to benefit rural New Mexicans
Esperanza de Joaquin is a faith-based, not-for-profit
organization of professional volunteers dedicated to improving the
lives of people in rural Mexico. On February 9, from 7:00 to 10:00
p.m., they will host a benefit Sweetheart Dance for seniors at the
American Legion Hall, on Barbara Loop Road, in Rio Rancho.
Homemade Valentine refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be
served and live music by Sonrisas will be featured. Dance tickets
double as raffle tickets for three drawings—one a 1981 framed
print by Armado Piño. In addition, there will be door-prize
drawings and a Chinese auction. For tickets, call Benny Medina,
the director of Esperanza de Joaquin, at 896-3774.
Divine Mercy Clinic receives exempt status
The Board of Directors of Divine Mercy Clinic are pleased to announce
we have received our 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue
Service. The mission of Divine Mercy is to serve financially disadvantaged
individuals and families with quality alternative health care and
psychological help in a compassionate and sensitive manner. The
clinic provides free weekly glucose and blood pressure monitoring.
Individuals and families need to provide proof of income. The clinic
is at 160 Calle del Norte, in Bernalillo. For more information,
please call Tomasita Navarro, at 867-8239.
Senior citizens lend an ear
Sandoval Senior Connection is offering training sessions for peer
counselors from February 23 through April 6 at ten sites in Sandoval
County. Sessions are held from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Peer counselors
learn about aging issues, learn counseling skills, and make new
friends. Graduates receive ongoing supervision, mileage reimbursement,
and the satisfaction of lending an ear to a fellow senior citizen.
There is no fee for training. For further information, call Cindy
Anderson or Debbie Trujillo, at Outcomes, 243-2551 or 1-800-677-2947.
Peace Talks in February
Peace Talks—the monthly radio program on peacemaking and
nonviolent conflict resolution strategies—airs on Friday,
February 24, at 8:00 a.m., on KUNM (89.9FM), and is co-hosted by
Paul Ingles and Suzanne Kryder. Their guest, Marshall Rosenberg
will discuss Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a verbal technology
for exchanging information and resolving differences peacefully.
Marshall Rosenberg, who founded the NVC technique, is captured before
a live Albuquerque audience talking about how this communication
style helps to resolve conflict. He also helps members of the studio
audience develop solutions to conflict scenarios using the principles
of Nonviolent Communication. To hear all the programs in the series,
The series is produced by the nonprofit organization Good Radio
Heard around the West
Bobby Henderson may be 25 years old and in between jobs, but the
Oregon State University physics graduate is the founder and prophet
of a wildly popular new religion. Henderson has it on good authority
that a "Flying Spaghetti Monster" created mankind, along
with everything else from dinosaurs to wombats. Therefore, he says,
his religion deserves equal time in any public school system that
takes up the Christian theory of Intelligent Design. Of course,
Henderson has no proof that a spaghetti monster exists, but then
again, he points out, proof has never been a problem for any religion.
Science itself is suspect, Henderson adds, because "His Noodliness"
messes with the carbon-14 system that dates artifacts: "What
our scientist does not realize is that every time he takes a measurement,
the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with
His Noodly Appendage." Like his counterparts on the religious
right, Henderson doesn’t flinch from weighing in on things
political, reports The Associated Press. He recently wrote to the
Kansas Board of Education after he heard that it was considering
mandating the teaching of Intelligent Design. Henderson threatened
to sue the board if "Pastafarianism" wasn’t also
taught, along with a third course emphasizing "logical conjecture
based on overwhelming observable science." Some 30 million
hits have been registered in recent months on Henderson’s
Web site, venganza.org. It’s dedicated to the more esoteric
aspects of his church, including the revelation that parishioners
end prayers with the word "ramen."
As the San Francisco Chronicle succinctly phrased it, "a Modesto
man who thought he had struck a deer was hit by a deer himself."
Robert Brooks was driving near Mount Diablo State Park when a deer
leaped out in front of him. Not sure whether he’d hit the
animal, Brooks pulled over and got out. He was inspecting the front
end of his car when another vehicle approached, and suddenly, another
deer — or perhaps the same one — jumped into the road.
It was hit by the oncoming car and flung through the air until it
struck Brooks, who fell and broke his ankle. The driver who hit
the deer never stopped; the deer died on the spot.