Oct. 27, 2016

Smoke gets in your eyes

An old Santa Fe flame

Blue Corn A concept we have to get our minds around if we live in these parts—in addition to remembering to say “in these parts” as often as possible—is the notion of the “prescribed burn.”

Oct. 26, 2016 by Robert Basler

The Ragin’ Pagans!

Pack up all your cares and woes

Blue Corn Just last month, Santa Feans celebrated that singular event that sets us apart from every other city. No, I’m not referring to adding our 4,000th yoga studio.

Oct. 12, 2016 by Robert Basler

Big Announcement

The end of something…

Blue Corn Hey, Bob! You must be getting excited now. It’s really getting close! It sure is, isn’t it? Uh, what’s getting close?

Sept. 28, 2016 by Robert Basler

Keep your trousers on, Billy!

Suspending disbelief?

Blue Corn Gather ’round, history buffs, it’s time for another rip-roaring tale of Billy the Kid. New Mexico sort of owns Billy, since he fought, killed and died here. He even spent a few months jailed in Santa Fe, back in 1880.

Sept. 14, 2016 by Robert Basler

You Want Art With That?

Look, it’s the Wienermobile!

Blue Corn It was a near tragedy. A family from Muncie, Indiana, was shopping for art on Santa Fe’s legendary Canyon Road last March when the mother suddenly keeled over from hunger!

Aug. 31, 2016 by Robert Basler

Go To Your Quarters!

Feeding the insatiable beast

Blue Corn Honey, where are you going? Downtown for lunch. Sweetheart, why are you walking all stooped-over like that? Backpack. Very heavy… It’s already time to have the anvil serviced?

Aug. 10, 2016 by Robert Basler

You May Be A Winner!

And the best lip-piercing parlor on Galisteo is…

Blue Corn You’ve probably seen the big news: SFR today announced the results of the 2016 Best of Santa Fe competition.

July 27, 2016 by Robert Basler

Shooters at Hooters?

A contender for the Bad Idea Olympics

Blue Corn Let’s face it, all of us have some bad ideas now and then.

July 13, 2016 by Robert Basler

A Modest Proposal

What fowl deed is this?

Blue Corn Let’s play a game. You try to name the only state in the US that doesn’t have an approved plan to identify and protect soon-to-be-endangered wildlife species. Give up? It’s New Mexico, the state that likes to figure out the least it can do for

June 22, 2016 by Robert Basler

Voting? Are You an Idiot?

When the NM Constitution trumps democracy

Blue Corn Hey, Bob? Aren’t you the guy in charge of Santa Feans for Trump? I guess I am … You guess? Yeah, our campaign has just been dealt a major blow here in New Mexico, and I’m still reeling from it.

June 08, 2016 by Robert Basler

Give Up on Your Stupid Dream

Born Here “Like a death of the heart Jesus, where do I start? But you’re still the one pool where I’d happily drown.” -LCD Soundsystem (suggested soundtrack) The time has come, friends, for me to move on.

March 02, 2016 by Miljen Aljinovic

Stone Cold Bummer

Born Here For most, Groundhog Day is the first sign that winter will soon be ending; that from Feb. 2 forward, the sun will become brighter and warmer, and things might start looking up. For me, that’s the day after Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 10, 2016 by Miljen Aljinovic

Melting Pot

Born Here “One of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather who manages to get people to let them do it to them.” —Douglas Adams

Jan. 27, 2016 by Miljen Aljinovic

Chain of Command

Born Here I’ve been talking a lot recently about how much more progress we could make, as a community, if we stopped bickering about the things we disagree on and started taking proactive action on subjects where there is consensus.

Jan. 13, 2016 by Miljen Aljinovic

Middle Ground

Born Here I’ve had some interesting conversations in the last week, since challenging you all to reach out and talk to me about whatever you thought was important.

Dec. 23, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

Taking Sides

Born Here I’m not generally one to issue retractions, and while I stand by my overall point from my last column—I may have been a little hard on the old white people.

Dec. 09, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

Not in My Yard

Born Here I’ve complained a lot in private conversations, as far back as I can remember, about the political climate in Santa Fe, and how it seems to favor a minority of wealthy, retired, white transplants that hide in the hills above downtown.

Nov. 25, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

Clown Car Go Boom

Born Here Friends, we need to sit and talk for a few minutes about the Republicans. I’m a little worried for them.

Nov. 11, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

My Private Eschaton

Born Here As we’ve briefly discussed before, much of my day-to-day life is tempered by a constant struggle with anxiety and depression.

Oct. 28, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

Brave New Romance

Born Here Of all the strange new things that shape the way we interact, I think Tinder may be the most interesting.

Oct. 14, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

The Opposite of Love

Here's the Thing A person much older and wiser than myself once told me, “It’s not hatred that’s the opposite of love, it’s indifference.” I was 22 at the time, and I didn’t really get the point my mentor was trying to make.

Feb. 17, 2016 by Andrea L Mays

An Ounce of Prevention

Here's the Thing At the outset, let me say that I make no excuses for those who engage in criminal behavior. If you break the law, particularly if it is knowingly done, you should expect to assume the consequences.

Feb. 03, 2016 by Andrea L Mays

A Manufactured Crisis

Here's the Thing There’s a saying where I come from that warns those seeking to stir up trouble in peaceful and productive situations: Don’t start nothin’, there won’t be nothin'.

Jan. 20, 2016 by Andrea L Mays

So We Try: On Parenting

Here's the Thing Well-intentioned, hypervigilant parents are a class of people who could qualify for protection by the federal government. Why?

Jan. 06, 2016 by Andrea L Mays

A Working Life

Here's the Thing Americans put a lot of stock in the “work” we do. Work is a great source of our pride.

Dec. 16, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

Real ID Crisis Is Forked Up

Here's the Thing In chess, the move is called a fork. A player advances a piece, or develops a play, in such a way that it can potentially capture two of an opponent’s highly valued pieces.

Nov. 18, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

We Shouldn’t Move

Here's the Thing Watching New Mexico Public Education Department officials continue to justify PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing reminds me of that joke, “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?”

Nov. 04, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

Leave the Light On

Here's the Thing The brisk mornings, shorter days and chilly evening air announce that autumn has at last arrived in Santa Fe. And, as day doth follow night, with these changes come the higher costs to light and heat our homes.

Oct. 21, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

Murderous Excuses

Here's the Thing Last month, the Violence Policy Center released a report that opened with the following information: According to the US Department of Justice, “women are more likely to be victims of violent crimes committed by intimate partners than men, especial

Oct. 07, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

Judge Teachers Honorably

Here's the Thing Since 2009, 39 states and the District of Columbia have required that teacher evaluations be tied to student performance on standardized tests. And ours, of course, is one of them.

Sept. 16, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

Lee on Literature | Hillary Clinton and Huey Long

Get insights to hate toward Clinton from 1946 novel based on Louisiana politician

Lee on Literature Despite more experience in the highest levels of government than any other presidential candidate in modern history and a composed demeanor amidst increasingly absurd (and sexist) assaults, why do s

Oct. 18, 2016 by Lee Miller

Lee on Literature | Muhammad Ali: A Modern Lord Byron

Lee on Literature Struggles for human justice are not new, as the great Muhammad Ali and Lord Byron confronted similar racism and sexism in their respective eras.

Aug. 16, 2016 by Lee Miller

Lee on Literature: Catch-22 of the US Presidential Election

Primary season shows a process flooded with examples of inescapable paradoxes

Lee on Literature “It’s ridiculous that we have this kind of money in politics,” actor George Clooney stated after raising $15 million for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign this month.

May 05, 2016 by Lee Miller

Mother Tongue | Other Mothers' Voices

Essays by teens who are both parents and high school students

Mother Tongue Mother Tongue is at its best as a forum for many parents’ voices. I am excited to share the thoughts and perspectives of seven young moms on issues of parenting, health, time management,  discovering goals, planning for the future and summoning the courage to make it through rough days.

July 11, 2016 by Lauren Whitehurst

Mother Tongue | The Deciders

The way we talk to people shows we respect them

Mother Tongue We want them to ask questions and challenge us when they don’t agree. We also want them to respect their family, teachers and peers. The way we talk to people shows we respect them. The way we discuss rules—and why they’re important to families, classrooms and communities—is also about respecting each other, even in disagreement.

April 28, 2016 by Lauren Whitehurst

Savage Love

Seven Nights

Savage Love I love my wife, but I have a lot of resentment, disappointment, and insecurity over our sex life. After four years of marriage, huge angst remains that I have yet to get a handle on.

Oct. 26, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

The Trump Talk

Savage Love Waiting to pay for my groceries at the market this evening, this guy, stinking of booze, says to my 9-year-old daughter, “Sweetheart, can you put the divider thing there for me?”

Oct. 19, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Senior Moments

Savage Love I’m 64 years young, a musician, chubby, full head of hair, no Viagra needed, no alcohol, I don’t mind if you drink, smoker, yes I am. I am also faithful, loyal, and single for five years.

Oct. 12, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Vulva Va Voom

Savage Love A question on your favorite topic, Dan. Just kidding, it’s a question about my vagina. I’m having a problem with the microbiome of my vulva and vagina.

Oct. 05, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love


Savage Love I’m a guy, 35, and a cheating piece of shit. I’m engaged to a woman I love, but earlier this year I cheated on her. I have no excuse. She discovered the dating app I used, and we worked through that.

Sept. 28, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love


Savage Love I’m a 27-year-old straight male and a high-school teacher held to a strict code. I left my fiancée in June and haven’t had sex since. Needless to say, I’m really horny.

Sept. 21, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

No on 60

Savage Love I’m a woman who watches porn—we do exist—and I have a mad crush on a male porn star named Small Hands. Unfortunately, his videos focus less on his handsome face and more on some girl’s ass.

Sept. 14, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Milk Money

Savage Love My husband left the picture recently, and I’m now a single mom supporting an infant in Toronto. I work a retail job and am drowning financially.

Sept. 07, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Client Tell

Savage Love I have been seeing sex workers for 30 years, and I shudder to think how shitty my life would have been without them.

Aug. 31, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Had to Get Away

Savage Love DEAR READERS: This is the final week of my summer vacation—but you’ve been getting a new column every week I’ve been gone, all of them written by Dan Savage, none of them written by me. Our final guest Dan Savage is an independent designer, ill

Aug. 24, 2016 by Dan Savage

Bigger than School

Why the perfect school system is out of reach—and always will be

School Reformed It’s been five years since SFR published my first column. I wrote about Brandon Brown, a former student of mine who walked across the graduation stage at Monte del Sol Charter School, received his diploma to loud applause, then died drunk.

Dec. 31, 2014 by Seth Biderman

Pick the Best Answer

Rethinking parent choice for standardized tests

School Reformed There’s a lot of talk these days, in the world of public education, about “parent choice” and “parent empowerment.”

Oct. 28, 2014 by Seth Biderman


Why school reform begins with us

School Reformed Our public school system, after all, is just a vessel, guided by the values of the community in which it sails.

July 29, 2014 by Seth Biderman

The Parent’s Dilemma

How much do you believe in public schools?

School Reformed My wife and I find ourselves confronting a tricky dilemma: Though I believe in the principle of free public education, I’m not feeling good about sending our 4-year-old daughter to the neighborhood public school for kindergarten in 2015. 

April 29, 2014 by Seth Biderman

Safe and Sound

Where school safety and sound education meet

School Reformed It’s a terrifying statistic, and not only for those of us who send our children to school every day, but also for the educators and lawmakers who hold the professional and moral responsibility of keeping our schools safe.

Jan. 29, 2014 by Seth Biderman

The Schools Push Back

The next step is pushing forward

School Reformed On Dec. 17, in response to state and federal demands that our schools pull themselves up by their bootstraps with a new battery of student tests and teacher evaluations, our local school board pushed

Jan. 01, 2014 by Seth Biderman

What Word?

Keeping the teacher in teaching by resisting the script

School Reformed A local elementary school teacher recently showed me the new manual she has been asked to use to teach reading to her students. I flipped it open and found a column of words, followed by these instruc

Oct. 30, 2013 by Seth Biderman

Why We Shouldn’t Use the Term Sex Slave

Anti-trafficking campaigns often miss the mark on helping victims

SEXed You’ve heard the sex trafficking story before. A woman from a foreign country is brought to live in the US in a dirty apartment and forced to have sex with people until the police step in, she escapes or she dies.

Feb. 04, 2015 by Hunter Riley

Contraception For Men Might Be On Its Way

What it is, how it works and what it means for reproductive freedom

SEXed Science is finally catching up to the 21st century by studying contraception for men that could be available as early as 2017. It’s about time

Jan. 06, 2015 by Hunter Riley

Learning to Break Up

A shame-free approach to ending relationships

SEXed Sex and breaking up have more in common than you might think. Both take a certain level of self-awareness, acceptance and communication to get your needs met. Unfortunately, we do a sub-par job of teaching people how to develop these skills.

Dec. 02, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Let’s Talk About Sex…ual Assault on College Campuses

Why you don’t have to be sorry forgetting real with college students

SEXed It makes me so sad that the University of New Mexico felt the need to apologize for offering sex education to students last month.

Nov. 04, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Addicted to Porn

Clinical psychologist David Ley questions common diagnosis

SEXed We need to start having open, honest discussions about why the problem of so-called porn addiction actually has less to do with titillating material, and more to do with how people use them.

Sept. 30, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Sex in Full Spectrum

Professional training with sex-positive spin comes to Southwestern College

SEXed We give health care workers (and people in general) the most basic information about sex, and that’s it.

Sept. 02, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Losing the Battle

What’s going wrong with the war for reproductive freedom?

SEXed The Supreme Court ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores is a major sign pointing to the way the health and reproductive rights of a woman are not valued in the same way a man’s are. Whether it’s restricting access to abortion or restricting

Aug. 05, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Trans Care

Counselor explains the impact of federal benefits for gender dysphoria treatment

SEXed If you’re basking in your post-Pride glow, add increased access to Medicare services by transgender people as another item on the list of reasons to rejoice!

July 01, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Zoning Regulations Cock Block Sex Shops

Santa Fe’s less-than-friendly zoning regulations make sexy business in Santa Fe hard, and not in a good way

SEXed Santa Fe is home to hundreds of art galleries, restaurants and other businesses that keep locals and tourists happy, healthy and entertained. Yet the city is lacking diversity in one industry: sex. I’m specifically talking about sex shops.

June 03, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Dating and Hooking Up with Technology

How the younger generation usesdating sites and hook-up apps to meet and greet

SEXed Using websites and apps to find a partner is becoming a centerpiece of dating for people in the technology age. 

May 06, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Metaphor and Metamorphosis

The Yawp Barbaric If you have ever watched Sherwin Bitsui recite his poems, you get the feeling he is bringing the news from some other realm—he leans hard into the microphone; his voice is forceful, commanding; his eyes move under their lids like those of someone in the midst of a troubling dream.

Aug. 20, 2014 by Jon Davis

Dramatic Setting

The Yawp Barbaric It’s July in Santa Fe, which means the skies darken most every afternoon and somebody somewhere gets rained on. And sometimes, during the July monsoons, the Institute of American Indian Arts’ campus starts to look like Provence.

July 15, 2014 by Jon Davis

Más Cerca: In search of the authentic

The Yawp Barbaric “Fin de la Fiesta” is a poem that seeks the authentic in an event, the Fiesta de Santa Fe, that sometimes struggles with authenticity, an event with its roots in conquest and branches in commerce.

June 17, 2014 by Jon Davis

Poisoned Well

Using language of commerce and war

The Yawp Barbaric The title of New Mexico State University poet Richard Greenfield’s most recent book, Tracer, is complicated. A tracer can be “a bullet or shell whose course is made visible in flight by a trail of flames or smoke, used to assist in aiming.”

May 20, 2014 by Jon Davis

Then. And Since Then

The Yawp Barbaric When Lou Reed died I revisited Carol Moldaw’s poem Lou Reed in Istanbul, which lets us glimpse the spirit of Lou Reed’s music at work in the world.

April 15, 2014 by Jon Davis

The Crux

The Yawp Barbaric David Mutschlecner, author most recently of Enigma and Light, lives in Los Alamos. He is a devoted reader of poetry and philosophy and a careful viewer of art. 

March 18, 2014 by Jon Davis

Loving the Arcane and Unusual

Metaphorical healing passes from poet to lover

The Yawp Barbaric If your first circle is anything like mine, it overlaps with Pound’s circle to create a small crescent. My knowledge of English is in that crescent, my remedial grasp of history, a dash of Dante, a high school encounter with Homer, brief excursions into the Provençal poets I read because Pound discussed them in his ABCs of Reading.

Feb. 18, 2014 by Jon Davis

Behold, Pointlessness

Law and babble and poetry

The Yawp Barbaric Last Thursday, I listened to four wildly diverse poets read their work aloud. A wonderful opportunity for some of us, was a minor plague, I’m sure, for others. I kept thinking, poor fiction writers and nonfiction writers; poor screenwriters; poor food preparers and bookstore owners; poor student workers wandering through the room.

Jan. 15, 2014 by Jon Davis

Avoidance and Confrontation

Dana Levin takes on women’s rights in the age of spectacle

The Yawp Barbaric One of the qualities I admire in Santa Fe poet Dana Levin’s work is her willingness to address difficult issues head on. In “Moo and Thrall,” the speaker of the poem goes looking for coffee and walks straight into a graphic anti-abortion demonstration.

Dec. 18, 2013 by Jon Davis

Heroine, translator, traitor

Reading poems with Santa Fe’s poet laureate

The Yawp Barbaric MALINCHÉ The native is shorn of the coarse, then cloaked in a brocade ellipsis. She figures this a better vocation than the other thing, the desert chingadera. They tell her, you're no good for

Nov. 19, 2013 by Jon Davis

Lo Que es Viejo es Nuevo

(Old-school, meet new-school)

unSTYLE The creamy early morning sunshine was dripping off the flossy Santa Fe clouds and drenching the adobes with a glow so ethereal and unbelievable that I knew it was time to stretch and carpe diem, baby.

Oct. 19, 2016 by Amy Davis

New York City Art OD

unSTYLE What to wear to an NYC art opening on the hipper-than-hip, gritty-edgy-skuzzy-slimy-grimy Lower East Side? One that they fly you out to and put you up and wine and dine you because it’s showcasing your entire 30-year oeuvre?

Oct. 05, 2016 by Amy Davis


unSTYLE A few years ago I was watching a crappy movie-of-the-week with Sienna Miller playing some Hitchcock blonde, and right then and there I decided to go all glowy-snowy.

Sept. 14, 2016 by Amy Davis


unSTYLE OK, Jimmy John’s bananas-nutzo “Free Smells” sign in the window always triggers a snarky guffaw from my heavily glossed kisser. Smells are always free, like it or not.

Aug. 31, 2016 by Amy Davis

Spastic Plastic

unSTYLE Those noxious BPAs and the toxic fumes. Plastic, you vicious evil meanie-poo! We hate you! For fashion and accessories, though? It’s super fantastic! Flashback to Belgium 1909. Slow zoom into chemist Leo Baekeland munching on creamy chocolates whil

Aug. 10, 2016 by Amy Davis

Passion is Free

A column for the love of style

unSTYLE “FASHION IS THE ARMOR TO SURVIVE THE REALITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE” -Bill Cunningham Recently, legendary New York Times street style/fashion photograph

July 29, 2016 by Amy Davis

Morning Word: Martinez Vetoes Education Funding Cuts

Morning Word Governor criticizes lawmakers for cutting her teacher merit pay program and stipends for teachers in difficult-to-staff districts. ... More

Oct. 25, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


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