I was supposed to be the "Morning Fixer" this week and totally blew it! Because I have to get to work now, I thought I'd make this a Community Morning Fix post. Please post interesting news stories about our Duke City in the comments. I will be back tomorrow with a full set of Morning Fix stories. My apologies!… Continue
For the missing and dead H. replies to Xicotenga
About the heaven you invented: the day
I slugged one of the Catorie brothers
with a river rock because I didn't want to lose
a fight comes to mind. We were behind
the John Roberts Dam, ambushed
by people we thought were friends--
they, being from the turnip
part of town, living in the cheapest
tract homes bordering the cruel desert.
To us in this day their culture seems eccentric if not positively aberrant; in any case it is difficult to grasp. But there is no way of understanding a foreign mental universe than to place oneself inside it, in order to progress from there to all the values that it posesses. Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane (1957). Chapter 4, "Human Existence and Sanctified Life."
Just east of Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains magnificently rise up out of the land. The Sandias are a jewel in the crown of Albuquerque's natural treasures -- the bosque, the Rio Grande and the volcanos. There is perhaps no other American city so dominated by a natural icon. Endlessly beautiful, awe inspiring, ever changing and timeless, they leave an indelible…
As if there wasn't enough going on this 'Mass Ascension' weekend, the world famous Trinity Site opens it doors (ok, Gates) to visitors on Saturday. Instead of getting up early to see beautiful balloons, you can head south before sunrise to pass through the highly secured gates of the Trinity Site for a bit of nostalgia. On the way home you can zip over to see the VLA (Very Large Array) as well, and still be back in 'burque in… Continue
Sadly in the United States hate crimes against gay people continue. Just today Tyler Clementi of New Jersey committed suicide because he was "outed". Last week Seth Walsh of Texas committed suicide because he was taunted by his junior high school classmates.
Recent studies show that nine out of ten gay kids are harrassed and gay kids are four times more likely to commit suicide than straight kids. Blame it on outdated religious principles, blame it on the political right, blame it on… Continue
This amazing family owned taqueria on 4th has saved us from hunger many times....we went nearly every day during our kitchen renovation...which also coincided with the world cup... so there was always a game on!
I find myself there late on weekend nights after a Belly-beat performance at Marble brewery for some late night noms....they are open until 1:00am on Friday and Saturday and… Continue
BELEN, NM—If you like trains (and who doesn't), consider this: 35 miles south of Albuquerque is one of the busiest train yards in the west. Belen, New Mexico handles over 100 trains every 24 hours. That brings up two questions: Why? And...So what?
Oh, Little Town of Belen
The American West was born in New Mexico. Don Juan de Oñate established an actual colony here north of present-day Santa Fe with 560 colonists in… Continue
Teaching in a prison just has to change a person. Here, Brian Hendrickson ruminates, "I used to think I had lived / An incredibly clever life." Well, welcome to the yard. Yet, teaching inside is not the same as living inside and the poet looks for his own kind of meaning.
The Greeks learned to catch them, with lines, nets, the harpoon, trident, lamparo, and madrague. The word madrague means literally 'enclosure for catching tuna' and is from the Arabic 'al mazraba.' Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat.… Continue
The joke is so old that now when I hear the question, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall,” “Practice” is the only applicable answer. For a true artist, it’s the only appropriate one.
Several years ago, I heard an interview with jazz musician Billy Taylor on NPR where the interviewer asked him if he practiced. Taylor said that he did, running scales and intervals every day. This was a man in his seventies at the time who had… Continue
Aack! Aack! It’s already Friday and time for ¡Globalquerque! and I haven’t written about the Barrence Whitfield concert from last Saturday yet! Ah, how the time flies.
So. I was, as it happens, the lucky winner of the DCF ticket giveaway to Barrence Whitfield last week. And I have a couple of confessions to make right up front. First, I knew little about Barrence Whitfield other than that his real name is Barry White (and I’m… Continue
The Outpost Performance Space is proud to announce its 2010 Fall Season! Continuing in Outpost's tradition, the season features a diverse and exciting range of music and artists from around the world and our own backyard, as well as the popular education classes for youth and adults, African Drumming classes, Home School Opera Workshop, Inpost Artspace exhibits and partnerships with fellow performing arts organizations and venues, including The… Continue
I had meant to get a post up for my Thursday slot, but something got in the way. That something was the nearly six hours my boyfriend, my mother and I took to attend opening day at Dixon's Apples. Nestled in a valley in the Jemez, Dixon is in a beautiful setting just beyond Tent Rocks National Monument and Cochiti Lake. The header pic is a view from a hike well above the orchards. Those are the… Continue
A local FBO is offering a ground school of 4 full days on October 9, 10, 16, 17. It's the usual "learn how to be a pilot" course, similar to a common driver license prep, aiming to prepare student pilots for FAA Written Exam. It's only $150. I would come if I weren't halfway through Gleim course already.
Funnily enough, nothing about the upcoming school is on the FBO website (I received a broadcast e-mail through the site for renters). So it's a complete mystery to me how they expect… Continue
Added by Pete Zaitcev on September 23, 2010 at 6:00pm —
This linkage came in today from: Spaceweather.com but I have neither read nor heard anything about it locally...Anyone in 'burque area see it or know more about this Giganto FIREBALL which apparently rivaled the moon in brightness...?
"SOUTHWESTERN FIREBALL RIVALS THE HARVEST MOON: Last night, sky watchers in the southwestern United States witnessed a brilliant fireball. It was almost as bright as the full Harvest Moon and caused a loud sonic boom over parts of New Mexico.…Continue
Rio Grande High School is made up of a vast array of students from the largest sized land area of any high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Recently (and forever it seems), the news about RGHS has not been good in the media. A new Principal threw out (deleted) everyone's schedules this summer and much ground in getting this year's school year off to a smooth start was lost. That Principal is… Continue