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Make a Resolution to Love Your Heart By Ruby Bendersky, M.D.
lmost half of all Americans have at least one of three conditions that raise heart disease risks: diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other major risks include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, family history of early cardiovascular events and tobacco use. Moreover, more than 15 percent of the people the CDC studied did not even know they had one or more of
these conditions. This study shows two things: 1) We need a greater understanding of our own health risks, and 2) odds are high that most of us will need to see a cardiologist at some point in our lives and make choices to protect our hearts. One excellent place to start being more heart healthy is to have an honest conversation with our doctors. Your doctor should check your cholesterol at least every five years, your blood pressure every two years, and test you for diabetes every three years after age 45. That schedule
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and trans fats – can make a significant difference in how well your heart works. When we don’t take care of our hearts, we put our lives at risk. It is important to understand that heart disease isn’t specific to a particular gender, ethnicity or age group. Victims might even seem healthy, but they may have an underlying undiagnosed coronary artery disease – the most common cause of the dangerous heart rhythm problems that can cause heart attacks. Make 2013 the year you make a commitment to your heart. Talk to your doctor about your risk and ask about screenings. Choose a lifestyle that lets your heart do its job well, including exercise, diet and smoking cessation. This year, give your heart a chance. Lovelace Women’s Hospital cardiologist Ruby Bendersky, M.D., FACC, has more than 25 years of cardiology experience. She offers a broad range of cardiology services for both men and women, and she is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. She is located at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, 4705 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 101, in Albuquerque. For more information, please call 505.727.6971.
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Keeping the Flame Alive: Use Valentine’s Day to Reignite Passion By Barb Armijo
t seems a bit unfair that about a month after the hectic holiday season, couples are expected to start shopping again. This is different, however: Love is in the air, the grocery store, the mall, the coffee shop and, hopefully, still in bedrooms across the land. However, if your lustful love flame has begun to flicker and fade, there’s no reason why Valentine’s Day can’t stimulate romance as well as the economy. The following are some ideas outside the heartshaped candy box on how to do just that: • Go on a date, but try something new. A drive to the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area/Pino Trail in Albuquerque’s Sandia Heights about 30 minutes before sunset is very romantic. You can park near one of the upper shelter spots. Take some tasty treats and cuddle up to each other as the sun falls behind the mesas. On a clear night, the moonlight can be spectacular. • Not Your Mother’s Chocolate – At the Candy Lady in Albuquerque, you can tease and tantalize your sweetheart with some suggestive
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Also, because the club is a nonprofit, it gets tax-free rates for lodging, and sometimes even lift tickets. Members pay the regular tax rate, but at the end of each season, the club uses what it saved from taxes and transportation, as well as other donations, and writes a check to New Mexico veterans organizations—to Blue Star Mothers, the New Mexico Fallen Warriors organization, or to junior ROTC special needs students, or to any number of other veteranrelated support services. Not retired? Don’t worry; the club takes weekend trips that leave Friday after work and will have you home Sunday evening. Not a military officer? The only requirement to become an associate member is to share an appreciation for the United States armed forces. Don’t ski? That’s not a problem, either. You don’t have to slalom with grace to make a
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Santa Fe Spotlight Restaurant Week Kicks Off in Santa Fe
By Barb Armijo
here are a multitude of ways to enjoy Santa Fe, but tasting your way around the restaurants is one of the best. From Feb. 24 through March 3, the City Different hosts its annual Restaurant Week where many of the finest, most renowned chefs in New Mexico showcase their culinary styles at special discount prices. Restaurant Week gives people the opportunity to try new restaurants they might have overlooked or have seemed out of their price range. Chefs from more than 20 Santa Fe restaurants will be showcasing their food, including experimentations with menu items. To participate in the event, simply pick a restaurant from a list on the website, http://santafe. newmexicorestaurantweek. com/restaurants, and make reservations at the places that require them. Those are indicated on the
website. Clicking on a restaurant’s name provides direct access to its phone number and location. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged, and walk-ins are not guaranteed at the Restaurant Week prices or specials. The website also has a printable map, a list of special events and even lodging ideas for people who want to stay in Santa Fe. The menus are varied – everything from a burger at Bert’s Burger Bowl to French cuisine at 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar. While some of the eateries include a drink with the offer, in most cases beverages as well as tax and gratuities are not included. Dinners will be specially priced at $25 for two, or $20, $30, or $40 per person. Many restaurants will also be offering valuepriced lunches. Most participating restaurants will present a fixed price dinner option consisting of three courses (appetizer, entrée and dessert). Many may also offer a specially priced,
two-course lunch option. New Mexico's Restaurant Week was established in 2010, by Wings Media Network, a Santa Fe based public relations and marketing firm, to introduce diners and travelers to the vast array of restaurants and hotels in New Mexico. This year's extravaganza
kicks off in Santa Fe from Feb. 24 - March 3, continues in Taos from March 3-10 and ends in Albuquerque from March 10-17.
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respiratory or neurological impairments are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of pesticides. This should clearly demonstrate why we should never allow pesticides in hospitals, medical facilities or retirement homes. This isn't difficult as there are really no pests that can only be controlled with toxic chemicals. All pests can be controlled with “least-toxic” products and methods, such as Greenbug, EcoSmart and Niban Bait. Pest control companies should never use rodenticides in a medical facility. If deer mice are present, it could create a hantavirus situation that would be devastating. They should always use snap traps, never glueboards. Mice will urinate and defecate in the glueboards before they die, and hantavirus is spread from their urine and fecal matter, which could then be trapped along with the animal. Traps need to be checked daily so the rodent doesn't dry out, allowing fleas and mites to leave the carcass and potentially bite people in the medical facility. Most medical facilities can't do this pest control themselves. They can get all the materials they need, but they have to have knowledge of the biology and natural history of the pests so they can use the material properly. When hospitals or assisted living facilities put pest control up for bid, they should require the bidders to use least-toxic pest methods. If the company says this isn't possible, the facility should hire another company. No company should ever be allowed to spray pesticides along a baseboard in these facilities (or in your home). Least-toxic methods should be used in all commercial buildings that are open to the public. Many people are chemically sensitive and will have a bad reaction when they enter a building that has been sprayed with synthetic pesticides. If the owners of the buildings care about the health and welfare of their staff and customers, they will not allow pesticides to be used in their place of business. If anyone needs references as to who practices safe and effective pest management, I can recommend some companies. The next time you visit your doctor, ask him or her how he or she has the office treated.
Aquarius, February, 2013 By Jim Craig - Aquarius (The Water Bearer) January 20 – February 18
quarius, your sign is unique because you typically march to a different drummer that’s playing music only you can hear. You use this capacity to advance your diverse intellectual and personal interests. Be aware that your intellect can lead you into positive and negative extremes in all areas of your life. You have a predisposition for humanitarianism and thrive on active involvement in a myriad of social programs, volunteering and helping others. As an Aquarian, you have the inherent capacity for being objective in your judgmental process thereby keeping your emotions in check. Your general demeanor is amiable, outgoing and forthright allowing you to make friends easily. Your loyalty is unwavering toward those you truly befriend. Your sign is indicative of individual uniqueness and mystery and you enjoy viewing life from a vantage point that’s unreachable or unlikely to be perceptible to the majority of those outside your sign. You are commonly labeled as an eccentric, and you’re perfectly
comfortable with the connotation. You thrive on your enhanced mental capacity often to the extreme, and because your mind is somewhat like a perpetual movie reel this can cause frustration, restlessness, insomnia, and ultimately depression if not closely monitored and controlled. This year your personal relationship and career can be extremely challenging, so it’s best to keep a low profile until the turmoil dissipates toward the end of the month. You will have ample time during the year to demonstrate your worthiness. Take advantage of this opportunity to contemplate and potentially delve into a life-changing endeavor, long desired interest, or merely tie up loose ends from the previous year. Your financial situation will remain relatively stable throughout the year. Aquarius, your ruling element is water, one of the essential components for life. Your zodiac stone is amethyst representing energy, stability, courage and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. This is also a healing stone positively affecting mental and physical aspects. Proceed confidently and compassionately through the year with the mindset that you can make a difference in whatever you undertake.
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volunteers for the New Mexico Veterans Memorial. Volunteers will have the opportunity to greet visitors and introduce them to the museum and are needed:
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The City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is recruiting volunteer Exercise Instructors for the Department of Senior Affairs Mealsite Program. Prior Group Fitness leading experience is ideal but not necessary. We will train anyone with a passion for senior health. This is an excellent opportunity to stay fit while helping our senior members achieve and maintain their fitness goals.
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The City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is recruiting
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• Lead exercise classes • Almost every day of the week for an hour The City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is recruiting volunteers for Catholic Charities for the following position. Senior Transportation Services Driver (Use of personal vehicle is required) agency gives mileage reimbursement. Volunteers will provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping etc. Door to door service. • For at least three hours a week • Any day Monday thru Friday ABQ-Ride Data Collector Specialist: • This is to ensure that ABQ-Ride is in compliance with the ADA guidelines. • Volunteer Responsibilities: Volunteer will ride assigned City Buses Routes anonymously to ensure the automated systems on the buses are working correctly at intersection for ADA compliance. • Volunteer must have the ability to climb on and off buses, standing if bus is full, check off pre-filled survey form. • Volunteers are needed Monday-Sunday Based on Bus Routes • Time Commitment: Volunteer Decides. • Training will be provided Mileage reimbursement is available to RSVP volunteers.
Classifieds RSVP is part of Senior Corps and is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The purpose of RSVP is to recruit senior volunteers into public, government and nonprofit organizations to meet community needs. For this and other volunteer opportunities call 764-1616. ****** The Desert Willow Gift Shop is staffed by RSVP volunteers and is located in Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE. This is a very unique shop with many unusual gifts made by talented seniors. We have wooden toys, baby items, kitchen articles, leather crafts, a wide array of jewelry, scarves and various Spanish items. Everything is reasonably priced. Our shop is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for information call 888-8105. Project Heart Start – An Easier Way to Save a Life Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills 300,000 people annually. You can help change or reduce this number by learning hands-only CPR and how to respond in an emergency. Attend a short 1-hour training session and learn the simple steps of saving a life. This course is free and for all ages. Bring your family and friends. NM Heart Institute Foundation, phone (505) 843-2814, www. nmhi.com • Call senior center of your choice to pre-register.
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THE NEW MEXICO CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD needs volunteers to provide advocacy and oversight for abused and neglected children in the state’s custody. Volunteers meet one day each month to review several cases. For information, call 866-857-2976 or visit: www.nmcrb.org. Wanted
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Los Volcanes Senior Ctr.: Fridays, February 8, February 15, March 1; 9:00 am to 10:00 am, 6500 Los Volcanes NW, ABQ, NM 87121, phone 836-8745 Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Ctr.: Saturdays, February 2, February 9, Feb 23; 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 505 Elizabeth SE, ABQ, NM 87123, phone 275-8731 North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Ctr.: Saturday, April 6, 10:00 to 11:00am, 7521 Carmel Avenue NW 87133, phone 764-6475 Palo Duro Senior Ctr.: Wed., Feb 27, 5:30 – 6:30pm; Wed., Mar. 13, 9:00 – 10:00am; Wed., May 1, 10:30 – 11:30am 5221 Palo Duro NE, ABQ, NM 87110, phone 888-8102
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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 to get some exercise from our many fun walks, hikes, and dances. To join this group, visit the SOS website at: http://www.meetup.com/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 our “Calendar of Events” for February 2013: Every Monday: 9:00 a.m. Walk and Brunch First Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Play Hand & Foot Second Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. Lunch
COMMUNITY EVENTS YOGA SCHOOL @ New Heart ….yoga for growing ageless…. Yoga Classes with Patsy Gaetano YOGASCHOOLatNH.com
Third Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. Play Hand & Foot Every Wednesday: 10 a.m. Walk Every Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. Social Dancing Second Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. Movie & Pie Fourth Wednesday: 11:30 p.m. Movie & Pie Every Thursday: 9:00 a.m. Walk and Brunch Third Thursday: 5:30 p.m. A Wonderful Dinner Every Friday: 7:00 p.m. Social Dancing First Friday: 1 p.m. Play Hearts Third Friday: 6:30 p.m. Play Hearts Every Saturday: 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Canasta Every Sunday: 2:30 p.m. Walk First Sunday: 11:00 a.m. Brunch Second Sunday: 2:30 p.m. New Member Coffee Third Sunday: 12:00 p.m. Brunch (events may be added or cancelled during the month)
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Feb 3-Mar 10 6 week series Special Pricing: $90 for the 6 week session or $195 for the 6 week session plus one 10 class pass ($230 value) “The MOON LODGE Sessions” Creativity Workshops at the New and Full Moons. During 2013 these workshops will focus on Prayer Flags. Eleven weekly yoga classes including active yoga, core, restorative, deep relaxation-yoga nidra, meditation and supported individual yoga practice. All classes are mixed level with adaptations offered and encouraged. firstname.lastname@example.org 505-281-0886
All Proceeds to support The Community Hospices of America Foundation, A 501(c)3. For additional information, please call (505) 332-0847.
February 10 Community Celebration at The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain Road NW, 1-4 p.m. Experience Japanese traditions in conjunction with the exhibition, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945. Enjoy taiko drumming performances; and Hana de Mai — a choreographed ikebana demonstration. Admission: $4 adults; $2 seniors; $3 teens; $1 kids. Call, 243-7255; visit, cabq.gov/museum.
February 23 ‘7 Keys to Understanding Bible’ Workshop Biblical authority, lecturer and author, Dr. Rocco Errico, returns to the High Desert Center for Spiritual Living, (HDCSL), on Saturday, Feb. 23 to host the unique “Seven Keys to Understanding the Bible” workshop. He will also host the Sunday service the following day, February 24 at 10am. Errico will take you through an unforgettable journey into Hebrew scripture and the New Testament in this interesting three-hour course. Without theological or denominational implications, he will reveal many hidden and much misunderstood biblical episodes and passages from the viewpoint of Aramaic, the original language of Jesus. Errico will decipher the fundamental
February 14 You Are Cordially Invited to a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale with Raffle On Thursday, February 14, 2013, 8 AM – 11 AM Sponsored by Hospice Compassus, At 6000 Uptown Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
February 21 Explore the Jazz Age in conjunction with the exhibition, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945, at The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain Road NW, 5-8:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of big band dance and music. Admission: $4 adults; $2 seniors; $3 teens; $1 kids. Call, 243-7255; visit, cabq.gov.
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The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval For Hip and Knee Replacements Recognizing our dedication to continuous exceptional care for patients and families. We partner with New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates to offer orthopaedic joint and surgical spine care. This partnership gives you access to some of the most trusted orthopaedic specialists in the state. It’s all part of Lovelace’s commitment to meeting the needs of our community.
meanings of biblical metaphysicians, mysticism and prophecy, clarifying customs, idioms, psychology and symbolism and philosophical ideas of Near-Eastern writers of the Bible. He will explain the seven keys that unlock biblical ideas: the ancient Aramaic language, idioms, mysticism, culture, psychology, symbolism and amplification. Students, metaphysicians, practitioners, ministers, and those seeking a greater understanding of the Bible will find the workshop practical and enlightening. The Sunday workshop is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Advance price is $30, or $40 at the door. HDCSL is located at Paradise Hills Business Center, 1.3 miles west of Golf Course Road and one-half block west of Unser/Lyon on Paradise Blvd. Call the HDCSL office at 505 922-1200 for registration and further information. March 8,9,10 Albuquerque welcomes its first major art event of the year! This March, the original Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will open its doors to celebrate 25 years! The show features a juried lineup of 200 fine artists and craftsmen from all over the country in a variety of mediums, including: glass art, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, wood, photography, oil paintings, mixed media and more! Festival goers will also enjoy live music, specialty foods, artists’ demonstrations, and the complimentary Kids’ Creation Station. March 8,9,10, 2013 Event Location - EXPO New Mexico's Lujan Exhibit Complex 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 880.2800. MUSIC February 6 The American/Brazilian collective “Nation Beat,” at N4th Theater, 4904 4th St. NW, 12:30-1:30 p.m. N4th Theatre will host Nation Beat as part of the integrated series, where musicians perform for the developmentally disabled artists the community. Limited to 60 people, reservations required. Free. Visit, ampconcerts.org. February 23 Film screening: “Stories of Wolves” is about the recovery efforts for the Mexican Gray Wolves, the most endangered land mammal in all of North America. There only remain about 50 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, 4-6 p.m. Free. At Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW. Call, 897-8831; visit cabq.gov/
February 7-17 Poe, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m. Journey into the mind of the father of American horror and revisit his best-known stories. Tickets, $5-$10. At Duke City Repertory Theatre, 1024 4th Street, SW. Call, 797-7081; visit dukecityrep.com.
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February 8-March 3 Tick, Tick... Boom! Jonathan Larson’s musical of an aspiring composer named Jon, who lives in New York City in 1990. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets, $10-$15. At Aux Dog Theatre, 3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE. Call, 2547716; visit, auxdog.org. February 16 Ballet Repertory Theatre presents Emerald City Ball Ballet Repertory Theatre’s annual fundraiser celebrating the upcoming new production of Wizard of Oz by renowned choreographer Alex Ossadnik. Dinner, Dancing, Cash Bar and Silent Auction, Dinner music performed by Harpist Lynn Gorman-DeVelder All proceeds will support production costs for Ballet Repertory Theatre’s 2012-2013 Season. When: Saturday, February 16th 7:0011:00pm, Where:Crowne Plaza 1901 University Boulevard NE Cost: $100 per person, $150 per couple, $600 per table (seats 8) Tickets: Tickets available at Ballet Repertory Theatre (505) 888-1054, 6913 Natalie NE, ABQ, NM 87110 Reservations accepted through February 6, 2013 February 17 New Mexico Philharmonic presents: After Beethoven, Liszt vs. Chopin, introduction to the Classics series -- program 4, at KiMo Theatre, 3 p.m. Tickets, $10-$30, at the KiMo, 768-3522 or 311. February 23, 24, 26, 28 Ballet Repertory Theatre’s Wizard of Oz at KiMo Theatre, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; Feb. 24, 2 p.m.; Feb. 26 & 28, (student matinees), 10 a.m. Join Dorothy as she discovers knowledge, courage, love, and the power of friendship. Tickets, $7-$27, at the KiMo, 768-3522 or 311. Tickets for student matinees, $5; $12, general admission; $10, children, seniors (60 & older), and college students. February 27 NM PBS & Film at the KiMo: The Power Broker (2013), not rated, 7-9 p.m. Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As executive director of the National Urban League, he took the struggle for equality directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. Free admission. Visit communitycinema. org.
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omanticism emerged in the 1800s as a response to the overwhelming influences of reductionism during that time. Artists, writers, actors and musicians reacted to the radical focus on the sciences with a great deal of emotion-based thematic elements to revive the human nature in all things. The drive was further fueled by the Industrial Revolution, when the aristocracy encouraged rationalism as a premier intellectual perspective among those with disciplined and educated awareness. Romantics, however, believed that awareness went beyond perfect calculations and agreed-upon notions. Rather, they felt inspired to keep the intuitive and imaginative part of the
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human experience fed with content. A quote by French poet Charles Baudelaire says, “Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject, nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling.” Whether you have lost the romance in a relationship, or if you have lost it with your own life, don’t despair. It is something you can choose to invite back in. The more we allow art, music, literature and culinary treats to penetrate our lives, the more we will live romantically. Herbs and living plant medicine can bring a sweet, romantic quality to any life, whether single, or teaming with family and friends. Such is the case with a type of tea I drink. It is the spicy and delicious masala tea, or chai. The smell of the spices, the sweetness of the honey and the smoothness of the cream brings a romantic quality to each day and ignites my most dull or lonely moments. Masala chai contains cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, black tea and honey, and has been acclaimed for years to help numerous health conditions. Black tea is a great antioxidant, but it does contain caffeine. Replace it with rooibos tea if you’d like,
which is complementary in taste and caffeine free. Cinnamon, also an antioxidant, has been tested to have a positive effect on bacteria, inflammation and blood sugar levels. Cloves are wonderful for halitosis, while cardamom has been successfully used for heartburn. The chemical in black pepper named piperine “inhibits fat cell differentiation,” according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Asian medicine practitioners believe all of these warming ingredients to be helpful with digestive health. Chai accompanies meals in India and is even traditionally used there to welcome guests. Though there are many ways to prepare masala chai, I recommend developing a taste with a pre-made liquid or tea bag such as Tazo or Yogi brands. Be sure to add cream and honey! If you wish to bring the sensual aroma and process into full fruition, follow the recipe below, or find a simpler version online. Either way, pour it into your best china, atop a fabulous cloth, in front of your most loved piece of artwork while listening to French Café music. Romance is not simply something we feel for someone; it can also be an approach
to life. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 3 hours Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes Ingredients: • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 quarts water • . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 whole cloves • . . . . . . . . . 20 black peppercorns • . . . . . . . . . 3 sticks of cinnamon • 20 whole cardamom pods (split the pods first) • . . 8 fresh ginger slices (1/4-inch thick, no need to peel) • 1/2 teaspoon regular or decaf black tea leaves (approximately 1-2 tea bags) • . Organic dairy or non-GMO soy milk, and honey or agave to taste Preparation: Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Add cloves and boil one minute. Add cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon and ginger. Cover and boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for two to three hours. Remove from heat, add black tea, and let cool. Strain and store in the refrigerator. Reheat when you want a cup, and add milk and honey to taste. *Recipe courtesy of (Yoga Yoga) via Ann Pizer, About.com Guide
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history A Glimpse of Colonial Missions 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.
hen I entered graduate school at the University of New Mexico in the
1950s, Professor France V. Scholes became my mentor after I took his seminar on Spanish paleography. That was a highly specialized class about learning to read and transcribe early Spanish documents. The professor was a well-known authority in that area. After much searching, Scholes was able to dig out many 17thcentury government and church records from Spanish and Mexican archives. Official copies of these had once existed in Santa Fe, but all were destroyed during the 1680
Pueblo Revolt. One of the valuable items he discovered was a list of New Mexico’s missions in 1664. The list included a brief description of each church and convento, with mention of attached visitas. The visitas were outlying churches in the smaller pueblos that had no resident clergy. Priests from the larger places “visited” them several times a month to say Mass. The conventos were not convents or nunneries, but rather friaries, living quarters for the Franciscan missionaries that were built adjacent to the churches. Here’s part of the first entry on the province’s list: “The Villa (town) of Santa Fe, in which live the governor and the Spaniards, has a very good church. There is also a fair convent and 200 Indians under its jurisdiction.” The large number of Indians who were living in the capitol is surprising. From other sources we learn that they were concentrated in their own barrio or ward on the south side of the Santa Fe River. That would be the Barrio de Analco, bearing the same name
to this day. The residents then were mainly Aztec and Tlaxcalan Indians who had accompanied the Spaniards northward from central Mexico. San Miguel Chapel, the so-called “Oldest Church,” ministered to them. Restored, it is now a major tourist attraction. San Ildefonso Pueblo, north of Santa Fe, numbered 400 inhabitants and its own resident missionary, according to the Scholes document. It also had a very good church with everything necessary for public worship, including a choir and an organ. In all, 17 organs show up on the 1664 listing. We suppose they were paid for by the king of Spain, chief patron of foreign missions. He would also have shipped them up the long and dangerous Camino Real at his expense, as he did with heavy church bells. The problem with this assumption lies in the fact that no freighting records of the period show shipment of even small pump organs. Nor have archeologists found any organ parts in their excavations. A possible explanation is that the organs were constructed here in New Mexico of wood and leather, and then in 1680 were burned when Indians torched most of the religious furnishings. The final pueblo on the list was one west of “Alzheimer’s Care with the future city of AlbuDignity and Compassion” querque: “The beautiful rock of Acoma has on its Safe, Secure Residential Homes Located in summit a church which Albuquerque and Rio Rancho is the most handsome in Our Services Include the entire province. Its Private Bedrooms Staff Ratio 1:5 Licensed furnishings for public Hairdresser Assistance with Planned Daily worship are abundant Medication Activities Care Plans Designed and unusual. There are and Personal Care to Address Licensed Massage Specific Resident 600 souls at Acoma.” RN on Staff Therapist Needs The scarcity of For further information or to pre-revolt records magschedule a tour, please call nifies the significance of 505-275-2275 a simple document such www.havencarenm.com as the one from 1664. Locally owned and operated
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Dr. Gerard Muraida Dr. Gerard Muraida specializes in geriatric medicine and family practice. He is the senior medical director for VistaCare in Albuquerque.
he color red can be traced back about 700,000 years to an ancient Chinese gravesite near Beijing in the form of a red hematite powder. Clay containing iron oxide, red ochre, was used by Stone Age people as a pigment for decorating themselves. Ancient Egyptians also decorated themselves with the red ochre pigments in times of celebration or victory. The women reddened their cheeks and lips, and were known to color their hair and paint their nails with henna. Red also symbolized health, prosperity, power and life in many parts of the world. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China. In Russia, the Bolsheviks used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar, thus red became associated with communism. Many national flags use red. Red is also associated with other strong emotions, such as anger, and heightened awareness in dangerous or critical conditions. “Seeing red,” flashing red lights, or being in the “red zone” have negative connotations. In South Africa, it is the color of mourning. The red and yellow colors of the New Mexico flag are the colors of Isabel of Castilla, brought to New Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. The flag was designed by Santa Fe physician Harry Mera and created by his wife. The design features an interpretation of an ancient symbol of the sun as found on a late 19th-century water jar from Zia Pueblo. The red symbol - four groups of rays with four rays in each group in a cross-like formation - is called a "zia" and is centered on a field of yellow. The Zia people believed that the giver of all good gave gifts in groups of four. The Zia also believed that with life came four sacred obligations: development of a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit and devotion to the welfare of people/family. All of these things are bound together within the circle of life. During this month of Valentine’s Day and gifts adorned in red, take a moment or two to look at your skin.
Seeing Red Have you noticed any new red spots or a red rash? Most red spots may be harmless, normal reactions to physical exertion, or superficial irritations. Be aware that new red areas should be investigated by your health care provider. The common causes of red lesions on the skin may be due to medications (aspirin or other blood-thinning agents), allergic reactions producing hives, genetic predisposition to cherry angiomata, sun exposure and infections.
Most red lesions are harmless or can be treated medically. The more worrisome causes include liver disease, including cirrhosis, connective tissue disorders, such as lupus, or even skin cancer. Don’t ignore the lesion because it isn’t bleeding or causing pain. If you have any questions about any new spots, whether red or not, seek medical advice quickly. “Seeing red” in this instance and getting help could be the Valentine this doctor orders.
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