Pandemic: Musical Distancing

The band I’m in of a bunch of GenX friends is creatively experimenting with a way to play music while socially distancing during the pandemic. We are all part of a stay at home order by our governor and it sparked a new way to come together. One of our members is a huge David Bowie fan and this song, Five Years, is our first effort to play separately together each in our own homes. We had great fun making this happen. It’s a reminder that unexpected snafus can turn into happy accidents and deliberate new creative directions. We might even make a habit of...

Stay At Home Birthday

My son’s 11th birthday party was last night; during the stay at home order by our governor in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. At 11, he dreams of outings for his birthday with lots of friends. The stay at home kind of birthday is an adjustment. It was the way it is this year. I have a few gifts for him, he got a couple very hoped for gift cards, and cash. His 15-year-old sister stole the show, though, with her coupons for time and experiences for her brother to use with her when he wants time with her. It’s a very big deal, because at their ages his sister isn’t always game for his requests on his schedule. This will change that some and I’m proud of her to bringing it in this way. All in all? She gave him more than six hours of time for activities. Some are specific such as jumping on the trampoline and playing catch with a football to laser tag or anything...

Pandemic: Future Focus

I’m only weeks into a career transition phase of my life. As I seek a new position with a stable, vibrant company, this pandemic is catapulting us into a different time that feels even less stable than ever in my memory. We’ll likely make cultural and historical references in terms of ‘before the COVID-19 pandemic’ or ‘after the COVID-19 pandemic’ now. I have a journalistic, digital media background and, as an observant writer, remember vividly what was happening in the world around me when my dad died, August 3rd, 2001. It was only a few weeks before 9/11. All sorts of people from national leaders and media personalities to neighbors down the street began referring to life as ‘before 9/11’ and ‘after 9/11‘ when referencing past influence on the present. Anything ’before 9/11’ seemed much farther behind us and less relevant than what was referenced as ’after 9/11’ because the world was...

A Fav Farmers Market On Earth

Occasionally I’ll fall in love with a place or experience…and when that happens – it takes hold of me deeply. Think of it as something you can’t stop thinking about – can’t shake it off. The Santa Fe Farmers Market is just that kind of experience. I think it’s my very favorite of all I’ve been to – more than 50 farmers markets in a couple years time. Lavender blue corn meal donuts, pretty vegan spring rolls, four different musical experiences from a marimba band to a Latin acoustic trio. Easy parking, gorgeously rugged industrial setting, vast variety, musicians at all corners, REI, AND an entire literal creative artist market broadens out the entire Saturday morning event. We also went on Tuesday morning and while it was still pleasant – it wasn’t anything compared to Saturday’s. Tuesdays is more of a tease or...

Culinary Learning: Piñon

Just plop me in a new place and tell me to go figure it out. What’s not to love about that kind of geographic adventure? Piñon – Adrian purchased two bags from a Native American couple along a road in Taos while exploring. Pine nuts are not something I know much about – beyond specific recipes that call for them. I get them for that purpose noting they are higher priced than I’d expect having to make sure they don’t go rancid with the high oil content once I purchase them. I’ve tried them as I use them noting oiliness and lack of flavor. With that point of reference, here’s what they were like this time around closer to their original state. I don’t even think I realized how their shell worked I’m so used to buying the meats alone in some plastic container in the supermarket. He jumped in the car showing me the bags saying –...

Meow Wolf

I didn’t have any idea what Meow Wolf was walking through the doors in Santa Fe, New Mexico – one of my very favorite communities. Author and Santa Fe resident George R R Martin – the Game of Thrones guy – is at the financial helm of this endeavor was my understanding once I started to investigate what exactly this was we were experiencing. Walking into the immersive and discombobulating environment was a bit scary at the same time it was a thrill. My understanding is reactions to it have often been cut and dried – extremes of – love it or hate it – is not uncommon. I LOVED it. It was soothing and reassuring. I felt I wasn’t alone in my way of thinking as I walked through it. It felt more like life than so much of what we’re exposed to in media day-to-day. Ok – you walk through a refrigerator portal into a type of space travel...