El Rinconcito español
Cacarear y no poner huevos no es nada bueno.
To cluck and not lay eggs isn't good.
Cada moneda tiene dos caras.
Each coin has two faces.
Criticar es más fácil que imitar.
It’s easier to criticize than to imitate.
Submitted by SOS-panyol, Placitas—Spanish
instruction that focuses
on oral communication skills, www.sospanyol.com.
East Mountain Historical
Society hosts Mike Smith, author of Towns of the Sandia Mountains
On November 18 at 2:00 p.m. the East Mountain
Historical society will host Mike Smith, author of Towns of
the Sandia Mountains, who will sign copies of his book at
the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras.
Despite their seemingly impenetrable western
facade, the Sandia Mountains of central New Mexico have been
home to humankind for millennia. Ancient cultures ventured
into these peaks for the creeks, game, and shelter. The Spanish
established protective outposts along the canyons and intermarried
with local tribes. Civil War soldiers passed through en route
to their infamous battle at Glorieta Pass. Navajos marched
around the mountains' southern end after the confinement that
ended their Long Walk. Anglo settlers cleared the hilly land
and built cabins. And tuberculosis patients moved up into
primitive resorts, hoping that the mountains' abundant sunshine
and fresh air would help them heal.
Today the tiny resorts and traditional
hamlets of the Sandias are established villages and communities—Carnuel,
Tijeras, San Antonio, Cedar Crest, Sandia Park, San Antonito,
Placitas, and others—and the rough dirt roads that once
saw the passing of ox carts are highways and even an interstate.
The area's history lives on, however, in crumbling adobe walls,
bits of rust, fading memories, and in this photographic retrospective.
Towns of the Sandia Mountains contains
over two hundred images gathered by local historian Mike Smith
from public archives, historical societies, and private collections.
This is the first book to share the history of the Sandia
mountain towns with a general audience.
Placitas Library book sale November 18 and
The Placitas Community Library volunteers will hold a book
sale at the library on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00
There will be a large selection and great bargains with hundreds
of books to choose from. Hardcovers will be $l and up, while
paperbacks will start at $.50. A selection of CDs, children’s
games, magazines, and even videos will also be available.
Free refreshments will be served to keep up your energy while
you shop, so come early and get the best buys.
Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Library, which raises
funds to cover the library’s operating expenses. Call
Judy, at 771-0253, if you have any questions or would like
to donate books for the sale.
King Tut coming to Las Cruces
Las Cruces will welcome a three-thousand-year-old visitor
this week—sort of.
More than one hundred meticulous reproductions of artifacts
collected from King Tutankhamun's tomb are on display at the
Branigan Cultural Center through the end of January 2007.
This dazzling collection of artifacts was created by artisans
of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt under the supervision of
the Field Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art. The artifacts
are handcrafted replicas of the original items found in Tut's
tomb when it was discovered in 1922, by Howard Carter.
"The Branigan Cultural Center is pleased to bring a
nationally known, high-quality exhibit to the people of southern
New Mexico and West Texas," said Garland Courts, manager
of the Branigan Cultural Center.
Las Cruces will be the only city in New Mexico, Arizona,
California, and Texas to host the exhibit.
The Branigan Cultural Center is at 500 N. Water Street,
on the north end of the Downtown Mall. Exhibit hours are Tuesdays
through Thursdays, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Fridays, 10:00 a.m.
to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sundays,
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The center is closed Mondays.
Admission to the exhibit is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
For more information call (505) 541-2158 or log onto www.kingtutlc.org.
Orphans from Goromonzi show the animals they
made from Play-Doh.
Goromonzi Project celebrates
The Goromonzi Project is celebrating its first anniversary,
and the year has been eventful and successful beyond my wildest
We started the project of feeding and educating orphans in
the Goromonzi Rural District when I was visiting my family
in Zimbabwe in October last year. By chance I came upon a
group of sixteen destitute orphans and the old man who was
taking care of them. I promised them that I would ask sixteen
of my friends in Placitas to pay the $350 they each need every
year to buy some food and pay for their schooling and school
Since that time, Warren Buffett has given away $30 billion
to help make a better world for these children to grow up
in. Bill Gates has announced plans to spend the rest of his
working life doing the same. Madonna has started her own project
in a village in Malawi, and Angelina Jolie is making a similar
splash in other countries.
You may think that with all this interest and energy focusing
on the 13.2 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa that there
is little need for a tiny organization that started by sponsoring
sixteen orphans. However, when I visited the children in September
the gratitude and warmth with which the community welcomed
us told the whole story.
When we started the project I had no plans to expand beyond
the original sixteen children, at least for the first year
but life has a way of messing with one’s plans. There
are now seventy-eight children who have sponsors and many
of them are sponsored by people who live in Placitas. There
are more than 650 orphans in Goromonzi and one of the ideas
that we are working on at this time is a school lunch program.
Goromonzi covers a very large area (approximately thirty square
miles) and as there is little transport, food distribution
has many challenges. We have also set up a general fund, which
is used for things like basic health care and for supporting
children under the age of two.
There have been many small but noticeable improvements for
the children during the past year. There is now a borehole
and running water at the God Help Us Orphanage (where I met
the original sixteen children). The vegetable garden has been
planted with Maringa trees. These trees are legumes, and the
leaves and seeds can be eaten and are a good source of protein.
It is widely believed that these trees help to boost the immune
system. The roots can be used to purify water. We are also
buying much of the food to feed the children from the local
peasant farmers and as a result these farmers are taking a
greater interest in the children. We held an appreciative-inquiry
workshop for the adult leaders in the community, and one of
the women stood up and pronounced that in twenty years time
there would be no more orphans in Goromonzi.
We had a play day and lunch for the children in September.
About 250 or three hundred of them came along. Some of them
had walked fourteen miles to get there. The children played
jump rope and Frisbee; they made paper flowers and played
with Play-Doh. The biggest hit of all was that all the children
made a bead necklace for themselves. There were beads absolutely
everywhere and the noise they made was very loud and wonderful.
Each child had a plate of food at lunchtime. We sent them
all home at three o'clock, as some of them had a long way
My grateful thanks to you, my friends and neighbors. Thank
you for your interest and support for the Goromonzi Project.
If you have any questions or would like further information,
you can call me at 867-2293.
—WORLD PEACE FLAG ORGANIZATION
If we could reduce the world’s population to a
village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios
remaining the same, the demographics would look something
- 60 Asians, 12 Europeans, 5 U.S. Americans and Canadians,
8 Latin Americans, 14 Africans
- 49 would be female, 51 would be male
- 82 would be non-white, 18 white
- 89 heterosexual, 11 homosexual
- 33 would be Christian, 67 would be non-Christian
- 5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth,
and all of them would be U.S. citizens
- 80 would live in substandard housing
- 24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 percent
that do have electricity, most would only use it for light
- 67 would be unable to read
- 1 would have a college education.
- 50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
- 33 would be without access to a safe water supply
- 1 would have HIV
- 1 would be near death
- 2 would be near birth
- 7 people would have access to the Internet
World Peace Flag Organization is a U.S.
nonprofit organization formed 1996.
Lecture on the Archaeology of the Pajarito
On November 14, as part of the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo
Monthly Lecture Series, Dr. Bradley J. Vierra will present
the preliminary results of a multi-year excavation project
at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
A series of forty archaeological sites was excavated dating
from seven thousand years ago to the early twentieth century,
including ancient Archaic campsites, Ancestral Pueblo room
blocks and Hispanic homesteads. Together, this information
is changing our perspective on the history of human occupation
on the Pajarito Plateau.
Dr. Vierra is currently cultural-resources team leader with
the Ecology Group (ENV Division) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Over the past twenty years he has conducted pure and applied
research in archaeology, most of which has been done in the
American Southwest and northern Mexico. His research interests
include hunter-gatherer archeology, stone-tool technology,
and origins of agriculture, Archaic in the American Southwest
and Mesolithic in southwest Europe. His book The Late Archaic
Across the Borderlands: Forager to Farmers has been published
by the University of Texas Press.
The presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m at the Sandia Ranger
Station, in Tijeras, 281-3304.
UNM plans American Indian Student Day on November
American Indian Senior Day will draw high-school seniors
from across the state to the University of New Mexico on Wednesday,
November 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Along with interactive workshops on higher education, staff
will supply students with information on financial-aid, scholarships,
and on-site admissions, and there will be a tour of the campus.
Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department
Teresa C. Gomez is featured as the keynote speaker in the
Student Union ballroom at 11:00 a.m.
“This event provides visiting students exposure to
the wealth of academic options at UNM and an opportunity to
interact directly with UNM's native community,” said
Tammy James-Pino, planning committee cochair.
The University of New Mexico is the state's largest university,
serving more than thirty-two thousand students. UNM is home
to the state's only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy, and
architecture and operates New Mexico's only academic health
center. UNM is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs
and research that benefits the state and the nation.
For more information, call (505) 277-6343
or (800) CALL UNM, Extension 3.