V.25 No.34 | 08/25/2016
Face the Sun
Friday, Aug 26: Mountainair Sunflower Festival
By Joshua Lee [ Thu Aug 25 2016 12:00 PM ]
Enjoy arts and crafts, a sunflower hat contest, food vendors, children's activities and juried art show. Live entertainment from Rye Creek, Erineo, The Roadrunners and Kubatana Marimba Southwest.
V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016
The Daily Word in Altruistic Whales, Seinfeld and Old-Fashioned Bookshops
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 9 2016 11:09 AM ]
Hillary Clinton is sued after the parents of two American Benghazi victims claim that her private e-mail servers contributed to their children's deaths.
Do humpback whales practice altruism? The whales repeatedly save other species from from becoming an orca's next meal in the wild. Scientists speculate the reason behind this risky and seemingly heroic behavior.
Good luck keeping up with all the Seinfeld references in this book review. And if you think you caught them all, you should probably get the book.
Researchers in Ontario study peat moss samples and determine that the carbon-rich bogs are threatened by climate change, are more susceptible to starting forest fires and have the potential to raise the global concentration of carbon dioxide.
Don't count on using your phone as entertainment in London bookstores. Many are creating old-fashioned and tranquil atmospheres with no Wi-Fi, where shop-goers can peacefully unplug and browse.
Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday morning after a baby dies shortly after birth. The infant's mother was infected with the virus while in Latin America during her pregnancy, where the fetus also contracted the virus.
This Olympian gets first place in my book. Positivity for the win.
V.25 No.30 | 07/28/2016
A Midsummer Night's Wings
Saturday, Aug 6: Summer Wings, A Festival of Flight
By Monica Schmitt [ Thu Aug 4 2016 10:00 AM ]
Bilingual, guided walks to learn about native animals. Watch a hummingbird capture, banding and release, an insect capture, indentification and release and learn about natureÂ journaling.
V.25 No.28 | 07/14/2016
The Daily Word in Wildlife, Plagiarism and Rich People
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 19 2016 10:36 AM ]
Whales everywhere rejoice after the US Navy finally stops using harmful underwater sonar.
Coincidence? I think not.
Be a mindful tourist, and not one of these people.
Jon Krakauer's book Into The Wild stirred a wanderlust-y side of many people, to the point where a strikingly large amount are attempting to follow the protagonist's journey to Fairbanks Bus 142 in Alaska.
Why anyone would live in New Mexico with no taste for hot chile peppers is beyond me, but in case the heat doesn't hurt so good (and simply hurts) try extinguishing the pain with milk, not water.
V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016
Wednesday, Jun 29: What Are Fractals?
By Joshua Lee [ Mon Jun 27 2016 10:00 AM ]
Learn about fractals through presentations and hands-on activities.
The Daily Word in Emojis, Artful Expression and A Chicken Thief
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 21 2016 11:05 AM ]
A mama Black Bear attacked a marathon-runner at Valles Caldera National Park in defense of her cubs. The runner survived by playing dead, but the Department of Game and Fish euthanized the bear, who was part of a study and wearing a tracking device.
You may be able to purchase a semi-automatic rifle in a number of minutes, but don't count on sending a rifle emoji.
Young artist Kaylin Andres who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer expresses the realities of her illness through timeless art exhibits.
So, this is strange: In Jackson, Mississippi a 77-year-old man stole three boxes of frozen chicken before hastily riding away on a bicycle.
Looks like the Great Pyramid of Giza is a bit crooked. Ah well, we all make mistakes. Even extraterrestrials.
Anyone else growing as impatient as I am to see Steven Spielberg's rendition of Roald Dahl's fantastically imaginative book The BFG? The director and producer explains why he feels a distinct connection with the Big Friendly Giant.
In case you're looking for some fresh summer road trip jams.
V.25 No.20 | 05/19/2016
Saturday, May 28: Bees and Seeds Festival
By Maggie Grimason [ Thu May 26 2016 10:00 AM ]
Second annual fest with eco-friendly vendors, food trucks, artists and professional beekeepers. Free plants available courtesy of Red Tractor Farm.
The Daily Word in Nature, Banksy and Stonehenge
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue May 24 2016 12:59 PM ]
Today marks The European Day of Parks, a cause for celebration and appreciation of the region's protected natural places. Find that last bit of inspiration needed for a European adventure in these stunning photos.
Works by the forever anonymous and controversial artist Banksy are lent by private collectors and shown at a gallery in Rome.
Governor Martinez is one Burqueña who will neither support nor protest the Albuquerque Trump rally. The reason? She's “really busy.”
Venezuelans, furious about food shortages and inflation, protest against President Maduro on the streets of Caracas.
Don't fear trans people in bathrooms, fear diaper changing stations. Learn from this woman's mistake and remember to put the table back up.
V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016
May the Forest be with You
Sunday, May 22: Hiking to History
By Maggie Grimason [ Fri May 20 2016 11:00 AM ]
Author Robert Juyan reviews his newest book.
V.25 No.18 | 05/05/2016
Poetry and Prose at Local Book Store
Press Release [ Fri May 13 2016 10:15 AM ]
Jeanne Shannon, born on a farm in Virginia, will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, May 15, to talk about and sign her book of poetry and prose, Summoning.
The book is described as such: "A collection of poems and hybrid works that hover at the boundary between poetry and prose, and that range from the abstract and experimental to the concrete and accessible. Employing imagery that is vivid and frequently surprising, the author addresses subjects that include the natural world (especially the plant kingdom), art and music, the dreamlike regions of memory, and the mysterious—the 'dissolving forms' that tell us the world is stranger than we might suppose. In the title poem and others, she summons recollections of her early life in 1940s southwestern Virginia, 'the heart of Appalachia.'"
Shannon was born on a snowy morning on a farm in southwestern Virginia, “the heart of Appalachia,” when the Sun was in Aquarius and the Moon was in Taurus. She has lived in the west (Arizona and New Mexico) for most of her adult life. She writes poems that she characterizes as paintings—often impressionistic, sometimes abstract. It's hard to find one that does not contain a reference to a member of the vegetable kingdom, be it tree, weed or flower. She is pleased to claim Robert Beverley, historian of early Virginia whose name appears in Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, as a maternal ancestor.
The Daily Word in snake wine, wolf poaching and a feast for 5,000
By Renee Chavez [ Wed May 11 2016 12:30 PM ]
So, uh, stuff has happened in the past on this day.
Make sure to read the fine print in your most recent PNM bill.
Take a look at APD's new use of force policy.
Awwwoooo! Do you have a wolfie heart?
In NY, a feast for 5,000 people was made out of food that would have been thrown away.
New studies show that government culling of wolves increases poaching.
Is Earth really the only habitable planet?
Move over dudes. The salamanders don't need you anymore.
Rare seal pups need the ice that is melting.
Pro tip: Don't drink or make wine with tiger bones in it.
Saturday, May 7: Herbfest 2016
By Joshua Lee [ Fri May 6 2016 5:00 PM ]
Herbs, wildflowers, native plants and arts and crafts for sale, guided bird and nature walks, live music, crafts for kids, a raffle and refreshments.
V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016
Send It Soaring
Saturday, Apr 23: Kite Fest
By Monica Schmitt [ Fri Apr 22 2016 10:00 AM ]
Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes. Visitors can bring their own kite, buy one at the festival or watch professional stunt kite fliers maneuver kites expertly in the wind.
V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016
Water Shoes Not Required
Sunday, Apr 17: Down in the Bosque Opening Reception and Talk
By Maggie Grimason [ Fri Apr 15 2016 10:00 AM ]
Artist Alan Paine Radebaugh discusses his work.
V.25 No.9 | 03/03/2016
The Crows, Crows, Crows
One of the world's smartest animals is right overhead
By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Mar 8 2016 10:49 AM ]
What's almost as amazing as the fact that the crow is one of the world's smartest animals, is that they're so commonplace. But, when you think about it, it follows: Smart animals survive and proliferate.
These intrepid black birds (from their beaks to their feet) are part of the corvid family, which also includes that other close relative of the crow, the raven. Almost all species of corvid have been observed using tools, have well-studied languages, a demonstrable generational memory and frequently vocalize emotions like fear and happiness. Domesticated crows even have "names" for their owners, typified by a vocalization only used in the presence of a particular person. Further, they are able to recognize a number of faces.
Part of the crow's ability to endure is the fact that they eat such a variety of food, over 1,000 different documented items. Dedicated omnivores, they'll eat carrion or carry out. They even recognize logos. Sadly and amazingly, crows will always descend upon a McDonald's bag before they peak into a plain brown sack.
If you need a list of 19 more reasons to love crows and some baby pics that make it impossible not to, check out this Buzzfeed list.
And also consider the great imagery these big black birds provide. They show up time and again in popular media ... take a listen to the Mountain Goats' song "The Crow," my personal favorite song about these special birds.
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