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On Being an Aspiring Art Collector (on a Tight Budget)

I could never imagine making a car payment of $500/month, but I could easily imagine making art payments of that amount. This was my first thought when I learned about the Collectors Club at Albuquerque’s Tamarind Institute. Since I don’t have the disposable income at the moment, the point is moot. But someday, when the kids are educated and out of the house, I just might give… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 13, 2010 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Morning Fix: Pork and Pies

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Added by Barelas Babe on September 13, 2010 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Why We Labor

I have a Depression era pressed-glass serving plate that belonged to my great-grandmother. Circling the edge of the plate are these words, "It is pleasant to labor for those we love". Almost a decade after Nana Amy passed away, her great-grandchildren had the opportunity to select a keepsake or two. I chose this plate because I appreciated this irony of these words juxtaposed against a… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 6, 2010 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Space (Parking and Otherwise)

Last week I wrote about time. Today heralds my start to the academic year, aka work, after a summer off. Though it is beyond me how the summer is “off” when you are still crafting articles for publication in peer-reviewed… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 30, 2010 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

¿Que hora es?

I like to think that my broken ankle has contributed to the Albuquerque tourist economy in a small way. Even though I have been away from the Sunport for my longest stretch in five years (10 weeks and counting), this has not meant missing out on seeing family and friends from east and west coasts.



Our casita in Barelas has become a summer… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 23, 2010 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

On Being A Straight Ally and a Po-Mo Mom

I’m officially a “has been”. Not in the sense that my life is over, or that there is nothing left to do, but in the sense that some big issues that permeated my consciousness as a young adult have been transformed - so much so that my kids see me as a doddering old parent.



I’ve been thinking a lot these days about how times have changed. This is what happens when you… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 16, 2010 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Laches, Lackeys, and The Great Outdoors

What should children in Albuquerque know about their environment? What experiences should they have outdoors? What outdoor skills do they need? A few weeks ago I attended a listening session on… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 9, 2010 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Bittersweet Birthday: Twenty Years of the ADA in Albuquerque

It is a bittersweet birthday, this 20 year anniversary celebration for the Americans with Disabilities Act. I’ve yet to learn how Burqueños are marking this day, but perhaps folks will fill me in. To be sure, the celebration is less important than the achievements over the past 20 years. Legislation that provides accessibility to over 50 million Americans is a profound… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 26, 2010 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

History of a House and its 'Hood

I’ve always preferred houses with a history. The story of how a neighborhood comes to be is part of this story, but given enough time, the house itself builds a history.



When we first saw our place in Barelas, I was enchanted by the deep window sills created by double adobe walls – perfect perches for cats and children. And I was intrigued by tales of the water well that was somewhere on the property and shut down (or not).



We… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 12, 2010 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Morning Fix - Declaring Independence!

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Added by Barelas Babe on July 2, 2010 at 7:00am — 18 Comments

Morning Fix: Happy Birthday Tamarind!

  • New laws today: expensive cigarettes, no double-dipping, plus guns in saloons restaurants that serve booze.
  • No deals cut. No balanced budget. As of midnight, labor unions and the City of…
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Added by Barelas Babe on July 1, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Morning Fix: Ssssssssssnakes

  • Man accidentally shoots 6 at UNMH; has concealed carry permit for his gun.
  • How many Superfund sites in Albuquerque could benefit from this…
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Added by Barelas Babe on June 30, 2010 at 6:30am — 17 Comments

Morning Fix: Fire and Rain

  • Fire in the bosque - again.
  • When it rains, it pours - maybe not in your neighborhood, but somewhere in the city.
  • Hungry attack bear is caught and killed by state…
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Added by Barelas Babe on June 29, 2010 at 6:30am — 15 Comments

Commonsensical

I’ve been thinking a lot about common sense lately. Let me rephrase that – I’ve been thinking about uncommon sense. You know, the kind of practiced response that lines up with social norms in a civil society?



And I’m trying not to be a cranky curmudgeon mom as I think through this.



For… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on June 28, 2010 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

Morning Fix: Thales says, "Water is all".

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Added by Barelas Babe on June 28, 2010 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Next Frontier: Albuquerque

Duke City locals know that use of the words “Frontier” and “Albuquerque” in a sentence means one thing. For the policy wonks at the Brookings Institution, these words couple together in a way that has nothing to do with cinnamon rolls, John Wayne, or the rug room.



Last… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on June 21, 2010 at 4:30pm — 13 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

Oh, Snap!

On the Friday afternoon that kicked off Memorial Day weekend, I was in an ambulance in downtown Albuquerque, staring at an IV bag and wondering how long it would take for morphine to enter my bloodstream. Since I had spent most of the early part of that afternoon writing up multiple choice quizzes for a online course I’m teaching this summer, my mind moved like this:



A. Not fast enough.

B. Not long at all.

C. Time is… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on June 7, 2010 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

Of Honeysuckle and Gedanken Experiments

Every job has its cycles. My work follows the academic calendar – things get especially hectic during the beginning of the term and towards the end of the term. If you look at the dates of my blog postings, you can pretty much figure out when each term starts, when midterms happen, and when the semester ends. The term (finally) is over and for better or worse, I am back.



I’ll be frank – I’m extremely relieved that the Spring 2010 semester… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on May 17, 2010 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Sin Agua

Sandwiched between this morning's stories of greed at Goldman Sachs and the impact of volcanic ash on European air travel, is a New York Times story about Pajarito Mesa just south of Albuquerque. This is a familiar story to Duke City denizens, but many people elsewhere assume those living "off the grid" do so as a matter of choice, not necessity. And they are often… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on April 19, 2010 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

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