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Volume 19 | Issue 12

Where GRAY Matters and Life is Still Fun

Printed on recycled paper December 2009

Holiday Memory Making 6-12 Thirsty Corks Debut 19 Doctor Dates 14

New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show featuring new creatures. The City of Albuquerque Rio Grande Botanic Garden’s River of Lights. The tour goes through Dec. 30. Times & dates subject to change.

open enrollment : nov. 15 - dec. 31 enroLLMent Meeting

Friday, December 18th at 10am Daniel’s Funeral Home 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE

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December 2009


Words of Wisdom

Prime Time Monthly News Mature Living Choices New Mexico 2010 Family Caregivers Guide Where Advertising Doesn’t Cost, IT PAYS! Publisher Maria Elena Alvarez Luk Director of Sales Phil Jimenez Advertising Executive Joe Herrera Art Director Frances White Editors Barbara Armijo Nicholas Wilbur Administrative Assistant Marlene Stern-Jimenez Copy Editor Betty Hawley Contributing Writers Cris Abbot Connie Henry Eliza Camden Michelle DuVal Shellie Rosen Marc Simmons Julian Dodge 15th annual Prime Time 50+ Celebration Sydney Dickinson

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You must learn to drink the cup of life as it comes ... without stirring it up from the bottom. That’s where the bitter dregs are.

Agnes Turnbull

Dear Readers


or years have I looked forward to this time in my life when the holidays would not be about accumulating things anymore, but about making memories. That is what this issue is about – things to do, ways to spend time creatively – and an occasional idea on what might be a new way of thinking about gifts. There are also some articles about changing the traditions to meet the needs of our lives now and how to welcome each day as new and unique. So enjoy what we have compiled and take this month one day at a time savoring the pleasures each brings to this holiday season. And, as family members once dependent return as adults to visit with their young brood, take pleasure in the good you see in what you nurtured through childhood. New Year New Company With the close of this year I am sad and relieved that it is over. It has been filled with challenges, that I shared with a global community, as a result of our economic meltdown, and others that were more personal. I am sad about the passing of my mother and six months later my brother Jesse. And I am relieved because Prime Time Publishing Company is entering its 20th year with a new outlook and a new crew. People’s lives change and this company had to adjust to those changes. Building trust from the ground up with individuals from different walks of life takes time, patience and agility. The good news is that our commitment to readers and clients, our professional standards and our constant striving for provocative, relevant and informative news made a strong enough foundation over the past nearly two decades to carry us through this turbulent year, and we are fully prepared to make 2010 an even better year. The new Prime Time staff includes

Director of Sales Phil Jimenez, who brings 20 years in radio and media sales; Art Director Frances White, a Silver City native who moved to New York City and returned to Albuquerque with equally great experience in graphic design; Sales Executive extraordinaire Joe Herrera, a local personality who has been in the print media business for more than 25 years, and a regular city bus rider; Administrative Assistant Marlene Stern Jimenez, who, in addition to being married to Phil, also has 15 years in marketing/sales and keeps our shop going; Editors include Barb Armijo, a seasoned journalist who started on the sports desk at the local daily and retired from its editorial board to become a journalism teacher at Atrisco Heritage Academy, and our latest addition Nicholas Wilbur, an award winning daily journalist out of Kingman, Arizona. We are also working with a stable of talented journalists, such as Leann Holt, Dennis Latta, VB Price, Dennis Domrazlski, and Neal Candelaria to mention a few that will complement are current stable of columnists. Unlike many of my newpaper cohorts who had to close down their dailies or niche papers I am fortunate to be in a place where I can continue to serve a huge community of individuals who have made it past the mid-century mark and the businesses devoted to them. Prime Time’s original founders had tremendous vision in realizing that you, our readers and clients, would support the publications we produce, which have now grown to include Mature Living Choices New Mexico and the Family Caregivers Resource Guide along with our flagship monthly Prime Time. Prime Time has successfully faced targeted competition from the local daily, which has launched three competing publications in an attempt to target our same group of readers with no success. So while the daily depletes

its already reduced resources on what should be spent on what they do best – daily journalism – they have not been able to breach the relationship this company has built with each of you. Staying Current One of the new things on the horizon is that we are rebuilding our website. This is a direct outgrowth of demand. Our readers are currently spending a lot more time on the site than we ever expected them to. So to accommodate your interests we will also be launching a Facebook site for commentary. I still can’t see the need to be Twittering, but I am watching how the demand for that grows among you. It is amazing how many young people look at me with surprise when I tell them about how many of my readers are hooking up online to communicate with their family and friends and getting important information. Little did they know that with years we would become smarter — not just older. So watch for it to be fully functional next month in honor of heading into our 20th year in business. Also take note that the Prime Time 50+ Celebration will be marking it’s 15th anniversary by bringing in guest celebrity Johnny Bench, Baseball Hall of Famer. So for all of you wondering how to make the best of this month just do it one day at a time as suggested by Michelle DuVal on page 18. We at Prime Time love it. Happy Holidays and Celebrate the New Year. Your friend, Maria Elena Alvarez Luk CORRECTION:

The November issue of Prime Time incorrectly identified Ellen Driber-Hassall as Dr. Driber-Hassall the mistake was made in editing. PT

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Holiday Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11

Fashion Maven, Cris Abbot Holiday Fashion. . . . . . . . . . . . 6


Medicare Changes Guest Column. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Connie Henry, N.D., New Traditions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

North American Mature Publishers Assoc.

Philanthropy Winners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Eliza Camden, Doctor Dates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

A Carolina Christmas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Michelle DuVal, One Day at a Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Santa to a Senior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Shellie Rosen, N.D. look up doctor info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20


Marc Simmons, 16th Century Relics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Every Month

Julian Dodge, Today’s Reality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Three Thirsty Corks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Local Theatres Overflow With Holiday Joy By Linda López McAlister Holiday Guide Table of Contents Local Theatres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Holiday Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fashion Maven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Santa to a Senior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Golf Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Medi-Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 New Traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Holiday Advertisers AAA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Albuquerque Grand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ballet Repertory Theater . . . . . . . . . . . Buffett’s Candies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candy Lady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus . . . . . . Harper’s Furs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lieber’s Luggage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Musical Theater Southwest . . . . . . . . . NM Rail Runner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Santa Ana Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Wools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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he holiday season is always a great time to get out and see some of the delightful theatre and dance offerings, and this year Albuquerque has its full share of goodies gracing our stages. Albuquerque Little Theatre Ongoing through Dec. 24 The Albuquerque Little Theatre’s holiday show Irving Berlin’s White Christmas already is in full swing. This is a stage version of the old Hollywood classic film “White Christmas,” which starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney when it was released in 1954. The Broadway musical opened last year in New York and is playing there again this holiday season. A first to Albuquerque, this performance is filled with wonderful Irving Berlin songs woven through a tale of two old army buddies who, in the process of helping their general by staging a holiday show at his Vermont resort, happen to discover true love along the way. It runs at ALT, 224 San Pasquale Ave. SW, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM

Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus presents

Christmas Around the World featuring

The New MexiChords Saturday, Dec. 5 3 p.m and 7 p.m. Sandia Baptist Church 9429 Constitution NE

Tickets are $10, children under 10 free

and Sundays at 2PM For more information, call (505) 242-4750. On the Radio While we’re on the subject of White Christmas you may be interested in another version of this same story – a Jewish version, no less – called Happy ChallaDAY! It will be broadcast as a Hanukkah special on KUNM Radio Theatre at 6 PM. Sunday, Dec. 13. That’s 89.9 on the FM radio dial. The Four Nutcrackers No holiday season would be complete without at least one version of The Nutcracker. Lucky for us, Albuquerqueans can look forward to four production. • Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico’s production at the KiMo Theatre takes you to an enchanting world of dancing snowflakes, delicate sweets and heroic battles between life-sized mice and toy soldiers. Ballet Repertory Theatre’s holiday classic has been a family favorite since 1996. Opens Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 PM, the seven performances will be on Saturdays and Sundays, with a final show on Christmas Eve at 1 PM at the Kimo Theatre is located at 423 Central Ave. NW. For more information, call (505) 768-3522. • The Keshet Dance Company is presenting Nutcracker on the Rocks, This original modern dance production incorporates the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin. It includes the roaring excitement of a Harley Davidson on stage. The story comes to life with dancers of all ages, experience levels and physical abilities alongside Keshet’s professional repertory dancers and guest artists. Showing at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Albuquerque Journal Theatre, 1701 4th St. SW, from Dec. 4 - 6. Tickets range from $20 to $28. For more information, call (505) 724-4771. • New Mexico Ballet Company is featuring American Ballet Theatre and former Joffrey ballet dancer David Chavez in the role of Drosselmeyer for its production of The Nutcracker. Dec. 5 & 6 at 2 PM and Dec. 6 at 7 PM at Popejoy Hall on the UNM Campus. Tickets $11 to $45 and available at or NMSO box office. • Vortex Theatre is producing the most far-out Nutcracker of them all when Albuquerque’s beloved drag theatre company The Dolls presents Revenge of the Nutcracker.

Dec. 4 - 20,, The show contains a star-studded cast from the ’60s, including Ethel Merman, Ann Miller, and the Rat Pack, putting on The Nutcracker for live television. “Live” here means everything that can go wrong does, and the back stage antics are as hilarious as what’s happening onstage. Anyone familiar with The Dolls’ Christmas shows knows this holiday extravaganza is not to be missed. (The production contains adult material.) The Vortex Theatre is located at 2004 1/2 Central Ave. SE. For More information, call (505) 247-8600. Music Popejoy Hall, the largest theatre venue in the state, is offering two shows this holiday season. The first, Mariachi Christmas, is a vibrant musical performed by Mariachi Monumental de America de Juan Jose Almaguer and accompanied by the exuberant dancing of Ballet Folklórico Paso del Norte. The coupling creates a performance full of tradition and energy. Playing Dec. 13 at 3 PM at the UNM on the corner of Redondo and Cornell drives. The second performance is Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Perhaps Sister has been watching too much CSI, but that’s not a bad thing when it comes to uncovering laughs. Who else but Sister would take on the age-old mystery of the gold disappearance from the stable in Bethlehem? Employing every technique in the book, Sister enlists the help of audience members and creates a life-sized Nativity scene to discover the culprit. Of course, Sister “steals” the show. Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 PM. and 7:30 PM at Popejoy Hall. While they’re not exactly holiday shows, if the grandkids are coming to visit in December, there are several theatre treats just for them. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. is playing at the Box Performance Space, which has now moved to Gold Avenue and 2nd Street, from Dec. 4 - 20. The Three Senorita Pigletitas by Patricia Crespin and Wonderdog by Lou Clark (both local Albuquerque playwrights) will be at the North Fourth Theatre those same dates. And out in Sandia Park, the East Mountain Centre for Theatre is presenting Alice (as in “Alice in Wonderland”), Dec. 5 - 13. One of the best ways to receive up-to-date information about theatre performances in Albuquerque is to use the Albuquerque Theatre Guild’s Web site,


December 2009


Holiday Calendar Voices of New Mexico will perform: Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 PM at the Loretta Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 PM at The Cathedral Church of St. John

– Friends of Cathedral Music Series, 318 Silver Ave. SW Polyphony’s candlelight program this season includes the cherished audience favorite, A Ceremony of Carols, by Benjamin Britten and internationally renowned harpist Lynn Gorman-DeVelder. Also featured are the works of G. P. Palestrina, Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, New Mexican composers Richard Hermann, Iain Quinn, and Bradley Ellingboe, favorite seasonal carols from Italy, France, Great Britain and Germany, and a newly-commissioned work based on the poetry of Walter de la Mare for choir and harp by the distinguished Canadian composer Andrew Ager, entitled Winter-An Evocation. Tickets for concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe may be purchased online in advance at (The Loretto Chapel: $16-$35; The Cathedral Church of St. John: Adults $20, seniors $15, students $5.) Remaining tickets will be available at the door with early seating strongly encouraged at all venues.

PM; and Dec. 24, 6-11 PM. The “Bugg Lights” is a free walk-though display. Donations will be accepted to help Menaul students in mission week in the spring. Call (505) 345-7727.

Through December 30 River of Lights at Rio Grande Botanic Garden, 6-9 PM. Closed Dec. 24-25. Dazzling holiday walk-through light show. Designed and constructed by Albuquerque BioPark artists and craftsmen. Supper with Santa Dec. 14-23 at the Shark Reef Café; and Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building on consecutive Wednesdays Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Tickets: $7 for adults, $3 for children. Located 2601 Central Ave. NW. Call (505) 7646280.

Through January 1 Annual Holiday Sale, at New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery. Reception Dec. 11, 5-8 PM. Featuring art that everyone can afford. Prices range from $25-$125 by local artists 3812 Central Ave. SE, Ste. 100 B. Call (505) 2688952 or visit

Through January 7 Our Lady of Guadalupe: Goddess of the Americas, an exhibition on view at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Tues.-Sun., 10 AM-5 PM. Contains 17 works of art portraying La Virgen, revealing artists’ venerations and imitations of her image. Exhibition is free in the Center’s Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts during regular business hours, 1701 4th St SW. Call (505) 246-2261.

December 1–26 UNDER 500 – Holiday Show exhibition by Gallery Artists Matrix Fine Art. Affordable, fun art from small sculptures to drawings and paintings by gallery artists. Prices starting as low as $100. Free admission. 3812 Central Ave. SE. Call Regina Held (505) 268-8952.

December 4-26 Ongoing Through December 24 “White Christmas” at Albuquerque Little Theater – a musical experience for the whole family. Performances: Dec. 5, 10-12, 18-19 at 8 PM; Dec. 13, 20 at 2 PM; and Dec. 24 1 p.m. Ticket prices: adults $22, seniors $20, students $18, children 12 and under $10. Group discounts available. Tickets may be purchased by phone or by visiting ALT Box Office, 224 San Pasquale SW open Monday through Friday 10 AM - 5 PM.

Through December 24 Bugg Light Display at Menaul School. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 17-19, 21-23 from 6-9 PM; Dec. 20, senior night, 4:30-9

517 Central Gallery – December Holiday Showcase by Sumner & Dene. Showcase includes the jewelry of Dawn Estrin, Alice Bailey, Robert Redus and Laura Cardenas; tinwork by Kevin Burgess and Drew Coduti; Laurel Burch handbags; Goody Goody slippers, vases by Ely, Joan Baker and Carol Kaleko. Call (505) 842-1400 or visit

December 5 Holiday Open House at Casa San Ysidro, 5-8 PM. The historic home will be decorated with farolitos and holiday greens. All ages can participate in making ornament and singing carols around an open bonfire. Free. Located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales. Call (505) 898-3915.

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Christmas Traditions Westside Community Chorale, directed by John Clark. Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 PM at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 601 Montano Road NW; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 PM at West Mesa Christian Church, 8821 Golf Course Road NW. Tickets available at the door for $5 for seniors and children, $10 for adults. Call Josie Gibson at (505) 2776633.

The Secret Garden, A Magical Show for the Holidays. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. Orphaned in India, an 11-year-old girl returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. The estate included a magic-locked garden, completely forgotten for many years. Flashbacks, dream sequences, a strolling chorus of ghosts, and music written for Broadway dramatize the show’s compelling tale of regeneration. $20 general admission; $18 student and seniors; $16 children 12 and under; group rates available. At the African American Performing Arts Center, Copper and San Pedro NE at Expo NM. For tickets, call (505) 265-9119. No shows on Christmas Day. Additional matinee on Dec. 26.

December 6 Placitas Artists Series and reception at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Featuring the work of Lisa Chernoff, Woody Duncan, Leila Hall and Molly Hyde. On display from the first Saturday of December through the first Friday of January. Located six miles east of Interstate 25 on NM 165 (Exit 242.) For more information, call (505) 867-8080 or visit

December 6 Las Placitas artist series at the Presbyterian Church will feature De Profundis – a 13-member Albuquerque-based men’s a cappella ensemble. The group was founded in 1994 by current artistic director David Poole. Members include: Tenor I: Dave Bailey, Greg Haschke, Ken Lienemann; Tenor II: John Berry, Omar Durant, William (Bill) Foote, Edward Seymour; Bass I: Bruce Castle, Michael Finnegan, Dominic Kollasch; Bass II: Jon M. Aase, Ed Fancovic, Roy Morgan and director David Poole. In the intervening years the group has evolved a repertoire ranging from Gregorian Chant to folk songs to new works, including pieces commissioned by the ensemble from eminent composers. The artists’ reception begins at 2 PM. The concert begins at 3 PM. Concert tickets will be available at the door one hour before the concert or may be purchased in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho or on-line at PlacitasArts. org. Prices are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.

December 6 Albuquerque Concert Band, KiMo Theatre, 3-4 PM. A Holiday Concert. Free admission. Located at 423 Central Ave. NW. Call KiMo Ticket office, (505) 768-3522.

December 11-13 “Queen of the Winter Night” Dazzle Dolls 2009 Boogie Woogie Holiday Concert fundraiser. Friday, Dec. 11, 7 PM; Saturday, Dec. 12, 6 PM; and Sunday, Dec. 13, 3:30 PM. All performances held in the Charles Piano Concert Hall, 5000 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friday concert is by donation. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday concerts $15 to $100. Income supports The Harmony Project (nonprofit organization) and the Dazzle Dolls (the “voice” of The Harmony Project). Call director Julie Christine, (505) 410-9981 or visit

“Holly-Day” Holiday Card Design Workshop Saturday, Dec. 12 10:30 AM - 4 PM Instructor Lisa Coddington MA, art instructor who specializes in drawing and watercolor, will conduct a one-day workshop on how to design a holiday card. Using botanical holiday subjects, participants will draw and paint from prints or live plant subjects to create their own unique holiday card designs. All levels are welcome. Quantity of finished cards will depend upon each individual’s ability. Fee: $95 registration required. Space is limited to five people. It will take place at the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center (Unser at Western Trail) register call (505) 899-0205, Ext. 332 50 percent pre-registration fee is non-refundable after Dec. 8. For more information, call Susanna Villanueva, (505) 899-0205 Ext. 332

December 12-24 “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Repertory Theatre at KiMo Theatre. Dec. 12, 22 at 7 PM; Dec. 13, 20 at 2 PM; Dec. 19 at 2 and 7 PM; Dec. 24 at 1 PM. An enchanting world where life-sized mice battle toy soldiers, snowflakes dance, and delicate sweets entertain. Reserved seating. Tickets: $15-$25, with discounts for students, 60+, children 12 & under and groups of 10 or more. Located at 423 Central Ave. NW. Call KiMo Ticket office (505) 768-3522.

December 19 “Christmas Classics” by Albuquerque Civic Chorus, 7:30 PM. Choruses from Handel’s Messiah and John Rutter’s Gloria, as well as settings of traditional English Carols. Accompanied by members of the UNM Symphony Orchestra. Tickets: $8, children under 5 free. Immanuel Presbyterian Church (Carlisle and Central Avenue). Visit ABQchorus. org.


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Less is More in Holiday Fashion at Work By Cris Abbott Q: My budget is shot, and the holidays are right around the corner. Please direct me to one great piece to update my wardrobe. A: Without a doubt, a great jacket will give you an updated look for fall and winter, as well as for the late spring season. One suggestion is a short, fitted style in a shiny fabric with great buttons. Shiny fabrics are very, very hot right now, and they can take you from daytime into the evening. If you’re daring, go with a bright color such as purple, hot pink or orange. It will look good over jeans, dress pants or an evening outfit. Complete the look with a scarf. Q: I’m preparing for our office

Christmas party, and I’ve lost a lot of weight this year. I am proud of my sleek figure and I’m looking for something to show off my new physique, but I’m not sure how daring to be. Can you help? A: Whoa! An office party is not the place to showcase your great gams, glutes and pecs. There are great ways to stay in fashion and accentuate the positive. Look for a fitted sheath (no cutouts and nothing backless, please) that flatters your curves. A touch of horsehair braid or lace at the hemline is very hot right now and will draw the eye to those great legs. If you’re not into dresses, choose one of the new über-slim pencil skirts (no shorter than the

top of your knee), with a flattering sweater and sexy shoes. Remember, if you’re in doubt, don’t wear it to the office party. Q: With all the shiny and metallic fabrics in the market today, what is appropriate for daytime versus evening-wear? A: Shiny fabrics are very popular right now. Silk charmeuse is fabulous any time. It works especially well in a blouse with nice pants and/or a jacket. A satin blouse is similar and looks great with wool gabardine, flannels and tweeds. Charmeuse pants are a fabulous look as well, but save them for the evening. Q: I never know what to wear on

Be Santa to a Senior in Albuquerque


rea retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a local senior-care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. The area office of Home Instead Senior Care has joined Adult Protective Services, Department of Senior Affairs, Meals on Wheels, Total Community Care, Geriatric Care Managers, several home healthcare agencies, Hospice organizations, and assisted living communities, as well as Wal-Mart, to provide pres-

ents and special visits to seniors who otherwise might be overlooked this holiday season. “Most people aren’t aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Mary Martinez, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Albuquerque/ Rio Rancwho area. “The holiday is often considered a time for children, but seniors – especially those who are isolated and lonely – need to be remembered as well. Be a Santa to a Senior is designed to give back to those needy seniors as well as to help stimulate human contact and social interaction for older adults who are unlikely to have guests during the holidays.” The program runs through Dec. 14. Prior to the holiday season, the participating local non-profit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide

those names to Home Instead Senior Care for this community service program. Christmas trees will go up in Walmarts throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. The trees will be adorned with ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their respective gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to these seniors. A community gift-wrapping event will be held on Dec. 15 from noon to 5 PM at the La Baron Conference Center. “Be a Santa to a Senior is a way to show our gratitude to those older adults who have contributed so much to our community,” Martinez said. “We hope to reach out to many with this gesture of holiday cheer and goodwill.” If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help with the gift-wrapping event, contact Debbie Oberer, Director of Care Services, at (505) 884-0353. Businesses are encouraged to contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office about adopting groups of seniors. For tree locations in your area or more information about the program, visit

New Year’s Eve. The man I’m dating is casual, but I’m wanting to go a bit daring. What should I do? A: New Year’s is a time to go as bold as you wish. Bring on the satin and bugle beads. Velvet is hotter than ever this year. Now is the time for five-inch heels and shorter skirts. Dare to show a bit of cleavage, but be sure to take the “bend over boob” test to ensure you’re not over-exposed. Cris Abbott has more than 30 years of experience in the fashion business and is a proud fashionista. For more go to and click “Fashion Show.” Abbott can be reached at

Patrick Nagatoni (tapings by) 505.463.6419

Louie Va 505.688.2610

Guided visits by appointment only with artists present Collector’s Prices Viewing from 10 am to 3 pm


Genealogy Meetings

Everyone is urged to bring some trinket, treasure or other accomplishment in personal genealogy research to the Albuquerque Genealogical Society’s legendary Christmas Party. It will be held Dec. 9 at 10:30 AM at the Albuquerque Public Library, 423 Central Ave. NE. If you don’t have a covered dish to bring, come anyway! Admission is free, and our table is always abundantly loaded with goodies for lunch. Members are encouraged to attend, and guests are always welcome. Volunteers are present most days to assist with research efforts.

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Painting With Angus Folks have asked if Angus Macpherson gives art workshops. Until now, the answer was “never.” Anyone who is ready and willing to start the New Year with a week of painting is welcome to join the “Painting Up A Storm” workshop Jan. 4-8 (Monday through Friday), from 9 AM to 4 PM It will be held in the Fine Arts Building at Expo New Mexico, but register quickly because seats are limited to the first 22 people. The fee is $395. Register at Donna Dionne will assist with the workshop and registration. She can be reached at (505) 873-4229.

Don’t Shank on Golf Gifts By Dennis Latta


f your husband, wife or someone in your family is a dedicated golfer, then it’s only logical that you would want to get them golf equipment for Christmas. It’s a gift they would use, right? Not so fast. It might be a big mistake. Golfers are a choosey lot. They want certain clubs with certain grips, and often they prefer hitting certain balls, wearing a particular glove and carry-

ing a particular manufacturer’s golf bag. Buying golf equipment for Christmas is not an easy task, particularly for the non-golfers who know only what little they see about the game when they‘re forced to watch it on TV. “What I usually tell customers is that unless they are specifically told what the golfer wants, don’t buy them any equipment,” Rob Scott of Albuquerque’s Bullseye Golf Center recommended. “It’s almost impossible to get the right gift because there are so many variables.” It might take the excitement and surprise out of giving to ask people specifically what they want, but it is the smart way to go when it comes to golf equipment. “I think some guys give some pretty good hints out there,” Scott explained “Sometimes they’ll come in to pick out a club they really want with the shaft and grip they want. I’ll write it on one of my cards and they’ll take it home and give it to their wife who will come back and buy it.” And there is another impersonal but effective system: gift cards. “Then the golfer can come in and get what he really wants.” Dave Brown, Head Golf Professional at Santa Ana Golf Course in Bernalillo, agrees. “They’re good for equipment, clothing or greens fees,” he said, adding that you could even pay green fees as a gift. Price is also an important consideration. A non-golfer might pay $80 for a sand wedge for an advanced golfer who actually needs a better and more expensive club. Or it might work the other way, where a novice gets more than he or she needs. Luckily, most purchases can be exchanged, but better to avoid such hassles. “We get a lot of men trying to buy for women,” Brown said. “We tell them they can exchange it or even get their money back.” If you decide on the gift card but still want the nice presentation, Bullseye can put any name or photo on any brand of golfball. Dennis Latta is a contributing guest columnist. He can be reached at


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A Lasting Gift

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By Barb Armijo


ired of getting and giving gift cards and run-of-the-mill mall gifts? Here is an alternative for people who value their health, beauty and wellbeing.

the over-stuffed chairs and subtle lighting and pleasant music, Bair brings a spa setting to the world of medical beauty treatments. The experts at Bair can treat cellulite, spider and varicose veins, enhance Bair MedSpa: Aging thinning lips and even offer Doesn’t Have to Be a non-surgical liposuction Kristie Fugett Bair called VelaShape. Visit the Traumatic Web site at BairMedical“Life is short; you deserve to for a full menu of available look and feel your best,” said Kristie services. Fugett Bair, owner and president of For the person you want to pamBair Medical Spa in Albuquerque. per this holiday season, Bair is the There’s a pretty good chance you know someone who would appreciate place. Guests are wrapped in a cozy luxurious robe, offered bottled water a day at Bair, whether for skin rejuor herbal tea and taken to a tranquil venation, facial enhancement, body treatment room. contouring, hair removal or a host of And when the treatments are anti-aging treatments. done, the staff will apply mineral The best part of giving someone make-up so that you can “re-enter you love a Bair gift is that you won’t be sending them into a doctor’s office the world refreshed, relaxed and more beautiful,” according to the waiting room. This place is beautiful. company Web site. From the royal colors on the walls to

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is offering a free, multidisciplinary amputee clinic from 1-3 PM on the First and Third Tuesday of every month for all of 2010. Physician’s referrals are not necessary. Clinic team members include a medical doctor, prosthetic professionals, physical therapists, an occupational therapist and a wound care specialist. Registration is required so call sign up at 505 563-4239 to sign up.

Making New Traditions By Connie Henry, ND


s we grow older and wiser, we have opportunity to create our own celebrations at holiday time. Whatever our holiday traditions have been in the past, it may be time to reflect on what is important for us now. Some suggestions that may reduce the stress and frantic activity around holidays are: • Limit obligatory, energy draining duties • Minimize perfectionist attitudes • Maximize laughter and play • Reduce or eliminate alcohol at social gatherings • Add some calming and refreshing herbal treats Try introducing some alcohol-free herbal drinks to friends and family. A hot chamomile punch with cinnamon sticks and floating citrus slices can be

a welcome change. Cold pomegranate, fresh berry or lime juice mixed with sparkling water and a sprig of peppermint, thyme or rosemary offers a new and inviting taste sensation. Add your own nightcap when stress begins to build. Try a hot cup of mintvalerian or passionflower tea, or even the classic mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream, but spice it up with a dusting of cayenne pepper to warm the heart and refresh the spirit. Whatever you create, keep a child’s view and try not to worry about things you “need” to do. Do what you “want” to do. Give yourself a guilt-free, joyful holiday. Connie Henry, ND, is a naturopath, herbalist and RN, welcomes your comments and questions. She can be reached at

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December 2009

Winners Set Standard for Philanthropy


By Barb Armijo

enerosity, giving and community service are part of New Mexico’s spirit. That’s the message the Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Mexico Chapter conveyed at its 2009 National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony and luncheon on Nov. 18 in Albuquerque. This year’s winners are well-known and deserving as the city is never at a loss for generous companies and individuals.

Outstanding Business Corporation New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, with more than 115,000 member owners, is the largest not-forprofit financial cooperative. Its two most valued principles are based upon financial literacy and support for the communities the credit union serves. Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation The Assistance League of Albuquerque, which is an all-volunteer service organization that was chartered

locally in 1962, has grown from 23 members to 300. Last year, members devoted 50,000 hours to make this community a better place to live, work and raise children. Outstanding Leadership: Larry and Dorothy Rainosek are the proud owners of the Frontier Restaurant and Golden Pride. This couple has been devoted to the University of New Mexico in a variety of ways, from feeding the students to supporting the UNM School of Architecture and Planning. The Rainoseks came to Albuquerque with their children in 1970 and opened the Frontier in 1971. What began as a small, one-room college diner is now a beloved restaurant for the whole family that has taken up most of the block. Frontier food is now available in four other locations in town. Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Santa Fe resident Charmay Allred is a cofounder and vice chair of the Board of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Her life is marked by years of service to cultural and service organizations that impact the entire state. Outstanding Fundraising Professional: LaDonna Hopkins has devoted more than 40 years to the world of philan-

thropy, working in communities to make positive changes by connecting resources to needs. Outstanding Family in Philanthropy: The Cates and Leischner Family has volunteered throughout the community. Presidential Award: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence was honored for its work with the United Way of Central New Mexico. Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: • Derek Selvage, from Pinon Elementary, turned his birthdays into fundraisers. • Derek Kane provided community service through the Watermelon Ranch, the Ronald McDonald House and Roadrunner Food Bank. • Nick Felipe developed a mural at the Native American Community Academy to fight against gang-related graffiti.

For more than 20 years, New Mexico’s own National Philanthropy Day has honored those changing our world for the better. Giving is still in, according to National Philanthropy Day CoChairs Marilyn Bancel and Pam Cook. In 2008, when the Dow Jones lost 37 percent, corporate profits declined 18 percent and unemployment rose to 7.2 percent, the estimated change in giving dropped just 2 percent or 5.7 percent when adjusted for inflation, Cook said.

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December 2009


Medicare Changes Imperil Care for Heart Patients


By Lloyd Guthrie echnological advances have enabled great strides in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. The death rate from the nation’s No. 1 killer declined 34.3 percent from 1995 to 2005, according to the American Heart Association, thanks in part to the use of cuttingedge diagnostic tools that enable earlier diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, major cuts in Medicare reimbursement threaten to stall this progress just as the first of America’s 72 million Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age. Medicare reimburses cardiologists for office diagnostic testing through the Medicare Fee Schedule. In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed large reductions in reimbursement payments for Lloyd Guthrie CEO at the New Mexico office physician services in 2010. Heart Institute. Beginning in January, reimbursement care to Medicare patients, and the prorates could be slashed in some cases posed cuts will force many physicians by 40 percent for the life-saving dito limit or even discontinue caring agnostic tools cardiologists use every for Medicare patients altogether. In day, including electrocardiograms, making its decision to cut reimbursenuclear stress tests, echocardiogram ments, Medicare violated and cardiac catheterits own rules, relying on ization. insufficient research and If instituted as Guest Column inaccurate data, including currently proposed, a survey of 53 cardiolothe cuts in Medicare gists, or only about one reimbursement rates quarter of 1 percent of the will put accessible and nation’s cardiologists. affordable heart care out of reach for New Mexico faces a significant thousands of New Mexicans. These disadvantage because Medicare pays cuts will raise costs for patients and more to states that provide more care the public alike, while reducing access per Medicare enrollee, at the expense to lifesaving cardiac examinations and of states like New Mexico, where procedures. costs per enrollee are substantially These unwarranted decreases will lower. hinder access to care by making it Additionally, the conditions brought impossible for many physicians to about by the proposed Medicare Fee continue providing diagnostic imagSchedule will make recruiting and ing services in their offices. When retaining physicians in New Mexico services are shifted to more expenmore difficult, which is likely to add sive hospitals, there are significant to the state’s physician shortage. increases in out-of-pocket deductible The reimbursement cuts have implicosts for Medicare patients along with cations far beyond the Medicare comhigher monthly Medicare premiums. munity. Because employer-sponsored Medicare allowable fees for hosinsurance plans already subsidize pital services are often 200 to 400 Medicare, the changes will increase percent higher than those provided in costs to employers and their employa physician’s office, and a substantial portion of these costs are passed on to ees. Many employers will have to pass more costs onto their employpatients. In addition, moving examinations and procedures from the office ees, or drop health insurance benefits entirely. to a hospital setting could increase Fortunately, the final decision on waiting times for vital test results reimbursement cuts is still pending. from hours to days, or even weeks. The New Mexico Heart Institute Medicare fees have never covered (NMHI) is encouraging patients and the actual physician cost of providing

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others interested in health care issues to let their federal representatives know that Medicare’s proposals for cutting reimbursement rates in 2010 are harmful to all New Mexicans. NMHI has joined with the Guarding Hearts Alliance, an organization of more than 23,000 cardiologists nationwide, in calling for Medicare regulations that preserve access to quality cardiac care and rely on a budget model that reflects the actual costs of practicing medicine and delivering care.

Concerned citizens should contact their representatives and senators and urge them to protect access to quality patient care for all Americans. The Guarding Hearts Alliance ( has more information on the impact of the proposed Medicare Fee Schedule changes, along with information on how people can contact their representatives. Lloyd Guthrie is the Chief Executive Officer at the New Mexico Heart Institute.


Prime Dating

December 2009

Doctor Dates Testament to Intimacy By Eliza Camden


was talking recently with a friend about the best and worst dates we’ve ever had. It was a predictable conversation. Best dates: kitschy restaurants, ’70s band reunion concerts and anything that we didn’t have to pay for. Worst dates: (his) office parties, snowshoeing and conversations that involved after-market body parts. The discussion reminded me of a middle-aged dating phenomenon that is rarely discussed but often expe-

rienced. It’s The Doctor Date. The Doctor Date is a medical excursion (including but not limited to minor medical procedures) on which you are asked to accompany your beloved. The appointment/testing/probing/ snipping is followed by lunch, coffee or, depending on the specifics, vomiting, hallucinations or a temporary coma. I think it’s time we bring The Doctor Date out of the closet. More than that, I think it’s time we celebrate The

Doctor Date as an important milestone in the middle-aged relationship. I’ll start. The medical event was a biggie: his first colonoscopy. I chose the perfect outfit – one that said “I recognize the solemnity and seriousness of this occasion” without saying “I am your mother.” He picked me up at work, and I mumbled calming, reassuring words as we drove. When we walked hand-in-hand through the doctor’s door, I was overcome by what a significant moment it was. After all, you don’t introduce your girlfriend to your proctologist unless you’ve got a pretty serious thing going. I held my head high as I walked through the waiting room full of wives. I was almost one of them now. I gave him a chaste goodbye and a good luck kiss. I was overcome by the power of the moment. Then I took his keys for safekeeping and sat in the lobby. I started planning how I wanted him to find me when he returned. Attractive reading glasses perched on the end of my nose, leaning casually but with straight posture on the arm of the chair, a copy of “To Kill A Mockingbird” resting in my lap. When he finally came out, an hour later, I had fallen asleep in the chair with my mouth open. The People magazine I had been reading lay sprawled open on the floor, and a string of drool connected my lip to my chin. He didn’t notice, though, because he was dazed and his eyes were slightly crossed. It was after we limped back to the

car that the truly magical moment happened. Together, his head resting on my shoulder, our hands clasped warmly together, we poured over the pictures of his colon and large intestine that had been taken during the procedure. It was an amazingly intimate moment, and I had never felt more connected to him. I now knew him inside and out. Sadly, we were unable to have lunch or coffee. Apparently, all the available internal space had been filled with air. The good news was that I got to go back to work and did not have to witness (or inhale) the inevitable expulsion of said air. With yet another dating notch in my belt, I have this advice: Start slowly with warm-up Doctor Dates, such as annual physicals or ingrown hair removal. In hindsight, a colonoscopy on the first Doctor Date made me feel like I had given too much too soon. Secondly, don’t dress provocatively. Trust me, he’s not in the mood and you don’t need the rejection. (Note: See the exception to this rule below.) Next, if the doctor you are seeing is attractive, consider leaving your phone number with him. I’m not saying this is the noblest thing to do, but it could save you a lot of time on Lastly, remind yourself that you’d better learn to love The Doctor Date. There are a lot more of them to come. Eliza Camden writes about the world of adult romance. If you have topics you want her to address or questions send an email to

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December 2009

Classes for Re-entering the Workplace New Mexico’s only state agency dedicated to the issues for women is offering an interactive workshop to help women find their way back into the workforce. The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers Office, is holding a free class entitled Effective Work Search Skills at the commission office on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The class will be held at 300 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite 101 in Albuquerque. Participants in the workshop will test themselves to identify their skills and interests, create a appealing and stand-out resumés, investigate non-traditional methods to seek out available jobs and prepare for today’s interviewing process. Seating is limited, so registration is required. For more information, call Lorraine Bantista at (800) 432-9168. Registration is also available online at

December 2009


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Prime Mindfulness

December 2009

A Day is Only A Day


h, the holidays. To some, it’s a time of joy and cheer. To others, it’s fancy wrapped packages of stress, candy-cane coated stress, and stress dressed up like a turkey on the table. A woman in one of my Stress Reduction classes at the University of New Mexico said her favorite part of the holiday season was the day it was over. If any of this resonates with you, I think we could use a fresh approach. What would a mindful holiday season look like? First, try to take things

one day at a time. What happens is the mind tends to bundle past experiences in with the current ones. The mind thinks it’s helping by offering up all the data that’s been collected about the holidays, but what the result can be is an overwhelming sense of “here we go again.” Breaking the season down into days instead of a lump sum of the month of December can help free you from being overwhelmed. Let December 15th just be the 15th of December, rather than a part of a countdown. One way to do Continued on page 19


December 2009

Three Thirsty T Corks:

From Politics to Hippie Trips his is the first monthly wine column for Prime Time. Enjoy. We did. As in, the three of us split a bottle of wine and here we are giving you our humble opinions. We’re not wine snobs. We’re not wine experts. We’re people who enjoy a good wine when we want to have friends over or need to take a bottle to an office party or dinner. This column is a collaboration between hard-working people who love wine. We don’t go out of our way to memorize vintages or research the winemaking process. We know what we like and why we like it, and then we either recommend it or advise that you “proceed with caution.”

A 2007 Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Thank you to Clos du Bois Winemaker Erik Olsen.

2006 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Thank you to Winemaker Michael Martini

. . . Mindfulness continued from page 18

this is to take a few minutes when you first wake up and just lie there mindfully. Set your alarm a few minutes early, so that the practice becomes a conscious choice rather than something you do only if you’ve got the time. Take a few moments to feel the soft sheets and warmth of the bed. Notice the morning light in the room, so different today than from any other day if only you take the time to really notice. Becoming aware of the newness of each day right from the get go can create a shift in how you perceive things for the rest of the day. Throughout the day, use your body to slow things down. Remember that what affects the mind affects the body and what affects the body affects the mind. When we get stressed, our bodies go into faster motions. When you notice yourself rushing to get things done, slow your walk down. It may seem contradicto-

Here’s this month’s sampling. A 2007 Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve, Russian River Valley Chardonnay Cork No. 1 got the hiccups. She was sure she was sipping improperly; this wasn’t the wine’s fault. Cork No. 2 recalled some youthful psychedelic episodes. Cork No. 3, upon the taking the obligatory first whiff, said, “Hey, no gasoline blowback. This looks promising.” See, I told you we weren’t wine snobs. All agreed this was a chatty wine you can depend on for fun. Cork No. 2, as she swirled her highball glass, described it is as “a leggy blonde.” Being the sippers that we are, we sipped and chatted and all was right with the world and this glass of wine. Clos du Bois is a bottle you can pick up at most retail stores. It’s a Sonoma Chardonnay that will be a hit with friends – provided they don’t sip improperly and spur the hiccups. Our suggestion for food to pair this with: Rattlesnake, of course. (Just tell everyone it’s chicken.) ry to slow down when you need to get a lot done, but actually, it will help you get it all done better and with less stress. Physically slowing down the body can help to slow down the mind, which can mean better focus and the experience of less stress. At the end of each day, give yourself the chance to consciously work at letting your worries and stresses go. Bring your awareness into the feeling of your breath. Because the mind can’t be in two places at once, when it’s on the breath, it’s not off in thought. Done as a daily practice, most people begin to find some space in their mind, which translates to space in their life, no matter how hectic things may be. Make this choice, and see what blooms in this new found space. It just may be a new found appreciation for the holidays.

Thank you to Clos du Bois Winemaker Erik Olsen. 2006 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon We were pleasantly surprised to discover that our observations of this Cabernet Sauvignon weren’t completely off the mark compared to the distributor’s own description. But watch out: this wine may not be for the demographic that enjoys light domestic beer as an evening beverage. Cork No 1 thought the initial sip was “woodsy” and “fern-like,” while the other two used the words “heavy,” “harsh” and, after the first swallow, “enduring.” Cork No 3 said “It’s like a tongue painting leaving a bit of residue in the mouth.” We made the mistake, common among novices, of neither decanting nor airing out the wine, but as we swirled our glasses and continued to sip, the harshness dissipated and the true flavors emerged. The wine maintained its sharpness, a product of its comparatively high alcohol content of 14.3 percent (which is fairly normal for a cabernet sauvignon), but we all agreed it grew better with air. Cork No. 2 admitted to feeling a solid buzz halfway through the first glass – “This is definitely a sipping wine” – she attempted to downplay her slurring by comparing it to our first tasting trial. “I didn’t get as chatty on this wine,” she claimed. The other two Thirsty Corks


erupted in laughter, prompting Cork No. 2 to recant, “Okay, this did make me feel like debating political problems of the world.” We agreed that it’s unlikely that everyone who enjoys the Louis M. Martini cab will feel compelled to debate the merits of Sarah Palin’s appeal to a certain demographic of the American public, as we did. But it could make you see the merits of Palin creating a legitimate third party -The Rogue Party. However, we are compelled to provide readers a fair warning – both about the potential of having such a conversation and the potential of a “rogue” third party itself. Connoisseurs we aren’t, but it turned out that our first impressions weren’t off the mark. The Napa Valley maker threw in vanilla and pipe tobacco for the aforementioned “woodsy” taste, and the lasting “tongue painting,” we thought, was right on the money after checking the manufacturer’s notes and reading about the “lingering finish with velvety tannins.” Tannins, by the way, are plant extracts originally used in hide tanning, but which have taken on additional purposes, including but not limited to the chemical binding and precipitating of proteins in wine. If you didn’t know that, don’t feel bad. We didn’t either. Ripe cherry and plum were added to this vintage, but excessively fruity it was not. In fact, the aftertaste bordered more on sour than sweet. Thank you to Michael Martini.


Prime Travel

December 2009

A Carolina Christmas By Andrea Gross


t’s not easy to imp ress relatives, especially when their last names are Vanderbilt. But young George III – grandson of Cornelius, the great railroad tycoon – managed to do just that when he invited his family to Christmas Eve dinner back in 1895. His relatives traveled by private railway from New York to the thensmall town of Asheville, North Carolina. There, amid the mountains of southern Appalachia, George welcomed them to his new home, a luxurious estate that rivaled the grandest French chateaux. His niece, Gertrude, was appropriately awed. “I have seldom enjoyed a place so much,” she reportedly exclaimed. Even without Christmas glitter, the estate is statistically and artistically staggering: • The mansion is more than three times the size of the White House. • There are 250 rooms, about 100 of which are open to the public. More than 50,000 art pieces are on display, including paintings by Renoir and Whistler and several 16th-century Flemish tapestries. • The estate grounds are more than nine times the size of New York’s Central Park. Now add to this the Christmas stats: nearly 100 decorated Christmas trees, ranging from a small, tabletop model to a 35-foot Fraser fir that sits in the 72-foot high Banquet Hall; hundreds of wreaths, bows, poinsettias and ornaments; miles of evergreen garlands; and lights here, there and everywhere. (By the numbers, there are more than 30,000 lights inside the house and an additional 150,000 in the surrounding grounds and gardens.) “The 1890s were the height of the Gilded Age,” says floral manager Cathy Barnhardt, “and we try to replicate that gilded feel in our decorations.” Eighteen years after Cornelius

House was built to resemble a French chateaux. Photo credit: The Biltmore Company

Vanderbilt opened his opulent mansion, a new hotel opened a few miles away on the north side of town. E.W. Grove, a businessman who made a fortune hawking a cure-all tonic named Grove’s Tasteless Chill, wanted a hotel with the atmosphere of Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone – grand but rustic. Like the Biltmore mansion, the hotel’s facts are impressive: • The Great Hall has 24-foot ceilings with two 14-foot stone fireplaces. • The elevators are hidden in the fireplace chimneys, a turn-of-thecentury way to mute the noise. • The hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in

1973, but it still has a most-contemporary spa, as well as a golf course. Wandering the halls of the grand hotel is an adventure in itself. One hallway has photos that show how the lodge was built with teams of men and mules. Another has a display of Grove’s tonic medicines, and still another has photographs of all the folks who have stayed at the lodge – a group that includes eight presidents, Will Rodgers, Harry Houdini, George Gershwin and Thomas Edison. Yet, despite the oversized lobby and gigantic fireplaces, Christmas at the Grove Park has a decidedly downhome feel. “Major Bear,” who looks suspiciously like a fur-faced Santa,

leads youngsters in songs, dances and ornament making. Staff members serenade with Christmas carols and the hallways are lined with gingerbread houses that have been entered in a national gingerbread house competition. But the real charm of Asheville – winter or summer – is the outdoors. December temperatures generally hover around 40 degrees, meaning that folks can still ride the Holiday Trolley to see elaborate scenes of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas or enjoy fireworks that light the evening sky every Saturday during the Christmas season. For more information, visit or call (888) 247-9811.

Transform Depression Into Winter D-light By Dr. Shellie L. Rosen


ave you noticed a seasonal trend when it comes to your emotions? Has a friend or family member experienced more depression than usual lately? It may be as simple as a vitamin deficiency. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, affects more than half a million people in the United States every year. Numerous studies have uncovered the causes of SAD and other psychological and physical shifts that occur specifically during the winter months. These studies have determined that exposure to sunlight is be a key factor in much of the emotional slide experienced during the holidays.

Under the Weather’s Influence Through our skin, the body itself produces Vitamin D. During the summer, we spend more time enjoying the warm outdoors. We wear less clothing and run more errands. But as winter approaches and sunny days become shorter, we head indoors sor bundle up when outside. This limits the amount of direct exposure to UV-B sunlight and significantly decreases our skin’s ability to manufacture Vitamin D. In the case of winter blues, Vitamin D could be the answer.

Why is Vitamin D so important? Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium and phosphorous and therefore assists in maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. What many people don’t know is that low levels of Vitamin D not only lead to rickets (soft bones), but a host of other serious ailments, including heart disease, muscle and bone pains and rheumatoid arthritis. SAD and many less serious symptoms can be treated effectively with Vitamin D supplementation. But Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and can be toxic in cases of overdose, so regular blood tests are recommended

for those who take supplements. The best source of Vitamin D is cod liver oil (500 international units per teaspoon). A host of high-quality products are available in most stores. Invest in a quality product that guarantees testing for mercury and other toxins. Keep in mind, though, that even with a supplement you still may not reach the recommended amount of Vitamin D. So, confront the cold weather by taking a midday walk on top of a few teaspoons of cod liver oil. In fighting the holiday blues, you may find yourself feeling winter D-light! Dr. Rosen can be reached at (505) 999-9468 or visit


December 2009

16th Century Relics Have Stories in NM By Marc Simmons


he Ladrόn Mountains are a small, isolated range southwest of Belen and are easily visible from most high points between Albuquerque and Socorro. The Spanish word ladrόn means “thief,” so these heights were well named. Long ago, Apaches used the mountains as a base for launching raids against Spanish towns in the Rio Grande Valley and upon caravans traveling the Camino Real. One warm spring day, in 1917, a New Mexican cowboy gathering cattle on the east slope of the Ladrόns suddenly spied the narrow opening of a cave. Dismounting, he entered and found a large hide trunk. Inside, he discovered only a handful of old books, all dating from the 16th Century. One was a Bible in Hebrew and Greek, published at Antwerp, Belgium, in 1584. It also contained a volume of sermons and a small book of verse with a poem on the silk worm and another on the game of chess. What the cowboy had stumbled upon was a “treasure cave,” once used by Apaches to stash booty. After a raid, the Indians would bring their stolen property to such a place and hide it until needed for their own use, or until it could be disposed of at a profit. It is likely that the trunk also had contained other valuables that were long since carried away. I obtained more information on this story a few years ago from Jim Nance, whose ranch is southwest of the Ladrόns. He told me that the ancient trunk was brought into Socorro by the finder and turned over to the priest at the local San Miguel church.

A committee was formed to deal with disposition of the trunk. It was decided that, owing to the great antiquity of this “treasure,” it and the books should be donated to the Smithsonian Institution. According to Nance, “My greatgrandfather, being a master carpenter, built the crate the items were shipped in. And he was on hand when it was sent.” He added, “The last we heard, the books were in the Newberry Library of Chicago and the trunk had vanished.” We next pick up the tale in April 1922, when a Chicago book collector by the name of E.J. Goodspeed published an article on these same New Mexico relics, which had recently come into his possession. The vaunted Smithsonian obviously kicked loose the gift from Socorro. In his article, Goodspeed described the trunk in some detail. It was a typical New Mexican rawhide chest, decorated with appliqué and lined with soft buckskin. Heavy wrought-iron hinges and a great round lock plate gave it the appearance of a strongbox. Evidently, after Goodspeed’s death, the books were sold or given to the famed Newberry Library. The trunk, as indicated, disappeared. From Nance I gathered that he and his family still doubt that donations to public museums are safe, considering that even the Smithsonian cannot guarantee the gifts will not end up in private hands. .

Library Features Work of Landscape Artist The Loma Colorado Main Library will host an exhibit of oil canvas and acrylic-on-wood paintings by artist Matthew A. Kear and a reception for the artist Dec. 2-29. “I enjoy being in the elements of nature and witnessing the beauty of the earth’s creations,” Kear says. “When I first moved to New Mexico a few years ago, I visited the magnificent rock formations in the Jemez National Forest. These remarkable formations grabbed my attention and inspired an exploration of the color and textures that make up the landscapes around me. This body of work is a small display of some of nature’s elements, textures and colors that have imprinted upon my mental imagery of the New Mexico landscape.” Mr. Kear moved to New Mexico from Arizona and is a student at the University of New Mexico. He will soon be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The exhibit, to be held in the library auditorium, Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho, is free and open to the public. Call (505) 891-5013, extension 3033, for more information. The reception will be held Dec. 5 from 2 to 4 PM.

Doctor-Assisted Suicide on the Docket Join the Albuquerque chapter of Compassion and Choices for an interactive discussion on the topic of doctor-assisted suicide. Speaker David A. Bennahum, M.D., a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, is a scholar in residence at the Institute for Ethics at the University of New Mexico. The meeting will be held Dec. 5 from 10 AM until noon at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, located at 202 Harvard Dr. SE in Albuquerque. Bennahum’s topic, “Should Physicians Participate in Assisted Suicide?: A Conversation,” will be followed by a question and answer period. Thoughts and concerns are encouraged. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (505) 275-1827.



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Water II: Whet Your Whistle This Winter By Dr. Gerard Muraida


id you know that dehydration is nearly as common a problem during winter as it is the summer? In hot weather our body begins to sweat and lose fluid, which stimulates the hypothalamus (our thirst center) and induces thirst and dry mouth. “People just don’t feel as thirsty when the weather is cold,” according to Robert Kenefick, a kinesiologist studying hypothermia and dehydration at University of New Hampshire. “When they don’t feel thirsty, they don’t drink as much, and this can lead to dehydration.” As the weather turns cold, people don’t drink as much because the hypothalamus doesn’t emit the hormone that triggers the thirst response in the same way as when exposed to hot temperatures. Our bodies work

harder under the weight of extra clothing, and our sweat evaporates quickly in the cold, dry air. Because our bodies are 60 to 70 percent water, every organ and system depends on it. Insufficient hydration can lead to serious health consequences. And because aging lowers the percentage of water Clear-colored urine is the goal! Beware of dry or sticky mouth, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness or lightheadedness. If you notice confusion, irritability, dry mouth, or lack of sweating, then call for medical attention immediately. Untreated dehydration may cause comas and organ failure. Caffeine and caffeinated fluids do not count towards your daily fluid requirements. Enjoy your December and stay hydrated.

weight, dehydration can occur more rapidly. Fever from an illness like the flu, or nausea and diarrhea from a stomach virus, can interfere with normal eating and drinking habits. This can predispose one to dehydration. Diabetics with poor control can spill sugar into their urine and experience excessive urination. Frequent urination and excessive thirst are symptoms both of poorly-controlled diabetes and certain medications. The biggest offenders are diuretics, blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and psychiatric medicines. The aging process can diminish our natural sense of thirst, but if you also suffer from incontinence, you may be reluctant to drink fluids throughout the day. Sipping small amounts often is essential to avoid dehydration.

As we mature those of us who stay hydrated tend to falls less often, experience less constipation and require less laxatives. Well-hydrated orthopedic patients tend to do better in rehabilitation, as well. Hydrated individuals have a decreased incidence of kidney stones, less risk of kidney failure, and, among men, a reduction in bladder cancer. Compensate for lost fluids by drinking more than usual. One word of caution: if you have a heart condition, please ask your healthcare provider to assist in determining how much water is safe for you to drink.

Sanderoff to Discuss 2010 Census The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico will host pollster and census analyst Brian Sanderoff. He will speak on “The Importance of Census 2010 in Redistricting,” during the League’s luncheon this month. Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling, Inc., has provided technical and professional services to New Mexico by redrawing the state’s House, Senate, and U.S. congressional boundaries for the last three decades. Starting next March, he again will be involved in adjusting legislative boundaries based on data collected from the 2010 census. The League’s Fair Representation Study Group has asked Sanderoff to discuss the effect this upcoming census will have on the redistricting process, and how the League can help. Everyone is invited to attend the League’s general meeting, which will is being held on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11:45 AM at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd. SE. Luncheon tickets are $17, payable at the door. Reservations must be made by Monday, Dec. 7. Sanderoff is the on-air election analyst for KOAT TV Channel 7 and has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and the Jim Lehrer News Hour. He also conducts all of the election and public opinion polls for the Albuquerque Journal. Call the League office at 505 884-8441to RSVP.

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or this winter term OASIS members are going to explore the world of Ireland with lectures on Irish history, the pre-Christian spirituality and saints of Celtic world, penal times in Ireland, Irish music and personal accounts. O’Neill’s Pub will host a musical performance by the Celtic Coyotes in preparation for a trip to the Emerald Isle in April. OASIS, the adult enrichment program, has scheduled over 90 classes and trips for the winter trimester. Walk-in registration is on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and will be on-going during the term. On the schedule this term is: “The Bust Potential” with Mark Ronchetti, a look into the Anasazi world by David Stuart, Ph.D., a discussion on the warlords of Afghanistan with Mark Peceny, Ph.D. and a foreign policy update with former Time Magazine correspondent Bill Stewart. Lecture topics are as diverse and include music, science, history, art and religion. Members will also have the opportunity to meet a historic figure, Buckminster Fuller in Chautauqua performances. Dynamic afternoons of lively music, song and storytelling include a taste of Punch and Judy and Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. These unique performances are ones that should not be missed! OASIS members can also

take day and overnight trips to Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Durango. This term, members can take their grandchildren along to visit Chaco Canyon. OASIS members may deliver registration forms from 9 AM to 3 PM on registration day at Macy’s first floor mall entrance in Coronado Center. Catalogs will be mailed to members and they are also available at public libraries, senior centers and at OASIS in Macy’s at Coronado. OASIS is a haven for intellectual stimulation, health and wellness, and community. Longtime OASIS member Tom Elmhorst said, “I am asked from time to time what retirement is like for me. I always depict my fondness for adult education classes, particularly OASIS. It is commonly understood that daily learning something new keeps us sharp, vigorous and socialized. OASIS is at the top of my priority list to meet these objectives.” For more information call (505) 8890927 or visit OASIS is a national educational organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for mature adults. Offering challenging programs in the arts, humanities, wellness, and volunteer service, OASIS creates opportunities for 50+ adults to continue their personal growth and meaningful service to the community.



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Reality Isn’t What It Used to Be


By Julian Dodge

’m as hip to the latest pop-culture news as a box of Cheez-It crackers is to quantum theory. I have as much regard for iPods, iPhones and Blackberries as I have interest in universal remotes. And while I can’t reasonably argue against the advances to computer technology or the ever-broadening reach of the Internet, I do miss the simpler times. Whenever I hear the latest (or what is becoming fairly dated) lingo about computers, I can’t help but think back to when a “chip” was a snack that went best with spicy salsa; when a “hacker” was a lifetime smoker; when a “mouse” was a rodent prodded for research purposes by scientists; when “RAM” was a truck; and when a “bug” required a fly swatter, not a $200 investment in anti-virus software. I can’t help reminiscing back to when “unzip” meant either the simple act of urination – which I mastered early only to see my skills decline with age –but had nothing to do with “decompressing” a file (I still don’t know what that means). I can recall a time when “import” meant “from China,” but LMAO, CUL8R and ROFLCOPTER had no meaning at all. And I even remember, not too many years ago, when the word “text” was a word in the English lexicon, but it wasn’t a verb that meant “to send an electronic message via a hand-held, cellular phone.” Variations of this new word – “texting” “texted,” which even sound illiterate – drive me to drink, but they’re as common today as the term “picture show” was in my prime.

I remember when grocery shopping was a social outing where you could pass people in the aisles and exchange greetings. Now half the shoppers are plugged into invisible phones or music players. I may be old school – I still prefer the comfort and privacy of my own home when using the phone – but I think it’s the other half of the population that has devolved. Not only is there no shame in broadcasting your personal life to the world (a phenomenon facilitated by the ever-popular Facebook and MySpace sites), but more and more people are adorning themselves with tiny Bluetooth ear pieces that are becoming as permanent an accessory as diamonds were for Elizabeth Taylor. If you stop and look, you’ll find yourself surrounded by schizophrenics completely tuned out to what’s around them, but who are still, as contradictory as it seems, chatty as hell. I remember when television was a luxury and Edward Murrow a god. Nowadays you’re considered in poverty if you don’t have cable, out of the loop if you don’t glue yourself daily to Oprah, crazy if you don’t have Hi-Def, and just plain unfortunate if you haven’t bought a flat screen on credit. Then again, the advantages of having access to modern television are immense. Prime time TV brings us such shows as “The Biggest Loser” and other such glimpses into “reality,” the whole lot of them jam-packed with news you can use, lessons on morality and enough graphic scenes of overweight contestants to make any

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ing by the speed with which fashions change these days, I think I’ll wait around until Hawaiian shirts and polyester slacks are popular again. If still others call me overly critical, I won’t argue that either. Whatever I am, I know this: I’d rather vote by ballot for an American president behind a curtain at the local high school than “texting” it to “American Idol” from the couch. I’d rather not have to memorize seventeen different usernames, codes and personal identification numbers online in order to pay my gas, electricity, garbage, mortgage, and water bills. I’d rather walk than drive, sip than gulp, and smell the flowers rather than plant them in a Facebook application called “Farm Town.” I’d rather hold the newspaper than scroll through its Web version, and I prefer pen and paper to e-mail for anyone who wants to add to my rant write his or her response with pen and paper than via e-mail, though sitting down over a cup of coffee still reigns supreme in my opinion.

lout feel like a sculpted underwear model. “The Amazing Race” has taken the place of real sports. “Dancing With the Stars” is preferable to a night out at the Swing or Country dancing clubs. “The Bachelor” has replaced the loneliness of the single life with fantasies of Mr. Perfect. And I wouldn’t even be surprised if cheating spouses are giving up their evil ways in favor of watching “Wife Swap.” You can’t argue against that, though… We are a social people who need social interaction, but most favor a chat room full of strangers to actually sitting in a room and chatting, let alone taking a walk with the family after dinner. The use of emoticons  very likely has outpaced the use of real expressions on the faces of physically present fellow humans. And there is no limit to the Guest columnist Julian Dodge can amount punctuation in an e-mail or text message (e.g. “Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”), be reached via the United States Postal Service at 925 Luna Circle even though it will never prove a NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87102 worthy substitute for the sight of a genuine smile as a friend says hello. Some people might call me a Luddite – a man fearful of or anti-technology Mom, can I have those old jeans! I admit, – but that couldn’t remembering the days when I could fit into those, I be further from the was kind of jealous.  But, that was all ancient history, truth. (In fact, I wasn’t it?  It was clear that my Id had long-ago think the convection slain my Ego.  I was a spineless weakling before any toaster oven is the dessert, most of all my mother-in-law’s caramel flan best thing to happen (which really is a sort of heirloom considering its to sliced bread since provenance). sliced bread.) Others All in all, I think diets are stupid.  Really, how might call me oldlong can someone live on grapefruit?  or plastic fashioned. And that frozen chicken?  If I was really going to lose weight, may be so, but judgI needed something different – more in tune with my holistic New Mexican, pseudo-Wiccan, green credentials?  - or maybe just easier.  My friend, Suzie, went to this place (FIT Medical Weight Loss) near the ABQ Uptown Mall and lost a ton of weight, so I gave them a call. I was weighed (embarrassing) and EKG’d (is that a word?), but I escaped with my pride intact.  Actually, the doctor I saw was super-nice, so I decided to take off my disguise (also a family heirloom).  The philosophy at FIT seemed reasonable – sensible low carb stuff plus some drugs to take the edge off.  I’m not even craving dessert that much these days.   Anyway, I looked at those old jeans again today.  Since I was by myself, I decided to try them on. Pretty good.  But I’ll lie like everyone else – it was pure willpower, baby.

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Community Calendar Ongoing Albuquerque Newcomers Club “Welcome Coffee” First Tuesday of every month, 10 AM at Sandia Presbyterian Church Newcomers Club’s coffee events are intended to welcome new residents, retirees, the recently divorced and bereaving. Light refreshments are provided. To reserve a space, call Alexis Powers at (505) 797-0904, or visit Meditation for Beginners Mondays, 7 – 8:30 PM. Check calendar at for details. Classes are $7. The Albuquerque Association of Educational Retirees Second Tuesday of every month. All educational retirees are welcome to join the luncheon. Call Alice at (505) 299-1875, or Molly at (505) 792-9295. Weekly Wellness Workshop Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6 PM. Health Quest Chiropractic, 3824 Masthead St. NE. Dr. Allen Miner discusses ways people can maximize their health naturally. Free. To reserve seats, call (505) 343-6120. Crazy Eights Square Dance Club Dance lessons on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 PM. Club dancing 8 – 9:30 PM. New classes beginning March 10. Singles and couples are welcome. Casual dress is okay. For more information, call Bill at (505) 881-0137. Argentine Tango dancing and lessons. Lloyd Shaw Dance Center Thursdays, 8 PM. Cost: $5. Singles and couples of all ages and dancing levels are welcome, including beginners. Mini-lesson is followed by an open dancing session to a mix of nuevo and traditional music. For more information, call (505) 2500789. WestSide Singles, singles 55 and older Fourth Thursday of every month for dinner/meeting at 5:30 PM at Golden Corral Buffet, 3401 NM 528 NW, off Corrales Road. For information and other planned events, call Joy at (505) 892-9450. Bereavement Support Group Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Vista Care. It is best to attend all sessions, because each session builds upon the previous ones. Seating is limited. To RSVP or for more information, call Sandy Skaar at (505) 449-3148.

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Duke City Singles Square Dance Club Fridays, 6:30 – 8 PM beginners lessons, 8 – 10PM club dancing. Singles and couples welcome. Casual dress is okay. Call Gerry at (505) 8394962 or visit Friendship Force of New Mexico Luncheon meeting on second Saturday of each month. For place and time, please call (505) 281-3212. Hearing Loss Association of Albuquerque Support Group Westside: Second Saturday of the month. Eastside: Third Saturday of the month. 10 AM. For more information, call Steve at (505) 897-0840.

Dec. 9 Christmas Open House Las Colinas Village from 6 to 8 PM. Family affair with eggnog, snacks and open to the public. Music by Roberto Chavez on keyboard

Dec. 10 Synergy Networking Breakfast 8:30 – 10:30 AM, Chef Jim White’s Café, NM Design Center, 4801 Alameda Blvd. What do you want out of your business? How do you get there? Are you positioned for growth? The agenda includes time to discuss your needs and wants, brainstorm within a focused round table format and identify who will make a great power team for you with a group of key advisors. You will also have the opportunity to share and build a business relationship with like-minded individuals.

Dec. 11 Association for Women Business Owners Luncheon 11:45 AM – 1 PM Topic: “Books in the Making – Exploring the Writers Creative Process.” Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.

Dec. 16 NAWBO Meeting 5:30 PM at the Embassy Suites Conference Center, the La Ventana Room, 1000 Woodward Place NE. Networking mixer with tips, fashions from Articles from Her and the chance to give back for the holidays. The meeting will take place at 5:30 PM. $32 for members or $38 for nonmembers.

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Miscellaneous Services Dirty Deeds Done Yardwork, housework, farm work, painting, plumbing, electrical/air conditioning, errands for seniors, carpentry. Anything you have been wanting done and not had time to get to call Mike at 261-6403. Student/Professional Cleaner Carmen’s cleaning, honest, detail oriented, flexible rate depending upon task - $10 to $15. References available. 505-514-8900 Hair Cuts at Home eed a great haircut? I do house calls. Licensed, 28 years experience. Call Rose at 856-1844 for appointment. Home or Office Cleaning Housekeeper for home or office. Thorough work. I do very thorough work. Marty 559-9065 Help for Hire House-sitting, pet care, home-care companionship for caregivers going out of town. Call DJ 400-3037 Anywhere Handyman Very Good. Cheaper than dirt. Homes, mobile homes, R.V.’s 505-304-3591 Yard Cleaning Removals of dry trees, shrubs, weeds. Joe 293-3527. Clint’s Handyman Landscaping Yard work, heavy lifting, hauling, inside and outside work. References available. (505) 331-5787 or clints.yards@ Handyman Swamp cooler, winterized, electrical, plumbing, carpentry. Affordable door and window replacement, bath and kitchen remodels. Free estimates. Call 463-4744. Upward Motion Personal Training Dedicated to helping you achieve your best so you can look good, feel great, and Live Life to the Fullest. Go Online at to take a FREE Online Fitness evaluation to stop thinking about change, but to start changing. Call Luis Alvidrez at 268-1231 Carpenter-Cabinet Maker Handyman, free estimates - small jobs welcome. Established 1969. Call Mike at 884-4138

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50 + Celebration Features Johnny Benchw


ohnny Bench knows pain. The Baseball Hall of Fame catcher suffered numerous broken bones in his years with the Cincinnati Reds, but it wasn’t his career that put the hurt on him. Ironically, his pain came from bad hips, not his knees. Successful hip replacement surgery has Bench touting the benefits of Stryker Medical’s ceramic hip, which he was fitted for in 2004. Now Bench is the celebrity spokesman for Stryker, and the company appreciates that its spokesman knows pain and how great it is to live free from it. He will be in Albuquerque March 13 as the featured speaker for Prime Time Magazine’s 15th Annual 50+ Celebration. “I could hardly sleep,” Bench said of the pain he endured before surgery. A doctor friend of his recommended he receive a Stryker ceramic-on-ceramic hip. Since then, Bench has gone around the country holding

seminars and meetings promoting Stryker’s products. “I thought about making a comeback,” Bench said chuckling. His new hip made him feel that good. “Then I pulled a muscle vacuuming,

so that was the end of my comeback.” Bench joined the Cincinnati Reds in 1967. During his 17 seasons, from 1967 – 1983, he helped lead the team, which included Pete Rose and Joe Morgan, to four National League pennants (1970, 1972, 1975, 1976) and two World Series victories (1975, 1976). He led the National League in Runs Batted In three times (1970, 1972, 1974) and twice in home runs (1970, 1972). He is regarded as one of the greatest defensive catchers ever to play the game. The 50+ Celebration is free to the public and will feature more than 70 exhibitors, health screenings and guest speakers. For sponsorships and exhibit booths, call (505) 880-0470. This year’s event will be at the Embassy Suites Conference Center from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. Bench will speak at noon.

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