I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

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May - 25 - 2015

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 ]

The Billy the Kid Museum in the 60's
May - 10 - 2015

This was originally posted in February 2011, and has remained on the of the most popular on this blog.  Many thanks to my friend, Libbye Morris, who wrote about her childhood summers working as a guide at the Billy the Kid Museum in Ft. Sumner. The Billy the Kid Museum – An Oasis of Rich History in the Sparse Eastern Plains of New Mexico by Guest Author Libbye Morris   People who hail from all over the world know about the tiny Village of Fort Sumner, New Mexico (population 1,200) largely because of the Billy the Kid Museum, which gets  [ Read More ]

peach tree good
April - 25 - 2015

I just read a great essay by Geneen Roth.  She’s written a number of books about women and body image and eating, but this essay in “When you Eat At the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair” is by far my favorite. I read it every once in a while to remind myself of how I feel about life in general. Her advice is to celebrate every little thing.  Get yourself out of your head (thinking about yesterday, or tomorrow, or what you ate last night that had too many calories, or what you should have said to that guy who took  [ Read More ]

civis war glorietta pass
April - 12 - 2015

This was scheduled to post on April 12, 2015, as that’s the anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Here it is! In 1990, when I was pregnant with Johanna and living in Kansas, we were avid fans of PBS.  We didn’t have cable.  But what we did have was the anticipation of Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary on the Civil War.  Despite all our other differences, Johanna’s father and I were both history buffs (okay, fiends) who loved best the stories contained in American History. In the introduction to the Ken Burns Civil War documentary, David McCullough, the narrator says “The  [ Read More ]

Betty and Kenneth's wedding day - May 12, 1950
April - 10 - 2015

I wrote this little piece to honor my mother and my aunt Crystell. We were informed last week that the Tucumcari Chapter of the DAR had chosen them as their “Historic Women of Quay County for 2015″ or something like that. So my cousin Janis called to let me know the luncheon was coming up, and then she said, “They asked me to write something about my mom and your’s. I say YOU are going to be the one to write it.” So I started writing. I am from a huge family. You can’t swing a cat in Quay County  [ Read More ]

beatles in hollyhocks
March - 6 - 2015

  This is a repost of an old article I wrote when I lived in northeastern New Mexico. Both of the images here are Beatles posters that I have hanging either in my bathroom or in the hallway on the whitewashed walls of my Santa Fe home.  I’ve thought about this post a lot in the past several weeks. I’m now selling homes for Keller Williams Santa Fe, and I show amazingly beautiful, architecturally pleasing homes every day of the week. I’ve often wondered whether my Beatles posters would be appropriate in those homes. Most of the walls in the  [ Read More ]

chocolate pie
January - 20 - 2015

A couple of months ago, I promised to post my Grandma Ayres’ chocolate pie recipe after the Texas cousins dinner was over.   I just felt compelled to try it before I posted it.  Yes, in fact, my cousin Tommy’s version was perfect (we all wanted to put our heads in the pie pan and lap up the scraps), but sometimes you want to know if the recipe is really as easy as he says. It looks simple, which was the secret to the success of Grandma’s recipes – she raised ten kids in Porter, New Mexico, on a farmer’s income.  And  [ Read More ]

New Mexico, Santa Fe,
January - 16 - 2015

This is a repost, but my New Year’s resolution for 2015: Anna Quindlen wrote a great little book several years ago with the title “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.” The book is one of my favorite gifts to give – it’s exactly 50 pages of her inspiring prose and beautiful photos of people living their very ordinary but full lives. The premise is pretty simple and follows my own philosophy: Enjoy life, know what’s important, cherish the ones you love and know that you are uniquely you. The bottom line is that life is short and we’re all  [ Read More ]

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October - 2 - 2014

I get to live in what I think is the most beautiful place in the world. I also get to live in the most interesting city, a place that is 400 plus years old and where the architecture is unlike anything else in the world. But I lead a busy life. I hurry through the streets of Santa Fe, headed to a meeting or that ever important lunch on a plaza bench with a Five and Dime Frito Pie in my lap. Occasionally I forget to stop and look around me. Yesterday afternoon I was headed back to the Keller  [ Read More ]

Fiesta de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Rosario Chapel
August - 10 - 2014

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 ]

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