March 27, 2015

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Dateline Havana

The Importance of Being Ernest

Blue Corn I was so excited when I got the call. Who wouldn’t be? My editor at SFR wanted me to open the newspaper’s first foreign bureau.

March 25, 2015 by Robert Basler

Easy Pickings

Hello, I’ll be your victim for this evening…

Blue Corn I’ve written several columns about the wacky crimes in Santa Fe, and I have pointed out that sometimes the victims themselves seem, let me put this delicately, about as smart as an adobe brick.

Feb. 25, 2015 by Robert Basler

Come for the Hubcaps!

Six meals a day in Santa Fe?

Blue Corn There’s sort of a miniature local controversy going on lately, and as much as I usually enjoy shooting off my mouth and taking sides, I really don’t have much sympathy for any of the factions here.

Jan. 27, 2015 by Robert Basler

Gimme Shelter!

Reigning cats and dogs?

Blue Corn I’m sorry, but my first column of 2015 won’t be quite as lighthearted as usual, although I do promise some pretty funny stuff near the end if you are patient.

Jan. 13, 2015 by Robert Basler

Instant Holiday Classic

Holiday gifts, creepier by the dozen

Blue Corn Merry Christmas, Bob! Are you having a nice holiday? What did your wife give you?

Dec. 23, 2014 by Robert Basler

As Gouda Place as Any

The Santa Fe Answer Dude….

Blue Corn Excuse me, Bob, do you have a minute? Of course, total stranger who speaks in bold text. What can I do for you?

Dec. 09, 2014 by Robert Basler

The Write Stuff?

It was some dark and stormy drivel…

Blue Corn Today the Santa Fe Reporter celebrates fine writing, with the results of our annual competition. To the winners, huzzah!

Nov. 25, 2014 by Robert Basler

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Welcome to Bob’s Big House of Hell!

Blue Corn We have a very modest guesthouse on our property. We keep it in a deliberate state of disrepair, to discourage people from using it.

Nov. 11, 2014 by Robert Basler

Say Cheese, Billy!

Nothing to Kid about…

Blue Corn Billy is back. Again. Billy the Kid, everybody’s favorite New Mexico gunslinger, never quite escapes our consciousness.

Oct. 21, 2014 by Robert Basler

Secret Stuff, Right Here!

Earning our bachelor’s degree?

Blue Corn The idea is to show Santa Fe in a very attractive light, so fans of The Bachelor will want to come for a visit.

Oct. 07, 2014 by Robert Basler

The Drive

Born Here When was the last time you drove to Albuquerque? For several thousand people, it’s a daily commute, but there’s something special about the 60-something miles of freeway between us and our largest neighbor to the south.

March 18, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

Depends on Your Goal

Born Here Before anyone in my family had ever heard of this place, Paul “Pablo” Martinez’ family had been laying down roots for over a generation.

March 04, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

Missing the Point

Born Here The most infuriating thing to me about politics is that there’s no way of knowing what anyone running for office actually believes anymore.

Feb. 18, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

First Impressions

Born Here We live in one of the more famous little places in the country.

Feb. 04, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

Coming to America

Born Here I’ve mentioned before how, as a kid in Santa Fe, I felt, on occasion, discriminated against for not speaking Spanish, or for being raised atheist, or for having a weird name.

Jan. 20, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

Meet the New Boss

Born Here Many years ago, when I was at least a little bit less responsible, I had just gotten a part-time job at a grocery store.

Jan. 06, 2015 by Miljen Aljinovic

I, Phone

Born Here I’d like to think I’m not a Luddite, but all evidence seems to suggest otherwise.

Dec. 30, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

Pass the Bottle

Born Here “The whole thing is bullshit. It’s bullshit because they’re putting all the responsibility on the low man on the totem pole.” In case it’s not already clear, this man is talking about New Mexico’s alcohol service laws.

Dec. 16, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

The Way Out

Born Here “You’re not really from here if you don’t know the way out to Pecos…” he grinned, as I keyed a reminder into my phone.

Nov. 18, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

The View from Here

Born Here I first left Santa Fe at age 21, bound for a big city, excited to live somewhere with reliable public transit and mild, regular rain.

Nov. 04, 2014 by Miljen Aljinovic

What Grows in the Garden

Here's the Thing I have observed that the legacies I’ve inherited from women in history and in my personal life are like important books: They present themselves to me when I least expect them and when I most need them.

March 25, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

Testing over Teaching

Here's the Thing Let’s be clear, testing is not the same as educating; despite the hype of federal and state officials who are busy defending testing as a strategy to improve failing public schools.

March 11, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

Remember This Every Month

Here's the Thing As an educator and student of history, I am an irrepressible film enthusiast. Because I am also a transplant to New Mexico, by way of Washington DC, I find films offer me a window on the world distinct from my views here in the Land of Enchantment.

Feb. 25, 2015 by Andrea L Mays

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
 
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