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Where the Top Soil is Thin

01. May 2015

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By Wally Gordon

The top soil on my land in the Manzanita Mountains is thin. It is so thin that when I dig up the roots of a dead tree, they are more rock than fiber.  The tentacles that feed growth are desperately wrapped around stones in their striving to find nourishment. The top soil is so shallow that when the high winds of spring whistle through the forest, roots pull from the ground and big trees, some of them a century or two old, topple to the earth.

When I moved to the East Mountains many a moon ago, it took me a few months to understand how thin the top soil was. But it’s taken all these years for me to discover how thin my own top soil is...

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Insight New Mexico: Joan Gibson

30. April 2015

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By V.B. Price Insight New Mexico: Joan Gibson

Joan Gibson talks about the importance of advanced care planning at various stages of our lives and her initiative to involve a Health Care Companion to that process.

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What’s Death Got to Do with It?

16. April 2015

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By Joan Gibson

April 16, 2015 is National Health Care Decisions Day. It is a day when we are invited to take stock of our health status, ponder what matters to us medically, and discuss this with those who need to know.

On its website this grass roots initiative describes the problem it aims to solve:

“Despite recent gains in public awareness of the need for advance care planning, studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves.”...

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Insight New Mexico - Maureen Sanders

11. March 2015

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By V.B. Price Insight New Mexico - Maureen Sanders

V.B. Price talks with civil rights attorney Maureen Sanders about the history of reproductive rights in New Mexico and her role in one of its biggest legal challenges.

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To Sibundoy and Back

03. March 2015

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By Richard Ward To Sibundoy and Back

Ayahuasca, or yagé, is a substance used as a shamanistic vehicle in parts of the Amazon and is known for its divinatory and healing powers.  A New Mexican describes his journey through an Ayahuasca ceremony. 

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Insight New Mexico - Dr. Lance Chilton

26. February 2015

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By V.B. Price Insight New Mexico - Dr. Lance Chilton

V.B. Price talks with pediatrician and immunization expert Dr. Lance Chilton about the ongoing controversy over vaccines, their safety and their effectiveness.

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Susana Whiffed on Behavioral Health

04. February 2015

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By Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino

Two years after blowing New Mexico’s community behavioral health system to smithereens and bringing in companies from Arizona to replace it, spending $27 million in the process, the topic of behavioral health drew nary a mention from our Governor in her State of the State speech.

Nor did any of the press releases that accompanied her proposed budget for next year mention the topic.  It is not the subject of any legislative proposals sent down from the Fourth Floor.  She has no position on Albuquerque and Bernalillo County’s efforts to address the needs of the mentally ill and addicted populations, which include requests for additional taxes here and for increased State appropriations for services...

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Provincial Matters, 1-12-2015

12. January 2015

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By V.B. Price Provincial Matters, 1-12-2015

V.B. Price's weekly collection of observations and appreciations.

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Artists in the Desert

17. December 2014

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By Morgan Smith

The idea of art as therapy was established in the late 18th century when it was used as “moral treatment” for psychiatric patients. The term “art therapy” came from a British war artist named Adrian Hill who used to go out on patrols with his sketching kit in World War I and who later recognized the therapeutic value of art while he was recovering from tuberculosis. This concept grew with the establishment of the British Association of Art Therapists in 1964 and the American Art Therapy Association in 1969, as well as similar associations in about a dozen other countries and it is now a well-recognized form of therapy. For example, the Southwestern College here in Santa Fe offers an MA in Art Therapy, focusing on “the healing process of making art.”

But what if you have one hundred mental patients and no therapist or even an instructor and can only infrequently afford the necessary paint and art supplies?..

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Reflections on Mary Jane

10. December 2014

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By John J. Hunt

Okay, here it is: I started smoking pot in 1967, and I’ve continued to enjoy the Herb, on and off, since then. I’ve lived through it all. Mexican weed, which was the only kind you could buy, was ten bucks a can. A “can” was literally a 1½-ounce Prince Albert shiny red oval tobacco can, with a metal top, a lid, filled with their leafy “crimp cut” rolling or pipe tobacco.

The dealer would stuff one of these empty cans—a classic example of early recycling— with marijuana from Mexico, stems and twigs and buds and seeds into this can—a sawbuck.  Two fins...

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