May 1, 2016

This 'Old' House

Has anybody here seen my head?

Blue Corn One of the more unusual tourist attractions in Santa Fe is a place called “The Oldest House.” Located over on De Vargas Street, the structure supposedly dates back to 1646.

April 20, 2016 by Robert Basler

The Cat’s Meow

Yeah, I’m that guy on the plaque …

Blue Corn Hello, may I please speak to the smartass who writes that “Blue Corn” column? Maybe. Who’s calling? I’m with the Santa Fe Tourism office. Okay. This is Bob Basler. What do you want?

April 06, 2016 by Robert Basler

Big Shots at the Capitol

Carrying rounds into the Roundhouse

Blue Corn We live in a state where it is perfectly legal to go visit your representative at the Roundhouse with a gun swinging from your hip.

March 22, 2016 by Robert Basler

Proving It’s Me!

Brilliant solutions for Real IDs?

Blue Corn If you even glanced at a newspaper last month, then you know the biggest problem in New Mexico wasn’t education, unemployment or the budget. It was driver’s licenses.

March 09, 2016 by Robert Basler

If I Had a Hammer

Things that go Trump in the night …

Blue Corn Six months ago, when I endorsed Donald Trump and unveiled my Santa Feans for Trump organization, some of you laughed. Okay, all of you laughed.

Feb. 24, 2016 by Robert Basler

Shut Your Big Trap!

You wanna play hiking roulette?

Blue Corn For people who love the outdoors, New Mexico is truly a magical place. You can hike for miles and miles on public land, marvel over indescribable vistas, gasp at exotic wildlife, desperately try to free your faithful dog from a hidden steel trap …

Feb. 10, 2016 by Robert Basler

Say, What’s in This Drink?

Here’s a sobering thought…

Blue Corn People ask me all the time, what’s the best thing about being a columnist for SFR? That’s easy. It’s hanging out with my colleagues in the newspaper’s sumptuous staff lounge. It has an open bar, hot buffet table, omelet station ... Because, y

Jan. 27, 2016 by Robert Basler

Pizzagate!

What do you want on YOUR Tombstone?

Blue Corn It seems New Mexico’s governor, Susana Martinez, attended a rowdy holiday pizza party at the Eldorado Hotel here. Things got out of hand, she used her authority to bully the local police, and she later apologized.

Jan. 13, 2016 by Robert Basler

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch…

Santa Fe Holiday Classics

Blue Corn Hey Bob, happy holidays! And a Merry Christmas to you, inquisitive reader who writes in boldface! You follow pop culture, right? Why aren’t there any classic holiday movies set here in Santa Fe?

Dec. 23, 2015 by Robert Basler

Tiny Triumphs

To foster fostering…

Blue Corn If you came here to read another sarcastic, smartass column, I’m sorry. Today, I’m doing a kinder, gentler piece as befits the season. The topic is kittens.

Dec. 09, 2015 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

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

The One-Night Stand

Savage Love I am a trans man and I have no love life. But I did just hook up with a friend two nights ago. It was the first time I’ve had sex in more than a year.

April 27, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Women on the Verge

Savage Love I’ve been aware of my emetophilia since a very young age and have always kept it private. No need to tell me about the health risks, I’m aware, and I’ve only ever indulged this kink through videos online.

April 20, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Sweat

Savage Love I’m a 49-year-old gay man. I’ve become friends with a 21-year-old straight guy. He’s really hot. He’s had to drop out of college and return home.

April 13, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Germane

Savage Love I am a twentysomething, straight, cis-female expat. How long do I have to wait to ask my German lover, who is übersensitive about the Holocaust, to indulge me in my greatest—and, until now, unrealized—fantasy: Nazi role-play? He is very delicate

April 06, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

JCCSF

Savage Love I was honored to speak at JCCSF—Jewish Community Center of San Francisco—last week as a part of their “Uninhibited: About Sex” lecture series.

March 30, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Fixations, Oral and Otherwise

Savage Love I’m a 24-year-old male, married three years, monogamous. My wife and I are religious and were both virgins when we got married. I’m sexually frustrated with two things.

March 23, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Safe Wording

Savage Love I’m a 27-year-old, feminist, conventionally attractive, straightish, GGG woman. Over time, my tastes have changed, and now I find myself more of a kinkster.

March 16, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Doubts

Savage Love I’m your average straight 42-year-old white guy. Married for a little less than a year (second marriage for both). We have an active sex life and are both GGG.

March 09, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Four Word Limit

Savage Love Are you incapable of concision? Your answers are too long! You blather on, often rehashing the problem (unnecessary!) before giving four words (at most!) of (rarely!) useful advice.

March 02, 2016 by Dan Savage

Savage Love

Crosswords

Savage Love Gay, thirtysomething male in DC. My boyfriend of three years has been acting strange—not taking his antidepression meds, says he’s feeling weird.

Feb. 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

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

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
 

Morning Word: LANL Reassures Local Leaders with Job Plans

Morning Word Los Alamos National Lab still faces a period of relative uncertainty as Los Alamos National Security’s contract to manage the lab goes out to bid sometime after 2017. ... More

April 29, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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