April 18, 2014

This Week's SFR Picks


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Science Dude is Back

Speed Humping, the Scientific Way

Blue Corn A number of readers have asked when I’m going to bring back the Santa Fe Science Dude.

April 07, 2014 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

The State of Our Cuisine

“New Mexico: We’ll Have What the Mexicans are Having!”

Blue Corn The tourism and restaurant folks keep pushing the notion that New Mexico has its own distinct cuisine. How can a state have a cuisine?

March 26, 2014 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

You Squeal We'll Conceal

Relocation, relocation, relocation

Blue Corn Hey Bob, I recently heard a weird thing about Northern New Mexico. Someone told me our area has a lot of folks in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Could that be true?
Absolutely. According to official statistics, 86.4 percent of all residents in our area were relocated here by the feds. There was even a USA Network television show about the Witness Protection Program, In Plain Sight, that was set in Albuquerque.

March 12, 2014 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

Send in the CROWNS

Welcome to the Miss No-Talent Competition!

Blue Corn Yes. This alleged daughter is news to me. My wife and I don’t keep secrets, and if we did have a daughter 7-19 years ago, I’m pretty sure she would have shared the blessed event with me..

Feb. 26, 2014 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

Santa Fe Sampler

Who Says There’s No Free Lunch?

Blue Corn Not exactly, buttercup. I changed my appearance in the men’s room a number of times, so they wouldn’t recognize me. I used novelty buck teeth, an eye patch, a pronounced limp, a bishop’s miter and I spoke Estonian. So when they figured it out and tossed your butt onto Cordova Road, where did you go then, my heartthrob?.

Feb. 12, 2014 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

Hot Enough for Ya?

What do I do? Don’t ask!

Blue Corn “Didn’t I read that you were running for mayor?” “Doesn’t that metal thing in your tongue hurt?” “Hey pal, looks like you’ve had way too much to drink!” Believe it or not, I have been to a couple of events here where the opening salvo was the extremely bizarre, “Where is your other home?” Huh? I have another.

Jan. 22, 2014 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

Cop a Feeling

“Always use Santa Fe Brand Police Officers!”

Blue Corn The public’s reaction was pretty much like, human beings can’t live without water, and you’re the only ones selling it, so why are you wasting your money on advertising? I also remember when the US Treasury Department spent a fortune to promote some new $20 bills they didn’t think the public would like very much.

Jan. 08, 2014 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

Blue Corn: Santa Fe Santa

Santa will be your new neighbor

Blue Corn   'Twas the night before Christmas, all around Santa Fe Folks donned their apparel – yes, some of it gay Our stockings were hung by the chimney for cheer, I suppose we should wash them,

Dec. 25, 2013 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

Hop off the Bus, Gus

Who Let All These NEW People in?

Blue Corn The object of Jaramillo’s comment was then City Council member Cris Moore, who had already been here for several years. Now a professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Moore recalls that in his reelection campaign following the incident, he used a photo of himself stepping off a bus.

Dec. 11, 2013 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

Bye, Bye, Blackbird

Blue Corn BY ROBERT BASLER Hey Bob, my professor here at St. John’s College told us that some of the most beloved poetry in the English language has Santa Fe roots, but most people aren’t aware of

Nov. 26, 2013 by Robert Basler 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments


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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

More Than One Way

Polyamorous relationships aren’t just for swingers

SEXed If a previously taboo topic hits mainstream TV, you can hope it’s on its way to cultural, and eventually legal, acceptance.  That’s my hope for polyamorous relationships. The Showtime TV ser

Nov. 06, 2013 by Hunter Riley 0 Comments

SEXed: Accentuate the Positive

Freud student crafts useful label for talking about sex

SEXed This is not your typical sex column. My approach to sex education comes from a concept you’ve probably never heard of —sex positive.

Oct. 01, 2013 by Hunter Riley 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments