I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

Tucumcari west
February - 16 - 2014

There’s a stretch of road on I-40 about 12 miles west of Tucumcari where you pass a short little mesa on the right and then the road swings ever so slightly to the north before opening onto a broad plain heading straight west.  The view will make you think “vistas” and “wide open spaces.”  It’s rimmed on all sides by mesas, but the expanse between the highway and the mesas is miles and miles of New Mexico space.   The little village of Montoya sits at the west end of that particular valley. I’ve taken some bad trips and made some  [ Read More ]

Bob Wills Roy party
February - 15 - 2014

I’ll admit up front that this article could use at least an hour or two of phone calls and research to find our more about how the event I’m touting came to be, whether it’s going to be an annual event, what the Chamber of Commerce will do with the $$….but it has to be posted today. That’s because tonight the Roy, New Mexico Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Salute to Bob Wills steak dinner and dance. Which means that if you live within three or four hours of Roy and you forgot to do something special for your  [ Read More ]

Pedernal from Abiquiu
February - 11 - 2014

Another blogger recently challenged her readers who are also bloggers to write 365 posts to see if they could change the world for their audiences in one year.  Now, folks, I have to tell you that I think that’s a very lofty ambition, both the writing and the changing the world part.  But why not spend a few minutes here every single day giving you a dose of what I love best about New Mexico? For anyone who is in a new relationship, I have a best-date-ever idea for you, especially if your girl/guy is a New Mexico nut.  Like  [ Read More ]

Carne adovada breakfast at The Pantry.  With grits
January - 27 - 2014

This post originally appeared at the Two Casitas blog I write for Wendy Kapp. One of the absolute best things about Santa Fe is the eating. I agree that it’s not the only thing worthwhile about visiting – there’s the Opera and the Lensic and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the Plaza and the Railyard and the hiking and the skiing and Ten Thousand Waves and music at El Farol on a Saturday night. . . There are a lot of good reasons to visit Santa Fe. But the food. . .just thinking about the amazing and varied food you  [ Read More ]

Gallegos mesa
January - 21 - 2014

Not so long ago, I had the interesting experience of posting a profile on Match.com. Before moving to Santa Fe, I used to live in an extremely small town (pop 1100) and the dating prospects were practically nonexistent. So, telling myself that it would probably be fodder for a novel more than anything else, I posted my photos and a profile on Match.com, stating that I was looking for a team roper who could quote Shakespeare while shaving. I can’t say that I had exceptionally good luck – I had several first dates, none of which really made me want  [ Read More ]

Lady Longhorns after winning state championship in 2013
January - 6 - 2014

It’s high school basketball season again.  Finally. In New Mexico that means a lot of things.  There are gymnasiums all over the state where teams are spending at least an hour after school running laps, sprints, drills, and, best of all, plays. Somewhere tonight there’s a kid nursing a bad case of shin splints while another high fives her dad and says, “I made ten free throws in a row during practice! I really did it!” For me, it means only one thing. I’ve printed the Logan Longhorn Basketball schedule and have it on my bulletin board over my desk.  [ Read More ]

Green Chile Quiche - the finished product
December - 11 - 2013

It’s a snowy day in northern New Mexico.  If you’re looking for something delicious, simple and easy to make for dinner, I found it.  And then I made it last night.  I guess it was my unintentional meatless Monday meal. I ventured out of the house yesterday after hours of watching it snow, and I eventually ended up my mother’s very warm inviting kitchen, drinking coffee.  There was a new dish on her stove, a pie pan of something looking suspiciously green chile-ish.  “What’s that, and may I have it for lunch?” I asked.  “Eat it all,” she said, “your  [ Read More ]

Harding County overlooking Canadian River Canyon.  Taken at a funeral I attended at the Hartley Ranch near Roy.
November - 25 - 2013

I recently read a post entitled “Always Go To The Funeral.”   A woman named Diedre Sullivan wrote it for the “This I Believe” series on NPR.  She said it was a point on which her father was unyielding.  Whether or not she wanted to, he told her to always go to the funeral.  To do it for the family. It’s a beautiful piece of writing. I’m not stealing Ms. Sullivan’s thoughts.  I just think it bears repeating.  And her post reminded me that I’ve always lived with this advice as well.  Not that it was spoken.  Not that my  [ Read More ]

cranberry salsa
November - 13 - 2013

It’s that time again!  I first posted this in November 2010, and have posted it each Thanksgiving since.  It’s too delicious NOT to have on your table. This is the easiest cranberry salsa recipe in existence.  If you’re a total purist, make your own cranberry sauce from the directions on a bag of fresh cranberries.  If you’re in a hurry and have 22 other dishes to make (that’s me), use canned cranberry sauce. And this isn’t just a Thanksgiving recipe – make it and take to a potluck and you’ll be deemed brilliant.  All the other guests will want your  [ Read More ]

Melvin "Kike" Waltmon, circa 1942
November - 11 - 2013

This is a repost, in honor of Veteran’s Day and in honor of one of the kindest, gentlest and yet bravest men I’ll ever know.  Kike Waltmon passed away on October 29, 2013, at the age of 96, leaving a huge hole in our lives.  When he and I were spending days together, the thing that impressed me most was that Kike didn’t see what he did as anything out of the ordinary. He didn’t think of himself as a hero, despite his four years as a Prisoner of War in World War II. He signed up for duty and  [ Read More ]

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