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Animal Humane : 45 Years of saving lives Leaving a Legacy
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IDEAS On Mental Illness pg10-11
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alking along the dusty alleyway which is the street in front of Nancy’s studio she squeezes my hand and says, “Isn’t this paradise?” My brain quickly flashes through a montage of images and places I’ve
Gardening in China gates that line the patchwork of one of Xiao Pu’s streets. Inside are three small buildings around the courtyard; one for washing bodies and clothes, one for cooking and dining; the third has two bedrooms and two big living rooms, which are now Nancy’s studios. She also has a small organic garden. If being somewhat isolated in a place where no one speaks your native tongue, your days filled with
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been, or read about that are called paradise and Xiao Pu did not make the list. I accepted many years ago that although Nancy and I share an objective reality, she sees many things differently than I do and most other people. Xaio Pu (pronounced Sh OW Poo) is to Song Zhuang what Bareles or Duranes is to Albuquerque; a village within a city. Song Zhuang, is farming area about 30 kilometers from the Central Business District in Beijing. It has been designated as an art and cultural center. Among the vast fields and greenhouses dominating the landscape, Xiao Pu is experiencing a construction boom to turn it into an international center for art. Currently about 3,000 artists live there. Over 100 art galleries and 15 huge museums are dedicated to exhibiting Chinese and international artists’ work. Countless numbers of art supply shops are ready to fill any request the artists may have. Nancy’s studio is a courtyard house behind a row of tall metal
listening to books on tape, working on new designs, and puttering in your small garden is paradise, then this must be it. Nancy is in the studio about four days a week and I usually go out one night during the week. She returns to our apartment in downtown Beijing for long weekends. Though I appreciate the near monastic village life, I love the hubbub a city of 18 million like Beijing has to offer. We often take our friends, visiting Beijing, out to the village to see the galleries, museums, and studios. Usually we end up someplace for tea and conversation before returning to the studio for a feast Nancy and her studio mate, Lu Xian Ru, prepare. Our friends generally tell us after their return to the US that the time spent in Xiao Pu was probably the most natural or authentic part of their travels in China. It is now part of my mental montage to the places called paradise.
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A Stitch in Time Makes an Immigrant’s Gown By Asia Negron-Esposito
he minute you meet Mana 20-year-old, be considered for sureh Bazyar you are enwork. Halston saw the promise in circled by her energy. Origi- her and paid for her training at the nally from Iran, Mansureh was Mayer School of Fashion Design trained by Halston the designer, to in New York City. After graduation sew and design clothes for the likes and working for Halston for a few of Jackie Kennedy Onnasis, Cher, years, in 1976 Mansureh and her and Pat Nixon. mother returned to their homeland. Currently owner and operator of “Iran was beautiful then, with a Seams & monarSew On, chy just she does like the alterations, rest of design and Europe” redesign says of clothManing. She sureh. has been “But running her soon we business were in Albutrapped querque for for 12 more than years 15 years when the Mansureh with her dance partner, Fred Laureta and raised two revosons, who are her pride and joy. lution broke out. Everything This petite, ambitious woman shut down,” says Mansurah. She came to the United States with her ultimately got married and had her mother, Robab, who immigrated children in Iran, however, “I lost after coming here on vacation. The a lot of freedom because of my Halston connection came through marriage,” she says. Her marriage her mom who was employed by its did not survive and she returned to house of design as a seamstress. the States, but before leaving, the Robab proved herself and asked government stripped her of all the that her daughter Mansureh, then money and gold she had.
With the help of a brother-in-law lessons with Fred Astaire Studios.” who lived in Albuquerque, ManShe has come a long way since sureh began her life again. She then and now competes in ballroom became a seamstress again and contests with her partner, Fred within 18 months had the resources Laureta. From her enthusiasm, to open up her own shop. For 14 this clothes designer likes to dance years she built her reputation and almost as much as she loves to clientele – so much so—that many design her own dresses as well as of her customers still remain loyal her partner’s costumes. to her despite having moved away, A role model for immigrants, and she does Mansureh has prossome business pered in the land of long distance. opportunity through Born into a hard work, sacrifice fanatical Muslin and perseverance. family, ManShe has accomsureh was very plished the dream restricted as of many to educate a young girl; their children for a not allowed to better life. She says swim, play with proudly, “My son her male cousins will soon graduate or dance. But the from UNM as a heart wants what doctor and my other the heart wants son is a Computer and after seeing Science graduate a movie where with his own comSons Babak and Azin Mehrnoosh actors danced pany.” This Iranian classical dances in period pieces, immigrant, now a US citizen, has this young, deprived girl was smit- indeed lived the dream and continten – not only with the beautiful ues to do so. costumes but with dancing itself. Meet Mansureh and her dancing “One of my dreams was to learn friends at the the Prime Time Fall ballroom dancing,” says Mansureh, Fling. “And 17 years ago I started taking
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re you a fan of ballroom dancing? Whether you are stepping out on the dance floor yourself or just watching the growing number of people who are strutting their stuff on television shows or at local dance parties, you need to know about USA Dance. USA Dance, Inc. was organized in 1965 under the name of United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, Inc., also known nationwide as USABDA to promote the acceptance of ballroom dancing into the Olympics. Later the name of the organization was changed to USA Dance, Inc. USA Dance focuses on promoting the growth of all styles and forms of ballroom dancing; competitive and recreational social dancing. This has included a program to establish a network of chapters in each state. These efforts have been very successful with major growth each year in the number of dancers, chapters and related ac-
tivities such as competitions, workshops and social dances. USA Dance organizes and supports educational programs among the public about the healthful aspects of recreational ballroom dancing and Dancesport, the competitive form of ballroom dancing. These programs emphasize the physical, mental and social benefits of dancing, and include the expansion of dancing skills among those of all ages and capabilities.Where can you find the closest chapter of USA Dance? Right here! Chapter 5047, the North Central New Mexico Chapter is centered in Albuquerque. The group is still young. Its first dance party was on Jan. 7, 2006 and held at The Dance Studio which donated the space.
Dance parties are now held on the first and third Sundays of every month at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center at 4915 Hawkins Street. The first Sunday dance includes a mini-lesson from 6:30 to 7:10 PM, and the 3rd Sunday dances feature demos by outstanding amateur and/or professional dancers. These performances are well worth seeing. Music for dancing includes: Cha Cha, Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Rumba, Samba, Hustle, Tango, Merengue, Mambo, Salsa, and Quickstep. Couples and singles are welcome, and the style is dressy casual. In addition to monthly dance parties, there is a Dance Formation Team, a group of amateur dancers who prepare choreographed routines which they perform at a variety of venues in the community: senior centers, Day of Dance for Health, international fiestas, and other events. In order to get more people involved in dancing and to help dancers develop their skills, the
chapter sponsors an “Introduction to Ballroom,” affordable classes to help people get started. All of programs and activities are led by volunteers. The current membership boasts about 200 people who pitch-in and make things happen. Visit with members and learn more at the Prime Time Fall Fling. For more information to join email usadancenm@yahoo. com or visit www.usadancenm.org.
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New Mexico’s History Captured al Fresco Barb Armijo
here is a space at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque that is 1,000 square feet larger than the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. It is where New Mexico’s grandest work of art is being created. Unlike the celestial images in the Sistine, the art on the walls and ceiling here tells the story of New Mexico from cave
dwellings to modern times. The Torreon – the round building designed as a hospitality area near the front of the Cultural Center – is being painted by internationally recognized
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artist Federico Vigil, who specializes in fresco, the same painting process that Michelangelo used to paint the Sistine Chapel. This month visitors to the cultural Federico Vigil in the Torreon
center will see what has taken
Vigil nearly four years to complete. Vigil says painting the Torreon is the chance of a lifetime for an artist, especially one who practices the art of fresco, a process of plastering, drawing and painting on walls and ceilings. It is one of the oldest and most labor-intensive forms of painted art in the world. Albuquerque’s project is the only unfinished fresco of this magnitude being painted at this time, said Vigil. “Everything else has been completed, and there is nothing of this scale, nothing,” he says. “It is really a living work of art.” When he was first commissioned by the Cultural Center’s Museum Foundation to paint it, he looked at other walls at the Cultural Center to paint in fresco. Nothing seemed to be just right, so he and members of the museum board kept walking around the center looking for ideas. “Then, we walked into the Torreon and my eyes opened as wide as saucers,” Vigil says. “My heart was pounding out of my chest and I knew this was it. This was the canvas to cover and it was going to be something incredible.” Vigil enlisted the help of scholars, including history professors and experts on New Mexico. He read voraciously and soaked up the rich history of the state, where he was born and raised. “Growing up in Northern New Mexico we know our culture and our traditions,” Vigil says. “But this was so much more. This is a story not only worth telling, but worthy of the majestic art of fresco.” Clara Apodaca, National Hispanic Cultural Center President and CEO, said the magnitude of this project places it among the most important works of art in state history. “This labor of love, this living work of art that honors our culture
Window at the apex of the Torreon
and heritage is a treasure,” Apodaca said. “Federico’s knowledge and love of this state are evident in his work. We are eager for all New Mexicans and all of our visitors from other states and countries to view this masterpiece.” The Atrisco Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to furthering educational and cultural goals of heirs of the centuries old Atrisco Land Grant, helped Vigil understand its chapter in New Mexico history. Vigil then painted a section on one of the walls in tribute to Atrisco. “We are honored to have Atrisco featured on Federico’s work of art,” Peter Sanchez, Executive Director of the Atrisco Companies says. “The magnitude and lasting legacy that this work of art leaves is unprecedented.” Unlike many artists, Vigil loves showing his unfinished work. He said the process of fresco should be appreciated through all of its processes. This is more than putting paint brush to a canvas, it involves drawing, plastering and climbing, always climbing, on scaffolding to work on the Torreon’s 20-foot-plus high walls and ceilings. “I want to educate people on the art of fresco,” he says. “The process is what makes this special. They should see it now to fully appreciate its beauty and unique, exquisite art form.” If you care to view the fresco as it is in process at the Torreon, call the National Hispanic Cultural Center to schedule a tour when Vigil is available. The only day he does not open the Torreon to visitors is on Thursday when much of the very intricate plastering and painting is being done. Story provided courtesy of Más New Mexico, a bilingual weekly newspaper published in Albuquerque.
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Psychiatric Evolution: From Art to Science Stories by Maria Elena Alvarez
here is a mystique surrounding mental illness. People don’t talk about it. Often those who suffer from it live in isolation, don’t get treatment, and are afraid of the stigma their illness carries. Even where it has struck countless times in the same family tree, mental illness is spoken of in hushed, embarrassed tones. Whether it is for chronic schizophrenia or episodic cases of mild depression, public awareness and resources are lacking. Few people realize that mental illness is the overwhelming root cause of many personality disorders. They don’t understand that substance abuse is one of the most common forms of self-medication for individuals not diagnosed early and who haven’t benefited from professional intervention. It is a sad fact that while organizations like the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) exist, and are tremendously helpful, many people who need services are reluctant to get them. In Albuquerque things are about to change due to a $1.5 million endowment to the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry from a grateful family that experienced, first-hand, the power of good psychiatry. The generous donation has spurred the formation of the Institute for the Development of Education and Advancement of
Sciences (also known as IDEAS in Psychiatry). “We plan to improve the understanding of mental illness in our community by bringing leading psychiatric scientists and spokespeople to New Mexico. These national and international experts will conduct free public presentations. Many of them will also spend a week on campus, working with the UNM psychiatry faculty, staff and students,” says Sam Keith, MD, chairman of the department. Keith, and the others involved in IDEAS, decided that education was the key to having a positive impact on Albuquerque. “It is a rare occasion when I am in public and people learn what I do, that I am not approached in hushed tones with personal testimonies about family members or friends suffering with mental illness. It is my hope that the free lectures by leading scientists in psychiatry -- who have spent years studying the wide varieties of mental illnesses, the brain and body connection, genetic predispositions, and treatment practices -- will improve the public’s knowledge about mental illness.” Keith is careful to point out that all of the presenters are wellknown speakers who have the skills to translate scientific, clinical information into understandable English. And some will be talking
straight from the heart because they, too, have lived with and learned how to cope with mental illness. “An endowment of this kind allows us to really affect the public dialogue. It provides some of the tools to erase the negative stigma associated with mental illness and to bring attention to the fact that mental illness is a chronic disease, no different than diabetes or even cancer,” says Keith. To that end, the public lectures will provide reliable scientific information people can use. “Information gives people the power to make good decisions for themselves and others. It helps everyone get better healthcare because they now know what to look for, what questions to ask,” says Keith. “It’s important to change the conversation about mental illness in a similar way to what has happened with alcoholism -- which only recently became recognized as
a chronic illness. People need to understand that treatments work and how important they are,” he says. “It doesn’t matter what illness you are looking at -- depression, schizophrenia, etc. – there are no time-limited treatments. With psychiatric illnesses the model changes, because after taking the appropriate medications people will feel better. They then stop taking their medications and/or discontinue treatment and have a relapse and have to start all over again with a regime of care.” That’s one reason why IDEAS and its mission to educate both the public and professionals working with mental illness have the potential to do so much good. “Our speakers will present what we know and what we don’t know, what treatments can do, and what we are learning about what treatments can’t do,” says Keith. “We can’t promise the world. Mental illness can be a chronic life-long condition. We don’t have cures, but what we can do is make the experience of mental illness better for everyone concerned.”
IDEAS on Mental Illness; A Public Discourse IDEAS in Psychiatry • We Need to Talk Lecture Series Dr. Robert Michels Shaping the Future of Mental Health Care Tuesday November 9th 6-7:30 PM Bank of America theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Free but limited seating so reserve space Calling 505-272-3592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Future Guests: • Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison February 2-4, 2011 A professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and National best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, personal story of her own life with bi-polar disorder and Nothing Was the Same, a personal reflection on the difference between depression and grief. • Dr. Phil Resnick, professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve and noted forensic psychiatric who has consulted on the major serial killers in recent. March 30 –April 1, 2011 • Dr. David Ames, Director of the Geropsychiatry of Australia, June 20-24, 2011 • Dr. Mark Vonnegut, Harvard trained pediatrician, son of Kurt Vonnegut and also the author of Eden Express about his experience with bipolar disorder. Date still to be determined.
r Robert Michels will be the first guest speaker of IDEAS and begin the public discourse. He believes that in mental health care, while this is the best of times, is also coming dangerously close to being the worst of times. “However, unfortunately, the limiting factor for most of our patients isn’t what we know or what we might be able to do for them, but what actually happens to them in the community and in our current health care system,” he said. It’s the best of times in terms for what we know and what we can do to help people. Our knowledge about psychiatric disorders, their diagnosis and their treatment has grown extraordinarily in the last few decades. The limit to the quality of treatment today is based on structural aspects of the health care system, access to care, funding and other resources.
UNM the Right Place for Great IDEAS
r. Sam Keith fell into So there was a family history of psychiatry out of sheer creativeness,” says Keith. satisfaction. He expected to “Anti-psychotics were origibe a plastic surgeon. After all, he nally thought to be pain medicine had the hand-eye coordination and and were given to patients prewas even able to ties knots in his operatively. An anesthesiologist sleep. But while he was a student at noticed the patients were sedated, Emory University Medical School but capable of being aroused. He in Georgia, Keith spent a summer mentioned this to colleagues in working, under supervision, with Paris and they began giving these psychiatric patients at the Georgia drugs to psychotic patients. The state mental institution. “I loved it. same is true of anti-depressants. After only six weeks, I went to the At first they were thought to be chairman of my department and anti-tubercular drugs. Eventually asked to be allowed to follow the researchers realized the drugs did patients I had nothing for been seetubercuIDEAS in Psychiatry, an ing during losis, but institute bringing that sumdid elevate information about the latest mer,” says people’s research and Keith. “The mood.” discoveries in psychiatry to chairman Keith Albuquerqueans. agreed to my notes that proposal and few treatI never looked back.” ments develop from “this is Forty years later, Keith marvels where the problem is, so let’s at the tremendous changes in his develop a treatment that works.” profession. “Psychiatry has become He says, “We generally realize a science,” he says. “It used to how they work after we discover be art form, when I came into it, what they do.” driven by the Great Person hypothAll of these innovations and esis of the times. If a great person fortuitous “accidents” fascinate said it, and had success in treating Keith. The fact that psychiatry is people, that was the rule that you an evolving science has kept him followed. Think Freud or Jung.” interested in his profession for Then the profession moved years, including his research at the toward a more empirical approach. National Institute of Mental Health “We started looking at the biology where he pursued First Lady Roof mental illness and the psychosalynn Carter’s work with mental social treatments. We began doing illness as well that of former New research and now have one of the Mexico US Senator Pete Domenici. finest databases in all of the sciencIn 1993, Keith applied for the es.” But this was also a challenging position as Chair of Psychiatry at time. “People began to question the University of New Mexico’s what we knew and often found medical school. The rest is history. out what we knew was wrong,” Now, in 2010, he and several colsays Keith. “I had a colleague who leagues will have an opportunity to discovered that intensive psychobring information about the latest therapy with schizophrenia was not research and discoveries in psychibetter than clinical management. atry to Albuquereans through the What seems to be important for newly founded “IDEAS in Psyschizophrenia is medication . . . chiatry,” an institute for the develand then introducing talk therapy. opment of education and advanceHowever, talk therapy is critical in ment of science. This innovative depression and substance abuse.” new program will host national and There were other important international experts for a series discoveries too. “We learned that of free public lectures. In addition, most mental illnesses have a family the speakers will spend time with line. For example if one parent has UNM medical school faculty, staff schizophrenia a child has a 10 perand students in workshops and cent of developing the condition. If other venues. the both parents have the illness the After 40 years, Dr. Keith is child now has a 40 percent chance pleased with the decision he made of developing the condition.” so long ago. He’s happy to have New applications for medications landed in Albuquerque and to be were found, often by accident. able to enter this new phase in his “Lithium originally was used to work helping people who live with quiet violent animals. It was intro– or know someone with – mental duced in Australia by the uncle of illness to have better lives. “I’m exthe fellow who invented Gatorade. actly where I want to be,” he says.
Dr. Sam Keith, professor of psychiatry and psychology, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at UNM, has a lot to be happy about.
12 October 2010
re diet drinks and foods the treat they claim, or a trick on the body? Sugar is a common energy source for all living organisms. It is produced naturally through photosynthesis and available today, just as it was in India and the South Pacific thousands of years ago. The most common forms are sugar cane, beets, honey and maple syrup. We also manipulate other resources, such as corn, in efforts to convert them into less expensive sugars in a laboratory. Gram per gram, naturally derived sugars all provide roughly equal amounts of energy to the body (4 kcal/g). Humans need sugars broken down from carbohydrates to survive. There are a number of reasons why we crave the sweet taste in foods that sugar provides. As a means for survival our bodies seek
Artificial Sugars A Trick or Treat? out the quickest form of sugar in efforts to guarantee an energy source. Sugar also stimulates the release of Serotonin, a moodenhancing hormone. Of course we want more of that! So what’s the catch? Sugar forms have become overly abundant and excessively consumed. It is a guarantee that increased intake of sugar will lead to obesity and mood disorders in children. There have been a number of measures to circumvent the negative effects of sugar while still enjoying the sweet taste we have been taught to crave and love. Diet sodas became popular in the early 1980’s when Aspartame was introduced. This was a blessing to many soda consumers that gained weight as a result of consuming loads of high fructose corn syrup present in versions of soda in the late 1970’s. Prior to the use of the less expensive and manufactured high
fructose corn syrup, soda producers used cane sugar. This switch from naturally derived, high calorie cane sugar to inexpensive calorie free chemicals became instantly popular. Alternative sweeteners such as Aspartame, Saccharin, Splenda (which contains chlorine!) were discovered by accident. There have been several tests to determine the safety of these substances and with the exception of people that cannot break down phenylalanine, a component of Aspartame, the FDA has approved their use. They are extremely affordable and market well in the diet industry. This makes them a growing industry according to Freedonia, a company that analyzed their outstanding growth these last two decades. But here’s the warning. These artificial sweeteners have not undergone the rigid testing needed over long periods of time as part of a regular food source. Since the companies have launched thousands of products each year for the past 10 years, as diet foods, you may be consuming more of these artificial sweeteners than you think. So what is wrong with that? Even before a sugar is placed into the mouth a metabolic process begins to prepare the body in efforts to optimally receive it. We all experience psychological triggers of simply thinking about a sweet treat, or the visual triggers of seeing a sugar-filled food, which stimulates enzymes and metabolic processes. If you offer your body an empty, or calorie free version of sugar, you spin your body into a reactive mode. Your body, prepared
for calories by way of insulin, enzyme balance, metabolism and neurotransmission, will drive you to fulfill your promise. Your hunger will increase and your body will lead you to serve it carbohydrates to balance itself. Some agree that by consuming calorie-free sweeteners, cravings are increased and ultimately weight is gained. A study published by Behavioral Neuroscience in 2008 confirmed this suspicion. The study also brought to light another important possibility that “diet” sugarfree sweeteners lead to a lowering of metabolism. When the body digests sugar, heat is produced naturally by the conversion of energy. Calorie-free substances do not produce this same heat in the digestion process, resulting in a lowered metabolism over time. There are numerous problems outside of the potential to gain weight as a result of these artificial sweeteners such as their potential toxicity and possibility of storing as fat, leading to diseases and increased marbling of tissues. In addition, the low to no-calorie sweeteners including Sorbitol, Xylitol and Stevia have a sweet taste many hundred times that of sugar. The naturally derived herbal version of low-calorie sugar substitute Rebaudiana or Stevia is my preferred choice if I feel the need to reduce a calorie content of an item and I use it in conjunction with carbohydrates or sugars. The fact is, even the herb Stevia plays the same metabolic trick on the body as the other chemically derived alternative sweeteners. My advice is to try and stick with nutritionally dense sweeteners such as honey (prevents allergies when eaten locally) or maple syrup. Calorie free sweeteners, are they a trick or a treat? Abundant Blessings!
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t is common for seniors to experience depression that goes unrecognized, said Cindy Brown, LBSW, of Home Instead who will be presenting a lecture on this topic. “Often times senior don’t realize that they can feel better.” Brown will discuss the new non-pharmacological environmental and recreational approaches to treat the condition. Learning how to diagnose and manage depression is especially critical prior to the upcoming holiday season when people of all ages can struggle with feelings of loneliness or loss. ”Depression in Seniors” is part of an ongoing monthly educational series for seniors and families that is held the third Wednesday of each month at Las Colinas Village. (505) 291-0600 Email: Lcvcrconsultant@seniorstar.com
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14 October 2010
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Cris Abbott has more than 30 years of experience in the fashion business and is a proud fashionista. She is the local representative for The Worth Collection email@example.com
all and fashion go together like coffee and cream. To prepare this month’s column I spent Labor Day weekend, combing through the 700 plus pages of Vogue’s fall issue, the 673 pages of InStyle’s fall issue and 300 plus pages of a third fashion magazine. Out of all this research here’s what I came up that you might want to think about as you put yourself together this season. Fabrics
Fall Shopping Whatever you do, grab something in velvet; i.e., pants, jackets or a great ruffled velvet blouse. Iridescent taffeta will also still popular. Accessories Infinity scarves, an elongated circle, are new and fabulous. They create a dramatic cowl neck and if wrapped two or three times they serve as a pop of color and a great neck warmer for those really cold days in New Mexico. Shoes Brightly colored suede pumps or anything in reptile, leopard or animal print. Booties abound with peep toes,
or studded details. Also expect to see a lot of strappy and exotic leathers. Be careful how you wear them, as they can easily make for stumpy looks. Ballet flats in any color are also still popular. Over the knee boots are trendy, dramatic and so very sophisticated. However, don’t even think about wearing them in the workplace. Color Camel is the big trend especially in a fall trench coat or jacket. Another interesting look is the eccentric color combinations such as royal blue with orange, or lime with navy, anything with color blocking and unexpected combinations are great. And don’t forget about Red; it always stands out in a room full of black dresses. Trends If I were to sum it up I would have to say ornamental details, relaxed glamour, and effortless elegance. Bling seems to rule anytime
and everywhere, from blue jeans to daywear. Think embellished jeans or a sequin tank top under a jean jacket. Sequins, bugle beads and large stones are all over everything for fall. Grab a fun piece of bling for your wrist or finger Shiny fabrics like taffetas and satins have carried over from 2009, and give that a little shimmer to outfits. If you are more conservative, look at a charmeuse blouse for a more understated approach. Don’t be afraid of large, full sleeves. Furs and feathers are everywhere. Skirts too, are popular with feathers, bugle beads and sequin trim. Pull out your furs from cold storage or look for a great faux fur in the stores. Ladies, get out and shop, choose what you need carefully and support your local retailers.
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16 October 2010
Leaving a Legacy
In A Blink A Legacy is Born By Maria Elena Alvarez
ew Mexico is unique for many things, and one of the most important is its history of philanthropy within the native Hispanic community. Lots of names stand out like the Lujans, the Rios, the Bacas, the Ortegas, the Romeros, and this is barely the tip of the iceberg. For the most part, the history of New Mexico philanthropy has been personal and directly paid to the nonprofits of choice, including churches and schools. But over the last 50 years due to large employers committing to The United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM), through payroll deduction for their employees, the body of Hispanic philanthropists has grown beyond the prominent and affluent families that began the tradition.
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This Hispanic tradition of focused conversations about the philanthropy and the arrival of unique needs of the central New Ed Rivera, as the new UWCNM Mexico community and to integrate President/CEO, created a classic that information within the decision tipping point. Rivera, with roots in making process of United Way and Southern Colorado and Northern by HPS donors, said Rivera. New Mexico, has a professional The United Way of Central New portfolio that includes 35 years of Mexico has been very successful national leadership management in developing programs to attract and experience in the nonprofit leadership donors and to engage community. those donors in decision-making He quickly connected a few processes and committees. Curdots and saw the big picture. “Ed rently there are about 8,300 donors brought a new that contribute to one of energy and vision to the leadership affinity the United Way and groups and these groups it was only natural account for approximatethat he would see the ly $17 million of the local potential of gathering campaign. together Hispanic In praising the forphilanthropists,” said mation of the Hispano Chris Baca, PresiPhilanthropic Society, dent/CEO of YDI, Romero said, “I believe one of the state’s this is a legacy event largest social serfor our community. vices safety network Not only will we bring taking care of New philanthropic recognition Mexico families for and dialogue to many 30 years. audiences, we will also Rivera then met have the opportunity Alex Romero, to provide support and President/CEO of direction to issues about the Albuquerque which we care and know Hispano Chamber of will improve the lives of UWCNM President/ Commerce (AHCC) central New Mexicans”. CEO Ed Rivera and AHCC board This new initiative offers member John Avila. donors recognition and With barely a blink this trio of engagement opportunities within fellows planted a seed that took off the United Way, similar to Alexis and successfully invited others to de Tocqueville, Women in Philanjoin. “It is very exciting to be a part thropy and the Young Leaders Soof HPS and I believe it will be a ciety. As you fill out your United great vehicle to honor and promote Way pledge form, please consider the long tradition of generosity checking the box to join. The minifrom our Hispanic community, mum contribution is $1,000 (or said Jackie Baca President/CEO of $500 for individuals under the age Bueno Foods. of 42) combined household gift per This kind of quick action is not year to the United Way of Central typical and can only be accounted New Mexico. Existing members for by the perfect timing of great of all other United Way Leadership minds thinking alike. Giving groups may also affiliate The HPS aims to encourage and with the Hispano Philanthropic to recognize Hispanic leadership Society. in philanthropy. This effort will For more information about and continue in the work of building to join the Hispano Philanthropic stronger, healthier neighborhoods Society, please visit www.uwcnm. and communities, said Rivera. org or contact Molly Garza at 247The big vision would find HPS 3671 or by email at molly.garza@ organized in a way to explore a uwcnm.org
Receiving an Inheritance By Virginia M K Stanley here are a number of frequently asked questions regarding inheritances. Usually it starts with “Is it taxable?” Another is “What do I do with it when I get it?” Finally “How can I get the money out when I need it?” Most often the answer is “it depends” to all of the questions but here are some general guidelines to help you. Determine Taxability You will want to plan your investments and cash flow in the most tax efficient manner. Distributions from nontaxable accounts such as checking, savings, nonretirement accounts generally are not taxable to you and are distributed after the estate pays any tax due (this may change when Congress finally decides what to do about estate taxes). If the inheritance is from taxdeferred accounts such as IRAs, 401k, pension, or annuities there is greater likelihood that at least a portion will be taxable on Form 1040 as the accounts are drawn down. Beneficiaries do inherit the deceased’s cost basis, stepped-up basis, or allocated-basis so you will want to work with the representatives of the estate to determine your basis. You will need to know this information to determine how much of any sale, withdrawal, or distribution will be taxable. At this point you will have enough information for your own financial advisor to begin the process of advising you. Typically an advisor will want to review as much of this information as possible and work up various scenarios and review your current situation before investing or advising you on liquidations or distributions, whether required or elective. Your existing advisor(s) should review copies of annuity contracts, private placement prospectus’ and retirement plan documents and help you understand all of your options as well as tax consequences. Next you will want to make sure that tax deferred accounts are properly transferred and titled. Absent proper transfer and titling you may
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find yourself with unintended distributions, resulting in undesirable tax consequences including penalties. These rules are complicated but here are a few suggestions: don’t rely on the advice of a relative (unless they are a tax professional), bank teller or broker; their job does not cover tax advice. Verify the distribution rules (particularly on inherited IRAs, pensions, 401ks and annuities), tax consequences and resulting titling with your tax advisor and give him or her permission to speak with your investment professional(s). Then have the account(s) retitled at the same financial institution as the deceased’s accounts. Only a surviving spouse may roll a qualified plan distribution into an account maintained in the survivor’s name and take distributions under the same terms and conditions that would have applied to the deceased employee. Successors other than a spouse receiving distributions from a qualified plan are not allowed to maintain an account in the decedents’ name. Non-spouse beneficiaries can roll a qualified plan distribution or an IRA into an inherited IRA in the decedents’ name (make sure “inherited IRA” is included in the account title) and take distributions from the IRA in accordance with Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules. The requirement that all monies must be distributed within five years no longer applies. Finally, have your investment professional submit transfer documents for tax deferred accounts to make trustee to trustee transfers from the deceased’s financial institution to your own. This will reduce the likelihood of making titling and transfer errors that can cost you dearly. Once the accounts are transferred, investments should be reallocated based upon your risk tolerance, time horizon, tax planning, and cash flow needs. Virginia M K Stanley is a CPA/ PFS/ABV, CFP, AIFA, CVA and affiliated with REDW Stanley Financial Advisors, LLC
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Rachmaninoff Vespers Friday, October 15, 7 pm Cathedral Church of St. John 318 Silver Ave SW in Albuquerque Saturday, October 16, 6 pm Cleveland H.S. Concert Hall 4800 Laban Rd NE in Rio Rancho Roger Melone, conductor NMSO Chorus Rachmaninoff, Vespers, op. 37 Don’t miss these incredible performances with the nationally-acclaimed NMSO Chorus in this a cappella masterpiece that is often praised as Rachmaninoff’s greatest achievement. The performances will take place in two of the area’s finest acoustical spaces. See upcoming performances of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Guillermo Figueroa, Music Director
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Musicales: Perfectly Pops, Oct. 17 Beethoven’s Seventh, Oct. 21-24 Musicales: Mr. and Mrs. Maestro, Oct. 31
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18 October 2010
Expanding the Legacy with Partnerships By Debra Hammer
haritable dollars are more limited than ever. Donors want to know their dollars are being stretched to the absolute maximum. The Albuquerque Community Foundation (ACF) by pursuing federal and state grants, along with local donors awards grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations offering programs in six fields-of-interests: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Environmental & Historic Preservation, Health and Human Services. Another way ACF is maximizing every dollar is through creative collaborations with other nonprofits such as the Center for Philanthropic Partnerships (CPP). Formerly the Office of Philanthropic Partnerships, the CPP recently underwent a name change to better reflect its goals. The CPP is also launching its website, cppnm.org, this fall. CPP was established in spring 2009 and the Community Foundation serves as its fiscal agent and home base. The CPP pursues private, federal and state grants, along with local donors. It cultivates
public and private partnerships to promote improvements in public systems to address social challenges in New Mexico and generate greater economic prosperity for children, families and communities. “In the spirit of partnership, the CPP shares our infrastructure and office space in order to reduce overhead expenses,” said Randy Royster, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “The cost-savings produced by this collaboration allows the CPP to use their resources to the fullest. The shared space also creates opportunity for cross pollination, incubation of ideas, and greater community impact for both our organizations.” At ACF Grants are awarded through two different programs: The Donor-Advised Program • Donors establish named funds of $25,000 or more, and direct the income of their fund to any 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in the world. A fund may be pledged over five years.
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Competitive Grant Program • Donors of $10,000 may establish a field-of-interest fund that can be pledged over three years. The income from this type of fund is combined with other similar funds to make grants through the Community Foundation’s ‘Field-ofInterest’ grant program. Meals-on-Wheels is an example of one of those grants. The “Keep the Meals Rolling” grant provides funding for the low-income Medical Meal Program ensuring special therapeutic meal delivery free of charge for homebound clients requiring a special medical diet. Another important program special to Prime Time, that ACF donors can direct thier funds to, is Silver Horizons, a program that provides support by way of utility assistance and holiday celebrations for the poor elderly. Silver Horizons also hosts the annual Hall of Fame honoring Senior Citizens. CPP, in a little more than a year, has grown as an organization, partner and resource hub offering a coordinated entry point for founda-
tions, donors, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, public officials and individuals who are working toward improving the outcomes for New Mexico’s most vulnerable children and families. Focusing on family economic stability, food systems, early childhood education and community service, the CPP works to secure private, state and federal resources to maximize investments in New Mexico. The CPP model – forging public and private partnerships with government and to maximize the effectiveness of public programs – has already been nationally recognized as a leader in innovative philanthropy. “We are fortunate to have a partner like the Albuquerque Community Foundation,” said Robin Brule, CPP Director. “Our collaboration is just one example of dollars being wisely applied to the core missions of our organizations.” For more information about how to endow the Albuquerque Community Foundation, contact Kelli Cooper at email@example.com. For more information about the Center for Philanthropic Partnerships, contact Debra Hammer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Star Performers and Athletes In Their Own Right By Asia Negron-Esposito
udy Diaz and Norm Burns got most of the accolades at a recent Lobo Club campaign celebration dinner and well they should. These gentlemen together have brought fund raising the Lobo Club to new heights. “The money we raise goes directly to the students,” says Burns, unlike many fundraisers all monies go to UNM athletic scholarships. “Unfortunately, continues Burns, “we can’t pay for all the scholarships right now, but we are working on that. Money raised allows young men and women to play sports for their school and get help with the costs of their education. However, both Diaz and Burns are quick to point out that there are scholastic standards that must be met and they are extremely proud of the 3.14 GPA achieved, collectively this year, by students in the program. Fifty student athletes made Fall 2009 Academic All MWC (Mountain West Conference) Team, honoring starters or significant contributors with a 3.0 GPA or better. And three UNM student-athletes earned Academic
All-American status: men’s soccer’s Simon Edejmyr, men’s basketball’s Roman Martinez and woman’s soccer’s Alexis Ball. Diaz is a 74 year-old retired general manager for Dixon Paper in his 18th year of retirement and his 19th year of fund raising. He concentrates on potential patrons of over $1,000. His biggest accomplishment was to bring a $1.1 million donation to fruition through his contacts with a very wealthy man who bequeathed the money because he had no heirs. The donation was given to be used at the discretion of the director. Besides the Lobo Club, he and wife Becky enjoy playing golf, taking cruises around the world and most importantly, their four grandchildren. Burns can be said to be a clone of Rudy in his enthusiasm for the Lobo Club and fundraising. A North Valley High School graduate, he spent one-and-a-half years in the Catholic seminary in Santa Fe before being drafted in 1965. After his discharge from the Armed Forces, he went to work at Cardinal
Health Drug Company where he worked his way from driver to Operations Manager and toiled for another 18 years. So enthusiastic a sportsman is he, “I took my wife Sylvia to a Lobo Game on our first date.” He continues, “But I didn’t join the club because I thought it was for rich people.” However, once Burns understood that anyone might join the Lobo Club, his efforts accelerated to the point that he started another chapter in Sandoval County and last year 4,000 people attended the “Lobo Howl,” the first official basketball practice in Sandoval county. He has a vision for a “student ambassador program” to come to fruition. “Kids need role models and a goal would be to develop a
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program where UNM athletes visit schools to acquaint students with the sports program and the excellence in scholarship expected,” he said. The Lobo Women’s former referee and Amway distributor, Burns knows a thing or two about participating in sports and marketing.
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Princeton Place accepts various types of payment including Medicare, Medicaid, Private, Hospice, and Third Party Insurance. Our staff will be happy to assist you in applying for any and all types of financial programs. For a comprehensive explanation of Medicare and Medicaid payment arrangements, please contact our Admissions Director of Business Office Manager.
Phone: 505.255.1717 Fax: 505.266.9362 Amenities: • Spacious private and semi-private accommodations • Telephone and television access • Mail delivery and daily newspaper • Activites • Home-style, nutritious meals served in pleasant dining rooms • Daily housekeeping and laundry services • Beauty and barber shop services • On-site pharmacy • Outdoor patios • Chaplin services • Resident and family councils • Safety and security systems
Since 1965, bequests have laid the foundation for Animal Humane’s comprehensive services for homeless pets and pet owners. Visit Animal Humane today to see how every bequest donor is proudly recognized and how their gifts continue to save lives. For private tours call 505.938.7888
20 October 2010
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A Place to Leave a Legacy
uietly over the years Albuquerque and New Mexico have seen a tremendous growth in its Asian population. A testament to that growth has been the formation of the Asian American Association of New Mexico, (AAANM). The group was formed as a nonprofit corporation in 1999. Since then it has been hosting the annual Festival of Asian Cultures in May and for the past several years the Festival has been held at the Civic Plaza. The Asian communities gathered under this umbrella group are Cambodia, China, East India, Philippines, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Maoria, the Middle East, Nepal, Tahiti, Thailand and Vietnam. AAANM also participates in state’s legislative Asian Day and was very involved in the development and designation of the International District at Central and Louisiana. It also founded the Asian Family Center, also a non-profit, which provides counseling and referral services that includes helping abused women, anti-smoking campaigns, dealing with gaming addictions and more in Albuquerque. “What started out small has
grown dramatically,” said the AAANM President Hwa Soon “Sue” Thorson (aka: Sue Thorson). “With that growth has come a need for us to have our own facility, a home where we can meet the mission of our group.” AAANM is organized for the following purposes: (1) to promote and preserve the diverse cultural customs and heritage of the Asian Communities in New Mexico,(2) to contribute to the better social well-being of the Asian communities in New Mexico, and (3) to promote and support the economic progress of the Asian communities in New Mexico. “What is exciting and challenging is the shift to a global economy. Similar to other parts of the nation, New Mexicans would like learn more about Asian countries. In building an Asian American Cultural Center in Albuquerque, we will be able to preserve and share our rich heritage with the larger community and at the same time promote understanding,” said board member Dr. Sui G. Wong. Moving toward the goal of having a facility, a grassroots fundraising initiative has begun. “The purpose of having our own facility is to educate, entertain, and provide
economic development for our community and the community we live in,” said Thorson. Given the current economic climate and real estate market, Thorson is putting out a call to anyone who might like to donate a building or land for the purpose of developing the Asian Cultural Center. The association would consider a building between 20,000 to 50,000 square feet and/or anything from one to five acres of land. Thorson pointed out that donating land and/ or a building would leave a great legacy for the donor and provide a meaningful tax break for anyone holding onto property currently not being used in a meaningful way. Should any Prime Time reader have an interest in participating Thorson asks that she be contacted directly by phone at 505-3329249 or by email at suekthorson@ comcast.net. To read more about the association go online at www. aaanm.us
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22 October 2010
Forty Five Extraordinary Years By Peggy Weigle
s we contemplate our founders’ Colonel Roger and Thelma Evans and Animal Humane’s legacy, we are struck by the familiar adage, “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.“ The more things change, the more they stay the same. The issues the Evans wrestled with – curbing pet overpopulation through affordable spay neuter programs, finding suitable homes for abandoned pets, and reuniting lost pets with their owners – are the same issues we deal with today. Because they kept detailed statistics, it is possible to determine if any real progress has been made as a result of 45 years of Animal Humane’s effort. It is exciting to report the answer is “Yes!” As early as 1973, Animal Humane was comparing its numbers for intakes, adoptions and euthanasia to the city’s Animal Control Center. In 1973, our two organizations took in 25,242 dogs and cats or 80 pets per thousand citizens. Fast forward to 2009, and the combined intakes were 31,955
or 50 pets per thousand citizens, a decrease of 38 percent. That’s progress. It is fair to assume that this progress is due in large part to the dollars and efforts spent to fix pets. We’re proud to report since our Veterinary Clinic was remodeled to be a state-of-theart facility in September 2007, Dr. Mike Neal and his ace veterinary staff spayed and neutered over 30,000 pets! We will no doubt continue to reap the benefit of these efforts, funded in large part by a handful of committed donors, in a continued reduction of unplanned litters and thus, intakes.
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Progress has also been made citywide with increased adoptions. In 1973, sadly, only 2,806 of the 25,242 pets, or 11 percent of intakes, were adopted. In 2009, the adoption rate for our two organizations was up to 61 percent. However, if you look solely at our numbers, Animal Humane’s adoption rate for healthy pets was 98.4 percent with over 3,900 pets finding forever homes last year. Many programs contributed to this success from Meet-YourMatch, to our foster program, to our new Cats Around Town program. Over 125 adult cats were adopted out by our CAT! business partners over a nine-month period. The grand champion of this effort
with 25 adoptions was Wags and Whiskers located in the Flying Star Café Corrales Center. We extend sincere thanks to owners Lee and Nicki for their expert advocacy for our felines. Animal Humane’s has made major strides in reducing overall euthanasia since 1965. Our goal for 2010 is 100 percent adoption of healthy pets. Our two new Adoption & Training Centers (9132 Montgomery Boulevard NE and 107000 Corrales Road) were opened in the last six months in order to help us achieve this important goal. As always, we thank our community and faithful donors for helping us achieve these goals on behalf of homeless pets. Thank you for helping us help them. Read about Animal Humane’s 45 year history at: www.animalhumanenm.org Peggy Weigle is the Executive Director of Animal Humane New Mexico
The Best Years Of Their Lives
very pet adoption is cause for celebration at Animal Humane. In particular, we rejoice when senior pets are welcomed into new homes to live out the best years of their lives. All too often, pets who served as loyal companions for years, find their way to our campus following the abandonment, death or relocation of their owners. Every senior pet receives special care at Animal Humane. Large, soft beds are provided to senior dogs…pets, who until recently spent their days on comfortable furniture by their past owner’s side. Senior cats are treated like royalty too, with each receiving long, daily comb and cuddle ses-
sions with our compassionate staff and volunteers. Senior pets have lots of love to give…and Animal Humane provides expert care to make sure that they enjoy the best years of their lives with their new adoptive families. Take Princess, a 12-year-old Shepherd mix, who was brought to our campus by a Good Samaritan after she had been Lizzie found tied to a telephone pole on Albuquerque’s Westside mesa. It was an August evening during a period of record breaking temperatures. Had she not saved her that night, she surely would not have survived the searing heat the following day. He took her home where she gratefully lapped bowl after bowl of water. He brought Princess to Animal
Humane | New Mexico the folHumane’s main campus), maklowing morning. While her coat ing new friends in her communal showed obvious signs of neglect, quarters…often relaxing on the she gently greeted us without fear. outdoor patio that offers fresh air Though and views of exhausted, birds in the she passed nearby feeder. her mediBoth Princal exam cess and Lizzie with flying are enjoying colors and the best years was put up of their lives for adopwhich explains tion after why Primetime a thorough Monthly has grooming. teamed up with And Animal Huthen there mane to feature is Lizzie, an adoptable an 11-yearsenior dog and old Siasenior cat each Peggy Weigle, ED at Anial Humane month. Read mese mix with new puppy all about them surrendered to our care by a gentleman who and consider sharing the best years was joining the Armed Services. of their lives with them. Together, Although distraught to say goodwe will always make a difference bye to a faithful companion—he in the lives of homeless pets that trusted Animal Humane to provide desperately require and deserve expert care to her while he shipped our help. We are truly honored to off for a new life. carry this important work out with Now Lizzie spends her days you, Prime Time Monthly readers! in the Robbie Jones Memorial Cat House (located at Animal
24 October 2010
Fighting Hunger in New Mexico
he New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger was formed in March 2007 and is comprised of over 80 organizations and individuals from the private and public sectors who have joined together with a goal of ending hunger in New Mexico through collaborative efforts. As a group it has successfully advocated on behalf of hunger-related issues and improved the state’s standing nationwide by moving it
from worst to 45th in ranking. New Mexico is a food insecure state because it has a high level of poverty and is a highly rural state, 32 out of 33 NM counties are considered “rural” by USDA standards. The organization is now leveraging its efforts of the past three years by developing a Five Year Plan to End Hunger. Community meetings will be held in seven New Mexico communities to obtain statewide input for the plan and en-
gage individuals in doing what they can to end hunger in their community. The public program goal is to increase food stamp participation by all eligible New Mexico residents to 80 percent by the end of 2015. This represents a 20 percent increase in eligible New Mexicans receiving benefits. The current percentage is 67 percent. The second goal is to decrease the number of children suffering
from hunger. Most important to Prime Time is the goal to decrease the percentage of seniors suffering from hunger insecurity. The current number of seniors in this condition is 30,500 individuals and the Collaboration would like to see that dropped to below 20,000 seniors. And finally the last goal is to identify working programs and replicate them around the state. Community meetings will take place around the state including one in Albuquerque during the week of November 8th and another in Santa Fe during the week of November 15th. For information how you can participate in the effort call 505883-6240 or go online to make donations at www.endnmhunger.org where you will also be able to see the list of partners in your area.
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he New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) has started its flu shots for state’s military veterans. It began last month available for all eligible, enrolled veterans at the Walk-in Flu Clinic at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Dr. SE, Albuquerque. It is located within the GMED B Clinic on the ground floor of the main hospital, Building 41, and will is open from 8 AM to 12 PM and 1 to 4 PM. Just follow the signs as you enter the hospital lobby. A second clinic also will be open to Veterans on the second floor of Building 1 with the same hours. New this year will be Super Saturday Walk-in Clinics from 9 AM to 3 PM on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 in GMED B Clinic at the medical center. This year’s flu shot includes H1N1 as well as seasonal strains. Only one flu shot is needed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends influenza vaccine for all persons over six months of age. All veterans are encouraged to take the flu vaccine and discuss with their provider if they need Pneumovax, also known as the “pneumonia vaccine.” Pneumovax is a single immunization now recommended for all smokers aged 19 and older and all persons with asthma aged 19 and older. Previously, Pneumovax was only recommended for those over 65 or with other specified conditions. A booster shot is given once at
SYNESTHESIA IN AMERICAN ART Through January 2, 2011 THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY 19th and Mountain Road NW (In Old Town) • 505-243-7255 or 311 Relay NM or 711 • www. cabq.gov/museum The Albuquerque Museum is a Division of the Cultural Services Department of the City of Albuquerque. Richard J. Berry, Mayor
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history When New Mexico Was A Kingdom Marc Simmons
Dr. Marc Simmons is New Mexico’s best known and most distinguished historian. He has written more than 40 books, several of which won awards including “Albuquerque: A Narrative History.” Comments to him can be posted at ptpubco.com under his columns.
ometime years ago when this column was appearing in the El Paso Times, a disgruntled reader submitted a letter to the editor for publication. In it, he accused me of being a witless knownothing because I had referred to the “Kingdom of New Mexico,” existing in the Spanish colonial period. “There never was a king here, so there couldn’t have been a kingdom. That Simmons needs to get his facts straight,” concluded
my dedicated critic. I can’t recall whether I responded or not, but every once in a while I like to bring up the subject and clarify it for those who remain confused. Yes! As early as 1609, government documents spoke of New Mexico as a reino (often spelled reyno), meaning a kingdom. That was in spite of the fact that no king sat on a throne in the Palace of the Governors (or Palacio Real) at Santa Fe. New Mexico had a king, of course, but not a resident one. He was the sovereign of Spain at Madrid. Under the old system, the overseas colonies were not possessions of the Spanish nation, but rather the property of the king. The New World empire was divided into individual kingdoms, answerable directly to the crown, at least in theory. For administrative convenience, clusters of kingdoms
were organized under a viceroy, that is, a vice-king, who served in the Americas as a stand-in for His Majesty. The kingdom of New Mexico was part of the viceroyalty of New Spain, with its capital at Mexico City. There Viceroy Luis de Velasco (acting in the name of King Philip II) negotiated a contract with Juan de Onate to carry out the occupation and settlement of New Mexico. Although the early New Mexicans had no visible king in the midst of their isolated kingdom, they were not allowed to forget who owned the place. Everywhere they turned was the word real (royal). One saw the Palacio Real on the Santa Fe Plaza. The name indicated plainly that the structure belonged to the king and served to house his officials, a succession of royal
governors. The term Camino Real, even now, is familiar to most people. It signified a main road belonging to the monarch. Today, Camino Real is often rendered in English as the King’s Highway. Further, early-day New Mexicans received mercedes reales (land grants) in ceremonies that included vigorous shouting of the words, “Long live the king!” Late in the colonial era, Spain abandoned the old ideas and terminology of empire. In New Mexico the word “kingdom” fell into disuse. It was replaced by the less colorful and lofty term “province.” While all of this may seem a bit academic, it does demonstrate that our beloved New Mexico did once legitimately enjoy the exalted title of a Spanish kingdom.
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NMD Channels 9.1 and 9.2 have expanded coverage over-the-air in Albuquerque and Santa Fe expanding the PBS and KNME programs available for viewing. KNME-TV (PBSAlbuquerque/Santa Fe) operates 4 digital broadcast channels: • KNME Ch. 5.1 (core PBS and KNME programs), • KNME Ch. 5.2 (V-me: 24 hour Spanish-language PBS programs), • KNMD, Channel 9.1 is a second PBS Channel with alternative programming and expanded programming. Expect to see more PBS documentaries - primarily science, current affairs, and history programs - KNMD presents KNME productions, encores of favorite PBS series, such as Masterpiece and NOVA, more classical performances – music, opera and dance – and contemporary music programs, such as Live From the Artists Den and Soundstage, specials, and miniseries. KNMD 9.2 is also the New Mexico home for PBS CREATE, offering your how-to programs, including Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Gardening, Home Improvement and Travel, 24 hours per day. Tune in and learn from popular PBS shows, including Julia Child, Victory Garden, Home Time, This Old House, Simply Ming, America’s Test Kitchen, Mexico: One Plate At A Time, and many more. Be aware that at the present time, to receive KNMD channels 9.1 and 9.2, free, over-the-air, you will need a digital antenna (“rabbit ears”) with VHF capability. If you are an over-the-air viewer, you’ll need to rescan your digital television or digital converter box. Simply unplug your television or converter box, wait 5 minutes and then plug your television or converter box back in, and rescan your channels with the “menu” button on your remote control. That’s it! You’re done and ready to enjoy double the amount of PBS channels you had previously. KNME Channels 5.1 & 5.2 can be seen over-the-air, on Comcast Cable, and Dish and Direct TV satellite services. To learn more call (505) 277-2121or visit www. knme.org
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CAREGIVERS Only the best caregivers become VISITING ANGELS! We are seeking Experienced Caregivers to work Part Time with seniors in Albq. or Rio Rancho. Must pass background check, be 21+ and have a reliable vehicle with Ins. Call 821-7500 Mon thru Thu 9am to 3pm Caregivers! Comfort Keepers is looking for Honest, compassionate individuals who enjoy the rewards of helping people. In-home care experience desired. Must be at least 21, have reliable car and pass background check. Call 232-7070.
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gas fireplace, high cathedral ceiling. The kitchen is beautiful oak cabinetry with a breakfast nook, Corian coutertops with tile floors and all appliances including microwave. Laundry room with washer & dryer. A large back yard with covered patio. This good looking, 3 car garage home will be available on June 26th, 2010. $1,000 per month. Contact owner, Darrellarichards@yahoo.com. retail The Old Pine Box. Solid wood coffins for sale. Free Funeral Info Booklet. Call 505.286.9410 or visit our website at www.theoldpinebox.com Corliss Enterprises. Specializing in Cane Chairs, Fiber Rush, Danish Cord and Wicker. 219-3120/7106194 (cell).
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Calendar Community Calendar listing will only include those events that are FREE or no more than $5 per person and will be run on space availability. To have a guaranteed listing in the month of your choice there will be a $25 charge for 10 lines maximum.
Christmas In October Idalia Road Marketplace Weekends Idalia Road Marketplace, Rio Rancho’s hip, new out-door market, celebrates the end of it’s first season with Christmas In October. Fabulous local artists and crafters, great food and live music will make this a fun fall outing (October 2,3,9,10). Make sure to return October 30th when we hold our second annual Big Brothers, Big Sisters Halloween Costume Contest for kids (under 12). This is a Kodak moment event. With no charge for admission, free parking, free face painting for kids and always great local entertainment the Idalia Road Marketplace is the place to visit on the weekends. We’re located on Idalia Road, one-half mile north of Northern Blvd, in Rio Rancho. For more information on events or how to be a vendor, call 505-553-5591, or go to www.idaliaroadmarketplace.com.
Brain Fitness Workshop Saturday Oct 9 UNM Center for Life 10 AM to 12 PM $45 per person and space limited so register by 505-925-4551 The brain, like a muscle, increases in strength and function the more it is exercised. Terry Tobey will present a an “Everyday Memory Clinic” a program developed by Dr. Robin West. The basic concepts of the program include: Improving memory, learning about aging and memory and mastering proven memory techniques. Also a part of the program will include how to maintain what you learn, change your “memory lifestyle” and how to exercise your memory skills regularly at home. RigDzin Dharma Foundation October 27th - 7PM National Hispanic Cultural Center An Evening with Music and Film with Michael Fitzpatrick Renowned cellist, composer, producer and filmmaker Fitzpatrick will perform at the National Hispanic Cultural Center per-
forming his original compositions and musical meditations and include a preview of Compassion Rising, a film chronicling the journey of the friendship between the Dalai Lama and Thomas Merton. It will feature Tibet’s Drepung Loseling monks and was filmed at three dramatic sites: Mammonth Cave, the largest cave in the world; the Abbey of Gethsemani; and the Furnace Mountain Zen Temple. Tickets for the event are $15 to $150 and available at the NHCC Box Office by calling 505-724-4771. CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS Sat. November 20 10:00 am - 4:00pm. Tables for rent $10.00 each - First Annual Christmas Craft Fair - At Sandia Springs Assisted Living 1000 Riverview Dr. SE, Rio Rancho New Mexico, 2010. Limited Space Available!! More advertising to the public to come. Don’t Miss this great Westside Event. RSVP. 505-892-8400 to Yvonne Maher or Teri Shirel
Anaya Lecture Series Simon J. Ortiz Lecture and Reception When: Oct 21 5:30 PM Where: UNM Student Union Bldg Lobo A & B For more information call Kathleen Washburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-414-5983.
The new Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture Series on the Literature of the Southwest will have as its first guest Acoma Pueblo poet and scholar Simon J. Ortiz. He will speak on the connections among indigenous cultures, Southwest studies, and global literature. The annual lecture series at UNM is possible through a gift from writer Rudolfo Anaya and his late wife Patricia. “Emerita Professor Rudy Anaya was a wonderful teacher and creative writer in our department,” says Professor Gail Houston. “We feel privileged to have received his generous donation, and we are
honored that the first lecture will be given by distinguished poet, writer, and scholar Simon Ortiz. The annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest will feature creative writers and scholars and is open to the campus and community.
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MEMBERS PORTRAY WOMEN OF EARLY NEW MEXICO
1600’s - Isabel Bernal- (Mary Aguilar) of the Gonzales-Bernal family for whom Bernalillo was named. It was called “Bernal’s camp” before the Pueblo Revolt. 1700’s - Elena Gallegos(Gurule) -(Rita Last) One of the largest land grant holders in Colonial times. Lived in Las Gallegos Plaza in Alameda. Matriarch of the Gurule family. Fled as a child during the Pueblo Revolt, returning in 1695. 1800’s - Josepha Trujillo- (Mida West ) A brave woman raising her 6 children in great hardship in Las Huertas Village after her husband abandoned them.
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Legacy is defined as a gift handed down from the past. Our society has often considered this something tangible such as money, property, or possessions. A broader definition of legacy includes tradition. This may refer to religion, family social practices, and even how a particular holiday or event is celebrated. When I reflect on legacy I think of how an individual or a society leaves it’s footprint for future generations to consider. As a geriatrician, practicing Hospice and Palliative medicine I’ve been privy to many end-oflife encounters. The conversations I’ve witnessed include patients’ last instructions to family members and final goodbyes, which are sometimes shortened by a lack of breath or frailty. A recurring theme is that time continues without regard to our own conversation style or schedule. We need to say what we want to or should when we have the opportunity. However words either spoken or written are not the only mechanisms by which legacies are passed on. Actions teach many lessons that words cannot convey. We often refer to this as imitation behavior, shadowing or mimicking. Regardless of the name given to this, actions do speak louder than words. A “yes sir” or “no ma’am” conveys a certain level of respect. This level of respect seems to have disappeared over the last 20-25 years from our vernacular. How we interact with our seniors demonstrates our level of commitment to our family and may also determine how we are treated
when we become seniors. Some refer to this method of “learning” as modeling. This modeling can become the framework upon which our children paint the picture of caring for their own family. Frequent visits, gentle speech, patience, and a soft touch can go a long way to ease the pain of aging. Our seniors have endured a great depression, a two world war, at least three more foreign war conflicts, have seen the advent of same-day coast to coast travel, witnessed the landing of a man on the moon, and now can watch their favorite games shows in high definition. What can we learn from them? Imagine a live 3D history channel, right next to you. We can learn how listening can heal and how it can restore dignity and a sense of self-confidence that may have waned long ago. We can learn how eyes, now dulled by years of sunexposure, brighten to teenage excitement when an elder talks about the first time he or she met their spouse. We can learn how asking the advice of an elder can straighten their osteoporotic spine. They seem to sit taller as the answer is given. Knowledge, experience, foresight, and a healthy respect for ourselves and our past often comes from seniors’ mouths. Seniors have led by example all their lives. Legacy, the act of bequeathing something of value to another, does not have to be something that fits in your hand. Why not let the actions of how you treat your elders and how your elders interact with you and your children become your legacy. As the singing trio Crosby, Stills, and Nash sang in the 70’s “teach your children well”. Actions really do speak louder than words.
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mbsr Healing the Mindful Way Michelle DuVal
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met Louise when she still didn’t look like someone with cancer. It was during the first week of my eight week Mindful-
ness Based Stress Reduction class at the UNM Center for Life, and she had just received the news of breast cancer two week’s earlier. It was a shock that sent her into a tidal wave of stress, worry, and anxiety. Her doctor recommended learning mindfulness meditation as part of her preparation for chemotherapy. “It was like being thrown a life line,” Louise said. “This was something I could do to take some control back.” Mindfulness is has been re-
searched for its effects on the health and healing of the body. The National Institute of Health, Duke University, Harvard University, and the University of New Mexico have all published recent studies supporting its use for major healing processes. One recent study showed that eight weeks of mindfulness training resulted in an improvement in the immune profiles of people with breast and/or prostate cancer, which corresponded with decreased depressive symptoms. The findings also showed that people who practice relaxation techniques such as meditation and guided imagery before surgery may need less medication, experience less pain and blood loss, and have faster wound healing and shorter hospital stays. Shorter hospital stays means less money spent, and one study reported an average savings of $2,003 per procedure when patients listened to a mindfulness CD before surgery.
These findings have caught the attention of insurance companies, and many states are approving the cost for mindfulness meditation and guided imagery CDs for use in hospitals. In Louise’s case, the practice and the guided CDs not only gave her something she could use during and after chemotherapy treatments, but it also gave her something else. “For the first time since my diagnosis, I feel okay again. I’ve learned how to connect with what’s still right in my life – my breath, the love I feel for my family – instead of only being connected with what’s wrong.” Nowadays Louise definitely looks like someone who is going through chemotherapy, but with one major difference. “I’m still smiling,” she says, “thanks to my practice.” To find out more about local MBSR programs, any of the research discussed here, and the CDs please visit www.duvalmeditation.com
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as a safe pesticide and it is actually against the law to say so. How do you combat pests? Never use routine spraying of pesticides in your home. If ants find their way in to your home or are making a nuisance of themselves in your yard, there are several nontoxic options you can use to control them.
Dan’s Boots and Saddles carries it as do many others. If you can find the ant’s entrance on the outside you can block it with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, any toothpaste or duct tape. You can also squeeze the juice from a lemon into the opening and leave the lemon peel there. You can spray the ants themselves with a mixture
If you know where the ants are coming in from, you can repel them with such products as foodgrade diatomaceous earth (DE), baking soda, talcum powder, medicated body powder, damp coffee grounds, salt, cayenne, garlic powder, Comet Cleaner or Tide laundry soap. Place any of these materials in corners, under baseboards or in any cracks and crevices where you see ants emerging. These products are mostly powders and won’t work around the perimeter of your home as they will be blown away or washed away. Diatomaceous earth is available at feed stores.
of 40 percent water, 40 percent alcohol and 20 percent dish soap (these proportions don’t have to be exact). You can also spray them with Fantastic or WD40. You can also spray around your foundation with a mixture of 2 oz. table salt and 1 oz. white pepper in 1 pint of water. If you have ants making mounds in your yard you can flood the nests with club soda, a dilution of orange juice, Lemon Joy and peppermint or with white vinegar or food-grade DE. If you use the DE, mix 4 tablespoons per gallon of water. You can also use 1 gallon of
here is sufficient evidence to support the fact that adults shouldn’t unnecessarily be exposed to pesticides anymore than children should. In 2004, Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) presented an analysis of pesticide related data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results showed that many US residents carry toxic pesticides in their bodies at levels above the government’s “acceptable” thresholds. Many of the pesticides found in the test subjects have been linked to serious short- and long-term health effects, including infertility, birth defects, and childhood and adult cancers. Parkinson’s Disease has been linked to pesticide exposure. Obviously pesticides are much more dangerous than the industry admits to. Many people in the business will say they use “safe” pesticides. There is no such thing
orange juice diluted with 2 gallons of water and a dash of soap. If you prefer, you can also spread dry instant grits on the mound. The ants will eat it and not be able to digest it and die. Once ants are in the house you can usually eradicate them with a non-toxic bait. However whether it is non-toxic or not I always recommend placing baits where children and / or pets cannot get to them. When you use baits the ants will take it back to the colony and kill the queen. If you are seeing dead ants around the bait they aren’t taking it back and the problem won’t be solved. You may want to change baits if this is a problem. You can mix apple sauce, Karo syrup, Crisco shortening, sugar water, canned cat food (fish flavored), creamy peanut butter, honey or jelly with boric acid or borax. Mix about 2 percent boric acid or borax into the bait. You can also use food-grade DE at a rate of 5 percent or a packet of Equal which contains aspartame (which you probably shouldn’t be putting in your coffee). Other baits you can use are a mixture of half baking soda and half powdered sugar or half instant grits and half the contents of packets of Equal. You can also make a bait with a third each of powder sugar, baking soda and powdered Vitamin C.
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Vote Yes for Libraries
n the upcoming November 2 election, voters will have the opportunity to approve two general obligation (GO) bonds for libraries. A yes vote will provide the funding needed to purchase new, updated resources and materials for the libraries around the state. Library usage continues to increase dramatically; while, ironically, library funding shrinks. The Bernalillo County GO Bond #1 is for $1.5 million to purchase library materials and resources.
If passed, our 17 AlbuquerqueBernalillo County (ABC) Libraries will be able to purchase new and updated materials — for example, books, CDs, electronic resources, and DVDs — for another two years. Bonds such as this one are the only funding sources for materials acquisition. There will be NO tax increase if passed. A first class library system must consistently provide new materials for its patrons – students, businesses, job-seekers, young children,
37 libraries throughout New Mexico. For instance, our university libraries receive 25 percent of their funding from GO bonds. The cost of this bond to citizens is negligible; only 45 cents per $100,000 of assessed property value. What a deal! This will enable our libraries to continue to support and revitalize our communities. Libraries, like many we love, are too often taken for granted. On November 2, or in early voting, let’s demonstrate our devotion by voting YES on county Bond #1 and state Bond B. October 2010
researchers, and pleasure readers – who expect and deserve to have the most current published materials for their use. The second GO bond is state Bond B, which, if approved, will provide $7 million for all publiclyfunded libraries in New Mexico to purchase books, reference materials, media, software and equipment, etc. This includes local public, school, tribal, college and university libraries. ABC Libraries would receive $578,000 of this bond, again to use for important and needed materials acquisition. In addition, this funding is vital to
Our seniors play a vital role in our communities and are a huge part of the vibrant cultural fabric of New Mexico. Diane Denish and Brian Colón recognize all that our seniors have done and have to offer our state. From their service to our country, to their continued work mentoring our youth -- every day seniors are active in every community in New Mexico making our state a better place. Diane Denish and Brian Colón are committed to fighting for seniors’ rights and Diane supported the creation of the Department of Aging and Long-Term Services. Most important -- Diane and Brian will work to fully implement health-care reform in New Mexico so that seniors can enjoy the added benefits of national reform.
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The Little Foxes Steal into
n 1939: Germany invaded Poland and started World War II. The movies “Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz” were released. I was born and Lillian Hellman’s play “The Little Foxes” opened on Broadway starring Tallulah Bankhead as Regina Hubbard Giddens. 2010: Other wars, other movies. I’m 71 and the fifth New York production of Lillian Hellman’s iconic play just opened in September –which must be some kind of a
record for revivals of a Broadway stage this year. You can see them dramatic work in New York. In ad- right here in Albuquerque in a new dition to Tallulah, Regina has been production that opens on October played there by Anne Bancroft, 8 and runs through October 31 at Elizabeth Taylor, Stockard Chanthe Vortex Theatre. It is directed ning, and Elizabeth Marvel (not to by Hal Simons and stars JoAnne mention Blackstone as by Bette Regina, VerDavis in non Poitras the 1941 and Craig movie verStoebling as sion). Benjamin The play and Oscar, was also the siblings the basis who are the for Mark “little foxes” Blitzstein’s of the title. opera “ReWhat I gina” in wanted to ask 1949. Now Director JoAnne Blackstone as “Regina.” I am happy to tell you Simons is that you don’t have to go to the Big what this septuagenarian play has Apple to get a glimpse of the dysto say to audiences today. His anfunctional Hubbard family live on swer was direct and to the point, “It
IN 2008, SECRETARY OF STATE MARY HERRERA OVERSAW THE BEST ELECTION IN A GENERATION.
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for the past two de “Problems, at least e tim is given. But th cades, have been a cal problem on ele around, the only re nt ite a huge 72 perce tion Tuesday – desp ing to have been runn turnout – appears ticket as a wildly un on the same party cins co to ks It’s than popular president. rk wo rd ha rs and the entious early vote e at St Secretary of and preparation of unty clerks includco Mary Herrera and gie Toulouse Oliver ing Bernalillo’s Mag y ama of Election Da that the biggest dr s s of New Mexico lie 2008 in most part t no s, ce oi voters’ ch in the fallout from re we s ce oi at those ch in figuring out wh in the first place.”
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reminds us, once again, to be careful what you wish for and it makes us ask what really are the important things in life.” These are certainly ideas that never lose their timeliness. And, in fact, this play, which centers on a business deal, might be even timelier now than it was in 1939. As Eric McMillen points out on his website “The Greatest Works of All Time,” “[The Little Foxes is] a play that presents in microcosm the American freeenterprise system of dog-eat-dog, profit before all else, the survival of the strongest.” And the question of what the pursuit of great wealth at all costs can do to the human spirit is one that certainly still needs to be asked today. For details on this and other live theatrical performances go to www. abqtheatre.org.
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