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Flying While BAD* (*Brown And Deaf)

Albuquerque's Sunport and one of my favorite childhood cookies, mamool, have been virally memorialized on social media in Naomi Shihab Nye's poem, Gate A-4. Even though I usually fly on the B terminal, I always recall this poem as…


Added by Barelas Babe on November 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

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

¡Sí, Se Puede! (In Signed Language)

Today kicks off the first day of the International Week of the Deaf.  Did you know that know that signed language linguists the world over know Albuquerque because of the pioneering work in signed language linguistics done…


Added by Barelas Babe on September 21, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Drones in Them Thar Hills?

A short while ago I was hiking in the Sandias when I came across a notice that I've seen at trailheads all over the west this summer: No Drones Allowed. It made me wonder whether, as a deaf woman, I've missed something that people with species-typical hearing would note. Are there indeed drones plaguing the…


Added by Barelas Babe on September 14, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Laboring on Labor Day

Labor Day, brought to you by the folks who gave you the weekend. Or so the saying goes. Now, I don't know about you, but for years my weekends have involved cramming in trips to the store, cleaning house, visiting family, working on the yard, and doing community service du jour. (This could be anything…


Added by Barelas Babe on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

In Spring: New Life and Death

When someone threatens to commit suicide, what should you do? I've been teaching a course on the ethics of death and dying this year, and my students have been wrestling with this question as budding ethicists and philosophers. The default answer is to get someone help, and that carries with it the benefit of…


Added by Barelas Babe on April 6, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Dinner Party*

One thing about having a family underfoot is that cooking becomes a major part of one's afternoon and evening hours. At least, that was the case for us, since we had a steadfast rule about eating at the dining room table and developing the art of conversation. Sometimes it devolved into ten year old fart…


Added by Barelas Babe on March 30, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments

Inspiration in the Duke City, or How to Diss a Disabled Person, Part 1

What makes a disability a disability? This was one of the questions discussed at the Women of the World Poetry Slam panel "How to Break a Line: Disability, Chronic Illness, and Other Poems" last Saturday. The panelists covered the gamut of disability, from sensory impairment (deafness) to chronic illness to…


Added by Barelas Babe on March 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Invasion of the Doves (and Love)


For almost 20 years I have worked at my dining room table. Now that I finally have an office, made possible by the flight of my own young who have left to build their nests, I still return to this comfortable spot where I have written tens of thousands of words.

I like this spot because of the window…


Added by Barelas Babe on March 16, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Spring Sprong Sprung

Growing up in southern California meant that I didn't really understand all the fuss about spring. I now understand this better, having weathered some east coast and Rocky Mountain winters -- even our mild-to-the-rest of the country winters seem harsh to me.

The harbinger of spring in most parts of the…


Added by Barelas Babe on March 9, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Earthly Tent City


...such calamities have at all times attended, and will at all times attend, the human race, and that they constantly recur in forms more or less disastrous, varying only in the scenes, occasions, and persons on whom they light...

Augustine, The City of…


Added by Barelas Babe on February 16, 2015 at 1:13pm — No Comments

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

First Date: City Council Style

I’ve been thinking a lot about first dates lately.

Partly because I saw a movie, Wetlands (trailer is NSFW), over the weekend that would be an interesting first date litmus test for many things. The final showing is tonight,…


Added by Barelas Babe on January 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 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

La Señora 2012

I’ve often wondered: why does the year always go out as a hoary-frosted bearded dude in wizard robes?

Why not bid adieu to the year represented by an elegant woman of a certain…


Added by Barelas Babe on December 31, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta

In about two weeks balloonists from all over the planet will descend upon our ciudad bonita for the big annual fiesta. That’s an impressive event, and I encourage people to check it out.


That’s just one way of experiencing…


Added by Barelas Babe on September 21, 2012 at 10:30am — 15 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

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