NOB HILL—A couple hundred people showed up last night to discuss their concerns about the pending Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. From the look of the negative signs on various businesses along the street, I was sure it would be a lively meeting. Most said something like, “NO ART!”
The meeting was well…Continue
NOB HILL—Yesterday I went to Monte Vista Elementary School. I haven’t taught there for over 15 years, but still it was a pretty emotional experience. And today, of course, is our school bond election.
But what is a school? There is something about a school that cannot be captured in statistical…Continue
There are pictures I refuse to look at; people I can’t listen to without anger and words I refuse to read or write…Continue
It was on Friday, December 4, two days after the mass shootings in San Bernadino, that Jerry Falwell Jr. stood in front of the students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Falwell, as president of Liberty, the world’s largest Christian school, addressed the student convocation and urged them…Continue
MICHAEL THOMAS COFFEE, NOB HILL—You must have seen her. Judy Bierbaum drinks her coffee here now, but for years she was something of a fixture at the Flying Star on Central Ave. I interviewed her ten years ago after hearing something of her remarkable story from a third party. My wife and I count her as a…Continue
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Want to get away with your partner or family this holiday season, but you’re out of ideas and the clock just ticks away? I get it, but there’s still time to do this! Head southeast to the Pecos River.
In Carlsbad, the Pecos River is contained by two dams to form Lake Carlsbad in the center of town. In…Continue
TWIN RIVERS CG-BATH, NEW HAMPSHIRE—We are in the White Mountains of New Hampshire tonight. Today, Monday, was the last day of the Columbus Day holiday. Not much noted (favorably, at least) in New Mexico, it is an observed 4-day holiday weekend here in much of New England.
The license plates in the…Continue
PORT AUX BASQUES, NEWFOUNDLAND—MaryAnn and I have come over 5,000 miles from our home in Nob Hill on this road trip that has lasted a month so far. Finally we stopped heading away from New Mexico and started back to Nova Scotia.
We had bought a trailer last summer, a short pop-up camping…
SAINT-JEAN-PORT-JOLI, QUEBEC—”Bonjour...er, Hello!” she said as we walked into the restaurant. It was almost ten o’clock and we were looking for a late breakfast.
How did she know we were not Quebecers? Well, I’m not sure...but it has happened before. There is something about the way we…
NOB HILL—Always on the lookout for adventure, MaryAnn and I bought a small pop-up trailer last summer. Called a “Hi-Lo”, the ceiling and walls lift up as a single unit to reveal a space large enough for living.
We tried it out once already on a trip down to Caballo Lake. It worked well. I really like…
When it comes right down to it, a rider in the Duke City cannot depend on traffic laws for safety. They are no protection…Continue
Bottomless Lakes State Park was New Mexico’s very first state park, having been dedicated in 1933. It is located about 12 miles east of Roswell off U.S. Highway 380, and then south on NM 409.
They say that cowboys tried to find the bottom of these lakes with their lariats and couldn’t, even when…
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I spent the last two months writing for NMMainStreet. I loved it, but it involved writing 30 pieces in 60 days...9 of them while riding a bicycle across the state. I covered New Mexico Gallup to Lovington and Raton to Silver City. If I wasn't writing, I was driving. …Continue
Out here where the antelope play, even shopping is an event. Click here for the…
One of the forgotten landmarks of old Route 66 is just northeast of Gallup. It is a spectacular sandstone formation called Kit Carson’s Cave. The entrance stands an imposing 50 feet high, while the inside goes back about 100 feet on an uphill slant. At the far end there is a wall which encloses a live…Continue
SECOND ST. SW—Last Thursday’s ABQ Journal had an article on birding that mentioned Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. It gave the address as 7851 2nd St SW. Hmmmm…. Somewhere in that dizzying swirl of information particles that constantly recycle themselves just behind my eyeballs, there came a speck of…Continue
Yes, it's a big, wide, wonderful world out…
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