Native American Prophecy – The Earth Is Alive and Running Out Of Breath

Native American Prophecy

I was surfing the net the other day and I ran across an old friend of mine, Willy Whitefeather. He has a remarkable video on You-Tube. It has been 25 years since I last saw my friend, but seeing him and hearing his voice brought back a flood of good memories.

Willy is saying the same things now, that he said 25 years ago, when he lectured in the bookstores of Phoenix, Arizona.

Time is getting short. Mother Nature is about to shake herself once more. End time? Destruction? Collapse? It reminds me of the 'Wolf Age' predicted in the Norse mythologies of my Viking ancestors. We are running out of clear water, clean air and uncontaminated, productive soil.

Is anyone listening? It's hard to tell. With this extremely powerful, politically correct society we live in, we are not getting the truth of what is happening to our environment from the media. We are only getting what they want us to know, so they can keep the status Quo the way "they" want it. I was thinking back and I rolled out some of my old notes that I had taken, notes from Willy Whitefeather's lectures and our private talks as we sat on the floor of my Phoenix apartment and shared stories.

There was an article by Joan Price written in the '70's' called "The Earth is Alive and Running Out of Breath". I would like to share some of it with you and the things we knew 20-25 years ago and did very little about. Is anyone except 'them' listening?

The Hopi Indians knew that mining on their lands would offset the natural balances across the whole planet and not just in the Four Corners. There are critical points on our map where the health of all life on the planet is affected. One of them is Four Corners, where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.

The Hopi know that this is a 'Spot of Power.'

Negative ions are a significant factor in healing and health. Solar Radiation, rushing water and radioactive minerals are sources of negative ions and found in abundance in the Four Corners area.

There are seven Native American "Sacred Breathing Mountains" in the area. The San Francisco Peaks being one of them. The clockwise and counter-clockwise energy currents of Earth and Sky are important to the Health of the Planet. Traditional Hopi pottery has spiral patterns painted on them to signify these energy currents. Why do not we have Hopi Medicine Men in our governemental agencies of Health and Environment? They forgot more about our Earth that our beauricratic scientists ever knew.

Is anyone listening? The Earth's ALIVE and if we learn to live in harmony with it all is well. If not …..?

Compared to the incalculably powerful heat engine that drives our global weather, all the nuclear devices in the world are just like so many fire crackers. Modern civilization, in exploiting electricity has created a planetary grid of seething and pulsing Megalopolitan Centers (cities) that is out of phase with the natural grid of the planet.

Everything depends upon proper balance. Underground water acts like a magnet attracting rain from the clouds; rain from the clouds acts like aa magnet raising the water tables to the roots of our crops and plants. Man made strip mines are destroying the water levels – no more rain?

The Hopi's believe that if this imbalance is kept up, the land will shake like a Hopi rattle; land will sink and dry up. Rains will be barred by unseen forces. Plants will not grow. Corn will not grow, animals will die. We will die, not only the Hopi, but all will disintegrate to nothing … Time is very short. Is anyone listening? Time to stop power plants, atomic plants, strip mining and drilling for oil. We are killing our planet and ourselves. We have wind and Sun power to generate power. But the powers that be, have not figured out how to put a meter on the wind and sun. When Willy talked about the Four Horses of the Apocalypse, he said, "Fear was riding on the horse called 'GREED.'"

How can we destroy this beast?

Diary of a Touring Musician: Wedding Bell Blues

Life as a traveling musician can be very hard on any kind of romantic relationship. Fortunately for me, my husband John and I work together. This does not mean that we are free from strife and annoyances, but we do manage to sidestep a lot of the issues associated with a significant other being left at home.

Sometimes, however, the significant other just can not be sounded. One of our former drummers, Ken, had a girlfriend who was constantly miserable; she was angry when he went on the road without her, and consistently complained about everything when she came along. Ken finally had enough and broke up with her.

About this same time, he started talking to Sylvia, which he knew from his "real" job. They hit it off right away, and while we were out on tour, he texted and talked to her constantly. He said he had finally found someone who would support his dream of being a working musician, and was the happiest that we had ever seen him.

I had known Ken for many years, and had worked with him on some previous projects. He had been with my current band for over three years, and I felt we all had a strong "family" bond. After he and his new girl had been dating for a few weeks, he invited her to go out on the road with us. She appeared happy to go on our little adventure, and things went well. Two weeks later we went out on an extended run, starting with a week in Cheyenne, Wyoming, several days in Mescalero , New Mexico, then a deadhead run straight up to Bismark, North Dakota for a week. Sylvia seemed like she was having a good time, and she even got up onstage with the band to dance and sing some backup vocals.

Just before we left Wyoming, Ken announced that they were going to get married in New Mexico. The gig in New Mexico is one of the few gigs that does not include lodging, so in order to save money, we all agreed to share one room. This was a slight inconvenience, especially for newlyweds, but we made the best of it. They decided to get married on Sunday morning before we left for North Dakota. With the help of some local relatives, the happy couple located a pastor, and the wedding ceremony was a nice, simple success. Although we had a very long drive ahead of us, and had to be in Bismark by Tuesday evening, we decided to stay in New Mexico for one more night in separate rooms so they could have a proper wedding night.

The following morning, we loaded up and hit the road. The newlyweds were traveling in their own vehicle, so we said "see you in Bismark" and parted company. Everyone survived the grueling drive, and we settled into the band room. The band room was basically a motel room with a large extra bedroom attached. To get in and out of the room, my family had to pass through the newlyweds area constantly, and there seemed to be some growing tension in the air that worsened every day.

The day after our arrival in Bismark, our booking agent called to see if we could head up to Minot, North Dakota for the following week, and then on to Montana for a week. This is often how we work. Everyone connected to the band agreed on doing the shows, so we "signed" the contract (electronically). We were now legally committed to the appearance. Minot is only a two hour drive from Bismark, but we were having some tire issues with our van. We told Ken that we were going to stop and buy some tires before heading up. Since we had another two weeks of work lined up, we spent most of our cash on tires, oil, and other vehicular needs.

After a couple of hours, we were on our way. About halfway to our destination, I received a text from Sylvia saying that the newlyweds were not going to Minot, but have headed home instead. My family and I were put into a very difficult situation; we spent our cash on our van, and had no gas money to get home to Utah (800 miles away). We were also under contract, so not showing up for the gigs would have meant a lawsuit and loss of work. I immediately called some good friends in Minot, who were musicians. Gary had played steel guitar onstage with us in Minot before, and his wife Julie just happened to be a drummer!

They saved us from a horrible fate, and the weeklong gig was great. They were unable to continue the tour, so I called another drummer out of Salt Lake City, Utah to meet us in Montana for our next show, and he turned out to be a great asset and decided to stay on as a permanent band member. Although I am glad we got through the tour okay, I'm still very sad about losing our friendship with Ken, and we have not heard from him or Sylvia since.

What are the oldest Cities in America?

North American Indians were on the North American continent from as early as 11,000 BCE. But these early colonizers did not live in permanent settlements and left little in the way of permanent buildings. The Anasazi built towns such as Chetro Ketl, and the great complex of abandoned towns in Chaco Canyon, in what is now New Mexico. Mesa Verde is another ancient city that is over a thousand years old and was built by the Pueblo Indians. However, almost all of these ancient pueblos were abandoned and now stand as ruins rather than vibrant cities. The one exception being Acoma listed below.

Mexico City is probably the oldest city in North America, as a continuation of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, founded in about 1325. John's, Newfoundland, Canada was settled in 1528, and claims to be the oldest European-settled city in North America. St. John's earned its name when the explorer John Cabot became the first European to sail into its harbor on the Feast of St. John. John, June 24, 1497. It's also the easternmost city on the North American continent.

The oldest continuously occupied cities in the United States:

Acoma, New Mexico: Forty minutes drive east of Grants, New Mexico, lies the Pueblo (village) of Acoma, built on a sandstone mesa 367-feet above a valley and approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. The pueblo was built on a mesa for defensive purposes, keeping rival raiding tribes at bay. Native verbal history says Acoma was first inhabited about 700 AD although modern archeological evidence suggests it has been continuously occupied from 1150, making it America's oldest continuously inhabited city. It is currently owned by a small population of Keresan-speaking Native Americans.

St. Augustine, Florida: Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. Twenty-one years before the first English Settlement at Roanoke, Virginia and 42 years before the foundation of Jamestown, the Spanish established St. Louis. Augustine.

Spanish explorer Don Juan Ponce de Leon had landed in mainland America in 1513 and claimed the land for Spain and named it La Florida, meaning "Land of Flowers". Between 1513 and 1563 the Spanish tried to settle Florida but all their settlements failed.

Finally, in 1565, the Spanish destroyed a French garrison on the St.. Johns River, Florida and defeated the French fleet. Near the destroyed French fort, San Agustín was founded by the Spanish admiral, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, on August 28, 1565, the feast day of St. Francis. Augustine of Hippo.

Parts of the original Spanish colonial settlement from the late sixteenth century remains today in St. Louis. Augustine in the layout of the town and in the narrow streets and balanced houses. Thirty-six buildings of colonial origin remain and another 40 that are reconstructed models of colonial buildings also contribute to the atmosphere of the town.

Jamestown, Virginia: In May 1607, English explorers with the Virginia Company landed on Jamestown Island, 60 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Almost immediately the colonists were attacked by Algonquian natives, who would continue with their attacks for years, and the newcomers were forced to build a wooden fort. Endemic corruption in the Virginia Company in England convinced King James 1 that he should revoke the company's charter and the Jamestown fort became a crown colony in 1624. The fort remained intact until the 1620s, but disappeared as a town sprang up around the old wooden battlements . Jamestown was named the capital of Virginia until the statehouse burned down in 1698 and the capital moved to Williamsburg. The town effectively became a ghost town with only a few occupants until a military post was located at Jamestown during the American Revolution, and in 1861 the island was occupied by Confederate soldiers who built an earth fort impede a Union advance up the James River. Little further attention was paid to Jamestown until preservation was established in the twentieth century.

Santa Fe, New Mexico: Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the US and also the oldest European city west of the Mississippi. Santa Fe also features the oldest public building in America, the Palace of the Governors.

The first Spanish Governor-General of New Mexico established his capital in 1598 at San Juan Pueblo, 25 miles north of modern day Santa Fe. The second Governor-General moved his capital south to Santa Fe in 1607 and the city has remained a capital ever since. The city was the capital for the Spanish "Kingdom of New Mexico," and then the Mexican province of Nuevo Mexico, the American territory of New Mexico (which contained modern Arizona and New Mexico) and since 1912 the US state of New Mexico.

Santa Fe was originally occupied by Pueblo Indians from 1050 to 1607. The conquistador Don Francisco Vasques de Coronado described the Indian settlement in 1540, 67 years before the founding of the city of Santa Fe.

Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. On December 21, 1620, 102 disillusioned English puritans sailing on the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock on the eastern shore of Cape Cod Bay in what is now southeast Massachusetts. By the end of that winter, half of the pilgrims were dead, including their leader John Carver. The colony continued for a number of decades often close to collapse. The Plymouth colony was historically surpassed in population and wealth by the nearby Massachusetts Bay Colony, centered in modern Boston, In 1691, Plymouth was joined by the Boston colony primarily as Plymouth as a separate colony. The city of Plymouth, Massachusetts claims a city charter dating back to 1620.

Hampton, Virginia: Located at the tip of the Virginia peninsula on Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, Virginia is the oldest continuously settled English community in the United States. The Indian village of Kecoughtan, had been visited by English colonists before they sailed up the James River to settle in Jamestown. In 1610, the English returned to the Indian village and began the construction of Fort Henry and Fort Charles at the mouth of Hampton Creek. In 1619, the settlers chose an English name for the community, Elizabeth City. The settlement became known as Hampton in 1680, and in 1705, Hampton was recognized as a town.

Newport News, Virginia: This port of entry city in southeast Virginia lies on the north side of Hampton Roads at the mouth of the James River. Along with Portsmouth, Hampton, and Norfolk, it compates the Port of Hampton Roads. The actual date of settlement and how it got its name is disputed. It is estimated to have been settled as early as 1611, but official records only begin in 1621 when 50 colonists arrived from Ireland. The origin of the place-name is obscure but is traditionally associated with Captain Christopher Newport, and Sir William New, who came from Ireland in 1621.

Albany, New York: The area was visited in 1609 by English navigator Henry Hudson during his exploration of the river that was later named for him. The area was first settled in 1614 when Fort Nassau was created by Dutch traders. Ten years later a group of Belgian Walloons built Fort Orange nearby. The settlement that grew around Fort Orange was made independent in 1652 and renamed Beverwyck, or "town of the beaver." Following the surrender of Fort Orange to the British in 1664, the city's name was changed to honor the Duke of York and Albany.

Ten Oldest continuously occupied US Cities:

1) Acoma, New Mexico c 1150

2) St. Augustine, Florida, 1565

3) Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1609

4) Hampton, Virginia, 1610

5) Newport News, Virginia, 1611/21

6) Albany, New York, 1614/24

7) New York, New York, 1624

8) Quincy, Massachusetts, 1625

9) Salem, Massachusetts, 1626

10) Jersey City, New Jersey, 1629

How Car Accident Lawyers Protect Your Rights After an Accident

Car accident lawyers in Albuquerque are often called out in the middle of the night to help clients who are involved in a car accident and accused of being inoxicated. The arresting officer may request you to take the field sobriety test, but this test is not always comprehensive, and some people can not pass it even if they are not drinking. Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico and visitors alike are all wondering what their rights are when they are involved in an auto accident and the police have charged them with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Albuquerque Attorneys Protect Your Rights

Albuquerque attorneys may advise you that refusing the field sobriety test is ok, but you should make it plain that you are not refusing to take the breath or blood test. The officer will probably take you to jail and you should immediately request to call your choice of Albuquerque attorneys. The attorney will make sure that you are tested properly and not charged with DWI if you are not drinking. This is very important when you are involved in a car accident where someone has been hurt.

The attorneys may advise you that after your arrest, you will need to submit a request for an administrative hearing regarding the revocation of your driver's license to the Motor Vehicle Division of New Mexico. In Albuquerque this procedure must be done immediately in order to save your driver's license from being revoked by the state of New Mexico. This is a necessary step even if you are not guilty of DWI in order to save your New Mexico driver's license.

Penalty for DWI in New Mexico You will find that the penalty can be rather stiff if convoked of DWI in New Mexico. That is why it is necessary to contact lawyers immediately from the Albuquerque area to represent you. If this is your first liability you could spend up to 90 days in jail with a fine of about $ 500. Then there is an additional Bernalillo county court cost of $ 200. This means that you could end up spending around $ 700 in fines and penalty costs and losing ninety days of freedom. In some cases the Bernalillo county judge will order you to attend a first offender class, do community service, and serve your time in the form of probation. When you select from car accident attorneys in the Albuquerque area to defend you, then it is more likely that you will get the lesser of punishments. Car accident attorneys in Albuquerque know the judges of Bernalillo County and this will go a long way towards helping settle your case. This is true especially if this is your first time and if you are innocent the attorney will get the DWI charges dropped.

Car Accident attorneys are available for you most any time day, or night and you should not hesitate to call one if ever involved in an accident where someone has been hurt. You will find that in order to prevent unnecessary charges against you, the car accident attorneys will work very hard to make sure that you are treated properly. Your lawyers can work to help you if you have a personal injury and also to make your claim with your insurance company for damages against your vehicle. It is very important to have car accident lawyers help you whenever you are involved in an auto accident.

Five Things You Must Do In Red River New Mexico

Avid travelers in the American Southwest know a little about what makes an area truly beautiful & worth any amount of time it takes to explore the region. Even though this part of the country is littered with thousands of amazing destinations, travel gurus agree that you just can not beat a visit to Red River New Mexico.

While a number of other towns in the area tend to garner more attention such as its neighbor to the south, Taos, Red River happens to offer more bang for your buck because there tend to be stuff to do all year. In other words, there is never a bad time to head out there because you'll always find ways to have fun & experience this beautifully preserved mountain town.

While in Red River, you get the thrill of being in Carson National Forest, one of five National Forests in New Mexico. You also get to say you've been the southern Rocky Mountains & are at an elevation of 8,750 feet above sea level.

Let's be honest, though – you're looking for some serious fun, right? Well, if you're in Red River New Mexico & are aching for some cool activities, here are five "must do" activities:

Snow Tubing – Yes, you could use the traditional methods of heading down snowy hills, but why not hop on an inflatable tube for a unique experience?

Snowshoeing at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area – Maybe you're not the best skier or snowboarder, but you can still walk with the best of them. Well, grab some snowshoes & enjoy a veritable winter wonderland. There are even a few miles of trails made for you & your dog!

Snowmobiling in Valle Vidal – Have some high-powered fun making your way through Valle Vidal, a near 102,000 square mile mountain basin in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range part of the southern Rockies.

Moon Star Mining Camp – If you and your loved ones are admitted skiing novices, there's no shame in admitting it. In Red River, you can take your limited skill-set to through the Moon Star Mining Camp, a neat little trail that encourages lower-level skiers to take their time & explore at a slower pace.

Red River Ski & Summer Area's Snow Coach Dinner Tours – Take a coach coach & check out the sights while you travel to an elevation of over 10,000 feet and served a delicious dinner.

Bonus: Even if you just visit Red River for a change of pace, you'll be greeted with average day-time temperatures of 40 ° in winter & 75 ° in summer. And if you're really worried about whether there's enough snow, the average snowfall per year is about 200 inches.

Red River New Mexico is the perfect combination of quaint mountain town & premier mountain destination, all without getting too "gussied up". With all that it has to offer in terms of activities for all seasons, you really do owe it yourself to make your way out there for your next vacation destination.

5 Easy and Fun Things To Do With Kids in Red River, New Mexico

Traveling with kids is not easy, and anyone that tells you different is lying. Still, you have to wonder about anyone who finds themselves so prepared to travel with their children. Usually, the difficulties arise when parents do not have enough activities for the kids. This can get especially bad when you’re leaving for a vacation with the whole family. It’s just not possible to carry all of the things you think you’ll need to keep the kids entertained.

Here’s where Red River, New Mexico saves the day. This beautiful mountain town is known for its great temperate weather, amazing mountain landscapes, friendly locals, and being a veritable playground for the whole family. Here are five things that are a must if you’ve got the kids in tow and running through Red River, NM:

1. Pit Stop & Go Kart City – It’s all about fun on the track. Indulge in the ultimate kid-friendly food like corn dogs, Philly cheese, and cheese sticks. The best part is that it’s easy clean-up, so “win-win” for mom!

2. Bobcat Pass and Wilderness Adventures – Take a guided ATV or horseback tour, and check out the awesomeness of Carson National Forest & the Old Red River Pass.

3. Red River Community House – RRCH is all about the community coming together, including visitors. There are no strangers here, and community activities make fast friends between people.

4. Hidden Treasure Aerial Park – Have “an aerial high five experience” at this family-friendly park. The park promotes activities aimed to get the whole family fir and moving around. Courses are broken into levels of difficulty, with the grand finale bringing about a little something that they like to call the Ultimate Decent!

5. Red River Ski & Summer Area – Let Enchanted Circle, an eighty-three mile loop, and Wheeler’s Peak serve as the backdrop to this family fun bonanza that has activities throughout the year.

Red River, New Mexico is a town that is seemingly made for families traveling with children. This quaint mountain town wants families to enjoy being together and enjoy the beauty of the town and the majesty of the Rockies. Traveling in this part of the world means returning to nature, exploring the rugged terrain that made expansion by early settlers so awe-inspiring.

As mentioned at the start, when you travel with kids, you can’t possibly remember to bring everything your kids may want to entertain themselves. That said, traveling to Red River, New Mexico may be the way for them to find solace in the world just outside the bright screen of their mobile devices.

Our Summer Vacation Experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico

It was hot the afternoon we got into town. We had been driving all day – we were hot and tired and the A/C had quit in the front of the van. To make matters worse, somewhere between Blanding, Utah and Albuquerque, I had lost several hundred dollars out of my purse. It was a nightmare because we hadn’t eat anything since lunch and the kids were hungry. I didn’t want to put anything else on a credit card until we got to our motel. Money was already getting tight, especially since we had just spent three weeks in Colorado and Utah.

The first three nights we were supposed to stay at Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque but when we arrived, the lobby was dark and they had evacuated everyone, including the employees because of a transformer explosion that not only affected the electricity – it also blew out a water main or valve. To make matters worse, they had no computers up and running and couldn’t refund our money until a later date. By this time I was crying. There was no extra money to rent another motel for the next three nights so in a moment of nervousness and tears I asked to speak to a manager in charge. Some new arrivals were upset because they had driven for hours with their families, but things happen. There was one woman that came in and threw a fit and started cursing the handful of staff left handling the evacuation. A security officer was summoned and escorted her off the property.

It’s bad enough that the motel was in darkness – it was the weekend and both the power and water had been shut off, not to mention that it was already getting late in the evening.

The kids had their mind set on staying at the Hotel Cascada and had water park tickets for each day of our stay. But things happen and sometimes, you just have to make the best of any situation. That’s what we did.

The manager from the Hotel Cascada immediately made arrangements for us at Home2 Suites on University Blvd.

We spent the next three nights at Home2 Suites and let me tell you, they had the best beds I have ever slept on. The breakfast was super. The staff made sure we were comfortable. There was even a dishwasher and kitchenette with dishes in each room. The only complaint I had was that the pool was rather small. Other than that all was good and our stay was excellent. The rooms were large and spacious and bright. I wanted to stay longer but we already had four nights left at the Hyatt Place Albuquerque/Uptown on Arvada Ave paid for in advance so we moved on day four.

The pool Hyatt Place was awesome. The staff went out of their way to see to it we had a wonderful stay. Breakfast was not only good but everything was served fresh.

Hinkle Family Fun Center located at the northwest corner of Tramway and Indian School is one of our favorite places for fun. The good thing is, you can’t spend just one day there. We try to go as much as we can afford to.

We ride the bumper boats, the go-karts, and spend endless hours inside playing the arcade games. This place is awesome and it’s not just for kids. They have a spin wheel that is my favorite! Taking home the prizes afterwards is a lot of fun.

While we were in Albuquerque, we ventured out to the Albuquerque Zoo and Botanical Gardens one day; Cliff’s Amusement Park the next; we visited the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Mountain Road.

We walked around Old Town and ventured in the local shops. We ate at the Hacienda del Rio Restaurant & Cantina in Old Town section of Albuquerque.

Our trip home was long but not boring. The kids were already making plans for the next year and believe me, this ma-maw is ready to go! As I say, have grand children, will travel!!! We’ll see you there…

Happy Birthday, New Mexico

2012 marks the 100th year since New Mexico joined the union and became our 47th state. New Mexico has had a variety of events and personalities that made the state unique in its 100 years.

During World War II, New Mexico became the site of the top-secret Manhattan Project, in which leading United States scientists raced to create the first atomic bomb, testing it near Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1945.

Roswell, New Mexico became the subject of conversation about extraterrestrial life when a local rancher, by the name of Mac Brazel, discovered some unidentified rubris on his property. Many believed this debris was the remnants of an alien spacecraft that had crashed on the New Mexican desert one night in July, 1947. Curiosity continues today about what actually happened.

Native American groups have owned New Mexico territory for thousands of years. Through the state, evidence is revealed of their ancient existence by the discovery of abandoned cities along early trade corridors; cliff dwellings and pit houses; kivas, and symbols etched in rock. Today New Mexico counts as its residents 22 Indian tribes, which includes 19 Indian pueblos and three reservations.

Some of New Mexico's "famous people" range from outlaw William (Billy the Kid) Bonner; Army scout and trapper, Kit Carson; blues guitarist Bo Diddley; author Tony Hillerman; auto racers Al and Bob Unser, painter Georgia O'Keefe and actress Demi Moore.

All of this history is a notable part of New Mexico; however this author's fascination and love of food leads her to Alice Stevens Tipton, and The Original New Mexico Cookery (1916), and Emma Fergusson and her Mexican Cookbook (1934). Tipton and Ferguson demonstrated bold creativity and resourcefulness in retaining the local culinary customs in spite of food trends through the United States, which pointed in different directions. Tipton specifically, was insistent on using New Mexico ingredients and was probably ahead of her time.

Tipton's and Ferguson's cookbooks cave the initial comprehensive descriptions of how to fashion much-loved historic dishes. Some of these dishes included corn and flour tortillas, red- and green-chile sauces, red-chile cheese enchiladas, chiles rellenos, tamales, flan and many other dishes.

Shortly after Tipton's and Ferguson's cookbooks were published, four influential Hispanic ladies chronicled some of their own recipes in significant cookbooks. Worried that descendants of the colonial Spanish would soon relinquish being a major in the state, they looked for ways to encourage New Mexicans to guard their heritage relative to retaining culinary traditions. If you have read any of their books, enjoy cooking New Mexican fare, even eating it in restaurants, you are sure to have been influenced by their efforts.

In the research for this article, this author came across two memorable ladies who also contributed to New Mexico culinary history. Their names are Katy Griggs Camunez Meek and Edith Warner.

Located in the southern part of New Mexico is a town called Mesilla. In the town is a building called La Posta de Mesilla, which goes back to the earliest days of Mesilla when pioneers began moving there after the end of the war with Mexico. In 1848 the structure served as a major stop on the Butterfield Stage Line and the Corn Exchange Hotel, one of the finest lodges in the Southwest. Today the La Posta Compound is on the National Register of Historic Buildings

In 1939, Kathy Griggs, at the age of 19, opened La Posta as a tiny "chile hang-out." Her uncle sold a corner of the building to her for "one dollar, love, and affection." The place had just four tables on a dirt floor and, with her mother cooking in the back, Katy worked as an cheerful and jovial hostess, welcoming guests, taking orders, making tongue-in-cheek risqué remarks, and captivating all of her customers . The restaurant has grown in size as well as status, and a similar menu continues. Katy's grandniece, Jerean Camunez and her husband, here are the current owners-managers, using some of Katy's recipes in her La Posta Cook Book (1971).

Edith Warner, raised in Pennsylvania, moved to New Mexico in 1922. Her small adobe cottage overlooked the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico. Her home stand next to the Otowi Bridge, a single-lane suspension bridge over the river on NM 502 which went through the San Ildefonso Pueblo and on up the foothills of the Jemez Mountains to Los Alamos. At this point in time the site for the future Manhattan Project was a boy's ranch school.

Edith supported herself by opening a teahouse in her parlor, serving an incidental traveler to happened to pass by. In 1943, after the United States government purchased Los Alamos for the Manhattan Project, Edith's patrons changed. Already famous for her chocolate cake, Edith's place became the off-duty hangout for the scientists and military personnel. As remembered by a Los Alamos resident, Edith, wearing the white leggings of the nearby Pueblo women, quietly served everyone without asking annoying questions.

Wanting to keep his research team happy and in high spirits, Robert Oppenheimer, project director for the Manhattan Project allowed Edith to obtain highly rationed food items, by providing her access to the commissary's stash of chocolate and butter.

Food and culture often goes hand-in-hand. New Mexico, in the past 100 years since statehood, would have been hard pressed to counter feeling the impact of American values ​​and customs. In almost all pursuits as well as education, business, even war, New Mexico is in accord with the other 49 states. Culturally, however, New Mexico remains a land apart. The majority of Pueblo, Navajo, and Hispanic residents is adamant in preserving their most cherished customs; and most of their Anglo neighbors welcome and value that commitment to nationality and tradition and look for opportunities to take part in its blessings.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday, New Mexico, Land of Enchantment

New Mexico DUI Attorney

New Mexico DWI / DWI laws make it illegal for any driver to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This makes DWI a criminal indemnity that can result in penalties such as jail time, educational programs, fines, and the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. These penalies have the potential to negatively impact your quality of life and make it difficult for you to maintain employment and meet other life obligations. Because of the seriousness of a DWI offense and the severity of the offense, having a New Mexico DUI attorney on your side is the only way you will be able to get through your case successfully. Since DUI law is a specialized area of ​​the law, having a skilled DUI lawyer with the training and experience needed to defend DUI charges can help you beat the charges or minimize the penalties imposed against you if you are convicted.

New Mexico DUI Arrests

You may be arrested for DUI in several cases. One is if you exhibit suspicious driving patterns and you are pushed over by a law enforcement officer. Another is if you cause an accident and the responding officer suspect that alcohol was involved. No matter the reason you were arrested, you will be facing serious penalies. Nevada is one of the states where a DWI arrest will result in two separate cases against you. One is a criminal case where you will face criminal DWI charges and a prosecutor will try to prove that you were guilty of driving under the influence. The second is an administrative case within the New Mexico Motor Vehicles Division. When you are arrested for a DWI offense, you will be prosecuted under one of two theories. The first is a traditional or common law theory of driving under the influence. In this type of case, the prosecutor will try to show that you were impaired as a result of consuming alcohol prior to driving. The prosecutor will try to show your level of injury by introducing evidence such as your driving patterns, any accidents you caused, field sobriety test results, and information about your appearance at the time of your arrest. You can also be charged with DWI if you submit to a chemical test that yields a result of a 0.08% or greater blood alcohol concentration. In this type of case, the prosecutor does not introduce any information about infringement. The prosecutor simply must prove that you were operating a vehicle while you had an unlawful blood alcohol concentration level. Hiring a skilled New Mexico DUI attorney can help you in both types of cases. An experienced New Mexico DUI lawyer will know how to handle the evidence in each type of case. If you are arrested for a DUI in New Mexico, you will have the right to a jury trial, so having a New Mexico DUI attorney on your side can help you immensely.

DUI Criminal Penalties in New Mexico

The penalties for a DWI conviction in New Mexico increase with each offense you have been convicted of and can be very harsh depending on the circumstances. For a first DWI offense, you can face penalties of up to 90 days in jail, a $ 500 fine, and $ 200 in court costs. Other penalies can include participating in a DWI school program, attendance at a victim impact panel, and probation. If your first indemnity is considered an aggravated DWI offense, you will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 48 hours in jail. Driving with a BAC of twice the legal limit, causing bodily injury or death during a DUI offense, and chemical test refusal are all grounds for classifying an offense as an aggravated offense. A second DWI offense can result in a jail term of 3 to 364 days, $ 250 in fees, fines of $ 500 to $ 1,000, probation, community service, and a license revocation period of one year. If your second offense is an aggravated offense, 7 days in jail are mandatory. If you accumulate a third DWI offense, you will face a mandatory 30 day jail sentence and a fine of $ 750 to $ 1,000. If it was the third indemnity within a ten year period, your license will be revoked for a period of one to ten years. If your third indemnity is considered an aggravated offense, you will be incarcerated for a mandatory minimum of 90 days. A fourth or consequent DWI offense within a ten year period is considered to be a felony. The penalies include 18 months in prison and the other penalies imposed for a third indemnity. If you are convinced, you may lose your right to vote or bear arms.

New Mexico Administrative License Penalties

There are also driver's license penalties associated with a DWI offense in New Mexico. If you have refused to submit to chemical testing, your license will be suspended for one year and you will not have the opportunity to get a work permit or other restricted license. If you do take a chemical test and fail, the penalties through the Motor Vehicles Department will increase with each indemnity. The penalty for a first offense is a 90 day suspension of your driver's license. If you previously had your license revoked for a DWI offense, the penalties for consequent offsets are increased. For a second or subsidiary indemnity, the suspension period is one year. You will not have the opportunity to apply for a work permit or a restricted license. Because not having driving privileges can make it difficult to meet your family obligations or maintain employment, it is important for you to have a New Mexico DUI lawyer to help you save your license and avoid having your reputation tarnished.

Extra! Extra! Life As a Movie Extra in New Mexico


As I left the house, I glanced at the outdoor thermometer. It read five below. Thankfully the car started. Once on the road, as I approached my destination, in the still-morning darkness, I turned off the main road and followed the line of red tail lights up the hill's dirt track toward the well-lit tents above. Through the frozen tundra, I walk from the car to the first tent, greeted by warm smiles and friendly exchanges as I checked in, thankful that the changing room was amply heated.

After six prior workdays, the changeover from civil to period western clothes was old hat now; long johns first, quickly adding shirt, pants, each with numerous buttons, suspenders, boots, jacket, work gloves and hat, all the while chatting with my fellow comrades. Next, stand in line to get grubby, as hair and makeup girls dirty you up. I look in the mirror, wondering who that desperado is that's starting back at me.
Finished, I throw my civil jacket over wardrobe, and walk back outside into the frigid air, trying not to slip on snow, ice and cables as I slowly venture towards the dining tent for some quick breakfast and necessary hot coffee. People are mostly subdued inside, something to do with the numb cold.

A heavily loaded girl with a headset steps into the tent and yells to us "The van is here!" Begrudgingly we step back out into the cold, slide into the vans and travel toward the western town that's just beginning to emerge in the dawning light. Crawl out of the van. If the temperature increases above freezing, the snow were trekking through will become a muddy mess later. Somebody yells "I see Props" and we go and outfit ourselves with our guns and holsters. More salutations from bundled crew members as you stroll toward the holding facility waiting for one last cup of coffee which of course is not brewed yet. Too late anyway, you're needed for the first shot of the day. It's time to play make-believe. You find solace thinking at least Russell Crowe and Christian Bale look cold as well.

You glance around at your surroundings and say. "Hey, here I am, standing in the middle of a Hollywood movie, ready to play a gunman in an Old West town." There's only one person I know who would be silly enough to put up with these conditions for so little pay … I MUST BE A MOVIE EXTRA (or background artist as we in the business prefer to be called). Forget about my close-up shot, I thought. Just place me in the warmth of the sun!

And so begins another day as a movie extra on a movie production set. Usually the weather conditions are not so extreme as this particular New Mexico January day was on the set of "3:10 To Yuma", but when they are … well, that just adds to the story.

Given these conditions, why would one want to be an Extra? Is it for the money … hardly, although for many it is a paying job which people are finding harder to come by these days. Is it for the chance to see your face on the silver screen, if only for a second? There's the carrot on a stick enticement, the possibility of getting a speaking part, which immediately catapults you to a higher pay scale, and a cooler pair of shades. The rumor whispers proclaim, "You know so-and-so big name actor started his career as an extra".

How about the opportunity for a departure from the everyday routine, playing a character that's quite different from your normal self?

Other reasons could be the social benefit the extended family bond offers that develops among others extras who have worked together on previous movie productions; the ability to observe moviemaking firsthand; and the ego boost you feel when you receive a friendly nod or salutation from a major movie star. And yes, there's also a reasonable paycheck and complimentary food.

For me, it's all these reasons, and most assuredly for the stories.

In recent years, Hollywood has arrived with a vengeance in New Mexico, a state with a moviemaking history as long as the industry itself. When I first moved here in '94 several movie and TV productions were ongoing. A lady friend of mine told me about a casting call. I stand in line in the hotel lobby until someone in casting took my Polaroid and asked if I was available in two weeks. One surprise phone call later, I was trying on my new western wardrobe for the TV mini-series "Buffalo Girls". I've been mostly available ever since.

Movie activity quickly lapsed into a lull during the late 90s; however, new tax incentives for the film industry (and our much cheaper labor force) created a resurgence in moviemaking within the past five years.
Today, while the tediously long casting call lines and Polaroid headshots have given way to new methods like Internet announcements, digital pictures and e-mailed resumes, life as an extra has remained relatively the same. One moment has not changed; the way you feel after a long twelve-hour workday, having worked since before dawn to sunset; you're cold and tired, standing in line in the dark waiting to return your wardrobe so you can check out and go home … all at once exhausted and gratified.

If you're looking to pursue background extra work as a full-time profession, my advice would be best to keep your day job. A flexible work schedule (unemployed being the best) is a prerequisite for working as an extra. The nature of the business is to be ready to work at a moment's notice which is near impossible if you work a regularly scheduled job.

It's no wonder Hollywood enjoys working with us New Mexicans, and many production people will gladly state this fact. The majority of extras I've worked with are a very courteous, amiable, uncomplaining, cooperative, tolerant lot, far different we're told from our "big city" cousins ​​back in LA. Of course, even within this fine group of New Mexico extras there are always those exceptions, the annoying standouts: The Braggart, which challenged allegentials are easily challenged; the Movie Star Wannabee Schmoozer who is desperate for the big chance, willing to cling and cajole anyone who they think will help move them up the stardom ladder; and of course, every large group has at least one chronic complainer. Fortunately, these individuals get weeded out pretty fast.

I appreciate the eclectic, independent, iconoclastic type individuals who often gravitate to this flexible creative line of work: the creative, independent individuals (artisans, rock band roadies, jack of all trades); the worldly iconoclasts (hippies, travelers, philosophers); the hard-working, generous blue-collar souls who love the chance to act out different roles in the movies; the future film makers; the unemployed; the curious; those looking for a loving, caring family; musicians between gigs; ex-veteran pensioners; those people who come from unhappy homes and financial situations looking for escapism and happiness; the real cowboys; those pursuing film production carers; the good souls whose honesty and general kindness has hurt them in the cruel, real world of business; and those individuals stepping out of their habitual routines.

Learning the Hollywood lingo is part of the job's charm: phrases such as "back to one", "that was awesome — let's do one more", "martini shot", "checking the gate" '"that's a wrap" "silence on the set" '"checking sound", and "Action!" For a veteran background artist, this movie jargon coats you in a mantle that's fun to wear.

What is a typical day on the set? Days are long. While on some productions you're working a good portion of the day on set, often you're waiting in some holding room or tent, sometimes hours in duration, nine hours my record, before you're called for a scene. During these off camera moments, it's up to you whether to make the most of the waiting situation either through social conversations or quietly reading a book, playing cards or chess, eating snacks, or, as what happened after nine hours of waiting on the "Beerfest" movie set holding area, breakdancing and lap dancing. Otherwise, you can choose to whine, pout and be generally bored with the experience. That person can always go back to work at the exciting election of bank clerk.

Regretfully, as an extra you are kept mostly in the dark as to the storyline and how your small contribution applies to the context of the film. Very little is told to you about the scene or what type of character you're playing, so often as an extra you tend to create your own character story. You hear "Action!" yelled so you begin to pantomime your imaginary dialogue with others as you sit at a table or walk down a street. Suddenly the director yells, "Great … that was awesome, everyone" and the scene is over. This means your cognitive instincts for the scene were spot on brilliant, or your presence was not even on camera so it did not matter what the heck you were doing. I tested this theory out on "Into The West" by performing Monty Python style back funny walks during my background crossings, and the scene was perfect; just as I thought, not on camera.

A given certificate though is when you are visible on camera, and you're not doing what the director wants, to your knowledge or otherwise; a director's tongue-lashing can occur, much to your hiliaged chagrin.

On the rare occasion a director, AD, AAD (assistant, assistant director) or casting director actually enlightens us movie extras as to the context of the scene we're about to film and its relevancy to the screenplay, it's greatly appreciated and helps us get motivated and enthusiastic about our role.

We're the background color, an integral role in the scene's final outcome. We complete the scene's environment by bringing "the set" to life, providing the social ambiance from which the principle actors play off, instead of forcing them to work in a vacuum.

Sometimes one's first-time extra experience can be difficult. One poor lady on the set for "Wild, Wild West" fainted hard after succumbing to the combined effects of August heat and suffocating corset. Stoically, she tried again the next day, only to be nearly trampled by horses during the chaos scene. Never saw her again after that.

There's an art to getting on camera without being too pushy or obvious. Get done mugging the camera, and, like what happened to a dear friend of ours, you're fired on the spot, which of course now provides an opportunity for someone else. The old standby, the casting couch, or trailer, or tent, can still work, at least temporarily. I have also observed that one's chances are greatly enhanced if they work on a comedy, for there are definitely better screen opportunities for extras on comedies than in dramas. Mostly, however, the best way, which is totally out of your control, is having "the right look" that a director wants. Before you know it, you're placed in a scene ready to confront Pierce Brosnan or Liam Neeson. Suddenly, the director yells "and … action!

Sometimes your camera time might include some interesting special effects and makeup. If you've been painstakingly, grotesquely rearranged by makeup artists to play a zombie, augmented with scary prosthetics, it may only be you that recognizes yourself when your scary face debuts on the screen.

I did a definite double-take on the "Unspeakable" movie prison set when I walked past Dennis Hopper's head sitting on a table, and then Dennis Hopper himself passed me by in the refrigerator.

You may not sense the dramatic scene you're participating in, when standing in front of a special effects "blue screen"; However, your jaw-dropping aghast response could measure your acting skills since you're probably responding to a robotic monster reaching toward you, not a scraggly droopy-pants crew member.

On the "Beerfest" movie set, the emphasis was anything but real beer in our mugs. First, production tested an ineffective vacuum system designed to suck near-beer out of our mugs, often with hilarious results. Next procedure was to digitize the beer into our empty mugs. We as the Irish beer drinking team took mild offense at these methods since first, in reality, we would have out drunk the Germans, and second, we could have easily drunk real beers in record competitive time!

And with set design it's best not to look too closely, for during those dramatic seasonal scenes, the somber cinematic mood might be broken if the audience knew who's really written on those movie styrofoam cemetery tombstones like Yo Mama, Three Stooges and Jethro Tull.

In some instances the story behind the movie is more entertaining than the movie itself. The town of Madrid was chosen by Disney to represent the all-American town fitted with white-picket wings, flowers, lace curtains, warm local diner, and Chili festival. However, there are no white picket wings here in real life; more accurately associated with black picket teeth, gauged by some of the locals' abusive usage of crack. The town's decor is more raw and funky, than homespun, since its origin as a coal mining town and later, a hippie haven. The diner, now a tourist attraction, was built specifically for the movie and any true local would say, "We do not need no stinkin 'Chile festival!"

There is the symmetry connection with Disney that is also fascinating. Flying over Madrid, an old coal mining town in the late 20s, Walt Disney was so captivated by the town's twinkling display of Christmas lights, the scene inspired him to years later create the Disney World Parade of Lights. Disney, the corporation, had returned to pay their respects to Madrid, in their own warped corporate way.

On a number of movies our old prison has been used for multiple sets, sometimes even as old prison such as on the movie "Unspeakable". Over twenty years ago, the old prison had been witness to a macabre, deadly prison riot massacre and siege. Even today blood stains are still visible from that horrible event and stories ran rampant on the set about crew member's individual experiences with ghost sightings and other eerie sensations.

I'll often hear people ask "How do big players speak — are the rumors true?" I know our tabloid-driven inquisitive minds want to believe the tales of prima donnas, spoiled brat temper tantrums and privileged treatments; however, in truth, the actors I've seen in a professional, conscientious manner on the set. They listened attentively to the director's advice and vice versa. Some actors may be very personable with the extras, other more distant, staying in character or reviewing their lines. Some actors are very at ease, taking the off camera moment to ride their horses or ride their motorcycles between scenes.
Sometimes you overhear the actor's occasional disgruntled tone which some production member tried to quickly assuage. Heck, you hear those tones from us all the time. It was difficult however to restrain from giggling or yelling "Martin, come on!" when Martin consistently arrived on the "Wild Hogs" Madrid set with his bodyguard entourage, driven in a Mercedes golfcart for the arduous three blocks from his triple-decker luxury bus while a beautiful assistant took a mini-fan to keep him cool.

The film and TV industry has been so prolific throughout the Santa Fe / Albuquerque / Las Vegas region, your daily distinctions between fiction and reality begin to blur. The moment felt surreal when, after having watched "Swing Vote", I left the movie theater only to pass the same grandstand featured in the movie on Rodeo Road just ten minutes later. Blink, look again, and there's "Astronaut Farmer's" country fair.
South of town there's one rural stretch where I expect to come across the simultaneous convergence of "Wild Hogs" bikers, Billy Bob Thorton's rocketship, and a rough-looking Colorado Volunteers marching regiment.

Even a street crossing on downtown Albuquerque's Central Ave. takes on a new dimension when you have to be wary of giant Transformer robots stepping on you!

Not discounting the unprecedented recent successes of so many diverse movie and TV contemporary project themes made in this state, New Mexico's core essence still symbols the classic American Western. Once you're fully outfitted in western garb, and you take the moment to fully embrace your surroundings, a dusty, windswept street in the middle of a western town, a very special feeling envelops you. Your mind may flashback to childhood fantasies, playing a cowboy or gunfighter, remembering reading tales of the Old West or seeing your first wild west TV show or movie. On western sets the background artists really look like our pioneer ancestors, a period of history which was really just a few generations ago.

Pierce Brosnan was fascinated by how much our motley group actually spouted long hair and bears, cowboy hats, chewed tobacco, demonstrated knowledge of horses and guns, and who still slept in tents.

While on the set, kids quickly adjust and revert to simpler pleasures. Townsmen tip their hats to ladies in bonnets while the gunslingers practice twirling their plastic guns, hoping to be issued real guns for the shootout scene.

Western films tend to have the most difficult weather conditions, either blistering hot in the summer, blow-dried dusty in the spring, and brutally cold during the winter months, which perversely is the favorite season for most productions.

The western set can also be the most hazardous. A well-skilled choreographer and horse wrangler coordinator is mandatory for, if ill-prepared, tragicy may strike. Such were the cases on the first day of shooting on "3:10 to Yuma" where a horse was mortally wounded and rider severely injured, or the first day of filming the Sand Creek Massacre reenactment on "Into The West" where numerous horse accidents occurred.
And, during the filming of "Wild, Wild West", there are careless acts such as the lack of notification to some forgotten extras that they needed to clear the western set before production blew it up. Fortunately, no extras were blown up! And they worry about animal mistreatment.

With the recent proliferation of movie activity, many new faces have arrived in the business, where many of the players of just ten years ago have left the area or gone on to other endeavors. Sometimes you have to let family members leave the nest. Except for the few envious ones, the majority of us extras are thrilled when someone from our extended family gets a speaking part.

It's a profession where one minute you're ready to retire, especially after a grueling fourteen hour day, but then you get the itch to get back into it, for another shot at stardom, for another interesting story, and primarily because you miss your friends.

That's a wrap!