Barelas Babe's Blog – December 2008 Archive (5)

Remembering Palmer



As 2008 comes to a close, I start remembering the year, and especially, remembering those who are no longer with us. One Albuquerquean in particular comes to mind: Palmer Nelson.



I first met Palmer in 1997 while he was working in his wife's picture framing shop and gallery.



Our family has never really observed the annual “Take Your Child to Work” day. This is because, as anyone who has spent time in a small family owned business knows, every day… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 31, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ujamaa in Albuquerque

Habari Gani!

Today is the fourth day of Kwanzaa, a seven day holiday celebrating African-American and African culture and heritage.



The first time I observed Kwanzaa in Albuquerque was at a UNM community celebration over ten years ago. Students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered in the old… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 29, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Las Posadas de Barelas 2008

The older I get, the more drawn I am to local neighborhood holiday traditions. Part of it is a nostalgic longing for community – I have happy childhood memories of large extended family gatherings. (To give you an idea what I mean by extended family - in just 10 minutes I came up with a list of more than 200 family members, and given another 20 minutes I could probably double that list. And this is without conferring with my mother, whose memory has a… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 22, 2008 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Mothering From Afar



I can’t say that I’ve always seen eye to eye with departing Congresswoman Heather Wilson, but part of me has a soft spot for her. You see, we’re both members of a fairly small club – the club of Albuquerque mothers who commute by jet to work.



Long distance commuting wasn’t what I set out to do when I started down my career path. Like most people, I assumed that I’d get my education and then get a… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 15, 2008 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Blue-Green the Cat

About 11 years ago, my family took a trip to the Animal Humane of New Mexico here in Albuquerque. The children were small, ages 8 and 3, and we were ready to give two homeless cats a home.



So we walked through the building and into the cat area, where my daughter, who had been waxing poetic as only three year olds can do, chattering on about her as yet sight unseen and unknown but already named cat… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 1, 2008 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

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