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Four Questions for Internationally Renowned Poet, Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall will be reading from her new collection of poetry, Ruins, (with foreward by V.B. Price) University of New Mexico Press) on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2-3 pm, at Alamosa Books.


1. Who were your early influences?

I assume you are asking about poets, because many…


Added by Richard V on July 22, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Rain Review

I read a ways back that weather pattern models suggested we weren't going to have a monsoon season. This is in contrast to conventional wisdom from the last time we had such an extreme cold/hot dry year, which I think was in 2006.


I'll take the farmer's almanac over meteorology any day, so I was pleased to see the thunderstorm clouds return a couple of weeks ago. Today the monsoons came back with a vengeance. 


Like most things, rain doesn't come moderately in…


Added by Joe Cardillo on July 20, 2011 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Sharon Niederman... Wars Ago

Sharon Niederman writes, "The Muse wears many disguises.  For years I have seen the same street person walking up and down Central Ave.; in winter, she wraps herself in a tattered blanket, and in summer her face is deeply sunburnt. I try to give her money every chance I get, but sometimes…


Added by The DitchRider on July 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Recovery Cat 7.16.2011

Game theory is the study of the ways in which strategic interactions among economic agents produce outcomes with respect to the preferences (or utilities) of those agents, where the outcomes in question might have been intended by none of the agents. The meaning of this statement will…


Added by J. Paul Lanier on July 16, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Like Magic?

While roaming around Nob Hill and looking for something different, something new I found a tiny hole in the wall with a fun show.  I found a magic show.  Who knew we had a venue for live magic shows in town?  I didn't.


I've gone to three shows there and at $10 or so dollars its a good way to spend an hour and a half.  And the plus is these are really friendly folk! Parking is a challenge though - it is Nob Hill afterall.  The shows I've been to started at 7:00 p.m. and that…


Added by vinceinburque on July 10, 2011 at 11:03pm — No Comments


Yul Brynner famously played the role of King Mongkut in The King and I 4,525 times before he died in 1985. How did he keep his performance of that role fresh?

One of the demands for an actor is to make each show look like it’s the first time his character has ever experienced…


Added by Terry S. Davis on July 15, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Harvena Richter (In Memorium)... Myths

We received word that Albuquerque writer and poet Harvena Richter passed away this last week.  She was 94.  Ms. Richter was featured in The Sunday Poem series on the DCF in March of 2010.  Her poems showed a…


Added by The DitchRider on July 10, 2011 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

Recovery Cat 7.9.2011

RE-PEAT [re-peet]

–verb (used with object)

1. to say or utter again (something already said): to repeat a word for emphasis.

2. to say or utter in reproducing the words, inflections, etc., of another: to…


Added by J. Paul Lanier on July 9, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Too Late

Tonight is Alice’s birthday, and it’s just been awful.

First, she waited for her food for 45 minutes at the restaurant. Seems they lost her order. Once it was delivered, she bolted her food. Then she and her daughter rushed to the car and sped through town to get to the theater. Finally, at two minutes before…


Added by Terry S. Davis on July 8, 2011 at 7:00am — 23 Comments

"People here care more about their landscaping than they do about ME!" she said.

ARBY'S, TULANE & CENTRAL SE--A young woman sat calmly smoking her cigarette in the middle of Arby's patch of landscaping last week.  Beside her was her wheeled suitcase...behind her, small tongues of orange flames licked the dry ground cover.  A passerby on a motorcycle first thought she was having a cookout. …


Added by Johnny_Mango on July 5, 2011 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... True Grit of Old 66

This is my favorite kind of post:  an Albuquerque poem written by a great Albuquerque poet.  Take a walk with Margaret Randall through the present and into the past.  You just might meet yourself coming the other way.


A feminist poet, writer, photographer, and social activist, Margaret Randall has…


Added by The DitchRider on July 3, 2011 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

Fireworks ban affects more than the forests

With the holiday weekend, right around the corner and the explosive fire conditions clouding the skies with an ominous haze and clouding the future of the existence of fireworks in the state. With statelaw makers proposing the ban of fireworks in emergency conditions (i.e. now), and grocery stores pulling there store…


Added by Santos Deason on June 30, 2011 at 10:28pm — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Gary Brower... Epistle from the Oregonians

This year the forces of nature are on everyone's mind.  We have seen just about every kind of natural disaster out there.  Placitas resident Gary Brower remembers living through another one.


Brower is the editor of Malpaís…


Added by The DitchRider on June 26, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Recovery Cat 6.25.2011

Within sixty calendar days after a report is submitted or is required to be submitted pursuant to section 1543 (a)(1) of this title, whichever is earlier, the President shall terminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which such report was submitted (or required to be…


Added by J. Paul Lanier on June 25, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Susy Crandall... Cosmic Smudging (Or Living in New Mexico Burning)

  Even before scientists can put those forest fires into perspective, poets find ways to do it.  Here Susy Crandall makes sense of the world she sees and breathes.


I am practically a native New Mexican, been here since 1960, practice occupational…


Added by The DitchRider on June 19, 2011 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Recovery Cat 6.18.2011

USDA officials say the pyramid was tired out, overly complex and tried to communicate too many different nutrition facts at once.

   Speaking at the unveiling, Michelle Obama said: 'When it comes to eating, what's more useful than a plate, what's more simple than a plate?… Continue

Added by J. Paul Lanier on June 18, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Dumping the Pump, FOR GOOD! Easily possible in Albuquerque!

photo taken from Transit website


We have been discussing getting rid of our van for several weeks now. What better day than "Dump the Pump" day?! When I say getting rid of our van, I mean getting rid of having a vehicle, period. We have…


Added by Paula Manning-Lewis on June 16, 2011 at 4:30pm — 27 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Hakim Bellamy & Carlos Contreras... Welcome to the Mineshaft

How did hip-hop stray so far from a life we could celebrate?  So far from our hopes, our dreams, our future?  Ask these guys...Urban Verbs.


Urban Verbs is trying to eradicate the exclusivity of some factions within Hip-Hop…


Added by The DitchRider on June 12, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Recovery Cat 6.11.2011

Rock Dove - The highly variable city pigeon; multicolored variations were developed over centuries of near domestication. The birds most closely resembling their wild ancestors have head and neck darker than back, black bars on inner wing, white rump, black band at end of tail.

-… Continue

Added by J. Paul Lanier on June 11, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Neighborhood Trash? or Neighborhood Treasure?

Anyone who lives near the university, has walked around the neighborhood, stopped at the post office on Cornell, or parked a couple blocks away from The Frontier, knows about the Gilchrist House.  As it stands (barely) it is at once an historic landmark (interesting commentary on what we value in terms of…


Added by JeSais on June 8, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

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