OAK FLAT, 20 MI. SOUTH OF TIJERAS--Is this the year? Traditional wisdom has it that bumper crops of piñon nuts come only once every seven years. Are we in that lucky period? I first thought so a couple weeks ago when MaryAnn and I drove the big loop around the Gila: piñon trees absolutely loaded with pine cones. Piñon picking is so common there that stiles have been provided to let pickers on to BLM and National Forest land from the highways. They… Continue
Now don’t get me wrong, if you throw on some booty music I’ll be out on the dance floor after the first few beats, but when it comes to actual formal dancing with real steps I feel a little uneasy “gettin’ up on the dance floor.” A few salsa nights at Sauce and the Cooperage turned my unease to fear since the dance floor seemed like Albuquerque’s version of Dancing with the Stars. After those few scary moments in the middle of a crowded, sweaty dance floor with some guy who thought spinning me… Continue
These are over for 2008, but... Watch for these great water blessing and community farm events again next year! Plus I hope to put together a two day "Walk for the Acequias" protest and spiritual journey along the ditches and laterals of Bernalillo County for the begioning of the spring irrigation season of 2009.
The San Ysidro celebration will begin at the corner of Isleta and Arenal , proceed down Arenal (behind the church and community center) to the Sanchez Farm (now… Continue
You are invited to come to the Wednesday morning Agriculture Collaborative meeting, an educational and networking group of farmers, families, activists, and policy advocates. A varied and committed group of folks meet once a month to discuss progressive agribusiness and what can be done to preserve, promote, and expand a diverse food basket here in New Mexico. This groups is organized and hosted by the Mid Region Council of Governments as a vehicle to promote and grow New Mexico agricultural… Continue
Added by Crista on October 27, 2008 at 9:00pm —
On October 31st, members of New Mexico Youth Organized will hit the Burque streets for a massive nonpartisan Get Out the Vote drive called “Trick or Vote.” The costumed force of about 200 young people will meet at Lower Johnson Field on the UNM campus at 5pm and fan out in neighborhoods across the city on Halloween to remind people to vote on November 4th.
Trick or Vote is part of a national effort to encourage youth participation in the electoral… Continue
It was about 8:30am Sunday morning at the Frontier. My wife and I decided that a breakfast burrito before church would be a good idea so with coffee in hand we scanned the multitude of open tables, a rarity at the Frontier on a Sunday. Moving along towards our favorite spot, we spotted friends of ours and joined them. Their voices were hoarse and strained from the Obama rally the evening before, but they beamed with excitement. They just couldn’t stop talking about Obama and how great he was… Continue
There were 45,000 hearing people in the audience and 5 signing deaf people in the bleachers behind the stage at the Obama Rally Saturday night. Regular readers of my blog may know that I'm a card-carrying member of the smaller group.
Rule Number One for deaf people: show up early to any big event with American Sign Language interpreters.
This event was no exception.
Why show up early? Well, we deaf people need to be… Continue
Halloween is a spooky night, but clubs usually cater to those who want to get into the various S.P.I.R.I.T.S of the evening. Have checked out links to likely spots in Albuquerque. You probably know of some great spots I've missed. You may know which ones offer spectacular contests, good music, entertainment that is above average, and so on.
For starters: Is anyone wearing a costume in 2008? What are you going as? Homemade? Store… Continue
This morning, still red-eyed and tired from the Obama rally last night, I dragged myself out of bed for the breakfast and CD1 debate at Congregation Albert.
While I've known for a while that I was supporting Barack Obama for President, I hadn't made my mind up about some of the other candidates. I moved back to Albuquerque less than two years ago, and didn't know anything about either of the candidates running for the CD1 seat. I… Continue
JOHNSON FIELD, UNM CAMPUS, CENTRAL & GIRARD NE--Rarely do the two Presidential candidates offer such an opportunity. Both Obama and McCain appeared the same day, yesterday, in the same town with the same amount of advance notice. They even gave the same stump speeches that we have been seeing on television for the last week. But there was all the difference in the world between the two events.
John McCain spoke in the morning at… Continue
I got in line at Johnson Field at 3:00 PM to save a spot for friends and family who would be joining me. It was hot and the line seemed very long as I took my place at the end of it. I was halfway between the field and the UNM Bookstore. I watched as people came by selling t-shirts, caps and buttons, volunteers canvassing the crowd to be sure we had early voted and signing people to volunteer in the crucial last 10 days of the campaign. One… Continue
We just got in a new treat product that is simply brilliant! It's like the little plastic ends of your shoe laces...you don't really think about them until you need to lace your shoes and find it hard cause the plastic thingys are gone!
( okay... i really need to lay off the candy corn...getting a little weird here...sorry)
But my point is this, GREENIES just came out with a treat called Pill Pockets. They're these little treat capsules that… Continue
Being grateful is something I have been focusing on lately. Grateful for who I am, where I live, and especially grateful for the opportunities of an instant burst of happiness that just seem to pop out of the air sometimes.
It doesn't take much to be pleasant to others. A friend and I went to Costco the other day. On the way home we were being directed down to one lane due to construction. There was a "gang banger" in his pimped out car waiting to get in to traffic. He was looking… Continue
I like to joke with some of the other "media" types, that while we (Jackie, Donnie and myself) are members of the "media", we really aren't. We're three people who go in each weekday morning...chit chat (sometimes too much) and then go home for the day. We usually leave the "serious" news to other people. We're you're outlet for when Britney Spears goes crazy...or Angelina Jolie adopts another child.
One thing that we have talked quite a bit about is the excitement surrounding this… Continue
I just got home from the Barack Obama rally. I am tired. I am hoarse. I am hopeful.
It was exciting to volunteer for the campaign, walking the line that stretched for blocks, encouraging people to vote early. It was enlightening to talk to people whose friends were denied the right to vote, even this early in the voting, and are having to fight for the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.
The first presidential rally I ever went to was when Governor Clinton was running for president in 1992. I was in high school, probably sophomore year, and it was between second and third session at CEC. CEC was the way for any APS student to upgrade their ticket to a first-class high-school education- hopefully it still is. I walked from the school campus to UNM, approximately where that fountain with 13 pillars… Continue