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Edge of Taos Desert

Edge of Taos Desert, a Woman's Adventure in Taos

Taos always brings me back to one of my favorite books - Edge of Taos Desert. In the early 1900s Mabel Dodge Sterne was a high-society New York city socialite. She decided to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place hardly anyone in New York had heard of. Little did she know how this would affect her... Read article...

Shadow of a shaman in Santa Fe

Shadow of a Shaman in Santa Fe

As the firelight flickered, the slow rhythmic chanting grew louder. The shaman lifted his arms to the heavens. He raised his voice, beseeching those in the spirit world to send the rain they so desperately needed. Soon, they heard a low rumbling of thunder, distant at first... Read article...

Taos veterans

Veterans Day at Taos Pueblo (video)

In honor of Veteran's Day, here's a different remembrance ceremony than most of us are used to. At Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, tribal officials honor American veterans with a procession through the pueblo. On this day, it's good to remember our brave military people, from all walks of life... Watch the video...

Rio Pueblo Gorge

Taos, New Mexico - Rio Pueblo Gorge (video)

The Rio Pueblo Gorge, near Taos, New Mexico: This river comes from Taos Pueblo land and runs into the Rio Grande River. It's a deep gorge, but not as deep as the Rio Grande Gorge, which is a spectacular gash across the high desert - almost shocking when you first see it. We go rafting... Watch the video...

Blue sky & smiles before the ride

White water rafting through the economy

Shock waves are circulating. For many, it's a day of profound uncertainty. Doubt. Fear... Our economy is certainly on a wild ride right now. It reminds me of the white water rafting trip we took last week, out on the Rio Grande. I'll tell you now - whitewater rafting seemed a whole lot safer! ... Read article...

Hotel in Dawson, New Mexico

Grandpa and the ghost town

Dawson, NM was a booming coal mining town in the early 1900s. The population was as high as 9,000 people, and there were schools, churches, a hospital, hotel, even an opera. After a couple of tragic mine explosions, the town was abandoned. Today there's nothing left but a graveyard... Read article...

Wine and chile pepper

Dreaming of Santa Fe spring rolls

People in Santa Fe take their food seriously, and with good reason! It's a distinctive regional cuisine, and you'll find variations from traditional to avant garde. The city has more than its share of excellent restaurants, and you don't always need to spend a lot to get some great food here. A couple of pointers... Read article...

Anasazi petroglyphs - 300

Ancient Anasazi motel maps?

Petroglyphs -- images or symbols chipped into the rock -- are found throughout the Southwestern US, left by prehistoric inhabitants. Their meanings are obscure, the subject of much speculation and little proof. In most cases we’ll probably never know, but one set may have yielded up its secrets... Read article...

Santuario de Chimayo through the gate (700)

Photo: The miraculous Santuario de Chimayo

The tiny town of Chimayo, New Mexico, not far from Santa Fe, is home to a shrine known for its miraculous healing powers. The Santuario has been healing people's ailments for centuries, and thousands of pilgrims visit each year seeking a cure. Many believe the secret is in the healing dirt... Read article...

Mining and New Mexico - have times changed since 1872?

A bill to reform the 135 year old law governing hardrock mining passed the US House last year, and now the Senate is looking at it. Some say that the law made sense when it was passed in 1872, but times have changed. Gee, ya think? When the law was passed, it was lone prospectors with pack mules... Read article...