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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 — 4 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

Mosquitoes, Mayor McCheese, and More: The 2008 Southwest Biennial

Two years ago I happened on the first Biennial Southwest (2006) art show by accident – I was at the Albuquerque Museum to look at the Rembrandt etchings of beggars. My family, ever crowd averse and having reached their fill of Rembrandt, headed down a hall, turned a corner, and walked smack into the Biennial Southwest exhibit.

My trek this weekend to the… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on November 24, 2008 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

From the DC to DC

After last week’s election results were posted, I realized that a fair number of politicos and their staffers in the Duke City may be headed to Washington DC, my “other city”. And it seems that a local museum director and a few others (including one amazing Burqueña who’ll be sharing my space for a bit) will also be coming east. Some folks will be trekking from… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on November 10, 2008 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Access to Obama

There were 45,000 hearing people in the audience and 5 signing deaf people in the bleachers behind the stage at the Obama Rally Saturday night. Regular readers of my blog may know that I'm a card-carrying member of the smaller group.

Rule Number One for deaf people: show up early to any big event with American Sign Language interpreters.

This event was no exception.

Why show up early? Well, we deaf people need to be… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 27, 2008 at 10:30am — 20 Comments

Growing Up Purple

I’m looking forward to voting this week. One of my earliest childhood memories is of walking down the street on Election Day with both of my parents and my younger brother, whose toddler exuberance was constrained with a baby blue leash child harness.

It was rare that we’d walk somewhere together as a family of four. Most of our family outings involved getting in the car and… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 19, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Brown in Burque

It is easier to be brown in Burque. One of the unexpected advantages to moving to Albuquerque (and to Barelas in particular) was the realization that having olive skin, dark hair and eyes that hinted at something other than European ancestry didn't matter so much here.

After a lifetime of "… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 12, 2008 at 6:30pm — 49 Comments

El Jardin de Barelas

Less than a mile from the heart of downtown Albuquerque is a community experiment in progress. If you drive (or even walk) down 4th Street south of Central Avenue, past the streets named for entities in the Periodic Table of the Elements, you might notice a small plot of land with raised garden beds painted in bright colors.

Enclosed by a six foot high chain link fence and a locked gate,… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 6, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Returning to Albuquerque

I’ve been staring at the screen off and on for days, trying to figure out what to blog about this week.

This happens sometimes when I’ve been away from Albuquerque for too long. And I have been away longer than usual, thanks to some extra travel this month. But in some ways, I'm never that far away from Albuquerque.

So I’m wondering:

Should I start with the most popular question of the week from my colleagues here in DC -… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 29, 2008 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Huh? Hearing Loss in the Duke City

Approximately one in every ten Americans has hearing loss. That's about 50,000 Burqueños, give or take a few thousand. Once in a while a hearing loss related question will even pop up on DCF.

Some readers of DCF may know that I wear… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 22, 2008 at 2:00pm — 16 Comments

Filling Up at the Filling Station

The first weekend after Labor Day is always bittersweet for me, marking the psychological transition from summer into autumn. Mornings are cooler, there’s a hint of green chile in the air, and leaves begin to acquire a tarnish of gold.

On a personal note, it means that I get to reacquaint myself with the Sunport and life as a commuter traversing the friendly skies. This weekend was my first weekend… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 8, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Beautiful Barelas

“Beautiful” is not a word often linked with Barelas. Ours is a close-knit community, held together by corazón y familia, but beauty doesn’t figure into most descriptions of Barelas. Speed through the main thoroughfares of our barrio and you’ll likely miss the beauty that lives in… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 1, 2008 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Lobo Lineage

The first time I saw Albuquerque was during winter break of my senior year of college. My 3 year old son and I drove east from California in an aging pickup truck to check out the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque as a possible place to spend a few years while I attended graduate school.

The two of us had been to… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 25, 2008 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

Front Porch Naturalist

From my backyard I can see several multi-story buildings downtown, including the new Anasazi condominiums. From my front porch, it is easy to forget they are there. It is not that I have the luxury of a front porch view that overlooks the Rio Grande bosque or the Sandia skyline - I’m in the middle of Barelas, looking out on a street… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 18, 2008 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Back to School

My best friend Diana called from Arizona last night, wanting to give my daughter a new outfit for her first day of high school. As a veteran mother of two daughters who have successfully navigated (and completed) the murky waters of high school, her advice is worth its weight in gold.

My best friend and I met a score and a half years ago as college students in Orange County, California. It wasn't until I bought a house in Barelas - 12 years… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Summer Harvest

Instead of walking to the Downtown Grower's market, I harvested grapes and plums from the backyard this morning. Yum!

Added by Barelas Babe on August 9, 2008 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Yard Sale

The last time I held a yard sale was almost exactly 19 years ago. I was 3 weeks away from giving birth to my firstborn, and had felt the nesting (and purging) instinct with a vengeance. We made enough money to buy items for the baby’s layette and an expensive silk lampshade for a family heirloom antique lamp that I had foolishly decided should go in the nursery. (What was I… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 4, 2008 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

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