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New Mexico State Fair, New Mexico Expo Rodeo
September - 19 - 2013

Yes, it’s a repost.  About one of my favorite events in New Mexico. Something magical happens in New Mexico the moment the Quay County Fair opens.  The hot, dry, blistery summer that has had us all gasping (especially this summer, but as I recall, in all summers past) through August waiting for some relief breaks and  it suddenly starts to feel like fall.  I know intellectually that this is a product of the calendar being closer to September than July, but all my life I’ve equated it with the Fair.  One morning during the County Fair, you wake up and  [ Read More ]

March - 4 - 2012

As of about 7:30 p.m. last night, it became official.  Both Logan Longhorns varsity basketball teams – boys and girls – are headed to Albuquerque next week for the State Basketball Tournament.  The girls won against Coronado Friday night and the boys beat Des Moines last night, and at the end of both games the Logan crowd flooded the court, lifting players in the air, crying, cheering.  I don’t know if this has happened before – both Logan High teams headed to State at the same time, but I do know that basketball fever has now reached its highest pitch in  [ Read More ]

January - 29 - 2012

  With all the views and comments I received on my latest post on high school basketball, it’s clear to me that folks in New Mexico LOVE their basketball.  I thought you might enjoy even more these vintage photos Janet Feerer Bradshaw brought into the office a couple of weeks ago.  The one above was taken in the old Logan High Gym. Don’t know much about the next three – It would seem to me that the girl third from the left might be a Bruhn, just because there seems to be such a strong family resemblance. I’m going to rely  [ Read More ]

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January - 26 - 2012

Some of my earliest memories from the 60’s involve the sound of someone dribbling a basketball down the court while the crowd cheers.  I love the smell of a gymnasium – hardwood varnish, basketball leather, a bit of sweat, popcorn, cinnamon suckers.  In my mind I can still see all those tiny gyms of my childhood – Grady with their wooden bleachers behind a barrier (like in “Hoosiers”), San Jon’s brick walls, Amistad’s cavernous court that turned into a dance floor every New Year’s and Christmas, Logan’s little gym with three rows of built-in wooden seats under tall casement windows and  [ Read More ]

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December - 12 - 2010

A lot of my readers know my personal story. In Las Cruces, in 1981, I was a first semester junior, give or take a credit or two, at New Mexico State University.  I loved college, every minute of it, including the work-study job I had at the Rio Grande Historical Society.  I loved Las Cruces and the view of the Organ Mountains on the eastern horizon.  I loved Chope’s in La Mesa, and El Patio in Mesilla.  I loved my little efficiency on the western outskirts of Mesilla.  I loved my friends and meeting for breakfast on Saturday mornings for green chile huevos at Dick’s.  [ Read More ]

November - 9 - 2010

  My mom recently located a clipping from the Quay County Sun, a Thanksgiving article about what Logan grade school children were thankful for in 1968. I started to print the very timely contents of the article (maybe later), but the photo immediately took me back to how it felt to be in the third grade with Mrs. Lorena Smith as my teacher. So. . .here’s what you get instead. Third grade is almost as bad as second. I’m surprised. Second grade scared me to death – Mrs. Pittman made my days long and tearful.  I was never able to  [ Read More ]

October - 12 - 2010

I spent part of my morning at Logan High School yesterday.  I sat in my friend Shelley Wallin’s classroom with her senior college prep class and discussed what blogging means, where the great blogs live, how blogging and writing and sharing and connecting could possibly help each of them.  We talked about the cyber community, their favorite musicians (Ashley Muncy shouted out “Kene Terry” and I had to tell her there might not be any blogs on Kene, but that we’d work on it together. . .), gaming, football, cheerleading – and then we went to the computer lab to set up a wordpress  [ Read More ]

August - 25 - 2010

For all of you out there who enjoyed the post about Zachary and the amazing education he received at the Albuquerque Academy, here’s a little follow-up.  As I said in the previous post, he studied hard at the University of Texas and got himself a PhD in Aerospace Engineering last December (that’s how they say it in Quay County – “got himself” – except that they just say that he’s a rocket scientist now. . .), and then he decided it might be well worth it to walk across the stage in May and get hooded by the heads of his  [ Read More ]

May - 17 - 2010

I’m a small town girl.  That’s certainly no secret to any of you.  I live 84 miles from a Wal-Mart.  There’s one movie theater in Quay County, with one showing per night at 7:00 p.m.  Movie changes on Fridays.  If you don’t mind seeing Avatar (not in 3-D, of course) on Friday night and then going back for more on Tuesday or Wednesday, it’s not a bad way to live.  There’s no sushi here.  No malls.  We all have a gift closet so that when a birthday comes up, we have something to take to a party.  It’s an interesting  [ Read More ]

April - 23 - 2010

I’m cooking yet another pot of posole, this time for my son Zachary, who is spending a couple of days with me in Logan before he goes on to his 10 year reunion at the Albuquerque Academy (www.aa.edu).  I’m crazy proud of Zachary – he just finished his PhD in aerospace engineering at UT-Austin, and while he’s a brainiac, his intelligence is subtle and unobtrusive.  He’s one of the easiest people I know with whom to spend time (yeah, I know, I’m his mom, but truly, that’s what anyone who knows him would say), and his world view is compassionate and concerned without being over  [ Read More ]

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