“Strange days have found us. Strange days have tracked us down” –The Doors.
I can often be overheard spewing forth such tidbits as my continued genuine surprise at not winning the Powerball. Well guess what… I didn’t win again! On the bright side- I was only off by 5 numbers. But I have seen such strange “signs” in my world lately that it could happen. That… or it’s the… Continue
Lisa Gill is the author of two books of poetry, Red as a Lotus: Letters to a Dead Trappist (dedicated to Thomas Merton) and Mortar & Pestle (about medicinal herbs). A third book, titled "Caput Nili: How I won the war and lost my taste for oranges" is forthcoming from Burning Books. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at UNM, with a dual concentration in poetry and creative nonfiction.… Continue
You know, I try hard to keep silent, yet observant, about political stuff, I vote and help those I deem worthy of my time but mostly I don't say much. Truth be told, I'm spoiled, I work in a dog store and have a pretty niffty life with few complaints. But this issue is just stupid and I need to say something.
Many of you have driven by the store and seen our chalk board signs announcing "Santa Paws" or "Dog Wash" or upcoming events or specials etc....we work hard to keep them cute… Continue
The first time I stepped foot in New Mexico I happened to be dating someone all wrong for me. This long ago boyfriend had been offered a job in Santa Fe, which precipitated our visit. He expected to love it here. I wasn’t so sure.
When a willowy woman with tattoo sleeves picked us up at the airport, she looked me over and said, “You look like a good driver to me.” Even though I was legally too young to rent a car, she instructed me to sign the contract, which she kept crinkled up in… Continue
Here's How-To #2. Like most of Albuquerque, I've been storing away assorted buckets and plastic bottles of substances that aren't allowed in trash cans. Old paint, solvents, motor oil and other automotive products are good candidates for the city's free Household Hazardous Waste disposal service.
In this video we make an intrepid adventure up to the northern stretch of Edith Blvd. to properly… Continue
My mother put a new door in her den and said that I could have the old one to use when I remodel my house. I love this door. The door itself is plain, but solid, and has the most outrageous hammered iron embellishments. I can't wait to use it in my house.
This Monday we headed in the opposite direction from last week's destination. South on I-25 past Belen to the Bernardo exit, east for about 25 miles to Forest Road 422, then north to the Pine Shadow trail in the Manzano Mountains.
Yesterday's hike was a long, strenuous one! 11 miles round trip, we made it all the way to the top of Manzano peak. Manzano peak is at an elevation of 10,098 feet with a… Continue
So, my partner is out of town on business (which I remembered only when he woke me up this morning to say "See you tomorrow, sweetie" to which I responded "See you tomorrow?! What the hell does that mean?!") and I took advantage of his absence to indulge in one of my fav rituals of single life. Namely, dinner alone at il vicino, with the most recent issue of my favorite magazine and a glass of red wine. If you show up early, and it's not a weekend night, no one cares if you occupy a… Continue
NOB HILL--As soon as my friends found out I was going to the International Water Conservation Conference last week they started giving all sorts of helpful information. For instance MaryAnn looked up from her newspaper and had this to say, "According to the Journal here Dick Cheney is interested in local politics." "Really?" "Yeah, they say he's running for the water board!"
This time the film industry folks. Can you believe there is a bill going into committee tomorrow that will stop the state incentives paid to the film industry to keep them filming in NM? You may not know, but NM is not the only state offering these incentives. We are just the best state for the film industry that offers them.
Every so often I get lucky and things that I take for granted become new again. The past few days have been full of those moments, thanks in large part to my playing tour guide to a few of my colleagues from the east coast. In no particular order, here’s what I marveled at once again.
Lizards – My visitors and I walked on a little trail bordered by a wall, when one cried out in excitement, "Lizards!" She had spotted two New Mexican… Continue
Chad Brummett is a dynamic local actor whose ability to create characters with movement, voices and subtle changes in expression make him mesmerizing to watch. Especially when you’re sitting in the front row of The Velocity of Gary (Not His… Continue
Damien Flores hails from right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a member of the 2004, 2006, and 2008 ABQ Poetry Slam Teams as well as the '06 &'08 National Champion University of New Mexico Slam Teams.
He is the 2008 ABQ-Slams City Champion and his two books are titled, "A Novena of Mud" and "El Cuento de Juana Henrieta," published by Destructible Heart and Culture Lab Presses.