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."
Added by J. Paul Lanier on October 2, 2010 at 6:00am —
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 Blame it on outdated religious principles, blame it on the political right, blame it on… Continue
Added by vinceinburque on September 30, 2010 at 10:32am —
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
Added by Jeff Hartzer on September 30, 2010 at 1:17pm —
Obsession of the taco variety.
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
Added by Flozilla on September 29, 2010 at 1:00pm —
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?
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
Added by Johnny_Mango on September 28, 2010 at 8:30am —
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.
He also mentions Ted Kooser, whose American Life in Poetry
was the actual inspiration for my own… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on September 26, 2010 at 8:00am —
Yes - this is the best headline ever. It's also true
Added by Alexis on September 25, 2010 at 8:06pm —
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
Added by J. Paul Lanier on September 25, 2010 at 6:00am —
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
Added by Emily on September 24, 2010 at 12:52pm —
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
Added by Edith Grove on September 24, 2010 at 9:00am —
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
Added by Jeff Hartzer on September 22, 2010 at 3:30pm —
If you're like me, you like getting away. Far, far away. But unfortunately, if you're like me, your trusty steed is a fuel-efficient sedan that was never meant to go off-road. Not that I'm complaining . . . 99 percent of the time, I love my reliable little ride. But it can't go far into the backcountry. So for those of you also saddled with low-clearance rides, I wanted to share a little bit of backcountry that is sedan-accessible and is an easy… Continue
Added by Laura on September 20, 2010 at 9:49pm —
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
Added by Jeff Hartzer on September 21, 2010 at 8:46pm —
EUBANK & I-40 NE--The Motorcycle Cannonball
, a coast-to-coast endurance run for antique pre-1916 motorcycles reaches Albuquerque today. The Cannonball event is headquartered at the Quality Inn on Hotel Circle… Continue
Added by Johnny_Mango on September 21, 2010 at 7:55am —
Writers get it. Whether it is a blank piece of paper in a typewriter (remember those?), a flashing yellow cursor on a black screen, or thin blue lines on a piece of notebook paper, the feeling of writer’s block is terrifying. I’ve lived through all of the variations of writing I’ve described above and suffered for it.
And even now, when I'm staring at a… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on September 20, 2010 at 10:30am —
It is so easy to feel disappointed and powerless in today's world. We dream of being more than that...a lot more. By the way, the last line of this poem will stay with you for a long, long time.
is the author of nine books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy. Her work appears in many journals, is re-printed in over fifty anthologies, and has been translated… Continue
Added by The DitchRider on September 19, 2010 at 8:00am —
I'm just walking in from the Kimo Theatre where School for Wives is playing. It's an oldie (right out of 17th century France) but a goodie. It's a comedy. I'll spare the details because that happens to be in the events section of DCF under the same title.
Tonight was opening night and the show was spot on. Save for an awkward moment before the play started when the comic relief duo started warming up the audience and we weren't quite prepared for it. The cast put on a great show and… Continue
Added by vinceinburque on September 17, 2010 at 10:33pm —
The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
, vol. 1, ch. 10 (1925).
We are not downhearted. The only trouble is we cannot understand what is happening to our neighbors. Joseph Chamberlain.
Added by J. Paul Lanier on September 18, 2010 at 6:00am —
Added by Barelas Babe on September 17, 2010 at 6:30am —