I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

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 ]

May - 11 - 2012

This is a repost of one of my favorite New Mexico stories. My daddy grew up in Porter, New Mexico, the youngest of ten children.  He delights in telling what I think of as “baby of the family” stories (I have a number of my own. . .), about how the older brothers used to torture him by hiding behind the tank and jumping out to frighten him when he had to walk to the windmill after dark to turn the pump off , or how he sometimes had to stay in and help Granny Terry in the house because he was the  [ Read More ]

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November - 7 - 2011

I found the tourism/informational video below of New Mexico, made in the 40’s, and thought it was too interesting to keep to myself.  I’d love to hear your comments – good and bad.  Perhaps a bit patronizing, but then tourism was always based on outside perceptions, right?  And were we what the tourism department reported we were, or did we become what tourists wanted to see?  Which came first. . .? New Mexico in the 40\’s

February - 20 - 2010

I went to a great funeral yesterday.  I’m sure there are those of you who think the word “great” and “funeral” should never appear in the same sentence, much less next to each other.   But this really was a great funeral.  Inez Brown, the 93 year-old mother of my friend JoRheta, passed away after a long illness and was buried in the Tucumcari cemetery yesterday morning after a graveside service.  Although we’re in the midst of  the coldest winter on record in 25 years, the weather wasn’t miserable.   The wind let up for about an hour, there was a capella  [ Read More ]

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