According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website, Memorial Day was first established as “Decoration Day,” three years after the end of the Civil War. An organization consisting of the heads of the Union Army declared May 30 a date dedicated to decorating the graves of the war dead. There’s speculation that it was chosen because there would be plenty of flowers available at that time of year. After World War I, the holiday was expanded to include those who have died in all American wars, not just the Civil War. Like the rest of the country, New Mexico [ Read More ]
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Every year Santa Fe throws a huge party in September. They elect royalty and celebrate masses and say novenas. Processions of old Spanish families in period dress wind through the streets of downtown. There are arts and crafts booths on the Santa Fe Plaza. There’s dancing in the street. There’s a pet parade and a Hysterical Historical Parade parodying New Mexico’s colorful past. And there’s the burning of a giant marionette effigy named Zozobra (aka “Old Man Gloom”) in Ft. Marcy Park the Friday night before Labor Day, just for the fun of it. Folks, THIS is a party. Only [ Read More ]Pin It
I wrote this three years ago, but still love to share my thoughts on the magic of Popejoy Hall during the holiday season. Enjoy! My 49th birthday was December 8, 2009, and my daughter, Johanna, a brand new freshman at UNM, bought tickets for the two of us to see the Nutcracker ballet performed by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and New Mexico Ballet Company at Popejoy Hall. I snuck into her dorm room with a sleeping bag and an armload of dress up clothes, we wandered down Central to dinner at Yanni’s, and then we walked across campus to [ Read More ]
The rules of blogging are clear. You are NEVER to apologize to your readers for being absent. But honestly, folks, I’m feeling extremely contrite about how long it’s taken me to get a blog post put together. So I have to apologize. And then I have to explain why I’m so harried and short on time right this minute. If you’ve ever lived in a small town and served as a volunteer, you might have some understanding of my current dilemma. I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the Logan Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce, and we’re [ Read More ]Pin It
Okay – here’s another fortune I wrote for an all-girl party I attended in January. It’s all in fun – read it in the spirit intended, and then take yourself to Jemez Springs for a great time, male or female. It’s a great weekend getaway! For good fortune in 2011, take yourself up to Jemez Springs for a day of relaxing and a night of total debauchery. This is a trip to celebrate your dual nature, your yin and yang, your good girl/wild girl. This is a trip to remind yourself that there are two sides to every story, and [ Read More ]
As my New Year greeting to all of you, I give you a mostly wordless Wednesday and some of the photos from our Christmas Eve spent in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Good thing this is wordless, because it’s really impossible to describe how beautiful New Mexico is at this time of year. Maybe you’ll be inspired to plan to spend your next holiday here! Happy New Year to all of you.