Where to run or ride for the fun of it, and the health of it . . .

In the summer and winter months, we can go to the gym to get some exercise. But more often then not, water cooler conversation at my office consists of talk about new trails or secret spots to take a run or a ride to get an hour of sun and exercise. Summer or winter, we …

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Rio Grande in Winter

My family and I took a short winter walk along the river over the weekend.  We were alone with the ducks and a few other beautiful wild beings.  The photos are not that spectacular, but I did get to capture a few shots of a beaver, a bald eagle and a great heron.  The dog …

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The Sunset Project

A post everyday for 2013: the sunset. Each  morning over a cup of coffee with my co-workers we remark on the beauty of the morning's sunrise or the previous evening's sunset. We talk about the moonset or the rainstorm's cloudburst, and sunset over the hills from the evening before. It reminds me of how the sunrise …

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There was snow on Christmas Eve

It is actually pretty rare to have a Christmas Eve where it begins to snow.  My husband and I only remember once before this year where we were lucky enough to truly experience a white Christmas.  And such a beauty it was to wake up to a fresh blanket across the valley.  It seemed to …

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Fall Festivals: Enjoying the best of the sunshine and small town beauty

Once the harvest is mostly complete, we sure do know how to have fall festivals.  Before the snow sets in and we all head indoors for the winter, the weekends are full of arts and crafts, wool, films, funnel cakes, chile and music.  Fall festivals in northern New Mexico always remind me of how truly …

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Rural homes: sticks, mud, bricks or…

Fifteen years ago when I moved from St. Louis out west, one thing I learned was that a home was something that many folks built themselves, even if they weren't contractors as a profession.  This concept was new to me - that people who worked full-time in other jobs would build themselves a home. They …

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