V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016
A Beary Good Time
Sunday, Sep 18: Sandia Mountain Bear Fair
By Monica Schmitt [ Sat Sep 17 2016 10:00 AM ]
A celebration of New Mexico's state mammal including a panel discussion on bear behavior, information booths, kids' activities and live music by Paul Thompson.
Saturday, Sep 17: 10th Anniversary Celebration Of Open Space Visitor Center
By Maggie Grimason [ Fri Sep 16 2016 10:00 AM ]
Tour the Piedras Marcadas Pueblo, see Undercurrents by Bill Pentler in the gallery, enjoy live music, food, art exhibits and family friendly activities.
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.34 | 08/25/2016
Courtesy of Southwest Print Fiesta's Facebook
Ready, Set, Print
Saturday, Sep 3: Southwest Print Fiesta
By Megan Reneau [ Thu Sep 1 2016 10:00 AM ]
This inagural event will feature original fine art prints, letterpress creations and printed wearables. Local and regional artists and studios will be demonstrating, producing and selling their works.
Courtesy of Noah McLaurine
Reaching a Crescendo
Friday, Sep 2: [Tension-Building Music] Opening Reception
By Maggie Grimason [ Wed Aug 31 2016 10:00 AM ]
The recent work of Noah McLaurine, featuring photographs of public lands and monuments in New Mexico. Runs through 11/5.
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.
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