Barelas Babe's Stories Tagged 'Barelas' (31)

Warriors Repairing Rifts

Repairing rifts is part of the work of that families do -- you can learn a lot about a family by how it approaches these difficult situations. Some families bury the rift and never talk about the pain under the surface; some families erupt with anger every so often before stuffing the genie back into the…


Added by Barelas Babe on November 16, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Get Thee To the Barelas Bosque!

Some Novembers steal away autumn's glorious foliage in one storm; other November months are like burlesque dancers, removing items according to a carefully chosen plan designed to entice and titillate. Not that I'm comparing the natural beauty of the bosque to the beauty of human artifice (that's umm,…


Added by Barelas Babe on November 9, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

El Día de Muertos

As I was making my coffee this morning, I looked out the window and saw La Calavera Catrina driving a hearse down my street. I blinked twice, and the driver became my…


Added by Barelas Babe on November 2, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Five Senses of Home

Nostalgia is peppered with sensory memories. (See what I did there?)  We know that hearing is one of the last senses to go, and that a whiff of a bubblegum wrapper can transport us back to second grade. 

There are numerous websites devoted to what New Mexicans miss when we are away from the Land of…


Added by Barelas Babe on February 2, 2015 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Kadomatsu: Heaven, Earth, and Humanity

Protip: if you are trying to escape madding crowds, checking out a botanic garden in sub-freezing weather is a surefire way to attain this end. On New Year's Eve day, when the mercury threatened to climb above 30 degrees for the first time in days, I decided a sojourn to the Albuquerque Botanic…


Added by Barelas Babe on January 5, 2015 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Happy New Year from Brrr-elas!

Happy New Year Duke City Fix!

Here it is, just a few hours into 2015, and I have tasted red chile and champagne, seen (but not yet shoveled) snow, and ground and sipped locally roasted coffee (David's Roast from Villa Myriam -- they sell it at…


Added by Barelas Babe on January 1, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Car Vandal Values

I returned home last night from a road trip that was equal parts camping, conferencing, book proposal team writing, and socializing. Given the lateness of the hour, I only partially unpacked my car -- removing one duffel bag with clothes, my computer and hiking backpacks, hiking boots, toiletries bag, two pillows,…


Added by Barelas Babe on August 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Paloma as Public Philosophy? De(a)finitely!


Love doesn’t need an audience or even a dress rehearsal, but sometimes it helps. Last night I sat through a dress rehearsal of Anna Garcia-Romero’s fabuloso play Paloma, which is…


Added by Barelas Babe on August 3, 2012 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Vinagre y Turnips

Skarsgard Farms (formerly Los Poblanos Organics) delivered turnips and beets to my front porch last week. Seeing these root vegetables side by side in my refrigerator gave me a hankering for Lebanese-style pickled turnips with beet juice. Since there was…


Added by Barelas Babe on July 31, 2012 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

A Good Burque Friday

Hola Fixers! It has been a while, sí? I’m now blogging as Barelas Babe, Ph.D, which has a nifty little ring to it, don'cha think? But no worries, this Bareleña isn’t going to get too big for her pantalones (or should that…


Added by Barelas Babe on April 7, 2012 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Fiesta de Barelas

Sacred Heart Church in Barelas had its Fiesta last weekend on the site of the old church. They tore down the church decades ago due to structural problems - with a little reconfiguration and a consecration, the old school gym became the Sagrado Corazón we know today. (If you venture into the parish office, you will see a painting of the old church by a… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on June 14, 2010 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

It's a Neighborly Day in this Beauty Wood

A few weeks ago I was getting my Morning Fix and clicked to a KOAT story about off duty police car use. The story was interesting, the first reader comment actually made me think, but three comments later it devolved into the usual local teevee forum rant. Just as I was about to go back to DCF, an HGTV story caught my eye - “… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on March 15, 2010 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

Toiling Over Tamales at Christmastide

The busiest place in South Barelas on Christmas Eve is not a church, but a temple of tamal-making – El Modelo. Longtime (and not-so-longtime) residents of Albuquerque have memories of lining up and waiting to pick up tamales to enjoy on Christmas Eve with their families. For more than a decade, we’ve joined in this tradition.

Some restaurants are more than just a place to eat – they are places where food is intertwined with memories.… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 21, 2009 at 3:30pm — 17 Comments

Ghosts of Halloween Past

Each Halloween is a little bit different. Some years I dole out the candy one by one, concerned that I may not have purchased enough to last the night. Other years the trick-or-treaters are few and far between, and I start tossing in generous handfuls of candy so that I do not get stuck with too much leftover candy.

Sometimes I get it just right, though that is a rarity.

Since last year was a meager year for trick-or-treaters, I… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on November 2, 2009 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

The Ants Stop Marching One By One

It is that time of year again. Signs that fall has arrived are rampant: hot air balloons a-soaring, green chile a-roasting, politicians a-yammering campaigning, and ants disappearing.

For years we've waged a multi-generational war on our property. It isn’t the usual exterminator/home owner battle, though. We’re more sophisticated than that – we're established some subtlety in staking out our philosophic positions of what I'll call,… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 5, 2009 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Perplexity, Persistence, and the MRGCD Elections

This is a tale of perplexity and persistence. More than a decade ago, when I purchased my first home and moved to Barelas, I registered to vote, wanting to do my civic duty and wanting to have my say about matters close to home. I read all of the election literature I received, including the newsletters sent out by the Middle Rio Grande… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on May 29, 2009 at 11:30am — 24 Comments

Building Boom in Barelas

With the economy taking a dive and people losing jobs and (struggling to get their unemployment benefits), it seems like an odd time for a neighborhood to grow by increasing housing and services, but that is what has been happening in Barelas, even after our current recession began.

There are the Barelas Townhomes across from the famed Barelas Coffee Shop, the Barelas… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on February 16, 2009 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

The Hunt for Tingley Field (aka Tingley Park)

Shortly after I moved to Barelas, I discovered Tingley Park. With two little ones, Tingley Park was a far enough walk away from home to feel like an adventure and close enough for us to make a quick dash for home in case we needed to.

There was also the bonus of Tingley Park’s location across the street from the Rio Grande… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on February 2, 2009 at 3:00pm — 21 Comments

Hope and Renewal in Barelas

I went to a party last weekend and was outed as Barelas Babe.

My identity is no secret, but once people discover this, cocktail conversations head in a predictable direction. So I spent more than a few minutes last Saturday night talking with a longtime Albuquerque realtor about changes in Barelas. When you live in a community it is easier to notice incremental changes, especially if you walk it daily. For the infrequent visitor driving… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on January 12, 2009 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Christmas in Barelas - Redux

I can see the smallest onion domein Albuquerque from my house. It isn’t quite like seeing Russia, but given that this is New Mexico, it will have to suffice.

When I first started looking for a home in Albuquerque, I had two criteria. First, home had to be walking distance (2 miles or less) from UNM, and second, it had to be in an…


Added by Barelas Babe on January 7, 2009 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

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