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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 — 6 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

Hunting the Happy Face

Ever since Adelita posted this, my family has been on a mission to find image # 2. Tonight, my son and I decided to hunt down the Happy Face. First, we fortified ourselves with fuel here.



And then we saw this on the way to… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 2, 2008 at 11:00pm — 12 Comments

Walkability - Barelas Style

I’m up too late on a Saturday night (for reasons of insomnia, not fun) and feel too groggy to throw on some clothes and walk a few blocks down the street to the Church of Beethoven this Sunday morning.



So I make my mug of Ohori’s Italian Roast drip coffee, all the while dithering over whether I want to start my day with the New York… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 28, 2008 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Poster Child in Barelas

Ever since the summer of 1975, when I hung a foldout poster from Elton John’s Captain Fantastic album on my bedroom closet door, I have been a sucker for posters. Earlier this month I stumbled upon Puerto Rico Literario, a small gem of a poster art collection at the… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 21, 2008 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Sunport Blogging, Part 3

Ever since I’ve been commuting from Albuquerque to the Capital City (not the City Different, but the one supposedly built on a swamp), I’ve been tantalized by glimpses of the old Albuquerque Airport terminal, built in 1939.



Last week, I decided to see it up close and in person.



It was an adventure.



The first challenge is getting to it. Mapquest and Google…

Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 14, 2008 at 10:30pm — 25 Comments

Barelas Kudzu


Help! The trumpeter vine is taking over my house!

Added by Barelas Babe on July 9, 2008 at 7:33pm — 8 Comments

Sunport Blogging, Part 2

Airport – a neutral place between worlds.



Each time I’m at an airport, I’m always reminded of C. S. Lewis’s Wood Between the Worlds -the pervasive lassitude and sense of being neither here nor there.



Obviously, airports lack the WBTW's lush green foliage and pools leading to different worlds in Narnian cosmology.



Still, the idea of bypassing TSA… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 7, 2008 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Sunport Blogging, Part 1

Once again I’m blogging in an airport upon wending my way back to Albuquerque from (yet another) conference.



These days the Sunport seems more familiar than my backyard garden, now brimming with apricots and plums ready for cooking, canning, freezing, and drying.



I’m weary. It feels like I’ve been through the Sunport at least forty times this… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 4, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Diebenkorn in New Mexico

So, I screwed up.

Big time.



My flashdrive with all my blogs – pieces, musings, remnants, polished products – GONE! (Or at least it did not make the ride with me to our nation’s capital, which is currently more humid than a Finnish sauna and just as hot.)



So yesterday I got creative.



First, I racked my brain for Albuquerque connections in Washington DC.



I thought about a few – the scraggly pinyon pine… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on June 23, 2008 at 4:23pm — 8 Comments

Happenstance



No matter how many years I’ve been in Albuquerque, it’s the happenstance that gets to me.



Over ten years ago, while waiting for a shuttle bus at the UNM South Lot, I struck up a conversation with a woman standing next to me. As we chatted, we discovered that we’d been corresponding with each other on a UNM issue over e-mail for the past month, but had never met face to face.



Happenstance.



We laughed, and soon our… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on June 16, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Rite of Passage



I’m sitting on a folding chair in a storefront office in the South Valley and I’m terrified.



There are about 35 chairs arranged in a semi-circle -- all facing the front. Most peoples' heads are tilted upwards; what is happening up front has their rapt attention.



We’re not in a storefront church, but an MVD dispensary.



My son is getting his driver’s license.



The item that has captured everyone’s… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on June 9, 2008 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

Back to Burque

Each year, right around the time when the Rolling Thunder motorcyclists make their way into the nation’s capital, I roll out of town with a bootful of books, migrating back to Burque for the summer. This time I journeyed back with my history buff and computer geek son, who is (as they say) “transitioning” from high school to college. Here… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on May 28, 2008 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Beethoven in Barelas!

On Sunday morning I woke up late, threw on jeans and a sweater, and dashed down 4th Street to check out one of the newest happenings in Barelas – the Church of Beethoven. Last week I stumbled upon this story in the Daily Lobo, and promised myself the next time I was in… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on April 27, 2008 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed...

I spent a good chunk of this weekend running errands from the North Valley to Barelas. I couldn’t help noticing that the lilacs are everywhere this time of year.



Whenever I see lilacs, I am reminded of Walt Whitman’s moving elegy to Abraham Lincoln.



Oddly enough, I never made the connection between lilacs blooming and the time of year that Lincoln’s assassination must have… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on April 15, 2008 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Of Cherry Blossoms and Tortillas



A few days ago the Washington Post published a story on tortillas.



To be precise, the story rated corn tortillas, giving WaPo readers the lowdown on where to find the best tasting corn tortillas in the DC area.



After I stopped laughing, I starting thinking about why it is so hard to… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on March 20, 2008 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

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