to our 49th place ranking, we had better stop to first understand what that number does not tell us. Why? Because it does not tell us what the problem is.   …


Added by Francis Kittredge on August 24, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Conversation About Character and Place with Author Summer Wood

I met Summer Wood in the summer of 2010 when as a graduate student in the Creative Writing program at the University of New Mexico I interned at the Taos Summer Writers' Conference and had the…


Added by JeSais on August 24, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Habitat Granted Funds to Build Homes in Albuquerque NM

PSA For Immediate Release

Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity

Contact: Dona Swenson (505)265-0057 x113

August 24, 2011

Albuquerque, NM-Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $25,000 by Wells Fargo toward the "Circle of Friends Build". Thanks to the great volunteers and supporters in our community, this home was able to break ground August 6th, 2011 and is scheduled for completion October 29th 2011.

The Greater Albuquerque Habitat… Continue

Added by Dona Swenson on August 24, 2011 at 3:35pm — No Comments

May this vandal rot in hell

Our neighborhood park was vandalized again. Some dumb thug thinks it’s awesome to drive through the park. Usually, he (can gender be in doubt?) turns donuts, destroying grass. This time, he destroyed a small tree and a trash can.

Someone must know who this idiot is. Turn him…


Added by mjh on August 21, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jules Nyquist... Hypnotizing Chickens


In a poem full of startling images, a quiet line in this poem captures the story of so many of us.  We may wonder about who is really being hypnotized here, but "He missed the war that was meant for him." just leaps from the page.  Welcome, Jules, to the Land of Enchantment.  She…


Added by The DitchRider on August 21, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Recovery Cat 8.20.2011

Progressive Era reformers looked to the primary election as a way to measure popular opinion of candidates, as opposed to the opinion of the bosses. In 1910, Oregon became the first state to establish a presidential preference primary, which requires delegates to the National Convention to support the…


Added by J. Paul Lanier on August 20, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

A World of Words

The Jemez, whose name means simply "people," must have been shocked when Coronado showed up, revealing to them that they — the Jemez — were not the only people, that the name they had chosen for themselves would have to be expanded to include these other “people” or they would have to somehow distinguish those…


Added by Terry S. Davis on August 19, 2011 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Cafe Lush

While running endless errands during work I found a new little hole in the wall.  The food is great, service is fantastic, and the prices beat most restaurant in town. 

Entrees range from $5.95 to $8.95.  


And they have an espresso bar with trained baristas.  WOW!  


It's Cafe Lush.


They are open Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  They will soon be open on Saturday and maybe even Sunday, assuming the staff doesn't…


Added by vinceinburque on August 18, 2011 at 12:51am — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Kenneth P. Gurney... On the Seventh Day

How could God, with His busy schedule, find time to rest on the seventh day?  Maybe in a less populated world He didn't have as much to think about.


Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque with his beloved Dianne.  For Kenneth's full bio, publication notes and available…


Added by The DitchRider on August 14, 2011 at 7:59am — 4 Comments

Recovery Cat 8.13.2011

Being right, defending our positions, takes an enormous amount of mental energy and often alienates us from the people in our lives. Needing to be right - or needing someone else to be wrong - encourages others to become defensive, and puts pressure on us to keep defending.

Richard Carlson.… Continue

Added by J. Paul Lanier on August 13, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Familiar Story

Consider how many stories you encounter every day. Include in your count all the sources for stories you have: television, radio, iPods, computers, phones, newspapers, magazines, other people. Make sure you take into account all the forms stories take: movies, videos, commercials, jokes, songs, news, plays, TV…


Added by Terry S. Davis on August 12, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Vacation – Barelas Babe Style

It will come as no secret to those who know me that I’m a bit (perhaps more than a bit) of a…


Added by Barelas Babe on August 8, 2011 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Larry Goodell... Peace Envoy

America was founded on the strength of an idea, not our military might.  Our first 'warriors' were pamphleteers.  In today's world Larry Goodell looks at our strengths once more...and answers the question, "Is poetry worth writing?"


Once called "The Aristophanes of the Piñon-Juniper…


Added by The DitchRider on August 7, 2011 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

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