I Love New Mexico

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December - 6 - 2012

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 ]

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January - 27 - 2012

  This is a repost of something I write back in the summer of 2010.  The January wind outside is giving me an itch to get my hands dirty and start gardening. . .I’m counting the days until the last frost. Back in the day when I was finishing my degree at UNM, trying to fit a full load of classes into my life as a single mom with a third grader and a high school junior, as well as a full-time job, I had a history teacher, Virginia Scharff, who was ruthless about assigning papers.  I recently found my  [ Read More ]

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UNM Mesa Vista Hall
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 ]

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September - 11 - 2010

   “Art is only art when it is synonymous with living.” –Alexander Girard Last year at this time, Johanna was a new student at UNM.  I was trying to figure out what to do with my evenings – the days of waiting for her to get home from volleyball practice or cokes at the Super Stop before I could plan dinner, the “what school project is due tomorrow?” question sessions, the piles of never-ending laundry in the utility room (which, I have to say, she always did herself) were over – and I was missing her horribly.  She was navigating the newness of her  [ Read More ]

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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 ]

December - 28 - 2009

Most of the great conversations of my lifetime have occurred at the Frontier Restaurant over a bowl of green chile stew, sharing a cinnamon roll. There’s really no other place like it in New Mexico. When I was thinking of moving to Albuquerque from Amarillo, on my very first weekend apartment hunting, my pal Candi took me to the Frontier for breakfast on a Sunday morning. It was like going to Mecca for green chile lovers. It made up my mind – I had to get home to a state that served food like that. The Frontier is located directly  [ Read More ]

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