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Big Bad Mamas

I have a secret confession. I love to sing. I love singing in the car, at home while cleaning the house, and whenever the spirit moves me. There’s just this one little problem - I am tone deaf. To say I sing off key is an understatement. And I’ve got the vocal range of about two notes. I would love to have one of those big powerful voices like Lola Beltrán or… Continue

Added by Adelita on July 9, 2008 at 11:17am — 19 Comments

That's Gratitude for You!

I'm having a hard time figuring out why I'm still angry about an incident that occurred over two weeks ago. I'm usually not one to hang onto something as intangible as emotion but for some reason I'm hanging onto this like it's some kind of treasure.



You see, for the last three years I've been organizing massage therapists to provide massage for the participants of the walk and bike benefits of the American Diabetes Association. Last year I was able to add the Junior Diabetes… Continue

Added by MPC on July 9, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Questioning Flyfishing -- Day Three

We had an epiphany. Fly fishing is a pain in the ass. Yes, after nearly seven years of catch-and-release fly fishing, we both admitted that the excessive gear, special knots, and matching the hatch is getting too fiddly for both of us. Both of us get a twinge of guilt when we actually catch a fish, even though we practice zero limit catch and release angling with single barb-less hooks.



And look at all the crap we loaded in our car just for fly fishing -- rod cases, reels, tackle… Continue

Added by Carrie on July 9, 2008 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Morning Fix: Cushy Jobs



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Added by Somegye on July 9, 2008 at 5:46am — 2 Comments

JOAN OSBORNE in ABQ

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Today is Joan Osborne's birthday...WhooHoo!

Here is a 'gallery salute' to her when she was in Albuquerque at Q Jam in 2007.



Although NOT coming to Abq., a friend of ours wrote this awesome review of the July 7th Dallas, Texas show of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant ...Wish they… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on July 8, 2008 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Another Day, Another Interview--I'm Very Grateful.



I am still on the hunt for a job and today was no exception. I have been quite lucky these last two weeks, I have had several interviews. Yesterday I had a second interview and this prospect looks hopeful. I have been looking for a position since September 2007—I have never had such a hard time landing a job.



I have become quite proficient in filling out all of the various job banks’ questions and I have refined my resume. I have… Continue

Added by Anthony R. Lovato on July 8, 2008 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Beginnings and Endings

The two most important parts of a movie. The two most important parts of a marathon. The two most important parts of a book. The two most important parts of life...kind of.



Ok so life is definitely more complicated than a beginning and an end but those are the two parts the majority of people remember. Somehow, all the stuff that happened in between gets lost. Memories become blurs and time lines become irrelevant. Pero por… Continue

Added by Alicia on July 8, 2008 at 5:42pm — 2 Comments

Swinging Back to the Left

I grew up a very devoted Christ follower and a democrat. It seemed to me that the values of the democratic party more clearly reflected Jesus' values of caring for people and the earth. Somehow though, I drifted through, for way too long, fundamentalist churches which espoused that if one were a Christian you had to be a republican. Some churches boldly taught this from the pulpit; others conveyed it person to person. The core values of the church as I knew it seemed to change from caring for… Continue

Added by Kelly Vickers on July 8, 2008 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Will Wright Spore Update

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Added by Eric Renz-Whitmore on July 8, 2008 at 8:53am — No Comments

Morning Fix: Git



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Added by Somegye on July 8, 2008 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

The Relatively Recent Panache of North Valley Real Estate

When I was growing up in a respectable Mossman home in the northeast heights, I recall my parent's disdain of the North Valley. It was scary to them---a place they believed was full of crime and crumbling old homes. Boy, has that shifted!

A dear friend of mine bought three acres in the north valley thirty years ago for a total of $24,000, mainly because she loved the beautiful cottonwood trees (above) that filled what became the backyard of her… Continue

Added by Kelly Vickers on July 7, 2008 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

Exploring the Piedra Watershed -- Day Two

Located midway between Pagosa Springs and Durango, Colorado lies the Piedra watershed -- a wild, scenic region of high elevation grasslands, aspen forests and granite mountains.





The main rivers here are the Piedra River, Williams Creek and Sand Creek. Most of the access roads are well-graded dirt roads that drive through working cattle ranches, seasonal hunting / vacationing cabins and the occasional year-round… Continue

Added by Carrie on July 7, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Social Security Reform!

Social Security Reform



I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about Social Security reform, one candidate is talking about privatization. There is a simple fix to the Social Security woes that we are facing—raise the Social Security cap from $90,000 to 1M!



The way the Social Security cap works is that anyone earning up-to $90,000 is taxed proportionately by Social Security; however, anyone earning more than $90,000 is only taxed for $90,000. What this means is the rich… Continue

Added by Anthony R. Lovato on July 7, 2008 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Where are all the Japanese?

In the quest to fill up on frozen taiyaki, I found a few "Japanese" stores and restaurants, and none I've seen so far belong to Japanese. Sumo Sushi in Downtown is ran by Chinese, little store at Wyoming is Korean, etc.. I guess it would not be weird for me to open a Japanese store then. Maybe the cross-over is the Albuquerque way. On the other hand, Red Square at Lomas is run by Russians.

Added by Pete Zaitcev on July 7, 2008 at 6:02pm — 11 Comments

Sunport Blogging, Part 2

Airport – a neutral place between worlds.



Each time I’m at an airport, I’m always reminded of C. S. Lewis’s Wood Between the Worlds -the pervasive lassitude and sense of being neither here nor there.



Obviously, airports lack the WBTW's lush green foliage and pools leading to different worlds in Narnian cosmology.



Still, the idea of bypassing TSA… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 7, 2008 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Local Etsy Seller of the Week- Household Saint by KaranSipe



This weeks Albuquerque-based Etsy seller is Household Saint by KaranSipe and her work is best described in her own words. From her Etsy page:



'At Household Saint, you will find all things good, with no guilt. Each piece is one of a kind, inspired by all things discarded that once was lost but now is found.'



KaranSipe also sells locally at… Continue

Added by Spring Griffin on July 7, 2008 at 10:50am — No Comments

Southern Colorado Vacation -- Day One

Between the two of us, my husband and I own two bicycles, one scooter, one monthly bus pass, and one no-frills (no air conditioning, no radio, low car payments and great gas mileage) Kia Rio. We reason that our carbon foot is so low year-round that we can rent a vacation car each year. Besides, we need four wheel drive to get to where we're going.



This year we rented a behemoth Ford Explorer, pulled all the back seats down and loaded it up with assorted fly roads, float tubes,… Continue

Added by Carrie on July 7, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Morning Fix: Already Pondering Fall

Morning Fix: Already Pondering Fall

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Added by Somegye on July 7, 2008 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

Vincent James Tapia



Originally posted on 12.5.2007



Vincent James Tapia



My nephew is Vincent James Tapia, 2-22-88 - 12-6-05. I would like to tell you a little about my nephew, but I think that my sister, Vincent's mother tells his story best. So, here is Vincent's story as told my my sister Tanya.



For my son, Vincent:



This blog is dedicated to my son,… Continue

Added by Anthony R. Lovato on July 6, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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