I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

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May - 31 - 2012

If your perception of New Mexico is that of the Southwestern desert, a la the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, with yuccas, sagebrush and cactus being the central theme, think again. New Mexico is home to fabulous river terrain, and right now is the perfect time to get yourself on a raft or kayak and experience one of the finest adventures we have to offer here. If you’re staying in Santa Fe or Taos or points nearby sometime soon, plan to spend at least a half day on either the Rio Grande or the Rio Chama. May and June are  [ Read More ]

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February - 5 - 2012

When I started writing this blog in December 2009, I had a couple of very simple goals.  I wanted to write about New Mexico, land that I love (that phrase always makes me feel like I should break into song), and I wanted to record some of my thoughts for my kids.  It seemed simpler than writing a memoir that might or might not get published.  Mostly I just wanted to feed my need to write something every day. What I didn’t foresee was how this blog would lead to acquaintances and friendships with so many people from so many  [ Read More ]

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January - 5 - 2012

I suffered a significant loss in my personal life this past week, right after Christmas, and on days when I thought my heart might burst, I talked to friends and wrote pointless essays and did a lot of praying and meditating.  Finally, after four days of aimless wandering through what felt like an emotional minefield, I got a call from my friend Haleigh in Taos.  “Come see me,” she said.  “You can stay at my place and I’ll feed you and keep your wine glass full and listen to you talk.” Spending a couple of days with an old friend  [ Read More ]

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November - 18 - 2011

Repost – Great for wintertime reading:  I read The Milagro Beanfield War 29 years ago when I was pregnant with Zachary. I was living in West Texas missing my old life in New Mexico, trying not to be totally bewildered at my new role as someone’s wife. Deborah, my friend from college, sent the book to me as a wedding gift – one of the most unique gifts I’ve ever received. It came in a box with seven other books and a note that said, “These are the best books I’ve read this year – and now they’re your’s. Congratulations.”  [ Read More ]

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October - 13 - 2011

  My great pals (and cousins) TJ and Robin Smith went for a long drive last weekend, all over northern New Mexico.  Las Vegas, Villanueva, Pecos, Mora, Tres Ritos, Taos, Angel Fire, Red River, Cimarron. . .     They took a pile of pictures.    When I suggested that they write a guest blog, they suggested that I write the content instead and use their photos.  Well, the only content I feel like writing is “Wish I had been there.”  For those of you who haven’t spent October in New Mexico, all I can say is, “Get here.”  The colors  [ Read More ]

December - 17 - 2009

I love the restaurant at the St. James Hotel in Cimarron. I love that I can get in my car in Logan with my boyfriend and be in Red River in less than three hours. And I love that this past Friday, on the way to spend half-price weekend in Red River (half price on lodging, ski lift tickets, rentals, etc. – it’s a tradition in Red River, and a mighty fine one at that!), Dave suggested that we stop at the St. James in Cimarron and have my belated birthday dinner. For those of you that haven’t been to Cimarron,  [ Read More ]

December - 17 - 2009

I love New Mexico. That’s what I want to talk about. I want to talk about seeing antelopes in the fields as I drive from Logan to Clovis. I want to tell you the where the cleanest restrooms are between Albuquerque and Tucumcari. I want you to know how it feels to be in an intertube in a cove in Ute Lake on a July afternoon. I want to talk you into a cold beer at the Mine Shaft in Madrid after an early morning at the balloon fiesta. I want to show you where my grandpa Terry homesteaded in  [ Read More ]

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