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August 26, 2014

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James Burbank James Burbank

Whoa!

Let me tell you —People here in Alburg are very jealous of the little village of Placitas where romantic herds of free-standing, starving, thirsty horses in their thousands surround your car and threaten to kick in the door unless you surrender your water and your Cheetos. Thank you for granting me this moment of wild freedom, my beloved famished and parched stallion friends...

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August 23, 2014

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Margaret Randall Margaret Randall

Mercury Poetry: Without Warning

At the bus stop and out of the corner of my eye
I see myself waiting,
awkward bundle at my feet.
I am wearing the same sky blue fleece
though it hangs looser against my body.
My hair, still long and full and brown,
frames the younger me in her oblivion...

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August 23, 2014

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Elizabeth Stebbins Elizabeth Stebbins

Emerging Voices: Elizabeth Stebbins

Curator’s note by Stevie Olson: This week, the Mercury is proud to feature two pieces from Elizabeth Stebbins. Both pieces are thoughtfully-constructed, beautiful vignettes of life. Elizabeth’s grasp of language allows her execute poetic paragraphs which draw the reader into her observations and narratives. Liz is a wildly talented artist. As you’ll find out reading her pieces, she is a piano player, a budding philosopher, and gifted wordsmith. We wish Elizabeth a wonderful coming fall semester...

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August 20, 2014

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Wally Gordon Wally Gordon

Retirement: Is it death deferred?

Is retirement an end or a beginning? We talk about retiring from, almost never retiring to. We talk about what we are leaving behind rather than where we are going.

We focus on what we no longer have to endure. We’ve spent our lives on the concerns of living: the job, the commute, the burdens, the worries, raising kids, paying the mortgage, keeping a boss or employees or colleagues happy, and supporting those who depend on us.

Then we retire. Now what?...

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August 18, 2014

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R.G. McHugh R.G. McHugh

New Mexico Women: Statistics for Conversations and More

The New Mexico Community Foundation has created a new organization, NewMexicoWomen.org, which is a resource for anyone interested in the status of women and girls in our state.  Its mission is to "advance opportunities for women and girls statewide, so they can lead self-sufficient, healthy, and empowered lives."  In New Mexico, women comprise a majority of the population, 51%, and girls comprise 49% of the state’s under-eighteen population...

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August 16, 2014

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James Burbank James Burbank

Bustin Says, “Goodbye Albuquerque, Land of Violence”

Everybody in Burqueville is talking about Bustin St. Germane who wrote a recent op. ed. piece in the lofty New York Times. Bayor Merry wants to shoot Bustin in the lips for saying what a violent place is our dear Albacore. In his piece, Bustin recited the whole litany about the police who kill the homeless and the teens who also kill the homeless.

Listen, I know Bustin Germane like the back of my hand. Bustin had a little teacher cubicle office right across the hall in the UNM English Dept. from my own cube, so we shared a lot, believe me. I got to know all of Bustin’s innumerable and intimate secrets...

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August 16, 2014

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John J. Hunt John J. Hunt

The Prophet Armed: The writings of Norman O. Brown

Al-Kindi, Al-Farabi, Avicenna, three of the most important men of the Islamic Golden Age—but how many of us know these names; or know what they wrote or practiced, or how they contributed to the knowledge of the West?

How many non-Muslims in this country have ever read the Quran? When you consider that the Protest-ants began their split with the Roman church almost five centuries ago, yet in today’s Islamic world the sects of this religion are waging bloody battles against one another, as witnessed in Iraq today, it becomes clear that these internecine disputes are not just about dogma, they are about politics...

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August 15, 2014

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Sen. Bill O'Neill Sen. Bill O'Neill

Why Democrats should welcome Independents into our primaries

A little over a year ago, I wrote an essay for the New Mexico Mercury entitled, “Why progressives should welcome independents into Democratic primaries.” As this issue has become more visible in recent weeks, and as I find myself advocating for this position, I was asked recently how I came to this strongly held belief. For all of us who run for public office, each election (win or lose) has its share of lessons to be learned...

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August 13, 2014

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James Burbank James Burbank

Suzyredux

Did you notice that her Suzerainship wants everybody on foodstamps in New M. to work for their food…twenty hours a week?  I sure didn’t. That’s half time at Mcjobs. All these damn foodstompers will have to get airjobs in the wonderful Albuquerque airjob market and work half of their waking and sleeping hours for their airfood. That’s what her Susership proposes. That’s why she wants to be governor again. It’s the vision thing...

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August 12, 2014

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Don McIver Don McIver

Dispatches from the 25th Annual National Poetry Slam

So, 20 years ago, Trinidad Sanchez Jr., Matthew John Conley, Jim Stewart, Bob Wilson, and Kenn Rodriguez all piled in a vehicle (Eric Bodwell's I believe) and made the trek to Ann Arbor for the National Poetry Slam (NPS).  Since that time, ABQ has sent a team to NPS every year, and this year, 2014, marks the 20th time we will pile in a vehicle (rented now) and head out. This year, NPS is in Oakland and the tournament is much bigger than it was back then.   

Albuquerque has a long, storied history with trips to NPS. From near fights in airports to national championships, from overnight drives to luxury flights, from personal vehicles to rental vehicles, from crashing on couches to staying in host hotels, ABQ makes it work from year to year. And this year is no different...

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