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Getting Our Just Desserts

That’s the way the cookie crumbles?

Blue Corn I’m not exactly sure why state legislatures always feel called upon to come up with “official” state stuff, but they all seem to do it.

Sept. 09, 2014 by Robert Basler

Don’t Play With Words!

You’re wearing red chiles on your head?

Blue Corn I’ve been reading your Blue Corn column for more than a year now, Bob, and I don’t think it’s as bad as most people say it is. Thanks! I love hearing from readers.

Aug. 26, 2014 by Robert Basler

Getting High

Gosh, the folks down there look like ants!

Blue Corn Years ago, l landed in Albuquerque as a tourist and took the shuttle bus to Santa Fe. It happened to be the Balloon Fiesta, and the bus driver was really talking it up to his passengers.

Aug. 12, 2014 by Robert Basler

End of the Trail?

More fun than a Plaza full of zombies!

Blue Corn For a small square block of land, Santa Fe’s shady, sweet and timeless Plaza seems to attract way more than its share of controversy.

July 22, 2014 by Robert Basler

Oh, the Humanity!

Stupid is as stupid does…

Blue Corn One-time Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain was fond of telling his supporters, “Stupid people are ruining America!”

July 08, 2014 by Robert Basler

New Mexico, True or False?

Come visit us, and leave your falsies at home…

Blue Corn If there’s one thing New Mexicans probably know very little about, it’s how we attract tourists to our state.

June 24, 2014 by Robert Basler

Cool as an Adobe Abode?

If I’m so comfortable, why am I sweating on my tacos?

Blue Corn So here we all are, living in our non-air-conditioned homes, wearing sponges under our armpits. But that’s okay because, you know, we have that dry heat.

June 10, 2014 by Robert Basler

Blue Corn Survival Guide

Coyotes and bobcats and bears, oh my!

Blue Corn Hey, Bob, I recently moved to Santa Fe, and I need some advice on protecting myself from the dangerous predators you have out here. You’re talking about those jewelry shops with the “Going Out of Business” signs?

May 27, 2014 by Robert Basler

Crime for Dummies

The moron left his what? Where?

Blue Corn I’ve written before about stupid crimes here in Santa Fe, and some readers have accused me of being obsessed with lawlessness. That isn’t true. It’s stupidity I’m obsessed with.

May 13, 2014 by Robert Basler

Extra, Read All About It!

I’m living la vida Hollywood

Blue Corn I was just daydreaming about my Hollywood career. Last October, my wife and I went to Albuquerque to work as extras on a movie they were shooting there.

April 22, 2014 by Robert Basler

Beer For My Teachers

Born Here John Dotts personally impacted my development more so than any other teacher I’ve had in my life, before or since, but the first thing I remember will always be his unique way of bringing his classes to order.

Sept. 16, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

Mixing Day Jobs

Born Here Wednesday nights at the Railyard are interesting. The average age in the room is probably about 28, shockingly low compared to Santa Fe’s norm.

Sept. 02, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

Green Chile and Peaches

Born Here There’s a special day toward the end of summer— that time of year when the rain has either finally come or we spend the evenings watching wildfires glow just over the Sangres. One morning, you wake up and walk out of the house and the air is thick like the greasy exhaust from a fast-food kitchen.

Aug. 20, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

Truth (and Consequences)

Born Here The way we do business in this country has social implications far beyond merely butchering language for one’s own interests.

Aug. 04, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

The Corn Shucker’s Paradox

Born Here Have you ever watched the guy stocking corn at the grocery store? You should sometime. You’ll witness a profound detail of our psychology as a nation that primarily identifies itself as consumers. 

July 29, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

Ticket to Writhe

Born Here Used to be, when I lived in Seattle, that I couldn’t get on a bus without falling in love. Public transit has always been fertile ground for people watching, but more than that, it reflects our community. Santa Fe is…different.

July 14, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

Down the Mountain

Born Here I wasn’t actually born here, but I have been born here all my life.

July 01, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

Re-Valuation

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

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

Going…Going…Gonorrhea

Treatment options are dwindling

SEXed Comprehensive sex education and safer-sex education is becoming more important every year. Recent studies show gonorrhea might soon be resistant to the treatment options we currently use.

April 01, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Sex, Art & Higher Education

Cliteracy project sparks graffiti

SEXed Public discussions about sexuality pop up on college campuses on a regular basis, and not immune from this phenomenon is our own Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where in January a spate of clitoristhemed graffiti led to uproar from school officials.

March 04, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Sex on the Silver Screen

Was 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' really that outrageous?

SEXed Sex and media go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s nothing new that advertisers, entertainment organizations and even journalists use sex to garner more viewers, sell more things and ultimately make their products more interesting to you. Unfortunately, we also have lots of hang-ups when it comes to seeing sex in the media.

Feb. 04, 2014 by Hunter Riley

The spot, the zone, the district

Deborah Sundahl helps women and couples find the joys of the g-spot

SEXed It’s that really fun time of year again when people start making lists of what they want to do better in the new year. How about trying a new New Year’s resolution that you will be really likely to keep? Resolve to have better orgasms in 2014.

Jan. 01, 2014 by Hunter Riley

Ending the Rape Culture

Victim-blaming and cultural norms don’t support safe, consensual sex

SEXed Welcome to rape culture. The example above is one that Jess Clark uses during presentations for people of various ages through his work at Solace Crisis Treatment Center. Clark is the education and prevention supervisor at Solace, which was formerly called the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center.

Dec. 04, 2013 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
 
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