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he media frequently report news of new procedures, wonder drugs and medical equipment that promise cures for particular medical problems. But for many older and disabled Medicare beneficiaries, especially those with chronic conditions, skilled nursing and therapy services are more important to help them achieve optimal functional status and personal independence. A recent federal court lawsuit, brought by a group of Medicare beneficiaries and national organizations against the federal Department of Health and Human Services provides good news for those beneficiaries. Medicare covers skilled nursing services as part of Home Health and Skilled Nursing Facility services. The program also covers physical, occupational and speech therapy services on an outpatient basis and as part of Home Health and Skilled Nursing Facility services. Those include assessments, reevaluations and selection of assistive devices as treatment. Under the Medicare Act and various Medicare regulations, all of those services should be covered if they are medically reasonable and appropriate. However the lawsuit, Jimmo vs. Sebelius, claimed that for many years the federal Medicare agency had, through written policy materials, been further limiting coverage to situations where the beneficiary’s condition was expected to continually improve. Application of that “improvement standard” has resulted in the denial of vital coverage for nursing and therapy services to thousands of beneficiaries - especially those with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), paralysis and traumatic brain injury (often combat-related), post-stroke, and cerebral palsy --- whose conditions and functional status are unlikely to improve appreciably but can be maintained or their deterioration slowed. Application of that standard can thus hasten affected beneficiaries’ loss of self-care abilities, mobility, safety, and independence, increase their likelihood of institutionalization, and increase the personal and financial burdens on their families and caregivers.


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The lawsuit challenged the legality of the improvement standard. On October 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreed to a settlement, under which it will formally clarify that “maintenance coverage” - defined as services medically necessary to maintain a beneficiary’s condition or slow its further deterioration - are covered by Medicare. A similar clarification will apply to coverage of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility services. The agency agreed to amend its pertinent written policy materials accordingly and conduct a national educational campaign for claims processors, providers and others regarding this correct standard. The coverage standard applies to Medicare Advantage plans as well as fee-for-service providers. Although the settlement will not be formally approved by the court for several months due to procedural requirements, beneficiaries and providers should in applicable cases now seek application of the maintenance coverage standard for therapy, HH, SNF and IRF services, since the Medicare agency has claimed that it already recognizes the validity of that standard. However, the settlement does not change any of the other requirements and conditions for coverage of affected services, such as the need to use appropriately licensed skilled professionals, reimbursement maximums, and the “homebound” requirement for home health services. Further information about this development is available from the Center for Medicare Advocacy (, one of the organizations that brought the lawsuit. This article draws considerably on their materials and reports. Michael Parks is a principal with the Albuquerque-based Mandy Pino Center for Life Planning and Benefits Choices.

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Dental Care Nonprofit Serves Homebound Patients By Barb Armijo


he trip to the dentist might be easy for some people but not for those in wheelchairs or who are homebound due to injury, age or illness. Dental Care In Your Home, Inc. is a new nonprofit in Albuquerque providing dental care services to those who are not able to go to a traditional dental office or clinic.

Cathy Elliott, a licensed dental hygienist since 1971, founded the mobile practice in September 2010, with the help of a board of directors made up of eight other dental professionals. She said she saw firsthand how difficult it was to get her elderly mother to the dentist and also noticed that several of her office patients stopped going for dental care if they were no longer ambulatory.

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“Some patients have an acquired disability due to age which causes them to refuse to leave their homes for any care or services,” Elliott said. “My mother was one of those people. I wanted the business to grow to help not only the elderly but people whose disabilities prevent them from getting the care they need.” With the help of Tom Collins, a dentist for more than 40 years who specializes in the treatment of head, neck and facial pain, Dental Care In Your Home was born. Elliott and Collins, as well as Dr. Kenneth Armstrong and several other volunteers in the profession, take the show on the road to patients’ homes or to other residential care facilities such as nursing homes. They have a fully equipped mobile unit that is able to perform routine dental care, as well as root canals, denture fittings and even X-rays and extractions. Elliott said some of their patients are in custom wheelchairs that prevent them from getting into dental chairs in offices. What Dental Care In Your Home offers

is a “high-tech dental office on wheels,” she said. Collins is a licensed dentist in New Mexico who is also passionate about providing dental care to those who desperately need it. He is the consulting dentist for Dental Care In Your Home, Inc. “We love dentistry, and we feel that all people deserve to have a comfortable, healthy mouth,” Collins said. “Providing quality dental care for patients with special ambulatory needs is something I take great pride in doing.” The nonprofit will provide quality dental care to homebound individuals in their own homes or at a care facility regardless of their ability to pay. They treat pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. This practice has been financed by an inheritance from Elliott’s mother’s estate and through donations. To donate, contact the office at (505) 615-0951 or visit the website at www. Donations help provide funds for equipment and supplies so that more people can be served.

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ABQ Holiday Mixer: Lights and Luminarias By Barb Armijo

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Silver Horizons Spreads Holiday Cheer By Barb Armijo


ilver Horizons New Mexico, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seniors in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, is busy throughout the year. It hosts the Senior Hall of Fame in May, has a year-round Emergency Utility Bill Assistance Program, and offers seniors help with home repairs, retrofits and chores. It also makes the holidays extra special for some of our most vulnerable seniors who are at low-income housing facilities and care homes throughout the city. December is the perfect month to donate items that can be used to spread cheer, said Lori Feibelman, Silver Horizons executive director. Seniors are in need year-round, so any gift of clothing, non-perishable food or money will go a long way in the coming year. “Some things that we always need are hats, gloves, pajamas and underwear,” she said. If you would like to fulfill your holiday gift-giving by helping

Silver Horizons, you can visit the website at, where there is information about donating through PayPal, check, credit card or cash. There also is an endowment fund for making a charitable donation. In addition, Silver Horizons recruits businesses, organizations, groups and individuals to adopt low-income senior/disabled housing facilities in the fall for sharing holiday cheer in December. Ideally, October and November are the best months to call the agency at 242-1946 if you or your business would like to host one of their Holiday Cheer Parties next year. Each year, about 20 facilities are adopted, with volunteers bringing parties and/or gifts to approximately 400 older and disabled adults. More than 140 volunteers participate annually. While an organization can participate by adopting a facility and putting on a full-blown holiday party with entertainment, refreshments and gifts for the residents, it can also do something

as simple as taking up a collection to help Silver Horizons stage other events and provide gifts. “The parties are wonderfully gratifying,” Feibelman said. “The senior residents and the staff are always thrilled with the energy that outside groups bring in.” Silver Horizons volunteers help guide the hosting agency every step of the way. They can also provide your group with a place to wrap

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s the weather becomes consistent with the season and holiday music begins to play on the radio, Andy Williams’ version of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is a staple. While the intensity of this song places smiles on most who hear it for those individuals who have recently lost a loved one, it can evoke a tearful response. The pain and sadness of grief can

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overwhelming. Some individuals even choose to get away – and that can become a new tradition in itself. Shopping can present major problems. Get help from a friend, peruse a catalog to shop, consider giving gift cards or making a donation to a charity in their name. Volunteerism is a great way of creating a new tradition while giving back to an organization and/or the community. Consider spending time at a homeless shelter, nursing home, a hospital or even a hospice organization. As difficult as it is for you at this moment, you will survive this holiday season. You will make it through the holidays in one piece. And like all things, it, too, will pass. And when it does, you will come out stronger than before. You don’t have to a have a blue Christmas, and while it may not be the most wonderful time of this year for you, know that a new year with new beginnings will soon be upon us. Pray for peace, and hope that joy to the world arrives.

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14 December 2012

‘Messiah’ Returns To Popejoy Tickets on Sale for NM Symphonic Chorus’ Performance of Handel’s Masterwork

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favorite New Mexico musical event, Roger Melone conducting the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus from the harpsichord in “Messiah,” is scheduled for Dec. 16 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. Four nationally acclaimed soloists will be featured in this concert, which is New Mexico’s only complete and professional performance of Handel’s masterwork this holiday season. Soprano Clara Rottsolk, countertenor Ian Howell, tenor Michael Colvin and baritone David Grogan will travel to Albuquerque from across the country to perform with 40 select members of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and

22 orchestra musicians. “We have received many requests to produce our baroquestyle ‘Messiah,’” said music director Roger Melone. “The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus is eager to honor those requests and once again present this beloved work in New Mexico. “The superior quality of this performance with our select chorus members and the featured baroque soloists will make our ‘Messiah’ at Popejoy the must-attend concert for this holiday season.” To help those in need during the holidays, concert-goers may take to the performance non-perishable food items to place in a Roadrunner Food Bank bin at Popejoy. With words in English taken mostly from the King James Bible and combined with some of Handel’s most ambitious musical explorations, including its resounding Hallelujah Chorus, “Messiah” is a masterpiece that has been enjoyed by audiences throughout the world for more than 250 years. Written by Handel in 1741, “Messiah” was not conceived

originally as music for the Christmas holiday. However, it became just that within the composer’s lifetime. With its combination of texts from the Old and New Testaments, “Messiah” explores aspects of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection. Program:“Messiah” by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Who: New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra Roger Melone, conductor Clara Rottsolk, soprano - http:// Ian Howell, countertenor - http:// live/ Michael Colvin, tenor - http:// David Grogan, baritone contributor/bio.aspx?CId=5113911 When/Where: 3 PM Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 PM Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico Continued on next page

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'Messiah' continued Ticket Info: Reserved seating tickets from $15 to $60 through UNM Ticketing Services by phone at 505-925-5858, online at, or in-person at The Pit, UNM Bookstore and at Albertsons Markets. There is a reserved seating ticket discount of 20 percent for groups of 15 or more and for students up to 12th grade or any age with a valid student ID. Student Rush tickets are available at the Popejoy box

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office starting one hour before the concert. Student Rush is offered to students up to 12th grade or any age with valid student ID. For more information on the Chorus, performance schedule and tickets, check the Chorus website at or call 505-2470181. About the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, led by Music Director Roger Melone, was founded in 2011. Melone and the choral musicians, formerly the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus, chartered this institution to ensure that New Mexico residents continue to have the opportunity to enjoy choral-orchestral music performed at the highest levels of artistic excellence. Under the direction of Melone since 1983, the Chorus is in its 40th season as an ensemble and its second as a standalone organization, preserving the tradition of a chorus that has earned national acclaim. Accolades include a Bravo Award from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance in 1999, as well as multiple invitations to the Bravo! Vail Valley Music

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HOLIDAY CALENDAR HOLIDAY EVENTS December 5, 12 Holiday Nature Crafts at the River of Lights, 6 p.m. Bring the family to River of Lights and visit the Education Building to make beautiful gifts inspired by nature. All craft materials will be provided. Free admission. Call 311, visit December 7 Old Town Holiday Stroll. The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree in Don Luis Plaza with an evening of entertainment, dining, shopping, twinkle lights & Holiday spirit. At 5:30 p.m., visitors will gather at Plaza don Luis for the blessing and lighting of the giant holiday tree. Join San Felipe de Neri’s Father Garcia, Mayor Richard J. Berry and others in the traditional lighting that marks the “of-

ficial” beginning of the holiday season. Free, call 311. December 8 2nd Annual Pueblo Fiber Arts Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Come meet the weavers, enjoy and purchase hand-made gifts for the holidays. Admission: $6 adults; $5.50 seniors; $3 students & kids. At the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW. Call, 1-866-8557902; visit, December 8 KayDee Holiday Arts & Crafts Show featuring local artists and craftsmen that create handmade items including, fiber art, paintings, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood working and more, will be at Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, 6510 America's Parkway NE, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Call, 514-3107; visit,

coming-Events. December 15 Ornament Making workshop, at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 9 a.m.noon. Learn how to make Christmas ornaments from the best! Admission: $6 adults, $5.50 seniors, $3 students & kids. Call, 1-866-855-7902; visit, December 24 Luminaria tour: Tours leave 5:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 7:40 p.m. Enjoy an annual New Mexican tradition as ABQ Ride takes you through Old Town, Albuquerque Country Club, Los Altos neighborhood and other festive locations. Tickets prices TBA. Call, 311; visit, special-events/luminaria-tour.

DANCE December 7-9 Christmas Joy - Times: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company's annual production of Christmas Joy celebrates the life of Christ through dance. Admission: TBA. At the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. SW. Call, 246-2261; visit, nhccnm. org or December 21-23 The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment, FridaySunday, 7 p.m.; SaturdaySunday 2 p.m. Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells, and The Figueroa Project and live music under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa present this beloved holiday classic that comes to


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HOLIDAY CALENDAR life in the late 1800s in territorial New Mexico, with many surprises including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep, a storyteller doll with children, traditional favorites such as the Sugar Plum Fairy and more. Admission: $12-$47. At the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Call, 296-9465; visit, MUSIC December 7 Concert: New Directions Veterans Choir, 8 p.m. This award-winning a cappella group, sings renditions of doowop, soul, traditional gospel, popular music in this Christmas concert. After serving proudly in the U.S. military, these men and women became homeless and found their way to the New Directions facility in Los Angeles. At Popejoy Hall. Tickets start at $10. Call, 277-3824; visit, December 7, 8 & 9 Portraits of Christmas, a free Christmas concert Directed by Wayne Saxon Friday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm. Asbury United Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria NE Saturday, December 8 @ 7 pm. Christ Lutheran Church, 7701 Candelaria Rd. NE Sunday, December 9 @ 6 pm. Sandia Baptist Church, 9429 Constitution Ave. NE For additional information, call Jeanne 505-259-4359 or email December 9 Concert: Danú - Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn, 3 p.m. Popejoy favorite Danú returns to ring in the holiday season in true Irish fashion. Tickets start at $10. At Popejoy Hall. Call, 277-3824; visit, December 14 Mariachi Christmas at Popejoy Hall, 8 p.m. Stomping feet, swirling dresses, horns

& violins fill the air as Mariachi Christmas, now in its 13th year, returns to ring in the holiday season. Tickets start at $10. Call, 277-3824; visit,

Anaya, Friday, & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m. At NHCC. Tickets, $12-$27; $2 off for students, seniors, NHCC members. Call, 724-4771; visit

December 15-16 Concert: Lights in the Night, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Kickoff your holiday season with New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus singing a show filled with fun. At Hiland Theater, 4800 Central Avenue SE. Admission: $10-$20. Call, 569-0139; visit,

December 26-29 The KiMo presents: Holiday Family Fun Festival. Enjoy

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New Mexico Author’s Corner


here are many talented and accomplished authors in New Mexico, and Prime Time would like to feature as many as possible in the coming months. If you are a published author, please email barmijo@atrisco. org with a short bio on yourself and a synopsis of the book to be considered for the New Mexico Author’s Corner in a future issue. Galligan Debut Novel Earns Early Acclaim Elizabeth Ann Galligan, Ph.D,

poet and educator, has words of inspiration to offer authors of all ages. Her debut novel, Secrets of the Plumed Saint: A Cozy Tale of Intrigue From Northern New Mexico, was started and completed in her silver age. Retired from Eastern New Mexico University in 2007, she is happily contemplating even more books in the future. “To be in my 60s and having written my first novel is really quite something I am proud of,” Galligan said one afternoon over lunch at

Monroe’s in Albuquerque. “I’m here to tell people of all ages that if there is a story in your head that you are just not quite sure you can put down on paper, there is no age limit to getting it done. Just do it.” Secrets of the Plumed Saint is a finalist for three 2012 International Book Awards. The novel is represented in the categories of Western Fiction, Multicultural Fiction and Religious Fiction. Galligan’s story is about the devotion to the Santo Niño

de Atocha among the Hispano and Pueblo peoples in New Mexico, but with a twist. The crime mystery Author set in the 1970s Elizabeth Galligan involves secrets kept from the Catholic Church and others over the disappearance of a small village’s 100-year-old image

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of the plumed saint – El Santo Nino. The intrigue doesn’t stop there, and needless to say, there is something much deeper at play in Galligan’s story of intrigue. Galligan came to New Mexico as a child and grew up in northern New Mexico, where she said she learned about the multicultural heritage of the Southwest. She has been enchanted by the landscape, the mountains and all that is New Mexico ever since.

“I love and admire the Hispanic and native cultures and religions of the Southwest,” she said. “I’m not sure I would be an author had it not been for my exposure to such cultural richness here.” Her writing also is influenced by her many years of teaching English to speakers of other languages in Brazil, Japan, on the Diné reservation, at Rikers Island jail, and in adult English as a Second Language programs in New York and California. She was coordinator of the Writing Lab at New Mexico Highlands University and has taught graduate courses in English as a Second Language, bilingual education, and multicultural education. She holds degrees in anthropology, Latin American studies, and curriculum and instruction in multicultural teacher education. Needless to say, her well-rounded professional background is perhaps now capped with the delicious cherry on top – her debut novel created and delivered in her 60s. To read more about Galligan and her writings, visit her website at “Secrets of the Plumed Saint,” is available at local bookstores and libraries.

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Retired Pilot Gets Aviation Treat Courtesy of Second Wind Dreams By Barb Armijo


ichard Eldridge has always found a way to take to the sky. In November, at the age of 83, Eldridge got to sit in the cockpit of a C-130 Hercules and then sit behind one of the most sophisticated flight simulators at Kirtland Air Force Base. “He was like a kid in a candy store,” is how one spectator described seeing Eldridge behind the controls. His latest piloting experience came courtesy of Second Wind Dreams, an organization that helps grant dreams to seniors who are living in elder care communities nationwide. Eldridge, who lives

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Nutcracker Performed with New Mexico Flair


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estival Ballet Albuquerque presents Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment, a beloved holiday tradition set in the1890’s, honoring local heritage and traditions in Territorial New Mexico. The Sugar Plum Fairy from New York shares the stage with snowflakes and flowers. Maria and her Nutcracker travel to the Land of Enchantment to discover

the magic of Spanish dancers, Southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, lively fandangos and a storyteller with children. Beautiful sets, costumes and pyrotechnic effects will light up the stage. Professionals dance the acclaimed choreography of Patricia Dickinson Wells accompanied by a full orchestra of the Figueroa Project, under the direction of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa.

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Two of Albuquerque’s finest mature adults will grace the stage in this production. Rosalinda Rojas, a 59-yearold professional dancer who performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem, studied with Alvin Ailey and performed with the Big Apple Circus in New York, and currently teaching at Albuquerque Academy, will dance the role of Grandmother Pacheco. Mony Gomez, a lifelong educator, is 66 years old and grew up in Artesia, always dreaming of becoming a dancer. She could never afford the lessons but dedicated herself to providing the opportunity to her daughter Jennifer, and her granddaughter, Monique. All three generations share the stage in this production. Mony dances the role of 1st Act Party parent. Patricia Dickinson Wells is an internationally known dancer, teacher and choreographer, and known regionally for teaching beginner through mature adult ballet classes while coaching an award-winning mature adult ballet

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Calendar Singles Over 60 Albuquerque Singles Over Sixty, (SOS), is a social group for singles 59 years of age or older. This is a great place to make new friends, enjoy a variety of fun activities, and get your exercise from our many fun walks and hikes. To join this group, visit the SOS website at: abqsos/ Once you have joined, you can sign up for any of the events that you like. It's Free!! This group is sponsored by PrimeTime Monthly, for New Mexicans 50+ so there are no fees to join or to attend our events. Here is the SOS “Calendar of Events” for December 2012: Every Monday: 9:00 am Walk and Brunch Second Tuesday: 12:30 pm Lunch Tuesday December 25th: COMMUNITY EVENTS “Grief and Loss Support” Members of the Community are invited to participate in Monthly On-going Grief and Loss Support Groups on weekday evenings at Hospice Compassus

50 - 80. I have been facilitating the group for sixteen years now and it is a tremendous service to the community. If anyone wants more information I can be called at 508-1333.

Movie and Dinner Every Wednesday: 5:00 pm Social Dancing Second Wednesday: 11:45 am Movie & Pie

First Tuesday Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcome coffee, 10 AM, at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. Make new friends and sign up for monthly luncheons, speakers, dining, outings and more. Free. Call 321-6970, or visit

Every Thursday: 9:00 am Walk and Brunch Third Thursday: 5:30 pm A Wonderful Dinner Every Friday: 7:00 pm Social Dancing Every Saturday: 1:00 pm Lunch & Canasta Saturday December 1st at 8:15 pm: Dancing

Second Thursday The NM Alliance for Retired Americans building a progressive senior movement. AFSCME Council Hall, 1202 Pennsylvania NE 1-3 PM. Call 266-2505.

Every Sunday: 2:30 pm Walk First Sunday: 11:00 am Brunch Third Sunday: 11:00 pm Special Holiday Brunch & Gift Exchange . . 12:00 pm Regular Monthly Brunch

Fourth Thursday Adoption Support Group Operation Identity is a peer led support group for all members of the adoption triad: adult adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, grandparents or for anyone with an adoption connection, 7 PM, at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, Conference Room B, 8300 Constitution Ave. NE. Call 2817227.

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Third Saturdays The Buffalo Range Riders, a SASS affiliated mounted shooting club, holds a practice/ fun match the 3rd Saturday (usually) of each month at Founders Ranch in Edgewood. Warm up at 10 AM, match at 11 AM. Practices depend on weather conditions. Call Icelady, 263-5619 to confirm dates.

Looking for Volunteers The Breast Cancer Resource Center is a nonprofit organization located ANSWER TO #5052 H A M E S C R OW at 1009 T A B I D E L O V E Bradbury A R U D E R A M E N SE, Suite 16. V O R T I N G R E N T Call Deborah E G I S E W E R E S T R A I T O R S Openden, N E S U I N G R O T 242-0605 S R O B O T C A M E or email B E R E T F I N E R dopenden@ V I C E S C A N T O N I D I S A R D







December 8 2nd Annual Pueblo Fiber Arts Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet the weavers and purchase handmade gifts for the holidays. Admission: $6 adults; $5.50 seniors; $3 students & kids. At the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW. Call, 1-866-855-7902; visit, December 11 Tinnitus Workshop What is tinnitus? The causes of tinnitus. Treatment options. December 11, 2012, 5:30pm Tinnitus Specialists of New Mexico, 7520 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Ste. E-15, 505-814-1403 Must RSVP, $40 per person to attend, payment due prior to event December 12 Live at the KiMo presents: New Mexico's Centennial Speaker & Living History Series 100 Years of Statehood with speaker Tom Chávez, 7-9 p.m. Yesterday and today; old an new; traditional and not; New Mexico's last hundred years of statehood has been the culmination of its inclusive history. Free admission. A meet & greet will follow. December 15 Julefest 2012 presented by the Scandinavian Club of Albuquerque will be held on Saturday the 15th of December, 2012 from 6-9pm at The Mountain View Club on the Kirtland Air Force Base. This beautiful Christmas banquet features traditional Scandinavian foods, music by the UffDa Band, Santa Lucia Pageant, a roving fiddler and folk dancing. $25 Adults – Entrée choice of poached salmon or pork loin roast. (Childrens’ menu $10 for 12 years and younger.) Non-members are welcome. Paid and confirmed reservations are due before Tuesday the 11th of December. For reservations and information please call – (505) 271-2159. December 15-16 Winter Indian Arts & Crafts Fair at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Buy direct from Native American artists at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Admission: $6, adults; $5.50


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Calendar seniors; $3 students & kids. Call, 1-866-855-7902; visit, CLASSES " Basic Composting Class " Saturday, 12.01. 2012, 10am- 12:00 Location: Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM Free and open to the public. Presented by Bernco. Extension Master Composters To register send email to: or call: 505.929.0414 " Worm Composting Class " Saturday, 12.15.2012, 10am - 12:00 Location: Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM Free and open to the public. Presented by Bernco. Extension Master Composters To register send email to: or call: 505.929.0414 DANCE December 7 - 9, 2012 Event Location - National Hispanic Cultural Center/1701 4th St Truly magical. Performers Ballet & Jazz Co. presents the 28th season of its award winning holiday production. Over sixty classically trained dancers will once again inspire audiences with ballet and jazz performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music. Experience the Miracle! Tickets: online @ nhccnm. org. or 505-724-4771. $20.00 seniors/students; $22.00/adults (includes $2.00 handling fee). Performances Friday/Saturday (evenings) @7:30 pm; Saturday/ Sunday (matinees) @ 2:00 pm. Through December 19 Salsa con Salsa Dancing, ABQ Grill at Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Boulevard NE, 6:3011 p.m. Free. Every Wednesday night, enjoy salsa lessons from 6:30-7 p.m. Then dancing from 7-11. Call, 881-0000. HEALTH Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Adapted Aquatics taught at the UNM's Therapy Pool, 9-10

AM. Transportation is provided from all seven senior centers. The warm water and buoyancy help the participants increase strength, flexibility and range of motion. The class works all parts of the body with special emphasis on increasing mobility. 50+ Sports and Fitness Program instructors conduct all classes. Cost: 50¢ for transportation and $1 for class. Call the 50+ Sports and Fitness Program at 8802800. FREE Healing Clinic for Adults and Children with low income! Every Saturday from 9am to 3pm 3212 Monte Vista NE, Albuquerque, 87106 For more information call: 505-934-2510 MUSIC Mondays The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus invites women singers in the Albuquerque area who enjoy acapella singing and performing to rehearsals on Mondays from 7-10 PM, at The Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School Road NE. Visit or call 3237960. First Friday The American Recorder Society meets at 7:15 PM in the adult annex at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy NE. All skills levels welcome. Call 228-8196 or visit December 4 Free concert: Mexican Flautist Horacio Franco, 7:30 p.m. World-renowned Mexican flautist Horacio Franco entertains with a unique recital of works by Bach and contemporary composers, including traditional Mexican music, presented in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque. At National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW. Call, 724-4771; visit, December 8 Free concerts: Todd & The Fox at Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, noon,

call, 291-6260; and South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta SW, 4 p.m., call, 877-5170. Both concerts are free. Described as “banjo-driven, award-winning, venue-shaking, roots-rock and electronic music.” Visit, MUSEUMS Second Saturdays Family FunDays at Balloon Museum highlighting different themes like science, flight, weather & art, and hands-on fun each month. Call, 768.6028. December 4 Presentation: Tyrannosaurs of New Mexico, 7 p.m. Admission: $4-$6, at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW. Call 841-2800; visit, nmnaturalhistory. org. December 7 New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Adult Night, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of Electric Cello and Video Art. See the night sky from the 16inch Meade telescope in the Observatory and enjoy museum exhibits while talking to museum experts. This is an 18-years and older event with a cash bar for those over 21. Admission: $8. At the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW. Call, 841-

2800; THEATRE December 15 Theater Performance: Marco Polo and his Description of the World, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Famous scientists, explorers, artists and others who have changed our world come alive to talk about their life and work in the Explora Theater's weekend one-act plays. Admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors, $4 kids. At Explora, 1701 Mountain Road NW. Call, 224-8300; visit

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ask the Dealing With Drywood Termites bugman EMail questions to, or at 505-385-2820.

Q: We have drywood termites and they seem to be localized. Is there anything we can do ourselves since all the treatments that we looked into, including fumigation, are expensive? A: Three years ago I wrote a column on how to treat for subterranean termites using an antibiotic. As I mentioned then, termites have protozoans in their digestive tract to enable them to digest the cellulose in wood. The secret to controlling them without using pesticides or fumigants is to kill the protozoans. I tried it on subterranean termites and it works, and I recently had the chance to try it on drywoods, and it was successful. The idea is to

get the material to the workers (actually nymphs do the work in drywood colonies). They will eat it and bring some back to the queen and other reproductives and feed them through a process called trophyllaxis. Once all the protozoans are dead, the termites starve to death. It does work and you can do it yourself in many instances. If, for some reason, you can't do it or prefer not to, then I certainly recommend having the house treated with XT-2000 orange oil. Fumigation is the worst choice as it is dangerous. It is a serious greenhouse gas, leaves a residue of fluoride on everything in the house, and it is very expensive. Drywood termites do not need soil contact. They live in dry, sound wood, usually near the surface. They get what moisture they require from the wood they feed on and from the water formed during digestion of that wood. Drywood swarmers generally enter your home at night through unscreened attic or foundation vents, or through cracks and crevices between exposed wood. Drywood

termites are most commonly recognized by their distinctive fecal pellets (piles) that are often the color of the wood they are feeding upon. The fecal pellets are kicked out of the wood by the nymphs (workers) through “kick holes� that are visible. In the house I treated, they were in a vertical window frame and along a viga. I mixed two packets of tetracycline with a gallon of water and sprayed the areas heavily with the mixture. Then I soaked some paper towels in the mixture, placed them over all of the infested areas as the termite galleries were exposed due to broken wood, and I put dry paper towels over them and duct taped them to the wood. I checked back in about a week and there was some activity in the paper towels. I went back a few days later and all the paper towels were completely dry, but there were several dead termites snagged in them. I took all the paper down. I went back for another look and the lady said there has been no new activity, meaning fresh pellets. She is very happy. She knows how to do this now if they should show up somewhere else in her house. It cost me less than $15 to treat her house. The drywood termites are obviously attracted to tetracycline as are the subs, and they take it back to the queen in their colony as the subs do. You can buy tetracycline at a feed store, as it is used as a food additive for livestock to kill their bacteria. Two brands I have used are Duramycin and Terramycin. If you don't have exposed tunnels, you may have to drill some small holes in the area where the kick holes are to make sure the tetracycline gets into the wood so the termites will feed on it. Then put paper towels soaked in tetracycline over the holes so it leaks into the wood, and fasten in place with duct tape as described

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above. If you get drywood termites in a piece of furniture, you can use a hypodermic needle and inject some diluted borax or boric acid or tetracycline into the kickout holes in the wood. As mentioned before, the methods used here have not been tested in a laboratory, although I am sure they will be in the near future. They do work and will probably work in most circumstances, but construction and other factors may limit their efficacy. Here is what I would like to do. I mentioned how I treated them in window frames and vigas. If you have different areas that are infested, I will be happy to help you if I can (free of charge). Just describe the area, the type of wood, and send me some pictures if you like. I will make some recommendations on treating those areas. If not practical, I will recommend a professional treatment. I will post on my website blog all the letters I get so that anyone who has drywoods can go there first and see if there is some useful information they can use before spending a lot of money on a professional treatment. You can email me at askthebugman@ My blog is at www. Safe and effective pest management in your home or business. Contact me by email or phone at 505-385-2820


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history Legendary Mary Austin


ew Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s saw the rise of creative and vibrant artist and Dr. Marc Simmons is New Mexico’s best writers’ colonies in Taos, Santa Fe known and most distinguished historian. and Albuquerque. One of the most He has written more than 40 books, influential figures was Mary Ausseveral of which won awards including tin, an author little known today. “Albuquerque: A Narrative History.” In her later years, Austin loomed Comments to him can be posted at as a leading pillar in the edifice of under his columns. Southwestern literature. In fact, she enjoyed a national reputation as a woman of letters. One of her biographers described Austin as “a rebel out of tune with the time, a feminist and mystic who was either respected or feared.” British writer H. G. “Alzheimer’s Care with Wells called her the most Dignity and Compassion” influential woman in Safe, Secure Residential Homes Located in America. Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Though born in Our Services Include Illinois, she spent much of her early life Private Bedrooms Staff Ratio 1:5 Licensed Hairdresser in California. Among Assistance with Planned Daily Medication Activities Care Plans Designed her best books are “The and Personal Care to Address Licensed Massage Specific Resident Flock,” about sheepRN on Staff Therapist Needs raising, and “The Land For further information or to of Little Rain,” about the schedule a tour, please call California dry-lands. 505-275-2275 Austin first saw New Mexico when Mabel Locally owned and operated Dodge Luhan invited her

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to visit Taos. Luhan was already the grand doyen of arts and letters in that community, and it quickly became apparent that small Taos could not accommodate two prima donnas with “colossal egos,” as a mutual friend described them. Therefore, in 1923, when Austin decided to leave California for New Mexico, she moved to Santa Fe where she could preside unchallenged. Members of the local writers’ colony were soon referring to her as “the boss of our crowd.” The late University of New Mexico English professor T.M. Pearce published several books on Austin, including an edited collection of her letters. He once told me, “I first met Mary Austin at her adobe house in the fall of 1928. I’d heard that she was standoffish and sometimes turned her garden hose on uninvited arrivals.” But the eager young scholar managed to win her over, and they became friends. Throughout her life, the selfconfident Austin crusaded for women’s rights. But increasingly her interest turned toward preservation of New Mexico’s rich Indian and Hispanic heritage. And that was before it became

fashionable to do so. Joining with Santa Fe folklorist and artist Frank Applegate, Austin led the way in establishing the Indian Arts Fund to acquire and preserve Indian artifacts then flowing out of the state at an alarming rate. Together, she and Applegate became major players in forming the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and the first Spanish Market. They also opened a store to provide a year-round outlet for Hispanic artisans still producing handicrafts. Until her death in 1934, at age 66, Austin remained the reigning queen of New Mexico authors. The book “Land of Journey’s Ending” served as her best summation of Indian and Hispanic contributions to the Southwest. Pearce wrote that Austin was a paradox in American literature. Although she published 34 books and was widely acclaimed by critics, he says the general reading public scarcely knew her. However, as literary critic Lawrence Clark Powell declared, her work stands as “a monument to our common delight in the Southwest.” By any standard, that is a fitting tribute.

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herb doc Shellie Rosen, DOM Shellie Rosen is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She can be reached at 505.999.9468 or via her web site at


very great herbalist will tell you that there is nothing more nourishing than a well-designed soup. Soup emerged around 6,000 years ago, when pots began to be formed to hold liquid over fire. The German word “sop,” or broth-soaked bread, led to the word “soup,” which then helped coin the term “restaurant,” a French word meaning, “to restore.” This restoration was made possible by soups sold along the streets. My favorite soups to recommend contain bone, skin, tendon, ligament and tissue. In Chinese philosophy, the winter is the season of the kidney. The kidney is related to the bones. The better you nourish with bone during the winter, the better your health will be. Pick your favorite organic boney poultry, beef, fish or other creative source, and place it in a pot for several hours. If you use tough beef bones or the like, have your butcher cut them open to release more of the marrow. Don’t be tempted to remove the skin or other parts that become a nuisance to remove later. Instead, make a broth of these nutrient-rich pieces and strain the broth to cook the vegetables. You can devise your own method here, but remember, the more you leave in, the more nutritious your broth. Glycine and proline are wonderful amino acids that are gained from making a hearty broth. These exist abundantly throughout the body in connective tissue. Cartilage, joints, cells, organs, muscles and arteries use glycine and proline to create the infrastructure to support life. These amino acids aid in healing wounds, preventing inflammation from getting out of control and assist in increasing metabolism. Glycine can also have a calming effect on the body. It helps to modulate the adrenals, protecting against excess stress hormone secretion. It also protects the digestive tract from various gastrointestinal disorders, enhancing hydrochloric acid production in the stomach to assist in the digestion of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Glycine further aids in detoxing. Proline helps with collagen production, including cartilage. Proline, in combination with vitamin C and lysine were recommended by Linus Pauling in a study to reverse heart disease due to lipoprotein. Many have forgotten about these benefits because the body can produce glycine and proline, but most people need additional sources, and broth is an excellent way of achieving that. Bone broth provides an easily absorbable form of minerals

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Have A Souper Holiday Season!

like calcium, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, and phosphorus, as well as trace minerals. Calcium, the most prevalent mineral found in the body, is available in bone broth and can address countless health concerns. There is no better way to introduce supplemental calcium than with bone broth. Gelatin releases from bone into broth and aids gastro-intestinal health, while providing healthy supplementation for the joints, skin and hair. Many report gelatin to be a fantastic wrinkle remedy. Japanese women have believed this for

years and do all they can to consume gelatin rich foods. Don’t clear the gelatin from the soup when it cools. If you must clear the fat, try to notice the layers. The fat should sit on top of the gelatin. Eating meats in a stew form and creating a broth provides an enormous amount of nutrients that are synergistic, meaning they work well when paired together. When separated, the original intention of the food is not met. The food is no longer whole, and the function in the body can be more damaging than beneficial.

The way we have been taught to eat meat products is excessive and imbalanced. We can gain a lot of nutrition from smaller portions of whole food meat product when we cultivate the art of soup making. Those pieces we are unfamiliar with eating are not disregarded but are allowed to peacefully release their contents in the broth. This French proverb sums up soup’s lesson well: "Eat soup first and eat it last, and live till a hundred years be passed." Abundant Blessings! Dr. Shellie L. Rosen, DOM, L.Ac.


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