V.25 No.37 | 9/15/2016
The Last Samurai in London
No, it doesn’t have anything to do with that awful Tom Cruise movie
Review by Robin Babb
The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai is a brilliant work that turns a classic story on its head.
Telling the Soul's Truth
Magic abounds in Child of Duende
By Maggie Grimason
Michelle Adam wrote of a spirit to awaken a spirit.
V.25 No.35 | 09/01/2016
The Daily Word in Slave Labor, NASA and Honeybees
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Sep 6 2016 11:12 AM ]
A new study gives insight into treating anxiety disorders. Scientists determine that the key isn't simply lowering cortisol levels in the brain, it's lowering them in particular areas of the brain.
NASA always seems to be working on something mind-blowing and certainly larger than life. These days, it's a mission for a spacecraft called Osiris-Rex. Ever wondered what ingredients were involved in the making of the solar system? This spacecraft aims to follow a 500 meter, carbon-rich asteroid holding the answers.
Coffee is an essential component in many Americans' lives, but how much do you think about the origin of your precious roast? Not to put a damper on your beautiful, caffeinated morning but you can most likely thank slave labor for that latte.
Wake me up when the election ends.
I can almost smell musty pages and feel the buzzing yearning for knowledge from here.
In an attempt to kill mosquitoes carrying Zika virus, an aerial pesticide sprayed in South Carolina killed millions of honeybees. The sweet creatures crawled from their hives to escape the poison but died just outside the entrance.
It's bat season! Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to hundreds of bats that head to Mexico when the weather gets chilly (so, right about now). Before you take a road trip to watch them pour out of the caves at dusk, here's some info about these little winged creatures.
Would you run 8.8 miles to school every day while barefoot? This guy would (and did). Read about the importance of education to Uganda native James Arinaitwe, who gladly took the lengthy journey to learn in his youth.
V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016
By Monica Schmitt [ Fri Aug 12 2016 3:00 PM ]
Should. What does it mean? And why do we use it so often? It's been so normalized that we say it without realizing our intentions, without realizing that we're bound by obligation to act and live in certain ways for reasons unknown. It's a concept that I question often and desperately strive to detach from. In an ideal world, the “shoulds” are far from my life, thrown off a cliff or anchored to an ocean floor and certainly nowhere near my decision-making. Why? Because the entire idea exists on a foundation of societal pressure and expectation.
Last week I received a late birthday gift in the mail from my mother. I expected a silly card with a corny message inside, or some ridiculous clothing item that I would never pick out myself. Instead, I reached inside a slightly crumpled priority mail envelope and felt the cool, smooth cover and sharp cardboard edges of a book. The Crossroads of Should and Must, I read. The title was written in colorful letters and on the bottom was a small illustration of a sign with two arrows pointing in opposite directions, reading, “should” and “must.”
I held the colorful book and let the title sink in. Could it really be about what I thought it was going to be about? I turned the first few pages and started skimming. “These pages are a pep talk to honor that voice inside of you that says you have something special to give. It's a reminder that while there is no map for where you're going, many have traveled the road before. It's permission to unlearn everything you've ever been told you should do in order to learn what you must.” I flipped through the pages, quicker this time.
The book detailed the difference between a job, a career and a calling. It was filled with splashes of colorful artwork and creative fonts, and looked almost like an interactive journal or picture book at first glance. The author talked about her personal experience with stepping outside of her comfort zone in order to quit doing something she felt she “should” do, and to start honoring her true passions, regardless of money or fear of failure or rejection.
You know those times when you start reading a book and it speaks to you on a spiritual level and you don't put it down until your eyes are bloodshot from staying awake for so long and the final page has been turned? That's what happened. I read the entire thing in one sitting and might have teared up a couple of times. No shame.
My brain! My heart! When did someone jump inside of my skull, steal my thoughts, articulate them much better than I ever could and then publish them?! I sat on my couch in a bit of a haze, the torn envelope flung onto the floor, and felt a wave of calm inspiration mixed with a frenzied, overwhelmed desire to do everything in the world all at once.
After I came down from my post-reading high, I had to wonder: how real is this? How possible is it to live a life that serves you in every way, and to refuse to compromise your principles for the sake of societal acceptance or money? The idealist in me wanted every single word to be true. The idealist wanted to take the book and my keys and bolt out the door towards a life of unprecedented adventure. But the realist was skeptical, latching onto the all-too-well-known ways of comfort and conformity. I believe in living vulnerably, striving to look a fool and prove that I'm attempting things that make me uncomfortable, and I'm working on making that lifestyle a reality. This book was a reminder that simply being aware that I want to avoid a life of complacency and complete foreseeable structure is one step in the direction of where I do want to be.
Read the book. Even if you're someone who puts up barriers to mask your vulnerable side, and the thought of pages upon pages of cheesy, inspirational words is making you cringe with embarrassment. Especially you, read it.
V.25 No.29 | 07/21/2016
Saturday, Jul 30: Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Magic Party
By Joshua Lee [ Thu Jul 28 2016 12:00 PM ]
Enjoy a night of activities and giveaways leading up to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016
What's On Your Bucket List?
N.M. Authors Celebrate "Bucket of Fun"
Press Release [ Fri Jul 15 2016 11:15 AM ]
New Mexico authors Barbe Awalt, Loretta Hall and Patricia C. Hodapp are celebrating the release of their Bucket List books with a "Bucket of Fun" event at 3pm on Sunday, July 17, at Page One Books. Awalt's latest is The Ultimate Green Chile Cheeseburger Bucket List, Hall has The Complete Space Buff's Bucket List, and Patricia C. Hodapp's effort is The Complete Santa Fe Bucket List.
Hall's Space Buff is teased as such: "The Complete Space Buff's Bucket List talks about, of course, the usual things like great museums, planetariums, astronauts, space suits, rockets, planets, and stars. But it also has duct tape, Tang, Cosmos, movies, space burial, Astronaut Ice Cream, Biosphere, aliens and the Meteorite Crater. Each Bucket List book is dedicated to an appropriate non-profit and this book highlights The National Space Society. If you have things on your bucket list that are not in this book, no fear, because there is a blank list in the back of the book. This book is a fun and light space book that will appeal to astronauts everywhere."
And Hodapp's Santa Fe list is thus described: "The Complete Santa Fe Bucket List Book is the fifth in the series of Bucket List books by Rio Grande Books. Patricia C. Hodapp, Director of the Santa Fe Library, lists all of the Santa Fe events, places, and distinctive fun that makes The City Different is one of the greatest tourist locations in the US. There are 100 things that she thinks are noteworthy including: green and red chile, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, sunsets, blue skies, art of Hispanics, Native Americans and Anglos, museums, Canyon Road and the Plaza."
Awalt has hung and curated countless art exhibits including nine venues for the Our Saints Among Us travelling exhibit. She is also the co-publisher of Tradicion Revista, the only regular magazine featuring the Hispanic arts and culture of the Southwest. She lives in Albuquerque.
Local Author at Page 1
Press Release [ Fri Jul 8 2016 12:00 PM ]
Ashley Gallegos, local writer and paralegal, will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, July 10, to talk about and sign her 2016 romantic mystery novels, Vegas Candy and Last Chance Baby.
Vegas Candy is described as such: "When Cat reluctantly agrees to attend her future sister-in-law's bachelorette weekend in Vegas, adventure is the last thing she expects to find. But when she finds herself in profound danger, it appears that marriage to a mysterious stranger is the only way out. Handsome, enigmatic Thomas is determined to keep the alluring Cat safe but was unaware how much his vow would put his own heart at risk. With the risk of danger closing in, both Cat and Thomas must decide how much they are willing to gamble on love before the odds double down against them."
And in her Last Chance Baby, Hailey sought adventure in Seattle "the second high school was over but what she found was more than she had bargained for. When Hailey suddenly comes back home to New Mexico pregnant and harboring secrets, everyone assumes that it is the father of the baby that she is running from. Hailey is happy to let everyone make those assumptions if it keeps them safe from the truth. But Gram's new farm hand Chuck has his own secrets and is too highly trained to ignore the red flags coming from Hailey's direction. When her dedication to keeping her secrets leads to grave tragedy, Hailey finds that she may have to let Chuck in more than she would like as they find themselves navigating a world of crime, danger and loyalty that neither had anticipated. Can Hailey keep those she loves safe or will her past cost her the ultimate sacrifice?"
Gallegos is addicted to school, and is currently pursuing her MBA in Legal Management. She also is a contract Paralegal. She loves to travel and is torn between Vegas and Haiti as her favorite destinations. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and their crazy dogs.
V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016
Guffaw, Chuckle, Giggle
Saturday, Jul 9: Laughs for Literacy
By Renée Chavez [ Fri Jul 8 2016 11:00 AM ]
Comedian Marty Smith and friends present comedy with a bookish theme. All proceeds benefit Reading Works, a nonprofit adult literacy program.
The Daily Word in Street Art, Prosthetic Limbs and Space
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 5 2016 11:05 AM ]
Portuguese graffiti artists have taken their work to a whole new dimension.
A town supervisor in New York is looking towards environmentally friendly ways to combat viruses carried by mosquitoes. More specifically, getting help from our nocturnal, vision-impaired friends. Have you thanked a bat today?
Australia's complicated voting system leaves citizens with no clue who won the election, 48 hours later.
Inspired by a generation of praising computer-like accuracy, scientists reevaluate child-rearing methods in a new book and discuss the importance of communication and encouraging questions.
Police departments in some cities are exploring the possibility of texting for help in situations where making calls might feel too risky.
A 9-year-old girl who was born without a right hand was given a prosthetic arm from students at Sienna College. Complete with a Frozen theme.
V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016
Four N.M. Romance Authors Join Forces
Press Release [ Thu Jun 30 2016 10:00 AM ]
Paranormal author Darynda Jones, along with romance authors Celeste Bradley, Susan Donovan and Katie Lane, join forces at 4pm on Saturday, July 2, to celebrate a "Hot, Sultry Summer of Love" at Page One Books with their latest releases.
Bradley's I Thee Wed is teased as such: "Intelligent and driven, Orion Worthington aspired to be like his mentor, the acclaimed scientist Sir Geoffrey Blayne. Logically, Sir Geoffrey’s daughter would be Orion’s perfect match. So why can’t he keep his mind off the unruly girl who works in Sir Geoffrey’s lab? Orphaned fire-cracker Francesca Penrose hopes that London is modern enough to accept her brilliant mind despite her womanhood. But she can’t help noticing Orion’s mind ... or his body. So they decide to run an experiment: if they give in to their passions, their attraction will simply fizzle out, with no impact on their hearts ... right?"
In Donovan's "Bayberry" novel, "It might take more than a magical mermaid statue to bring together a hard-headed Navy SEAL and the mysterious artist who’s loved him from afar ... Duncan Flynn long ago said goodbye to his hometown of Bayberry Island, Mass., where a mermaid statue allegedly grants true love to the pure at heart. So when the injured Navy SEAL gets sent home—just in time to help his family prepare for the annual Mermaid Festival—he’s not in the mood to celebrate. Nor fall in love. But during a night run on the beach, a magnificently naked woman emerges from the surf who bears an uncanny resemblance to the mermaid in Fountain Square. Adelena Silva’s otherworldly mermaid paintings have made her famous and wealthy, but Lena herself is a recluse—at least until Duncan Flynn comes home."
And Lane's Billionaire After Dark is thus described: "It's an undisputed fact that Nash Beaumont is the hottest of the Beaumont brothers. His slow, sensual smile charms every French Kiss employee-and tempts every woman to buy the company's lingerie. But beneath Nash's raw charisma is a dark, kinky side that he struggles to control ... a side that may be exposed by one lovely—and unexpectedly adventurous woman. Reporter Eden Huckabee needs a story. And when she discovers Nash's dirty little secret, she thinks she's found it. But Eden doesn't count on Nash turning the tables on her—or that she will fall so deeply for this unbelievably sexy, one-in-a-billion Beaumont."
Jones, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, won a Golden Heart Award for best paranormal for her manuscript First Grave On The Right. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Jones moved to Albuquerque from Portales in 2015 with her husband. They have two sons.
Bradley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty Regency romance novels, including The Wicked Worthington, The Runaway Bride, The Heiress Brides, The Royal Four, and The Liar’s Club series. She has twice been nominated for the RITA award by the Romance Writers of America. Before becoming a writer in 1999, Celeste was an artist, specializing in pottery and ceramic sculpture. Shes lives in Albuquerque.
Donovan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of dozens of novels, including The Sweetest Summer and Sea of Love, and a novella in Christmas on Main Street. She lives in Placitas.
Lane started writing in fifth grade when she wrote a fictional story about being a skirt(yes, you read that correctly. The story was told in first-skirt rather than first-person). Since then, she's stuck to telling stories about people. Going Cowboy Crazy was her first "Deep in the Heart of Texas" novel. She lives in Albuquerque with her high school sweetheart.
V.25 No.23 | 06/09/2016
Local Fantasy/Space Opera Writer at Page 1
Press Release [ Thu Jun 23 2016 10:00 AM ]
Daniel Abraham, best-selling local fantasy and space opera author, will be at Page One Books at 4pm on Saturday, June 25, to talk about and sign his latest epic fantasy novel, The Spider's War: The Dagger and the Coin Book 5, which marks the conclusion to this series.
The book is described as such: "Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent conflict of all against all. In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire, and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world."
Abraham is the author of the critically-acclaimed Long Price Quartet. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild award. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) James S.A. Corey. Corey's space opera books have been turned into "The Expanse" TV series on the SyFy Channel, which has been renewed for a second season. He lives in Albuquerque with his family.
The Daily Word in Heroic Women, Chemistry and Photogenic Monkeys
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 14 2016 11:46 AM ]
The true art of seduction, told by a heroic 90-year-old woman.
On his quest to photograph all 12,000 captive species in the world, photographer Joel Sartore adds the majestic proboscis monkey to the list. Apparently the noses on these guys are a pretty attractive trait to female proboscises.
Ah, the blame game. The NRA claims that Obama and his policies are responsible for the heartbreaking mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Meanwhile, thousands of people attend a vigil determined to spread love and support, and prove that hate cannot win.
Next on the summer reading list.
An atmospheric chemist collects air samples in movie theaters and discovers that emissions from peoples' breath are most likely influenced by emotions.
Be nice to your waitstaff, or pay the price.
Neither her wedding dress nor her agenda got in the way of this just-married woman from saving the day.
V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016
Local Fantasy Writer at Page 1 Books
Press Release [ Fri Jun 10 2016 10:15 AM ]
Local fantasy author to visit Page 1 Books.
Santa Fe writer visits Page 1 Books
Press Release [ Fri Jun 3 2016 11:15 AM ]
Check out local paranormal romance at Page 1 Books.
Local Author Fair at Page 1 Books
Press Release [ Thu Jun 2 2016 10:00 AM ]
Page 1 Books is hosting another Small Press and Local Author Fair.
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