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he Controlled Substances Act, passed by Congress during the Nixon era, tossed cannabis, aka marijuana, into the same category as heroin. Assigned a “Schedule 1” rating, this group of opiates, psychedelics, depressants, and stimulants was characterized as possessing “a high abuse potential without accepted medical use.” So prevalent was the hysteria and misinformation that the nation’s legislators felt justified in ignoring the plant’s millennia-old proven pharmacological value. At the time of this legislation’s creation in 1970, Congress believed it was bringing clarity to a Byzantine web of restrictions enacted over the course of a hundred years. Its motivation was to regulate the drug industry for the good and protection of the public. The cure, as it so often does, proved to be so much worse than the disease. Each year, over 50 billion dollars of the nation’s budget is devoted to fighting “the war on drugs.” Millions and millions of cannabis users are officially considered outlaws, and nearly half of our nation’s two million imprisoned (only China has more prisoners) are serving time because of drug-enforcement policies. As with today’s cannabis prohibition, the banning of alcohol in 1919 with the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution created the same sets of societal pathologies. Called the “noble experiment” by many of its sympathizers, outlawing the manufacturing, sale, importation, and exportation of intoxicating liquors was the culmination of a full-century-long battle aimed at reducing drunkenness, insanity, and crime. And, as history shows, the 18th Amendment’s enactment had the exact opposite effect. With a stroke of the pen, it made instant criminals of the majority of the population, it singlehandedly facilitated the rise of organized criminal syndicates, and it greatly diminished respect for the law. In short, it was a disaster for the country. Just 13 years, later the 18th Amendment was repealed in full. The federal government abandoned its alcohol-policing business, leaving the individual states to sort out the mess made by its attempt to dictate personal behavior. The lesson of Prohibition, however, was not learned at all. Just five years later, with the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, the federal government traded its hatred of “demon rum” for the hysterical fright of the “devil’s killer weed.” The government’s efforts to control alcohol consumption were now redirected toward controlling cannabis use. The Marihuana Tax Act, part of which was found to be unconstitutional in 1969 by the
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Supreme Court in Leary v. United States (yeah, that Leary) initiated the federal outlaw status that is still born by cannabis today. Until this time, there was a lot less controversy around this innocuous little weed, which grows wild in both hemispheres. In fact, for 12 thousand years our ancestors intentionally cultivated cannabis because they knew it to be the most useful of plants on the
So prevalent was the hysteria and misinformation that the nation’s legislators felt justified in ignoring the plant’s millennia-old proven pharmacological value. planet. The earliest forms of rope, fabric, and paper were made from hemp-derived cannabis. Its seed, which is 25 percent protein, was an important food source. Might an argument be made that the spread of civilization itself was cannabis enabled? The British colonies in America mandated that farmers grow it. Washington and Jefferson both did so all their lives — by the ton. And Ben Franklin, clever businessman that he was, owned a mill that made hemp paper. Additionally, humanity has, for many thousands of years, known this plant to be a tried and true medicinal. Its long-celebrated euphoric properties aside, cannabis gives effective relief for a huge variety of maladies including, but not limited to, addiction, arthritis, appetite loss, nausea, side effects of cancer chemotherapy, AIDS Wasting Syndrome, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, depression, Parkinson’s Disease, movement disorders, dystonia, asthma, brain injury, stroke, Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, hypertension, migraine, PTSD, schizophrenia, and Tourette’s Syndrome. And, believe it or not, there is mounting evidence that cannabis inhibits the growth of certain kinds of cancerous tumors! Before its government ban, cannabis was a main ingredient in hundreds of cures proffered by the pharmaceutical industry. And in spite of federal interdiction, synthetic THC, a human-made form of the active ingredient in cannabis, has once again appeared on the patented medicine shelf. Sixteen states, including New Mexico, now have medical marijuana programs. Another 17 states are preparing, by legislation or public referendum, to create their own form of medical
marijuana program, or even legalize marijuana altogether. In these tight economic times, more and more state legislatures are recognizing the potential funding source of the medical-marijuana industry. This apparent breakdown around marijuana’s federal banishment has been making the U.S. Justice Department, first under Bush and now under Obama, very nervous. Even as individual states attempt an end run around federal laws, Washington continues to prosecute those who traffic in marijuana, medical or otherwise. This has been especially true in places like California, Colorado, and Wyoming, where the Justice Department believes the medical cannabis production is too loosely regulated and far in excess of that required for the registered patient population it serves. Interestingly, other states are modeling their programs after New Mexico’s. The lack of federal busts in New Mexico, so far, indicates that the Justice Department may be willing to live with the Land of Enchantment’s tighter restrictions. Currently, New Mexico has 23 grower/dispensaries and nearly 6,000 patients registered in its five-year-old program. All of this might beg at least one question: Since cannabis is so useful, both industrially and medicinally, why is the federal government so intent on its banning and vilification that it spends billions of our scarce tax dollars prosecuting and imprisoning those who use it? Some people have claimed that certain influential businessmen secretly lobbied for cannabis’s prohibition. Amongst the suspects are William Randolph Hearst, who had extensive timber holdings and felt threatened by efforts to use hemp in the newsprint industry; Andrew Mellon, who had invested heavily in nylon, which was in direct competition with hemp; and Standard Oil founder J.D. Rockefeller, whose business may have been threatened by bio-fuel refined from hemp. It’s also conceivable that the pharmaceutical industry was lurking backstage, given the difficulty of patenting traditional herbal remedies. Such conspiracy theories aside, is there a simpler underlying cause of the federal government’s tragic attempts to ban pot? Could it be that the nation’s Puritan roots are forever suffocating America’s expressed love of liberty and freedom? Might the federal war on cannabis be fueled by the fear that other people are having too good a time? Perhaps, as a nation, we are now mature enough to recognize that the controlling of personal behavior must fall to individual responsibility. And perhaps, as with the failed policy of alcohol prohibition 80 years ago, it is time for the federal government to quit policing cannabis and let individual states clean up its mess.
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AN ODD TIME OF YEAR — winter on the way out, spring not quite here. The current year has been especially cockeyed because there has been hardly enough snow to call the season winter. But isn’t it nice that we still have a few more months in front of the fire? At least at night when the temperature drops. If we’re lucky, we get to cozy-up under a quilt. If we’re lucky again, that quilt is lovingly made by hand. There’s nothing like a handmade quilt. This month, you can treat yourself to a show of 60 handmade quilts, many of them heirlooms, by New Mexican quilters. Opening March 17, the show takes place in Eldorado’s La Tienda center and runs for a month. (See sidebar on page 8.) Flurry
Of course, putting together such a stunning textile collection takes a bit of doing — a bit of know-how. And it is even better if the force behind the show is a quilter herself. Jean Stokes
is an expert quilter who has a background as an events coordinator and social leader. Thus, she was the perfect person to bring the show together. “I began planning this event a year ago,” she says in her comfortable home out beyond the Art Barns near Eldorado. “It has been quite amazing to meet all the quilters and see their work and the fabric they use. The show is going to be extraordinary.” It was also extraordinary spending time with Jean at her home and seeing her very organized studio that is very much in use. Her life story, when pieced together, is like a crazy patchwork quilt, though it is not haphazard. It isn’t by chance that her wearable quilted coats are exquisite. Her mind is focused. She thinks big, deeply, and with an eye for blending colors — and for bringing pieces together.
choices then for girls. You could teach, be a secretary, or go into nursing or home economics,” she recalls. Still living at home, Jean became active on the college campus. She was selected to join Spurs, a group of honor students, and quickly became president. She was fascinated as she watched the group dynamics, the interactions of people, and what made
ing people and how they worked together,” she says. But she also did something that went against the grain of her upbringing. “I signed up for ballroom dancing. Both my parents’ religions forbade dancing. I loved music and fell in love with dancing. I still go out dancing,” she says. To augment her sociology classes, Jean took psychology courses, which under-
The Early Days Not everyone’s introduction to textiles is picking cotton, but Jean’s beginnings were very downhome. She grew up on the family farm near Portales. “I was about four or five years old when my parents decided I was big enough to sling a bag over my shoulder and join my four brothers and sisters picking cotton,” she says. She remembers that it was fun in the beginning. You know, as in the song: “Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton.” Kids have a way of turning drudgery into play. “When I got older, it turned into work,” she says. Her family grew cotton, peanuts, corn, sweet potatoes, and alfalfa for the animals. They also had a big vegetable garden. The whole family helped in the fields, planting, weeding, and picking. The farm remains in the family today. Her grandparents on both sides migrated from different parts of west Texas and settled in Arch, near Portales, on the eastern plains of New Mexico. Her parents met there and began a life of farming. The land in that part of the state is lush when amply irrigated. Fields flourish. The wide expanses of pastureland and newly planted acres are picturesque and wholesome. But it wasn’t enough for Jean. When she was in high school, the changes of the sixties were starting to be felt. She played clarinet in the school band and, in keeping with the times, also taught herself to play guitar. After graduating from high school in 1965, she went to Eastern New Mexico University and majored in home economics. “There weren’t many
There’s nothing like a handmade quilt. pinned her later graduate degrees. After obtaining a B.S. in sociology, she went on to Indiana and got her master’s in education administration. This prepared her for a job at a small college in Missouri, where for a year she was the dean of women. After that she went to the University of North Dakota for five years, working in student affairs and coordinating campuswide events. “I brought in people from ZZ Top to Ralph Nader,” she says.
The Changin’ Times the group work or not. Along the way, she switched her major to sociology. For her last two undergraduate years, Jean transferred to the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where she diligently took up sociology. “I began understand-
Looking back, Jean says, “I was interested in different teaching and learning styles. My dream was to become a college president.” This was a huge step up from the early days >>
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Metamorphosis: Living in Quilts
he quilt show Metamorphosis opens March 17 and runs through April 14 at La Tienda in Eldorado. The show features the work of 20 local artists along with several heirloom quilts from the late 1800s, the 1930s, and the 1950s. Quilters included in the exhibit are Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak, Donna Barnitz, Mary Ann Onstott, Jean Stokes, Nell Riley Stokes, and Isabel Mooney. Complementing the quilts at the show are the works of painters, weavers, photographers, and glass artists. These artists include Jack Arnold, Sally Hayden Von Conta, Lynne Coyle, Connie Soring, Braldt Bralds, and Margaret Bralds. Saturday, March 17 1:30 pm: The Quilters, a play directed by Charles De Muth. A quilt by his great, great, grandmother is among the props. Performed by Dottie Hill, Patti Blair, Betsy Alden Robinson, and Dorothy Rogers. La Tienda Performance Space. $5 donation, children free. 1:30 pm: Isabel Mooney and her vibrant quilts. 2:30 pm: “New Mexico Historical Centennial Textiles.” Exhibit and presentation by Colleen Konetzni and Donna Barnitz. La Tienda Performance Space. $5 donation, children free. 4 –7 pm: Artists’ reception. Saturday, March 24 1:30 pm: “Somewhere in Ireland”: Poetry reading, book signing, and quilt display by Linda Whittenberg, accompanied by Danny Wilding on flute. La Tienda, Building B, Eldorado Community Church. Free. 1:30 pm: Isabel Mooney and her vibrant quilts. Saturday, March 31 1:30 pm: The Quilters play, second performance. 2:30 pm: “Sharing Family Heirlooms”: People can bring their old family quilts for discussion. Comments by Nora Pickens, M.A, textile historian. La Tienda Exhibit Space. Free. Monday, April 9 6:30 pm: “Thinking about Quilts as Art”: A discussion with art teachers and notable quilters. Jeri Beitel, M.A., art historian, and Rhae Burden, MFA, former College of Santa Fe Gallery director. La Tienda Exhibit Space. Free. Saturday, April 14. Closing Day Activities 11 am – 5:30 pm: Display of completed Eldorado/285 Centennial Friendship Quilt. Eldorado photographers exhibit. La Tienda Bld. A. 1:30 pm: Discussion of photo-to-fabric process by Judy McGowan, photographer, quilter, former county planning manager. 4:30: Finale, including music, readings, and treats from Mi Amor Chocolate. TheExhibitSpace.com
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when choices for women were rather slim. But the times “they were a-changin’” and Jean was living in the heady days of women making advancements in the workforce, paving the way for generations to come. After North Dakota, she went to Florida State University and entered the Ph.D. program in higher education administration, focusing on organizational development and women’s leadership. Her dissertation won a national research award. While in Tallahassee, Jean also worked for the state of Florida, developing executive education programs. Her task was to enhance the image and confidence of public figures. After obtaining her Ph.D., she joined the University of Delaware, where she worked for ten years. She developed an internship program that became a national model, taught graduate courses, and did consulting. Then she discovered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure how people perceive the world and make decisions. “People call it a test, but it’s more of an assessment,” Jean says, her eyes suddenly glistening, her body erect with enthusiasm as she talks about this approach to
understanding personality types. “I always suggested that my students take it because what’s in your head isn’t always so transparent. And 95 percent of the time the test ‘nails it.’ The results are really good indicators of what people are good at, where their potential lies, and where they will be happiest.” Psychologist Carl Jung first proposed the personality types for the assessment test in Psychological Types, a book he published in 1921. The developers of the personality inventory were Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. Isabel began using the indicator during World War II. She believed knowledge of personality types would help people entering the workforce, as the test results identified the sorts of wartime jobs in which people would fit best. Actively participating in the academic world and making a name for herself, Jean began giving workshops and training programs around the country. But her life wasn’t all about work. In her spare time, she went skiing. She joined friends in Italy, Montana, Canada, and Minnesota. After a visit to Taos one year, she thought the little mountain town would be the perfect place to live while she continued her consulting business. So she spent a ski season there in early 1990s. But things didn’t go as planned.
Beginning to Quilt Jean began facing some health issues. She had suffered from severe migraines since childhood; she had allergies, and was now diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. “I started a macrobiotic diet and began meditating. I ended up coming back home to Portales to care for my aging parents,” she says. “My father
had Parkinsonâ€™s, and my motherâ€™s health was failing. I finally moved back home in 1992.â€? Her mother was a quilter. Many years before, she had made Jean a quilt top for Christmas that came with a note: â€œIt will get finished when you spend a summer at home.â€? Now Jean was home. She and her mother used a quilting frame that her great uncle had made in the 1930s. Jean spent the next few years learning to quilt and became accomplished with the quilting stitch. â€œBy then my family also had a farm-supply business, and I was dealing with tractors and peanut combines. I had to find a way to keep mentally balanced,â€? she says. â€œI took classes and made a vest and a coat of many colors. It became my therapy.â€? Today, her quilts are a rainbow blend of colors that spread in radiant arcs. The tiniest squares and the smallest circles are stitched perfectly in place. The patterns never falter. The points, often the most critical part of a quilt, are sharp and always meet, thanks to her analytical mind. Jean is the first to say that she has come a long way from the early home economics days in high school and college.
â€œMy dream was to become a college president.â€? Back then, the design principles dictated that it was â€œillegalâ€? to use anything but one print and one solid color together. â€œI had to test that. Had to push it and see what would happen.â€? Her work is now precise and award-winning, deservedly so.
Calling Eldorado Home In 1996, a few months before her father died, Jean bought a house in Eldorado to escape the pesticides in the farming community. She also wanted to be near the many modalities of alternative healing in the Santa Fe area. She continued driving back and forth to Portales, keeping an eye on her mother. Her mother eventually died in 2005, finally admitting to Jean that sheâ€™d always wanted to learn how to waltz. >>
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By Tina Boyle
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell
It was one of those rare moments when I saw myself, stripped of the mask I wear Photos by in daily affairs, mirrored in John Cole another human being – someone unafraid of the complexity and weight of her own personality and soul. In a balance of opposites, she pursues weightlessness in the heavy, sometimes oppressive, and often clumsy beaten way called status quo. Meet endeavor of being huEryn Bent: singer, songwriter, man. Her songs disarm daughter, sister, wife. She is all of you — talk you out of these, and none your armor. And while of them. Quite simply, adolescence, she was studying under the this 24-year-old indie she pieces life together. tutelage of gifted Americana folk songstress folk singer says she purThis is her story. Lisa Carman, who introduced Eryn to musical sues her dreams to save theater. Music and movement converged to inORN IN LEWISTOWN, her own life, she might spire 14-year-old Eryn to channel creative energy Montana, to Mormon into making music — and to eventually make in the process save parents, indie folk a positive difference in the lives of others through yours — or help you singer and songwriter Eryn musical expression. resurrect a sliver of the Bent discovered a love for Today, Eryn regularly performs throughout Santa Fe, music at a very early age. soul you lost trudging capturing attention and hearts with sultry acoustic solos By the time she reached along the winding, that fuse melancholic minor keys with lyrics on themes
of love and hope, of losing and finding self. Few of her
compositions are autobiographical. However, of the songs that are about her own life, loneliness — which often accompanies staying vigilant to a dream despite naysayers, and despite the expectations that family or society heap on your heart — weaves through her compositions without strain, overwrought sentiment, or cliché. The diverse do-it-yourself attitude that embodies indie music and its sub-genres naturally inhabits Eryn’s songs. No song is like another, and their unexpected varietal shifts surprise and inspire you to lean in and have a listen. The gradual rise of indie rock in the late 1980s influenced the young star’s ambitions, which were many, even before she reached adolescence. She describes a constant press of creative energy that desperately needed expression, even when she was 12 years old. This urge pitted her against her strict religious roots, often putting Eryn at odds with her family. They labeled her “the black sheep.” But Eryn just calls herself a singer. “I always knew I wanted to sing. That was what made me happy,” Eryn explains. “I started listening to my dad’s albums: groups like Heart, Ace of Base, and the all-female trio Wilson Phillips. I wanted to sound like that from a very early age and would sing to myself a lot. It was a way to entertain myself. There was always a constant need to be accepted by other people, which I think came from feeling so unaccepted by the people closest to me — my family.” What I Crave Ever since I was a little girl, my whole world was music and song. I’d sing to myself in the corner. I’d sing a story of endless love. I have a dream: That I can be who I was meant to be, a true love for young, wild, and free.
. . . capturing attention and hearts with sultry acoustic solos that fuse melancholic minor keys with lyrics on themes of love and hope . . . I’m still that little girl I was back then. I’ll pour my heart out till the very end. It’s what I … crave. Love: How can I define one word sublime, in a simple song? If it takes me my whole lifetime, I’ll write and write ‘til it all seems wrong to over-think this life so sweet, who I was meant to be …
“I was always a very vocal child. I didn’t realize that I really wanted to do this as a profession until I was 12 years old. My mom asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I wanted to be a singer.”
Lisa Carman was living in Montana at the time, running a small theater in a suburb called Hobson and teaching privately. “She had a lot of students who were prodigy children. They just had so much talent. I was blown away by how trained these people were. Through Lisa I learned that there is so much more to music than the pop spectrum on the radio.” Broadway, opera, foreign language, and classical music opened Eryn’s eyes to different genres. “I wanted to be the best at singing I could be. I always had that edge of perfectionism in whatever I did.”
Many teenage girls would have felt intimidated by the talent in the room. Not Eyrn. “It was the first time I discovered something I could be good at. I had tried out for cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball, but nothing clicked. I was trying to find a niche where I could express myself,” Eryn explains. “Meeting Lisa and starting theater helped me activate my passion for music.” At first she played stock roles and minor parts. Although Eryn only sang in the chorus the first time she performed on stage in the play Godspell, the experience left a profound impression on her. It was the first of many personal discoveries in the pursuit of her dream. “The music and acting brought to life something other than what I was used to. I was suddenly clicking with other people. I realized a difference between singing and performing,” she says, taking pause to collect her thoughts. “There are tons of singers who are studio singers. They can go into a studio and hear a track and lay down a vocal and sing it well. Performing is different. You can sing as much as you want, but if you’re not there — not present for what you are singing — people aren’t really going to listen to you.” In 2002, Eryn bought her first guitar — a bright blue, budgetfriendly, acoustic Johnson. She split the cost with her parents from her allowance. Writing lyrics and composing followed, and the University of Idaho presented her with a vocal scholarship. In the months preceding attendance, Eryn cut her first album, Bare. After completing two semesters, Eryn visited Santa Fe for the first time to participate in Lisa’s new student vocal group, The Youngstars, though not as a student this time. Eryn had advanced to the role of assistant director of >>
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students, which included developing choreography and performances. While Lisa went on tour, Eryn stepped in as director. She frequently shared harmonies with her mentor as vocal accompaniment on various stages across New Mexico. Later that year, after returning to Montana, Eryn released a second album.
even though death would come for either person if they were caught,” she explains. “Tragedy was inevitable for them. Somehow I’ve connected with this tale deeply.” Love and romantic love feature prominently in her songs. They characterize her as a person, she admits. “But after what I’ve been through over the past few years, I’m not sure that I necessarily believe in true love
Along with the growing success, however, there were emotional setbacks. She underwent two inpatient rehabs for bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by cycles of binging and extreme measures to lose weight. These experiences took their toll. At 21, in an attempt to meet family expectations and garner approval, Eryn married. Sadly, soon after, she and her husband would separate.
or soul mates like I did when I was younger. I’ve learned this through intense heartache, through pain, and aside from what relationships throw at you sometimes. Dealing with the inner battles with my mind and myself — and not being able to understand that — has really changed my view about what I love, and what the definition of love is.”
After her first visit to Santa Fe in 2005, Eryn knew she would be coming back to stay. “The Land of Enchantment quite literally enchanted me. There were so many possibilities and so much potential waiting for me here. I was finally able to move and separate from my husband because the relationship was unhealthy. I didn’t know what else to do. I had always verbalized my desire to move to Santa Fe as soon as possible, but it always seemed like
Today, Eryn plays an orange Fender named Tristan and a back-up six-string guitar named Isolde. These pet names, Eryn explains, are after the tragic Celtic tale of doomed romantic love that dates back to the 12th century. “I’ve always been intrigued with the legend. Tristan and Isolde were initially bound to each other through a love spell. But after it wore off, they still longed for each other, 12
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it wasn’t the right time. It reached a point when there was no better time.” Eryn made the tough, life-changing decision to pursue the dream she had held since childhood: To sing and write songs, without compromise. On Halloween night in 2010, she slipped out and drove straight through, alone, riding the spine of the Continental Divide north to south, from
work at a job where I am helping other people. I feel like the nursing work is very similar to music because with both of them you’re touching people — you’re affecting their lives in some way. It’s important to me to have positive impacts on people’s lives, instead of the alternative.” Dealing with her own bouts of personal illness helped her develop a heightened compas-
“I’ve been hospitalized twice for an eating disorder. I’ve struggled with that my entire life.” Montana’s sharp frozen glaciers to the rounded wind-worn mesas of New Mexico. After getting on her feet, Eryn moved to remote Galisteo and found a job at a hospital as a certified nurse’s aide in the physical therapy unit. It is her day job, though she doesn’t like to call it that. “I don’t call it my real job. It gives me the real income, but if money were no consequence, I would sing and play and tour. But I would still
sion for people, she says. “Ever since I can remember I have had mental health issues. I’ve been hospitalized twice for an eating disorder. I’ve struggled with that my entire life. I think it comes from an underlying need to be accepted by a family that doesn’t accept what I do. And I realize that they probably won’t ever accept me 100 percent as a person.” She clarifies: “They accept my music, but not the fact that
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I’m not steadily going to church, or that I have tattoos on me, or that I drink. I understand how they see this. I was raised in that culture. I see how I’m the prodigal daughter in their eyes. When I was finally free from my upbringing — free to do what I wanted to do, not what anybody else wanted me to do — I ended up here, living as a musician in Santa Fe.”
Self-Acceptance Through many challenges, Eryn continues to discover and create nurturing connections. Her foundation is respect for herself. “Because I didn’t feel accepted in some ways, I always looked for acceptance in relationships outside of myself, mostly with boys. The majority of my relationships have been on the side of unrequited love. But I joke about this now, too. Disney drills into
“I always saw myself as a child of the bohemian revolution.” you that you just fall in love and you’re a princess, and that people love you. But that’s not how it is at all. I learned that lesson the hard way.”
One of her favorite movies is Moulin Rouge, which opened her eyes to various forms of love. “I always saw myself as a child of the bohemian revolution. I have
tattooed on my back ‘Freedom, Beauty, Truth, Love.’ But I struggle a little with the love part. I used to think love was between two people, but my understanding of it has changed. Love goes beyond that narrow field. Love is what you do. Love is for your own life, for your own talents. I feel the most accepted, and am the most comfortable with myself, when I am performing — standing in front of people. If I am not doing that, it feels like something is shriveling inside — not getting sunlight or air. Here in Santa Fe, there are so many people who share that feeling: painters, photographers, and other musicians. They feel that constant gnawing.” She points to her heart: “You’ve got to do this. You’ve got to do what’s here inside of you, because if you don’t, you won’t be fulfilled.” >>
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Where to Start Start right here. At the black hole in the center. With those roiling, boiling questions. With that brutal tug-of-war. Start with the loss that hasn’t happened yet. The one you’ve been trying to avoid but which you know is inevitable because beyond it, through it, is your only path to freedom. Start with the muscles and joints that won’t move, with a mouth that won’t speak, with a starving for food you have never tasted and would not even know until it was in your mouth, chewed and swallowed, fully digested and seeping out your pores – changing the composition of your entire body, changing the color of your eyes and skin. Start right here because you cannot yet see the pattern of what brought you to that place, what made you so hungry to begin with, what slammed shut your mouth and turned your bones to granite. You taste communion that turns to ash, but you know your bones are really geodes, filled with amethyst and emeralds if only you could break them open, shatter their rock-hard shell. I have nothing but the pieces to that puzzle – all unmatched colors that do not seem to fit and the faith that there is a picture in there, not of some dull autumn lake, its colors bleached dry by sun and neglect, but of snow and sunsets and fruit dripping from tree branches and a moment that leads to a lifetime so alive I will drink it down with ravenous abandon. Slake this thirst. Satisfy this hunger. And still have enough left over to set a wide table, to feed anyone else who is starved for a more nourishing life. — Lauren Ayer, © 2011
In some small way, this may have been her mother’s way of acknowledging the life for which her daughter left the farm. Today, Jean gives herself to gardening, quilting, and dancing the two-step whenever she can. The upcoming quilt show is the tenth quilt show she has organized. Of the 60 quilts in the show, ten have Irish Celtic themes. Twenty of the quilts are by Jean, and all have the motif she is most drawn to: butterflies. If butterfly shapes are not immediately apparent, then outlines delineating wings can often be found in the topstitching. “I don’t remember what it was about butterflies that fascinated me. They were always on the farm, but I don’t think I even noticed them then. But there are so many species and so many colors and shapes. The patterns on their wings are endless. The shape is pretty recognizable, and you don’t have to be correct. But when I came across the book New Mexico’s Butterfly Landscapes, by Steven J. Cary, I started being more precise,” she says. When she first entered shows, Jean was pleasantly startled at the feedback she received. Today, ribbons deck her studio. “I’m passionate about making quilts, but there’s a different mindset when you know a show is going to be judged and you’re on a deadline. Your whole focus in on the quilt,” she says. She does bed quilts, wall hangings, and wearable quilts. Her jackets and calf-length coats are exquisite. She says that a coat takes her a full four months, with all of her attention devoted to the project. Then it’s done. “Making it becomes so much a part of your life for so long. When it’s finished, there is a real void.” But there is always another quilt to do, and there are always more patterns to try. Of late, Jean has become attached to certain fabric artists. She loves working with their colors and designs. The painter George Mendoza of Las Cruces licensed his paintings for a line of fabrics. Though he has macular degeneration, his sense of color and his fabrics are catching the interest of textile artists. Jean chose his Jazz Nitelife fabric for one of her quilts and titled it Nitelife Groupies. Jean’s work is as extraordinary as her life. Given the times and community in which she was raised, it took extraordinary gumption for her to go against the grain and make her own way. She never married and never had children. Instead, Jean became an emblem of women’s liberation from the 1960s to our current era. Today, we take single, competent women for granted. It is lovely when such a woman has an unremarkable beginning, like picking cotton on the farm. In retrospect, it is also most interesting how cotton, in its refined form, has taken Jean full circle into the magic of her colorful handiwork.
∫ Cindy Bellinger is a long-time Santa Fe resident and prolific author. Her most recent novel is Into the Heat: My Love Affair with Trees, Fire, Saws & Men. Her website is CindyBellinger.com.
Finding Home Eryn feels that when she moved to Santa Fe, she found a new family. Surrounded by artists, singers, and other performers, she forged an immediate kinship with them that has helped her develop self-acceptance, though she admits this is a work in progress. “I don’t need to pretend to be someone I’m not, like I did with my family all the time. There’s such a mix of people here. They know who they are, they know what they want, and nothing will stop them from getting it. When I first encountered that attitude, I was amazed. I asked myself, Why haven’t I been doing that? Deep down I knew what I wanted to do, but I felt that there was a certain role I had to fill in order to be accepted. Getting rid of
expected roles is a first step in personal liberation. “This last year challenged me with an almost-divorce. I was forced to look at what was going to make me happy enough to continue on,” she
says. “It was the lowest point I’ve ever experienced, and I almost died.” Eryn was hospitalized for acute depression and anxiety. Today, Eryn is doing really well. “The experience of being hospitalized taught me so much. When I got out of there, I knew I never wanted that to happen again. I had things to live for. I wanted to do things, mostly music-related, that I would not want to lose for any-
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thing. That experience changed my perspective on what I’m doing. I found confidence in myself. I mean, I almost died trying to make other people happy. This is my life. Is it really that important what other peo-
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Dealing with her own bouts of personal illness helped her develop a heightened compassion for people. ple think? I have set out to discover what makes me thrive. I want to experience the things I crave.” It turns out that writing music and singing are the things she craves. They are a reliable source of life, no matter what is going on with Eryn: the trials, the tribulations, the success, and the acclaim. “I have really good reasons to fight for what I want,” she concludes.
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Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness Los Alamos-Area Residents Share Heartfelt Stories n Saturday, March 24, seven local residents gather in Los Alamos to deliver a dynamic series of monologues, Minds Interrupted: Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness. To bring mental illness out of the shadows, individual presenters — parents, children, spouses, siblings, or individuals with mental illness diagnoses — offer their deeply affecting and personal stories of learning to live (and love) with mental illness in the family. One in four American families are affected by chronic mental illness, and more than two million people in the United States are diagnosed with schizophrenia — not to mention bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, and other anxiety disorders. Our daily endeavors — at work, at school, at home, and in the community — include multiple interactions with individuals diagnosed with mental illness. Unfortunately, even though such a large group of individuals exists, there is a stigma attached to schizophrenia and other chronic mental illnesses. This stigma is so prevalent that mental illness is rarely talked about openly, unlike heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. Minds Interrupted: Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness wants to change that. The monologues openly address the participants’ experiences with mental illness, including their confusion, loss, anger, and humor. However, perhaps above all, the monologues express the participants’ resilience and grace. This performance offers a unique opportunity to break the code of silence surrounding mental illness and to shed light and awareness on the dedication and courage of those who live with it day in and day out. The event is a co-production of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Santa Fe and the Santa Fe-based Compassionate Touch Network, a non-profit organization whose mission statement of promoting community health through education, healing, and the arts has brought similar (and inevitably sold-out!) performance events to communities throughout New Mexico and the rest of the country since 2008. NAMI, a national organization with affiliates throughout the state of New Mexico, works to ease the pain and isolation of people with mental illness and their family members through education, advocacy, and support.
Date/Time: Saturday, March 24, 7 pm Location: Duane W. Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos Admission: $12 general admission, $5 students, $50 reserved seats. Includes DVD of performance. Contact (505) 988-1234 or NamiSantaFe.org. More information about Minds Interrupted, the Compassionate Touch Network, and NAMI Santa Fe can be found at NamiSantaFe.org and Minds Interrupted.com. This event is brought to Los Alamos and the surrounding communities through the generous support and sponsorship of Los Alamos National Bank, Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Additional support has been provided by Tri-County Behavioral Health Collaborative, Zia Credit Union, and Del Norte Credit Union.
ew Mexico hypnotist Damon Reinbold, CHT (certified hypnotherapist), renowned for his successful hypnosis programs, is offering his unique Stop Smoking session for two people for the price of one. This offer holds for two people in the same household or office. Reinbold says, “Quitting smoking does no good if you’re continuously subjected to the smoke of other people. This offer is my way of making it easier for New Mexicans to stop smoking and live healthier lives.” When a smoker exhales cigarette, pipe, or cigar smoke, at least 7000 chemicals are released into the air, increasing the risk of diseases that affect both the heart and lungs. There is absolutely no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. At least 250 of the released chemicals are known to be harmful, including arsenic, benzene, beryllium, butadiene, cadmium, chromium, ethylene oxide, nickel, polonium-210, and formaldehyde. Parents who smoke endanger the health and lives of their children, especially if they smoke in the car or house. The U.S. surgeon general estimates that living with a smoker increases a nonsmoker’s chances of developing lung or heart disease by up to 30 percent. Reinbold has long been an advocate for issues arising from advertising by tobacco companies. A YouTube segment of his October 1983 appearance on ABC’s Emmywinning “20/20” news program can be viewed on his website, DamonHypnosis.com.
Reservations to stop smoking must be made directly with Damon Reinbold at (505) 470-2373. Through April 2012, Reinbold will hypnotize two people for the price of one, waiving the $65 fee for the second person. His 30-minute hypnosis sessions are done individually to help ensure success.
Reel New Mexico Independent Film Series: Shakespeare Behind Bars
eel New Mexico, an ongoing monthly series showcasing independent films with a New Mexico connection, presents the award-winning documentary feature Shakespeare Behind Bars, produced by Jillian Spitzmiller and written and directed by Hank Rogerson, both residents of Santa Fe. It is a documentary feature that follows a year-long rehearsal and presentation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by inmates of a Kentucky prison. Hailed as “tremendously moving,” the film tells an extraordinary story about the creative process and the power of art to heal. It was a Sundance official selection and has won awards, including Best in Show and Best Documentary in ten additional festivals. Reel New Mexico was formed to fill a need for an ongoing, noncompetitive venue for New Mexico filmmakers. Unlike film festivals, Reel New Mexico has no entry fee and gives no awards. Proceeds from the $5 suggested at the door will go to meet expenses, with the remainder donated to filmmakers for their ongoing projects.
Shakespeare Behind Bars is being shown on Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm at La Tienda Center in Eldorado. Donation: $5.
Spring Swing: Abod Does Anita O’Day
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nita O’Day stunned the audience at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival with her exuberant personality and vocal prowess when she sang her unique versions of “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Tea for Two.” Susan Abod and a gallant trio bring these challenging arrangements to weekend concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe that are tributes to this extraordinary vocalist. Independent presenters Cal Haines and Victoria Rogers have coined the term “jazz warrior” to describe Abod, as it takes courage and highly advanced skills to convey O’Day’s particular repertoire. Miss Abod is known mostly for her own complex and original compositions, full of wit, humor, communication of lyrics, and vocal range. These qualities make her the right fit for this tribute. “I am so excited that Cal and Victoria asked me to sing the tribute to Anita O’Day,” Abod comments. “She was born in Chicago, just like me. O’Day’s skills put her squarely among the pioneers of bebop. With that smoky voice, percussive interpretations of jazz standards, and instrumental-like improvisations, she had a strong influence on many female singers of the late swing and bebop eras. She was so playful musically, but always had command of the stage and the band. She wasn’t just a ‘girl singer’ – she was an instrumentalist. Because she had no uvula, she could sustain long notes, like a horn, without vibrato — or add it when she chose. “I’m loving learning her scat lines and the great arrangements of standards she first performed in the fifties and continued to sing up until a few years before she passed in 2006. Her ballads were filled with emotion and really took you somewhere.” “The Nightingale Sang in Barclay Square” is one of the ballads that Abod sings in the concerts, along with “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Tea for Two,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “When Sunny Gets Blue,” and other favorites. “Sing, Sing, Sing,” a hit from her stint with Gene Krupa’s Big Band, leaves the audience reeling from the energy. The creative O’Day had a long life in which she was recognized as one of jazz’s true legends following that pivotal performance at Newport. She garnered fans wherever she appeared. In the upcoming concerts, a fantastic New Mexico trio with an extensive performance history supports her rhythmically exciting work. Stu MacAskie is on electric and acoustic piano, Michael Glynn is on upright bass, and Cal Haines is on drums. The concerts include O’Day’s memorable tunes and interplay between vocals and instruments, including appealing little scat riffs and trades with the drummer.
Albuquerque Concert: Date/Time: March 24, 7 pm Location: Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria and Griego) Santa Fe Concert: Date/Time: March 25, 4 pm Location: Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez (one block north of Cordova at Don Diego) Admission: $20 at the door, or in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com Information: (505) 989-1088
nergy Medicine and External Chi Healing techniques such as Chi Nei Tsang are ancient healing methods that use the frequencies of color, light, sound, and consciousness to affect positive changes in the patterns of energy held within and around us. The physical body is a dense form of energy, whereas light, color, and sound are less dense forms of energy. Those who practice forms such as Qigong are able to feel and sometimes see subtle frequencies. Our dreams and intuitive musings are accepted as natural parts of our lives. How can we access these realms of the unseen? We can do so through the various “other” dimensions and frequencies of our human energy body. When we become quiet and contemplative, the unseen world reveals itself to us. Energy Medicine treatments have been proven to speed healing of the physical body and reduce pain. Healing practitioners are skilled at perceiving the subtle energy bodies and affecting change that leads to physical and emotional healing. They do so by using their hands to project light and color into the aura. In Eastern traditions, this is called External Chi Healing. Chi Nei Tsang is an Asian body therapy that is a good example of External Chi Healing. The benefits of treatment are many. Some people experience the grace that comes with the comfort of human touch and healing on all levels of their being. Just as deep sleep or a walk in nature brings a renewed sense of peace and well being, a hands-on-healing session reorganizes the tangled patterns of energy that have resulted from many life experiences. As treatment recipients come back into a more natural flow of energy, or chi, their bodies do what they need to do, and their spirits access the dreams and inspirations that lead them into the future with the joy of an open heart. Many clients decide to pursue the study of ancient healing methods after receiving treatments. The study of Energy Medicine and Chi Nei Tsang brings a profound re-awakening of the spirit. It allows participants to experience their larger selves and their place within the evolution of the universe. Students find new meaning and direction for their lives.
White Cloud Institute has been offering classes in Santa Fe and around the world for the past 12 years. It offers a Qigong class that is open to beginners every Wednesday evening in Eldorado. Drop in any time and enjoy a seasonal Qigong and meditation experience to support your health. Caryn Boyd Diel is the owner of White Cloud Institute. Information on classes and treatments: (505) 471-9330 or email@example.com. WhiteCloudInstitute.com.
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Berries Sweet, Nutritious, and Colorful
nyone who has headed out to the Mora area to spend a lazy day picking raspberries at Salman Ranch, or slathered New Mexicoproduced Heidi’s Raspberry Jam onto a warm piece of toast, knows that locally grown New Mexico berries are delish. And, thanks to the myriad medical reports on the latest antioxidant research, we all know that it’s hard to beat berries — especially blueberries and blackberries — for their nutritional value. Berries are relatively easy to grow. Depending on the berry choice, the plants establish themselves nicely in the ground, or even in large containers or raised beds if they are heavily controlled by pruning. Berry bushes — including blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, huckleberries, elderberries, currents, grapes, and kiwi — grow and spread profusely over time. Some of them, like blackberries and grapes, achieve significant height if they are not routinely cut back. This natural tendency to spread can make berry bushes an attractive and delicious alternative to hedge fences. Since many of the berry species feature thorns, they create a natural deterrent to human or four-legged visitors that you’d rather not have traipsing through your garden. Also, grape plants will, when pruned over time, develop a strong, woody “trunk” that can be trained into arbors or espaliers. 18
Raspberry Harvest. Photo by Tomasz Kopalski. Courtesy of An Edible Yard.
The growing conditions in New Mexico allow success with almost all of the berry varieties. Berry Types If it feels like a favorite berry — the strawberry — was completely overlooked in the above list, it’s because strawberries are not actually members of the berry family or genus — even though they have “berry” in their name. Some garden centers place strawberries in the berry aisle because the plants produce “berry” fruit. Nurseries may do the same thing with bush or ground-type cherry varieties. However, true berries are characterized by seeds that are contained in the interior of the fruit and that are produced from a sin-
TheAlternativeHouse.com gle botanical ovary. The seeds are not stones or pits. Most true berry varieties are also characterized by being bush plants. Many, like blackberries, huckleberries, and raspberries, also produce stickers or thorns of some kind on their canes. Do you love berries but hate their thorns? Hybrid “thorn-less” blackberry and raspberry varieties have been created; they are marketed through specialty nurseries and suppliers. Other varieties of berries, such as gooseberries, currents, blueberries, and grapes, are naturally free of thorns. The growing conditions in New Mexico allow success with almost all of the berry varieties. However, amending the soil — or creating specific soil conditions using specific soil mixes within raised beds or pots — allows for better success with some varieties. Blueberries, in particular, prefer a less alkaline soil than can be found in most backyard gardens in New Mexico. They are a good choice for the controlled conditions provided by raised beds and container gardens. The higher elevations of Central and Northern New Mexico are well suited to currants, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries, and a delicious cross-breed of the loganberry and black raspberry known as the tayberry. All these plants flower prior to their production of fruit and are excellent attractors of friendly pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Some of the flowers are more showy than others. Berry plants like warmth, and late summer and early fall are typically the prime harvest seasons. Eating berries warm and straight off the bush is a habit that’s hard to break. Children find that gathering the season’s harvest is one chore that beats making the bed or washing dishes. Berries that are collected and brought into the kitchen — as opposed to being consumed en route — can be kept fresh and eaten over a few days’ time. However, they can also be easily preserved for use throughout the year. Washed and laid out to dry thoroughly, berries can be frozen with no loss of flavor or color. They can later be used in smoothies or similar blended or prepared foods. When frozen
berries are used in baking, they may be a bit “wetter” and softer in texture than fresh berries, but their taste will be consistent. If you are willing to spend a bit more time in the kitchen, you can turn significant berry harvests into a variety of prepared foods using freezing, canning, drying, and fermenting methods. They can be dried using a dehydrator. The dried fruit will later plump up and “reconstitute” when added to hot dishes such as oatmeal or when soaked in water. Or the fruit can be turned into pie filling, jam, jelly, or compote that can then be frozen, canned, or bottled. Almost all berries — and most certainly grapes! — can also be turned into tasty wine or cordials. Post-harvest, the berry bushes themselves aren’t done producing beauty. In the autumn, almost all varieties reflect the changes in season and temperature by displaying changing leaf colors. Ripe, vibrant shades of gold, orange, and burnt red add color to the fall garden as the plants prepare for the winter months.
What to Buy While berries can be grown from bareroot starts, berry bushes and their canes don’t begin producing any significant fruit until their second or third year. Depending on your patience level, you may want to consider buying established plants that are a foot to two feet in height — typically sold in one-gallon or five-gallon pots. You will achieve faster food production or creation of an edible fence. The cost will be
significantly higher than the cost of bareroot starter plants, but you’ll see far faster growth and, ultimately, faster fruit yield. If you choose to go with bare-root starts, they are often sold at nurseries or big-box stores in plastic bags. Also keep in mind that almost all berry varieties require cross pollination. So
Washed and laid out to dry thoroughly, berries can be frozen with no loss of flavor or color. choose several varieties and plant them in relative proximity. This will result in greater production of edible fruit. New Mexico State University’s extension program offers terrific berry-growing advice online for the home gardener (NMSU.edu). Two books are also particularly helpful when you are trying to choose berries for your garden based on climate, planting location, pollination needs, and design. Horticulture instructor and author Stella Otto’s The Backyard Berry Book (Otto Graphics/Chelsea Green) is a berry-specific and comprehensive collection of tips and techniques for incorporating berries into almost any landscape. She includes a great section on deterring the wildlife that loves your berry garden almost as
much as you do. The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook (Timberpress) is a far more comprehensive guide to edible gardening and, while not entirely berry-specific, includes a chapter on summer berries that features not only great photography but some wonderful recipes.
Nutritional Assets While blueberries have been getting the most attention from nutritionists for their powerhouse antioxidant value, all berries provide excellent nutrition. The general rule of thumb is that the deeper the color of the berry, the greater the antioxidant value. Red berries contain anthocyanins, a specific group of phytochemicals that, in laboratory studies, have been shown to inhibit or slow the growth of cancer cells. All berries contain vitamin C in fairly large quantities, as well as phytochemicals and flavonoids that are increasingly being recognized not only for their support of general health but for their ability to ward off some types of cancer. Are you seeing your way to planting some berry bushes this spring? Blueberries and raspberries are also high in lutein, which is important for healthy vision.
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er Holiness Sai Maa is described as a spiritual luminary with a mission of global enlightenment through practical spirituality and personal transformation. Sai Maa’s work invites each person to realize his or her own self-mastery. It also invites everyone to live together in unity and divine love and action. She combines Eastern spiritual wisdom and Western therapeutic knowledge. She helps individuals master their own lives as she has mastered hers. Sai Maa will be speaking at a major public event the weekend of April 27 to 29 at the Denver Convention Center. For complete details, go to her website, SaiMaa.com. Or call (303) 996-0123.
Alan Hutner: Let’s talk about your mission supporting individual mastership and the ongoing process of global enlightenment. You teach and guide people to selfmastery. People don’t always identify with the core “self.” There’s the ego identity, or persona, that people usually think of first. They think, “I am a father,” or “I am a mother,” or “I am a doctor.” Fill in the word after “I am.” How do you define “self” related to self-mastery? Sai Maa: Love. Without love there is nothing. Light is born out of love. This planet, created 20
Grace is the shakti, the energy, the power that sustains everything in between.
by the Elohim, comes out of love for the supreme intelligence, the great intelligence . . . part of the grand design. And the more love, the more grace. Grace is the shakti, the energy, the power that sustains everything in between – in between each word, in between each step, in between each incarnation, in between each heartbeat, in between each inhale and exhale. From this magic of grace comes an attitude that I call gratitude. You look at everything and say, “This is the grace of the great intelligence for me.” For that, we come back to mastery. What is mastery? What is to be mastered? After
my guru took me into a state, with discipline and devotion by my side, I could watch the slavery of emotion diminishing. I will give you an example, Alan. When I was sent by my country to go to medical school, everything was ready. But a lot of months before, a lady from France came to my town. I cannot tell you how I did it, but I dropped medical school and went to France. I found myself in Paris, where Mother Sri Aurobindo used to be. I cried every day for six months until my parents said to me, “Do you want this experience?” I had become a slave of my emotions.
Alan: Were you asking your emotions to let go? Sai Maa: No. Emotion will not let you go. You have to realize that every coin has two facets. One is real, and one is fake. You have to use discernment to determine which is fake and which is real. The fake one can stop at any moment. The authentic one will never change. Mastery involves entering a place within ourselves and seeing a love base and a fear base. The fear base is what we call on this planet the duality, the ego base, the personality who flips from one side to another constantly. You cannot master anything. It grabs you. It takes you and it masters you. It makes of you a slave. It makes of you a dog with a leash. That’s what it does. The mastery part is the love base, the grace base, the gratitude base, the highest self within us. It is the light within us — the knowingness and wisdom that takes us into a greater place within ourselves. Each human being is a godly being, a divine being: divinity by itself. Divinity is not a temple. It is not a sunset, it is not a sunrise. It is the human standing in front of me. When I am speaking to a human, to whom am I really speaking? To my own essence. The beauty of enlightenment is that when you look at something and someone, you know you are “that.” Alan: This is the essence of expressing “Namaste,” from the Sanskrit. You are looking in someone’s eyes and saying, “I see your divinity.” Sai Maa: This is exactly it. Yes, I’m speaking to the personal or physical body, who has a name and a title, called a persona. But what is the essence that is allowing the person’s heart to beat?
Only divinity is there — only supreme intelligence, only the source. To master my personality, my thoughts, my feelings, my ego, my mind — whatever we call it — is to come closer and closer to that great intelligence and to make choices and decisions that serve my soul, the energy that comes back to me from birth to birth. This is my soul energy. When I do this, to whom do I get closer? To my higher self, my Christ self, my mother divine self. This grace supports me, holds me day and night, and takes me to that greater and greater place. Alan: I love that definition of mastery. We think of it abstractly at times, but we’re mastering the ego, the persona, the mind — thoughts that are not in divine alignment. Sai Maa: Yes, awesome. We say, “I’m connected to the universe. I’m connected to spirit.” We are all connected day and night. Nobody is disconnected. But are we in alignment? Alan: If we were disconnected, we wouldn’t be alive, right? Sai Maa: We would be dead right now. We’ve never been disconnected. We will never be disconnected, because after the body takes death, there is a spirit or soul that continues. Are we in alignm e n t ? Th a t i s t h e m a i n question, particularly during this period of great shift. We call this the transformation: “trans the form.” What f o r m i s my m i n d t a k i n g ? Unfortunately, most humans have weak minds. When you live with a master, you push yourself to cultivate the strong mind of the master. This is mastery. If a thought comes, you say, “That’s not me. I’m in >>
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ina Brown is the author of Return of Love to Planet Earth: Memoir of a Reluctant Visionary. She is also the founder of an upcoming event, the first in a series presented by the Golden Dolphin S.T.A.R. Clinic, called, “Making the Quantum Leap: Embodying Photo by Jennifer Esperanza Love for a New Earth.” It takes place March 23 through 25 at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa. Keynote presenters include acclaimed quantum physicist Dr. Amit Goswami of What the Bleep? notoriety; Doctor Vladimir Turek, a quantum physician who will highlight a panel discussion on Saturday night; Sri Ananda Devi; and Nina Brown. I moderate the Saturday-night panel. For complete details, go to the website, GoldenDolphins.com.
It is now safe for us to declare our divinity and to come together so that we can embrace and support each other. Alan: Give a two- or three-minute thumbnail of your journey. Your book goes into great detail about the shift points: where you came from and what brings you to your current work on the planet. Nina: I love to say — and I do so with all modesty and humility — that I came from a very proper family in Philadelphia, and I wore gold slippers and beautiful ball gowns. The reason I mention this is because it is such a contrast to the life that I’m living now. Nina Brown in Philadelphia 10 years ago would never have spoken in the way that you and I are speaking today — with an extraordinary vulnerability, and extraordinary intimacy, and a profound declaration of knowing who I am: a divine human. I say this to be a model for others, so that they can courageously step forward. >>
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Alan:You’re saying you are “that” to everybody reading this, even though the mind or the ego or the persona may want to deny divinity. You say that does not work. Nina: This is a message for all of humanity. It is now safe for us to declare our divinity and to come together so that we can embrace and support each other. Alan: So what was the big shift point leading from the 3D-construct, consensus-reality perception of self — tied to the ego or the mind or the personality — to the launch, the shift into the divinity that says, “Look, you have no limitation. You are the voice of God”? And not only the voice of God, but the eyes, the ears, the hands, and the feet. Because the formless creator moving through the space of the universe (which is 99.9 percent space) has an intelligence that creates. We’re co-creators. So, when did you know who you were, really? Nina: I was called by Saint Germain on the summer solstice of 2010 to Mt. Shasta. When I was there, in a lucid dream state, I was taken into the mountain, into the chambers — into the council chambers of the Cosmic Council of Light — and I saw me. I saw my higher self in council. And I went up and merged. So I know without a shadow of a doubt that I, like so many others on the planet, am a walking master. I know this. I feel so safe in declaring it because we’re in a new era. It’s called “The Age of the Golden Dolphin.” It’s the next stage of alchemy. And what makes it different from any prior stage is that it’s safe. It’s safe for you and me to have this conversation. I feel completely safe speaking or answering questions in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Alan: Do you ever feel sometimes like the darker, shadow side wants to infringe, even though you know you are divinity? And the darker side, or the shadow side, or what appears to be not divinity, is also divinity, if you know what I mean. So it’s even a misperception to think that something is not divine or God, because it’s all in this play of life. In the East, they call it “Maya,” or illusion. The real illusion is not knowing who you are. Reality is knowing who you are in the playground. Then you get to do it all, or play in it all. 22
Nina: Yes. Let me share one word with you: “fascinating.” Alan: I like that word! Nina: It’s so powerful because it’s nonjudgmental. If I come up upon a situation that might perplex me, or might have moved me into a state of depression or confusion or anger 10 years ago, I now just step back and look at my/our creation and say, “Fascinating! Why did I/we create that? What are the life lessons, because I am not that experienced?” I am the observer of the experience that I created. That’s it.
planet is to bring in another frequency of love, what I call the frequency from the 12th dimension, which is pure love and light. It has none of the density of duality. I spent three years doing that. I wrote a book. I was a receiver and transmitter. My mission was to work with the 144,000 who anchor the Christ Consciousness Grid. I did that — and I did it by means of harmonic oscillation. I didn’t have to work with all 144,000. Each one of the minimum of 33 carried a specific tone. And because of the l aw s o f h a rmonic oscillation, all within the 144,000 wh o c a r r i e d that specific tone were entrained or up-shifted simultaneously. By the time I was called to Mt. Shasta in 2010, I knew that I was to be an ambassador for humanity in front of the Cosmic Council of Light. They came with their scale on summer solstice. They were measuring the frequency quota of pure love and light on the planet. I read the names of all those with whom I had worked. And, if you can believe this, I stood up and made a declaration. I said, “The tipping point has been reached.”
I am the observer of the experience that I created.
Alan: Thanks! Now, one of the most important parts of your work is love. It is multidimensional and has so many aspects to it. These include misperceptions by the human mind-ego-persona complex that identifies love with various experiences and emotions in the world. How do you define love? Nina: Alan, I am looking you in the eyes, and there is a transfer. For me, love is a transfer of particles and frequency. I can feel you. I can see you, but I can also feel you. Alan: We are in a certain collective vibration or frequency. The mechanism of distribution doesn’t matter. It’s all part of the divine field. Nina:Yes. When I began this journey, I felt love, like so many people on the planet. But now I have a better understanding of what it was that I was feeling 10 years ago. I describe it as duality love. Duality has a frequency that is lower than the frequency I carry now. It is lower than the frequency I was just expressing when I was talking about the love exchange between you and me. Alan: And when you say lower frequency, it’s not about rights or wrongs. It’s just the beauty of the multi-dimensional universe that you get to play in wherever you want — and experience in every frequency. Nina: Perfect! Thank you for that clarity. So, I discovered that the reason I’m on the
Alan: This fits in so well with something that was given to me recently: L.O.V.E. is an acronym for Law Of Vibrational Essence, the law of love. Now, with regard to “Making the Quantum Leap: Embodying Love for a New Earth,” can you make the statement that the assembly there is designed to individually and collectively raise frequency and harmonics? So even if you come there in dualistic love, or some other form of love such as abusive love, the field will elevate you individually and collectively? And by the end of Sunday, it will be a quite a love nest, with many healing attributes? Nina: Yes. You will be a different person. Absolutely! We’re moving into a quantum field. That is exactly what is going to happen in the field of the event, by means of intention.
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alignment with the great intelligence, with the source itself.”
This grace supports me, holds me day and night, and takes me to that greater and greater place.
Sai Maa: One thing I realized after I became “that” is that everybody is born enlightened. Every single human is enlightened, except that enlightenment is covered with the seeds of our past actions, just like an onion. The center of an onion is completely transparent, and you have to peel off the layers to get there. You can be enlightened in a nano-second. It’s a matter of simple awareness. So we come back to self-mastery. I am aware that there is a fear base in me and a love base in me. It is very important to educate myself about these states, and to practice coming out of the fear base and entering the love base and living there.
Alan: Talk about enlightenment. To my evolving consciousness, on my spiritual journey, enlightenment isn’t a fixed state. It’s a continuum of ever-evolving awareness and deeper love that has no boundaries. It’s infinite. Talk about enlightenment as you see it related to evolution on this planet, and the golden age of 2012 and beyond.
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ecently, I was lucky enough to be invited to be a delegate to the U.N. Conference on Women by the NGO Pathways for Peace. From around the world, women gathered to tell their stories, share their struggles, and offer solutions. The focus this year was rural women. At one panel, the moderator, Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda, the chair from the NGO’s Committee for the Status of Women from Geneva as well as the secretary general of the world Young Women’s Christian Association (world YWCA), told her story.
Although Gumbonzvanda was a highly trained human-rights lawyer, she still considered herself a rural woman. When she was born, her family had one blanket. The poignancy of this struck me when I was at Whole Foods during the lunch break, surrounded by shelves filled with hundreds of varieties of lotions and juices and jellies. The point was brought home later that day when I went to my friend’s apartment
where I was staying. When I opened the cupboard door to find a towel, the shelves were filled to the brim with sheets, blankets, and towels. When Gumbonzvanda was growing up, her family was so poor that her older sister had to marry a man with resources so that Gumbonzvanda could go to school and own a pair of decent pants. This boggles the mind for most of us in America. I have gone through times in my life when I have struggled financially and couldn’t
Remember how capable you really are, and how unbelievably malleable life truly is. pay my bills, but my situation has never matched the plight of rural women around the world such as Gumbonzvanda. You may be wondering why I am sharing a story like this in an idea column. Well, this amazing woman, who began life crawling toward the fire at night because her
family only had one blanket, got an education and went on to become a world leader in the fight for human rights and women’s issues. How many of you have complained about the fact that you can’t accomplish your goals? That you don’t have enough of something to change your life? I will never forget this woman. She reminds me to be careful of the stories I tell myself. They are powerful. You can use the stories you tell yourself to change your life. Replace all the limiting ones with this woman’s story. Remember how capable you really are, and how unbelievably malleable life truly is. Don’t give up. Get educated, continue to strive to be your best, never make excuses, and appreciate all the blankets, pants, lotions, and jellies that you have.
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The Rastafarian religion claims only about 100,000 Jamaicans, but its influence permeates the culture. There is spiritual healing when all else fails, and a sense of community like no other. It doesn’t seem to matter whose kids are whose, or even whose lady is whose. A moving, bumping, singing family of mankind is exuding love and the unabashed celebration of life. Intellectual examination is out of the question. Bob Marley is the prophet. The short pause by the tall gentlemen was meant as encouragement. Indigenous Jamaican paintings, for the most part, are laced with a laid-back, colorful, and carefree energy. Influenced from many shores — from cubism to primitivism, as well as Black Africa – it is less about technique than magic. Like the loud but faded shirts of some of these Rastas, Jamaican art often tells stories. Intuition drives a great deal of Jamaican art. Extroverted groups and daily life scenes are loaded with gossip and frivolity. Albert Artwell (b. 1942) is an example of the Jamaican Intuitive School. In his case, art involves the reworking of biblical material laced with Jamaican humor and commentary. A crucifixion scene, for example, shows a range of goofy onlookers including colonial figures and a British officer. Clear and fresh colors, flatly painted, mark his and many other Jamaican paintings. The shops around here are full of similar work. It’s been my observation that art can be an island, especially when it comes from an island.
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Esoterica: Today is Bob Marley’s birthday, and the beach people are partying hard. Some go swimming with their clothes on, then set up a clothesline right on the beach. It’s straight out of Milton Messam (b. 1944), known around these parts by the nickname “Artist.” He’s a taxi driver and chef who became a celebrated painter after taking a correspondence course in commercial art. The skinny guy comes back. “Come and join in, mon. You’re taking things too serious.” I figure I may as well, though it’s part of my culture not to let these acrylics dry up.
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“Do something!” Both girls implore me. “They’re disgusting! But don’t hurt them!” Welcome to my Rodent Wars. Some context: In my extended family, composed of Eastern liberals and gun-toting Western “live free or die” conservatives, we can talk about almost anything — politics, religion, or Apple vs. Microsoft. But we cannot agree on, nor talk about, the weapons of choice for the war against Rodentia. Thus, everything I write here will no doubt get me in trouble with at least some of my relations. Some of them will be shocked to know that we’ve used poison and glue traps. Others will be curious as to why we don’t use nuclear weapons. But this is war, folks, and sometimes, like when you have enemy combatants jumping out of your ceiling, you just have to let the chips fall where they may. As every Santa Fean knows, we live in Rodent Central, USA. Not only is the bubonic plague endemic here, but we 26
I finally went to the dark side when a mouse sauntered into the kitchen while we were eating dinner, sat, ignored the dogs, looked up at us with his cute little ears, and flashed a gang sign.
have chosen to reside in one of the most densely rodent-populated places in the known universe. (Slight exaggeration due to lack of real research.) Chuck Simko, owner of New Mexico Pest Control, puts it this way: His crews go through twenty 18-pound pails of mice poison a month. A similar-sized company in Orlando, Florida, uses only two 18-pound pails a month. You do the math, but that is proof enough for me. Of course, the fact that Florida is run amuck with GIANT BOA CONSTRICTORS might skew the data. On a more local note, one day we were filling in test pits close to our house. They were full of brush, and we were just burying them. The backhoe operator finished and came back looking pale. “It’s a mouse hotel in that pit,” he said shaking his head. “They just poured out of all that brush. I’ve never seen so many mice.” And I wondered, “Where did they all go?” Simple answer: Into our house! First, we found dog food stuffed in a ski
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you set a [expletive] trap in front of the fridge?! I’m going to kill you! [Expletive! Expletive!]” But even with multiple traps, it was a losing battle. At night I could sense waves of mice entering our home. Laurie thought I was paranoid. I called it finely tuned rodent awareness. One day, after a long weekend, I came home to my office and found half a mouse on my keyboard. Apparently, there had been an epic mouse war fought on my desk, and that mouse had definitely lost. That was the final straw. I hoisted the white flag. It was time to call in the experts. I called Chuck Simko at New Mexico Pest Control (NewMexicoPestControl.com). All I can say is that they were very nurturing. They had seen it all before. They walked us through their plan. They sealed tiny holes in the house, repaired screens, and advised me to move our woodpile and bird feeders away from the house. Dog food needed to be enclosed. Then they put their larger baited traps outside the house and their smaller baited traps inside. I’m not saying it was a perfect solution, but over time the mouse population definitely dropped. Today, I use a couple of those newfangled electric traps when we see the occasional mouse in the house. Instead of “Snap! Eek!” it’s “Zap! Eek!” Effective and not as messy. But this seems to be only one battle in the Rodent Wars. Recently, pack rats have showed up. And now there are gophers digging in the back. I’m thinking dynamite. It worked for Bill Murray in Caddyshack. It could work for me in Eldorado.
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Reply to Bill: Janet, Salt Lake City, Utah Considerable data mining of the No Child Left Behind gives strong evidence that it is the quality of the teacher that has the biggest impact on the success of the child — not the parents, not the environment, not the socioeconomic status of family, not the administration, not the school district. It is the teacher.
The following comment is in response to “Severe Conservative Syndrome,” an article by Dr. Paul Krugman in The New York Times, February 13, 2012. In order to deal with far-right conservatives, Republican candidates are more than willing to distort truths. Wondering in Colorado We have three things to learn. We must: 1. Live in the global economy 2. Live within our means 3. Live sustainably The Constitution says nothing about problem solving, but says a lot about representation. The GOP represents a significant portion of the population that chooses to believe impossible things. They bring things of value to the discussion, but an appreciation of facts is not one of them. The NYT reporters did a great job on the economics of entitlements on Sunday, February 11, 2012. They found lots of Minnesotans who depend on government programs who want to cut government. When presented with the dilemmas this poses, they hoped that the politicians would figure out how to fix it and voted for the Tea Party guy. Opps. So, Obama understands that entitlements must be reformed, taxes raised, and climate protected. The GOP represents folks whose oxen will be gored in the process. So, of course, their only choice is to defeat Obama. The alternative would be to work for the Grand Bargain where everyone gets a haircut. The hyper- entrepreneurial docs will have to stop ignoring best practice, the insurance companies will have to stop overcharging, and the drug companies will have to give quantity discounts. Contrary to the ex-mayor of Wassila, people will learn about hospice. And the carbon industries will have to stop running the country. Reform of public workers’ pensions and benefits will be necessary. Everybody in. Adults required. Now or never.
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Benefit Events Daffodil Days in Santa Fe Annual benefit for The Hospice Center in Santa Fe, a non-profit agency. For more info, contact Mary Ann Andrews, volunteer coordinator, or Owen Kunkle, bereavement and pastoral director, at (505) 988-2211. Dates: March 16 to 17 PMS-Inc.org
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Revolution222 is about a revolution in America. Bob thinks of an idea that changes the world. By creating a “free republic of Boblovia,” Bob espouses the idea that taking full responsibility for his life is the only way to personally live. In doing so, he shows others how to gain control over their lives. Revolution222.com Collected Works / Shaping Destiny Book Launch Shaping Destiny is the story of Destiny Allison’s life from the first sculpture she created as a frustrated housewife to her first major show at a p r o m i n e n t S a n t a Fe gallery. Allison says what needs to be said about the struggle between who we are and who we’re told we should be. Her journey reveals the ways in which our art and our lives are irrevocably intertwined. Information: (505) 988-4226. Location: Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St # A, Santa Fe Date/Time: March 16, 6 to 8 pm CollectedWorksBookStore.com
Business WESST / Brown Bag Perfect Pitch Develop the capability to compellingly and meaningfully encapsulate all important business information into a five-minute “pitch” that can be clearly and confidently delivered to any potential customer/buyer. Free. RSVP Roseanna Perea at (505) 474-6556 or e-mail Rperea@wesst.org. Bring brown bag lunch. Location: Santa Fe Business Incubator, 3900 Paseo del Sol, Santa Fe Date/Time: March 15, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm Opportunities for Espanola Valley Businesses in Green Markets Green markets include home building, forest products, renewable energy, environmental
services, agriculture, and more. This event brings together business owners, economic development, business support services, and associations familiar with the emerging opportunities. Refreshments. Location: JCI Building, Northern New Mexico College, 1021 Railroad Ave., Espanola Date/Time: March 21, 5:30 to 7 pm
Children Parenting with Wisdom and Respect: Jeff Hood and Tracy Juechter Are you tired of playing “Who’s in Control?” with your kids? Are you ready for mutual respect and cooperation instead? Learn how to set boundaries, listen compassionately, speak so they’ll listen, and find out what’s driving their behavior. Jeff Hood, MA, is an author, facilitator, coach, and nonviolent-communication educator. Tracy Juechter, MA, is a counselor, massage therapist, and mediator. They have both raised healthy kids. Fee: $255, childcare included. Location: Dragon Fly School, Santa Fe Dates: March 21 to May 9 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm AdventuresInSpirit.com
Education Herbal Nutrition© Practitioner Certification This class teaches the practical use of herbal medicine, primarily from a Western perspective, looks briefly at Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine, and explores biomedical responses to herbal remedies. Includes plant identification and preparation of remedies. 40 hours. Fees: $600 for 32 CEUs, all materials and text included. $425 for no CEUs. Register at website. Location: The Birkmayer Institute, 6118 Edith NE #38, Albuquerque Dates: March 17 to April 22 TheBirkmayerInstitute.com
Environment “Learning Landscape” Spring Tour Join the Academy for the Love of Learning and landscape designer Christie Green for the first of four seasonal tours. Incorporating Academy principles of observation, reflection, and awakening, the Learning Landscape cares for nature by allowing nature to take care of itself. Learn more about this cutting-edge model of Earth stewardship. Optional sack lunch discussion 12-1 pm. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP to Marissa Roybal at (505) 995-1860 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd., Santa Fe Date/Time: March 22, 11 am to 12 pm ALoveofLearning.org
Seton Campfire Tales: Under the Full Moon Seton Legacy Project Curator David L. Witt tells Seton’s allegorical tale, “Krag, the Kootenay Ram,” at Seton Castle. The story marks the literary beginning of the environmentalist movement. In it, Seton shows the consequences of humankind’s destruction of nature. Seating by 6:25 pm. Reservations required. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP to Marissa Roybal at (505) 995-1860 or email@example.com. Location: Academy for the Love of Learning Center, 133 Seton Village Rd., Santa Fe Date/Time: April 5, 6:30 to 8 pm ALoveOfLearning.org
Gardening We’ve Been Working on the Railyard Garden with the Railyard Yardmasters to keep Santa Fe’s favorite public space vibrant and beautiful. Give 24 hours over a year to care for the 7,000 plants in the Railyard Park that need more than routine maintenance. Registration and information: Alanna at (505) 316-3596 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Railyard Community Room Orientation Date/Time: March 24, 9 to 11:30 am RailYardPark.org
Poetry Readings Poetry at Paul’s at Lucky Bean Cafe / Get Yer Green On!
Award-winning poet Don McIver is a member of the ABQ slam team, a host/producer of KUNM’s “Spoken Word Hour,” the author of The Noisy Pen, and editor of A Bigger Boat. Dale Harris and actor/chef/husband Scott Sharot run the popular Hummingbird Café near Mountainair, which hosts monthly Live Poets Society readings. Location: Lucky Bean Cafe, formerly Border’s Books, at Sanbusco, Santa Fe Date/Time: March 17, 5 to 7 pm
Movies Santa Fe Art Institute /Erica Scharf’s Up Heartbreak Hill Documentary Shot in New Mexico, Up Heartbreak Hill
chronicles the lives of three Native American teenagers in Navajo, NM — Thomas, an elite runner; Tamara, an academic superstar; and Gabby, an aspiring photographer — as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school. They must decide whether or not to stay in their community — a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their beings. Their battles to shape their identities as both Native Americans and modern Americans lie at the heart of the film. Location: Santa Fe Art Institute, Tipton Hall, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr., Santa Fe Date/Time: March 19, 6 to 8 pm SFAI.org
Music Jazz in Los Alamos / Craig Martin Experience The Craig Martin Experience combines a solid rhythm section, powerful horns, innovative harmonies, and a ripping repertoire to guarantee a swingin’, groovin’ time. Dinner is 5-9 pm, reservations required. Tickets: $15. Information: (505) 6626305. Photo by Shane Woznick. Location: Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Avenue, Los Alamos Date/Time: March 17, 7 to 9 pm LABlueWindowBistro.com Latin-Reggae-Rock Trio Fayuca Returns to Santa Fe As they head to Austin’s SXSW Festival, where they’re nominated for best new/underground artist, Fayuca stops in Santa Fe. Fayuca has shared the stage with many notable acts, including Damian Marley, Nas, 311, The Dirty Heads, and Fishbone. The band recently signed a deal with Fervor Records, which launched two pop acts on MTV last year. Admission: $7 at door. Location: Evangelo’s Underground, 200 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe Dates: March 22 to 23 Time: 8 to 11:30 pm Fervor-Records.com/fayuca Rachel Podger, Baroque Violinist, Plays Bach Rachel Podger, Baroque violinist extraordinaire, performs Bach’s Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin on a period instrument. April 3 and 4: Program I: Sonatas no. 1 and no. 2, Partita no. 1. April 5 and 6: Program II: Sonata no. 3 and Partitas no. 2 and no. 3. Information: visit website or call (505) 988-4640. Location: Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe Dates: April 3 to 6 Time: 7:30 to 9 pm SantaFePromusica.com
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Mindfuk A series of shorts directed by Angelo Jaramillo. Mindfuk explores the internal turmoil of the human mind exploited to its limits of insanity and faithlessness. Featured playwrights: Andrea Murphy, Rebecca Whitaker, Aaron Rhodes. Presented by the Exhibitionist Theater, an experimental, existential, absurdist, subversive theater of apocalyptic cruelty. Admission: $12 general; $10 seniors and students. Not appropriate for kids. Information: (505) 795-4272. Location: Maria Benitez Cabaret at The Lodge, 750 N. St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe Dates/Times: March 23 to 24, 9 to 11 pm Ironweed Productions / Our Town by Thornton Wilder Our Town, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, changed the landscape of American theater when it was first presented in 1938. Its message is just as powerful today. An uplifting, touching, and deeply memorable journey featuring an ensemble of over 20 Santa Fe actors spanning three generations. Admission: $20 general; $15 seniors, students, teachers, military; $10 Thursdays; $25 gala opening on March 30. Information: (505) 988-4262. Location: Santa Fe Playhouse,
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The Bad Machine A puppet show that takes on the hypocrisy, impotence, and paradox of power versus powerlessness inherent in the so-called Occupy Wall Street movement. Directed by Angelo Jaramillo. Admission: $15 general; $12 seniors and students. Not appropriate for kids. Information: (505) 795-4272. Location: Maria Benitez Cabaret at The Lodge, 750 N. St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe Dates: April 13 to 15 Times: Friday, Saturday 9 pm; Sunday 2 pm
Play in the Mud Day The cob natural-building system is a wet adobe process. Create art playfully and learn natural building. Fee: $30 to $50. Robert Francis “Mudman” Johnson, M.U.D. Information: (505) 954-4495. Date/Time: March 24, 10 am to 3 pm EarthPrayers.byregion.net
Workshops Living in the Mystery of Life and Loving It Award-winning author Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones presents a workshop based on his latest book, The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It. Jones says, “There is no area of our lives where we are not forced to step onto the pathway of uncertainty. Why not enter the mystery consciously every day?” Information: (505) 983-5022. Advance tickets by March 11: $25. At the door: $30. Location: Santa Fe Center for Spiritual
Native American Flute Workshop with Suzanne Teng Le a r n t o p l a y the Native American flute. Create a lovely tone, play with correct fingering, produce your own music, and perform with others. No experience necessary. Fee of $150 includes your own High Spirits cedar flute. $75 fee if you have your own flute. Information: (505) 4732001 or email@example.com. Location: Dragonfly Studio, Santa Fe Date/Time: March 31, 1 to 4 pm SuzanneTeng.com
We Are People Here! (WAPH)/Heart and Soul: “I Am a Person” Nonviolence Learn about Kingian Nonviolence, derived from Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and centering on unconditional good will toward others. Morning teach-in, community brainstorm session, afternoon creative T-shirt workshop, and follow-up April event. Cost: $35/$55. Information and registration: community@PublicArtConnect.org Location: Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe Date/Time: March 31, 10 am to 4 pm WeArePeopleHere.org Carbon Economy Seminars and Contest Create healthy soil organically. Learn how to sequester more carbon and replenish the biology of the earth’s soil membrane with natural practices. Presented by soil biologist and microbiologist Elaine Ingham, chief scientist at the Rodale Institute. Friday seminar: $10; Saturday or Sunday: $175 each. Attend all three: $300. Information: Iginia Boccalandro, (505) 819-3828, firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe Dates: April 13 to 15 CarbonEconomySeries.com
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