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c. Mary Alice Winchell

"Breath Prayers At Sunrise," 32" x 12" paper sculpture, by Mary Alice Winchell

c. Mary Alice Winchell

 "The Women Are My Teachers," 36" x 20" paper sculpture, by Mary Alice Winchell

Mary Alice Winchell

Mary Alice Winchell in her Placitas studio

The art passions of Mary Alice Winchell

—Barb Belknap

“Art is my river, my freedom, my plenty, my wild.” Mary Alice Winchell

Mary Alice Winchell never tires of creating art, she never gets bored, she loves making things. By placing a bit of deer antler atop rocks and petrified wood adorned with natural fibers; lacing in some wasp nest paper, twigs, and seeds; and adding a rubbing of raw ochre powder over layers of handmade papers from all over the world, Winchell sculpts family histories into (what looks like) stone.

“I ask my clients, ‘Where do you live, what animals do you have, who are your loved ones, what inspires you?’” she said. “From there, I make a piece of petroglyph artwork representing their family that is just for them.”

Self-proclaimed self-taught, Winchell became an artist because she had to. “I can’t not!” she declared to me on a recent visit to her Placitas studio. “With all the natural materials that I love available to me on walks with my dogs, at gem-and-mineral shows, at garage sales (‘I call it ‘going sale-ing,’ she smiled), I adore this outlet to create things for people. Treasures in, treasures out,” she said.

Successfully selling her work over the last twenty-five years in art galleries in mainland United States and Alaska, admirers describe the feeling of Winchell’s work as aboriginal, ancient, even primal. She deems each one of her richly adorned paper sculptures with a special title: “Take Good Care Of The Ones You Love,” for a work showing two people in an embrace and “One For All, All For One,” of several rock people holding hands. “Since I can remember, I have been pulled to ancient designs and the stories they tell,” she said. “I try to pass on an essence and feeling with each piece I name.”

A highly productive artist at 57 whose photographic portfolio of single works can blanket a living room floor, Winchell has collected natural materials for artwork her whole life. Her studio is alive with drawers and baskets and shelves of found objects, tree branches, beads, rocks, paints, crystals, papers, and fibrous textiles that, when I visited with her recently, she was wrapping around a stick to simulate an animal horn. She makes no excuses for her spirited artwork and cheerfully said, “I’ll take what comes with getting older that isn’t great, with what is great.”

Apart from the gallery and commission work, Winchell distributes her paper sculptures at art shows and makes custom pieces for seminars and personal gatherings. “When I get ready for an art show,” she said, “I usually make about 75 pieces at a time and price them to sell.” Prior to another recent show, she made over two-hundred-and-fifty—quite a lot considering the time it takes to make a single piece. When finished, the work is so compelling and affordable, she often sells out.

“I love to make art and I adore being in my studio with all the passion in my life, but,” she paused to inhale, “breathing is my real purpose.”

That’s because most people know Mary Alice Winchell as a breathing and yoga instructor. For 34 years, she has taught stress management and breathing classes, calming exercises, Hatha Yoga with breath, and other breathing techniques to both groups and individual students. She was a yoga instructor for the Chicago Cubs baseball team  and held yoga classes in a stadium for over 8,000 people at a time. For those who seek a more private breathing experience, she produced two instructional DVDs for home use: “Keep Breathin’” for children and “One Breath At A Time” for adults (www.keepbreathin.com).

A graduate of the University of New Mexico and the Yoga Institute of New Mexico, Winchell has traveled and lived in many places off the beaten path, such as Anchorage, Alaska, where she created sculpture from local materials and made totemic art and tribal masks inspired by indigenous people.

She also spent eight years working with Navajo and Hopi Indians in New Mexico and Arizona, prior to her work as a yoga instructor.

After years of daily commitment to her passions, Winchell considers her artwork and breathing/yoga work interconnected avenues of expression essential to her being. “Breath work and artwork are the graces of my life,” she said. “As long as I am able, I will practice both art forms.”

To view Winchell’s paper sculpture and family petroglyph portraiture and learn more about her breath and yoga practice—Inner Systems, Inc., visit www.keepbreathin.com or call her at 867-0104.


Placitas Holiday Sale

2010 Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale Artists

SITE #1                                                                                                                            
ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY                                      
26 Camino De Los Puebilitos 505 867-3062            
www.Anasazifieldswinery.com                                             
Free Wine tasting, Hot Food by Little Smokies: Salmon on a stick with lettuce and cheese, shrimp dogs, shrimp tacos and cheese stuffed bread, drinks                                                         

  • Terry Adams, Cuba, southwest and contemporary wall art and sculpture
  • Amy Adshead Grants, original copperplate etchings, hand-inked, hand-printed
  • Jerry Barnett, Albuquerque, functional & decorative fused glass
  • Roger Preston & Roxanne Bebee Blatz, Placitas, mostly color photography of landscapes, scenics, humor, abstract
  • Patricia Burns, Albuquerque, hand fabricated sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious stones
  • Andi Callahan, Placitas, fine silver, sterling, gold & semi-precious jewelry & fused glass "Warrior" series
  • Nancy Coonridge, Pie Town, organic goat cheese
  • H. Cordova, Alamogordo, primative fired clay sculpture natural patina
  • Helen & Joseph Coriz, Santo Domingo Pueblo, turquoise necklace, earrings & bracelets
  • Andrew Eals, Albuquerque, mosaic glass & fused enamel glass recorkers inset into hardwoods
  • Jim Fish, Placitas, wooden sculptures, walking sticks
  • Cay Garcia, Albuquerque, knife cut paper images framed as wall art & jewelr
  • Richard & Linda Kempe, La Luz, fine hardwood art furniture
  • Richard Meyer, Santa Fe, ceramic vessels-thrown, classic form, craftsman style 
  • Lynne Pomeranz, Corrales, fine art prints of wild horses
  • Dana & Karen Robbins, Moriarty, hand blown glass: vases, ornaments, perfume bottles, jewelry
  • Tricia  Simmons, Albuquerque, metal clay on organic materials, rings, earrings & woven copper jewelry 
  • Nancy Wood Taber, Tijeras, colored pencil drawing of animals & nature
  • Betty Temple, Placitas, paintings of southwest impressions
  • Fred Wilson, Albuquerque, raku & stoneware sculpture, masks, pots
  • Kristen Wilson, Albuquerque, jewelry hand hammered & manipulated metals & stones, necklaces, bracelets, earrings

SITE # 2
THE BIG TENT NEXT TO THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
623 Hwy 165 
Hot Food at the Presbyterian Church Chile Pepper Café: Breakfast burritos, pulled pork sandwitches, beans, cole slaw, green chili by the quart, brownies and drinks 

  • Jeanine Allen, Santa Fe, still life, landscapes, animal & wildlife pastel paintings on paper & board 
  • Jitsudo Ancheta, Albuquerque, fine art woodcuts & linocuts
  • Dona Calles, Santa Fe, copper repousse wall pieces & image transfers of photos on metal, paper & cloth
  • Sharon & Adam, Candelario, Chimayo, etching with a nail on tin, tin stamping 
  • Nancy & Jon Couch, Placitas, stained glass water prisms, windows, pyramid lamps, mandalas, boxes
  • Lazaro & Aurelia Gutierrez, San Ysidro, jewelry/contemporary designs
  • Joan Hellquist, Placitas, wildlife images handpainted on Indian made drums
  • Elizabeth  Jenkins, Taos, handwoven jackets, vests and scarves
  • Elzbieta Kaleta, Albuquerque, freehand scissor paper cutouts/collage
  • Sarena Mann, Placitas, paper mache mobiles & sculpture figures 
  • Michael McCullough, Placitas, acrylic & watercolor paintings
  • Dana & Ron McDaniel, Corrales, kiln fired glass with silver embedded/attached 
  • Dana Patterson Roth, Placitas, photography of botannicals, landscapes & people that get in the way 
  • John Saunders, Albuquerque, watercolor paintings of horses,wolfs & some wildlife
  • Pam & Villy Slipyan, Santa Fe, contemporary jewelry & custom leather belts, handbags, hatbands
  • Phil Sonier, Albuquerque, wildlife & nature photography
  • Jeff & Myan Sorensen, Crestone, naturally shed deer, elk & reindeer antler jewelry with semi-precious stones 
  • Diana Stetson, Albuquerque, fine art printmaking, monotypes, collographs & etchings 
  • Willow Summers, Santa Fe, worldly postage stamps collages, embellished pins & woven metal jewelry
  • Bruce Taylor, Albuquerque, wildlife wood sculpture hand & power carved
  • Bill Tondreau, Albuquerque, large photos on canvas
  • Patricia Wyatt, Santa Fe, paintings & mixed media

SITE # 3

PLACITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5 Calle de Carbon Hwy 165 
Hot Food by the 5th Grade class, Bake Sale: Frito pies, chili stew, burritos, desserts, and drinks

IN THE GYM

  • Marjie Bassler, Albuquerque, acrylic paintings of whimsical animal art
  • Bunny Bowen, Placitas, matted & framed batik landscapes, silk scarves
  • Lyle H. Brown, Bernalillo, pastel landscape paintings & prints
  • Annette & Shawn Caffrey, Pecos, copper and aluminum home & office accessories
  • Carol Carpenter, Albuquerque, watercolor paintings & wearable hand painted pins
  • Barbara Clark, Corrales, paintings in pastel, acrylic & oils
  • Addie Draper, Mountainair, abstract landscape paintings
  • Katherine Gauntt, Edgewood, watercolor paintings with strong shadow & color 
  • Renee Brainard Gentz, Albuquerque, hand dyed cotton & silk turned into wearables and wall art
  • Edward  Gonzales, Rio Rancho, southwest art using oils & acrylics on canvas
  • Mario  Hinojo, Albuquerque, intricately carved gourds by hand using images of the southwest
  • Emily Holcomb, Albuquerque, handmade jewelry incorporating various beads & sterling silver
  • Sandy & Michael Kadisak, Cochiti Lake, fine art pottery, ceramic sculpture of little people and animals
  • Edythe Lewis, Rio Rancho, fused glass dichroic jewelry
  • David Magruder, Albuquerque, water colors of wildlife, birds, flowers & butterflies
  • Steve Malavolta, Albuquerque, handmade wooden jigsaw puzzles
  • Adrian Martinez, Albuquerque, all natural wood inlay pictures
  • Rachel Nelson, Albuquerque, wreaths & ornaments made from pine cones & other plant materials 
  • Jim Sacoman, Albuquerque, punched tin & copper colcha in tin
  • Carolyn Van Housen, Placitas, etched jewelry, printed silver & copper, gold & pearls                                          
  • Sheenasha Warner, Woodland Park, traditional & contemporary beadwork jewelry & hand painted ornaments

IN THE HALL                                                                                                                                  

  • Maude Andrade, Albuquerque, hand silk screened clothing
  • Sallyjane Bolle, Santa Fe, rock art jewelry
  • Lynda Burch, Albuquerque, watercolor paintings, collage, acrylics, mixed media
  • Karen  Carlson, Albuquerque, contemporary leather handbags
  • Sonya Coppo, Placitas, purses & wallart based on on Plains Indian Parfleche
  • Ramona Eastwood, Albuquerque, original jewelry designs, handcut, handcrafted overlay
  • Stacey Golden, Denver, hand tied clothing
  • D.L. Horton, Albuquerque, petroglyph etched stemware & fused dichroic jewelry 
  • LaMoyne McCaulley, Corrales, decorative & functional pine needle baskets
  • Randy Miller, Bernalillo, multi-stones inlaid in sterling silver jewelry
  • Sandra Miller, Arroyo Hondo, slate, metal, agate clocks, gemstone frames
  • Sue Orchant, Albuquerque, handpainted silk scarves, clothing, pillows, wall art 
  • Renee  Rector, Tijeras, handwoven hats                                            
  • Reynold Stafford, Tijeras, southwest carved trunks, chests, benches, cabinets, mirrors
  • Geri Verble, Placitas, tribal & ethnic jewelry                              
  • Nancy Wiedower, Albuquerque, assemblages using found objects-metal, tin, wood

Placitas Holiday Sale
Creative works of art by 82 talented artists

The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts sale

For 29 years, residents and visitors have enjoyed the transition to the holidays while shopping, talking with the artists, and meeting old friends amidst the creative wonders of the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale. Always held on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the sale has become a beacon for artists and art lovers.

The Placitas holiday sale has acquired an excellent reputation for extremely high quality fine arts and crafts, good food, fine wine, and lots of fun. The show takes place at three central locations in the historic Village of Placitas (site #1—the Anasazi Fields Winery; site #2—the big tent just east of the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church; and site #3—Placitas Elementary School) and features over 82 of some of New Mexico’s finest artists.

We are pleased to be have expanded the artists at the school, and the newly added hall space is very appreciated by the artists and public. The other two locations will be familiar to our faithful customers: the winery and the big tent. The Anasazi Fields Winery is a popular site close by, which has a large, heated pavilion with a magnificent view of their vineyards and orchards. The big tent is heated and has clear window walls to allow the light to shine in and light up the artist’s artwork. Colorful signs and banners will mark the way from site to site.

After the hectic autumn, the mood is more leisurely, with time to talk with old friends, enjoy the goodies, and discover what wondrous works of art the artists have brought to our village. This well-liked art show will feature many renowned artists from Placitas, as well as other areas across the state like Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Corrales, Chimayo, Santo Domingo, Pecos, Santa Fe, Taos, Tijeras, Silver City, and Creston, Colorado, just to name a few. Since 1982, villagers of Placitas and visitors have enjoyed the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere of the Placitas holiday sale. Its size is less intimidating than most shows of the season, which gives patrons a chance to enjoy the splendor of the wares and actually talk with the artists about their artwork.

A jury selected these special artists from an ever-growing number of artists who submitted images of their work and based their selections on quality, originality, and variety. The organizers feel that by maintaining the number of artists at about eighty, they can assure high quality and variety.

A wide array of art will be offered to take care of anyone’s holiday gift list: glass, water prisms, ceramics, batiks, jewelry, gourd art, wood, prints, paintings and painted drums, photography, wood, baskets, metalwork, handmade clothing, and much more. All of the art is handmade, and many of the artists create special gifts for the holiday season. Look for many items created just for the show, at affordable prices.

Anasazi Fields Winery will be featuring a new release of their American Cranberry table wine, the perfect complement to the holiday dinner. They will also be serving cups of hot, mulled cranberry wine. Other wines available will be their two grape-based wines, Blanco Seco and Rojo Seco, and three wines produced exclusively from fruit grown in Placitas: apple, peach and plum. More information about the wines and the winery is at anasazifieldswinery.com. Nancy Coonridge from Pie Town also brings her many flavors of organic goat cheese to the winery and offers free tastes of each unique blend.

Across the road at the big tent, the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church will sell their own delicious frozen red and green chile, “Just Coffee,” and handmade Christmas gift bags to benefit Habitat for Humanity and other mission projects.

Delicious food will be available at all of the sites. Anasazi Fields Winery will feature Little Smokies, salmon on a stick with lettuce and cheese, as well as shrimp dogs, shrimp tacos, and tamales. West of the big tent, the Presbyterian Church will also be selling homemade food for everyone out of their church kitchen, Chili Pepper Café, featuring breakfast burritos, pulled pork sandwiches, tamales, brownies, cookies, and drinks. The Placitas Elementary School’s fifth grade parents will be selling hot foods like Frito pies, hamburgers, drinks, and desserts for all to enjoy. When you’re doing your holiday shopping at the show, make sure you get something yummy to eat from all of these fine groups.

The artists have been donating a piece of their artwork for the last seven years to raise funds for a good local cause. This year, the Placitas holiday sale will be donating this money to the Arts in the School program to buy art supplies for the children of Placitas Elementary School. The public can purchase tickets costing $1 for the chance to win a nice piece of artwork donated by the generous artists, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to this program. All artwork for the raffle will be on display at the school. The Placitas holiday sale has raised over $7,000 from this art raffle in the past seven years. The library will have a table in the hall at the elementary school, and the Placitas Volunteer Fire Department will be next to the tent and have fundraisers to support their projects.

This year, our efforts have been helped immensely by the generous support of our local sponsors: Rock Hill Electric, Diamond Tail Ranch, Blades Bistro, Placitas Dental, TP Pump, and realtors Lucy Noyes & Dick Hopkins.

Mark your calendars for this fun and festive holiday art event. The fair is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21, and is located six miles east of I-25 on Highway 165 (Exit 242). Colorful signs and banners will mark the way through the scenic hills to the historic Village of Placitas. All locations are centrally located.

To preview the artists, artwork map, and sites, please visit our Web site at www.placitasholidaysale.com


Signpost cartoon c. Rudi Klimpert


Christmas at Clear Light

Clear Light, the Cedar Company announces it will again present Christmas at Clear Light, a juried art show. The event will feature the following local artists and artisans:

  • Paula Dimit, wood carving
  • Richard Gabriel, Jr., New Mexican tinwork “Artist at Work”
  • Terri Helmer, unique glass jewelry
  • Barbara L. Lewis, fine art gourds
  • Pam Neas, mixed-media art
  • Sharon Perotti, ceramic tapas plates
  • Dianna Shomaker, mixed-media paintings
  • Conrad Sloop, fine art wilderness photography
  • Shirley Ann Sloop, fine bead jewelry
  • Karin Tarter, eclectic designs on wood
  • Dennie York, artistic scroll saw creations

Special Guests include Wild Horse Observers Association (WHOA) greeting cards, photos, and information, as well as Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico.

In addition to the artists, many Clear Light gift products will be offered for sale.

The show will take place on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and refreshments will be available.

This year’s show is in memory of our beloved friend & acclaimed photographer,David Cramer.

For more information, call (505) 867-2381 or visit www.clcedar.com.

Clear Light, the Cedar Company is located 7 miles east of Placitas on Highway 165. Look for our RED signs!


Willy Sucre and Friends play string quartets

On Sunday, November 14, 2010, the Placitas Artists Series will present Willy Sucre and Friends play string quartets. Violist Willy Sucre will be joined by violinists LP How and Roberta Arruda, and cellist Sally Guenther. The program should include: String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise” by Franz Joseph Haydn; String Quartet in A Major, Op. 6, No.6 by Luigi Boccherini; and String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 12 by Felix Mendelssohn.

Liang-Ping (LP) How began studying violin at the age of four. He is an active soloist and chamber musician. How currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He plays an 1863 J.B. Vuillaume.

Roberta Arruda was born in Joao Pessoa, Brazil and began playing the violin during a sojourn in the U.S. when she was ten. In New Mexico, she has been a regular at Church of Beethoven, performing chamber music and solos, and can be heard in many ensembles in the state, such as Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Santa Fe Symphony. In 2008, she won an audition and held a one-year position with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. She has soloed with the UNM Symphony Orchestra as a concerto competition winner and with the Albuquerque Philharmonic.

Cellist Sally Guenther graduated from Indiana University and The Juilliard School with her B.M. and M.M. degrees. In 2004, she settled in New Mexico with her artist husband, Janis Mintiks, and their three Samoyeds. She has performed regularly with the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Group, Serenata of Santa Fe, and in numerous chamber music festivals throughout the New Mexico/Colorado area. She maintains a cello studio in Santa Fe.

The concert is generously sponsored by Jack and Susie Heide.

Preceding the concert, a reception will be held for November exhibiting visual artists Diana Lee Martin, Janice M. Reid, Barbara Rosner, and Carol Sparks.

The concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. on November 14, 2010 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church; the artists’ reception begins at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door one hour before the performance or may be purchased in advance at La Bonne Vie Salon and Day Spa in Homestead Village Shopping Center in Placitas, Ah! Capelli Salon & Color Studio in Enchanted Hills Plaza, Rio Rancho, or online at placitasarts.org. Prices are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors and students.


c. Judith Acosta

The Next Osama

—Donna Olmstead, Freelance Writer and Reporter for The Albuquerque Journal

Placitas psychotherapist and writer Judith Acosta recently talked about her new novel, The Next Osama (2010).

Judith says she wrote the psychological thriller to explore what happens to individuals in a culture dominated by fear.

The book is set after Osama bin Laden has been eliminated, in the muck of a media-induced fear frenzy that still courses through major cities and rural towns.

“This is the story of what we think we see, faith in what we don’t see, and all the gray spaces between. It is the story of the media’s calculated use of terror—what it does to one small American family, and what it can finally do to us all,” she says of the book.

Although Judith has been writing all of her adult life, this is her first published novel.

Donna: Why did you turn to fiction to write this story? 

Judith: I don’t know whether I turned to fiction or it turned to me. I don’t think anyone in their right mind actually decides to become a creative writer. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever undertaken.

But the origin of it was in my office, where I see fear every day. And it occurred to me as I watched one woman struggling with a relentless and pervasive anxiety after 9/11 that the media actively perpetuated her anxiety. I started calling it viral fear a few years later because of how much of it I was seeing. It’s not the same as a proper and good fear. It’s a useless fear. Good fear is what motivates us to jump out of the way of an oncoming train or defend our homes when there is a real attack. Useless fear paralyzes us and, in fact, makes us more vulnerable.

Telling the story of viral fear and what it does to one small group of people in New York hopefully gives people a more intimate and emotional view of it.

Besides, stories are always the best way of communicating any message.

Donna: Why do you think it’s important?

Judith: It’s vital to our survival on so many levels—emotional, spiritual, physical. When fear grips us the way it does the people in The Next Osama, it makes us irrational. This isn’t to say that there aren’t real things to be afraid of. There are. And we should deal with them courageously and firmly. Viral fear is not real. It’s insidious and it puts us in a negative trance.

Y’know the color code they use at airports and government buildings since 9/11? How often do you even pay attention to it anymore? Do you know whether we’re at yellow or orange or red right now?

When you put pressure on your arm long enough, it goes numb. It’s the same with fear. And it’s utilized by the media to garner ratings, not inform or prepare us.

Donna: How does the book relate to your therapy practice?

Judith: In some ways, it reflects it. Trauma and anxiety are what I know best. What happens in my office is only one part of treatment. Helping people to a new level of awareness so they know when they are being “infected” by viral fear and knowing how to resist it is the other part.

I come from an advertising background. I know what media does and how it’s used. I did it. Perhaps this is my penance. And that would be fine by me. But it’s desperately important for my patients—for everyone—to know how and when they are being manipulated.

Test it yourself. Do some calculated channel surfing. Make mental notes of how often advertisers are using fear (of aging, of illness, of catastrophe, of weight gain) to get you to buy something you really don’t need. It’s really astonishing. I remember doing it for an article I wrote and finally lost count. It was up in the hundreds. And that was just within the time I was able to sit there and stomach it.

Donna: What’s your favorite passage?

Judith: I’d have to say the last paragraph in the next to last chapter. It was very hard to write because of how poignant the character is who’s mistaken for the next Osama and how his greatest longing became the source of his deepest wound. We’re so fallen. All of us.

Donna: What was your writing process for The Next Osama?

Judith: Painful, beautiful, relentless, compulsive, and very, very disciplined. I got up every day, and I wrote whether I felt like it or not. I ate a lot of dark chocolate. I walked a lot, even when I was sitting down. My feet didn’t stop moving. I couldn’t stop thinking of the characters even when I was sleeping. I came to love them all—the good and the miserable.

One of the saddest things for me was writing the last line and knowing that in order for you to open the book, I had to close it on people I’d spent a couple of years with.

But as I say that, I’m thinking that writers are a bizarre lot. I really do. All that time having conversations with ourselves in our own minds. Yikes.

Donna: What do you do to combat the daily dose of fear around all of us?

Judith: Pray often and talk to my husband. Besides God, he’s my rock, and he always knows how to bring me back to basics without dismissing me. I can be very fearful about a lot of things.

Also, I avoid those shows that do nothing but warn you uselessly about mega-tsunamis and mega-volcanoes or tell you the horsemen of the apocalypse are on the horizon because of Mayan predictions. I hate them. They really do make me afraid. If I watch even a little (masochistic curiosity?), I walk around afraid and useless until I snap out of it or my husband comes home, whichever is first.

When I’m smart, I remember that it’s not in my hands, that God’s got it all handled, and when it’s time to go Home, I will go. Basically, if you’ve got those things in mind, there’s really nothing to be afraid of.

I guess, now that I’m thinking about it, faith is the great antidote to fear.

Donna: Are you working on any other books?  What’s next?

Judith: There are a couple of books in the wings. They’re also about fear. But in vastly different ways. One’s a psychological thriller within NYPD, where a cop and a psychiatrist are both “stalked” by the same fears. The other is a modern western romance, where the cowboy rides a motorcycle and saves a band of wild horses in Wyoming. That one is pure emotional yahoo.

Judith is an avid blogger on her Web sites, www.thenextosama.com and www.wordsaremedicine.com, and for news outlets like American Thinker, Huffington Post, and others. She’s coauthored two other works of nonfiction, Verbal First Aid (2010) and The Worst is Over (2002), to help trauma survivors and people in crisis.

The Next Osama is available online at Lulu.com, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Ingram’s, in paperback for $21.95 and on Kindle as a file download for $9.99.


Signpost Cartoon c. Rudi Klimpert


PAS November featured artists

On Sunday, November 14, 2010, the Placitas Artists Series will present the art of Diana Lee Martin, Janice M. Reid, Barbara Rosner, and Carol Sparks with a reception at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. The works will be on display from the first Saturday of November through the first Friday of December.

Diana Lee Martin is an Albuquerque artist who creates beautiful beaded jewelry. Throughout her adult life, Martin has explored the Huichol tradition through weaving, basketry, fiber sculpture, beading mirrors, and now beaded jewelry. While her personal challenge has been on expanding her own knowledge and execution of these various art crafts, she has additionally enjoyed teaching the skills to others.

Janice M. Reid is a graduate of Ohio State University. Arriving in Albuquerque in 1969, she became fascinated by New Mexico’s natural landscape and sought to capture it through arts and crafts. She studied batik, and her batiks have been shown at various galleries in New Mexico. Reid gravitated into pastels in 1999. This is her first public showing of her pastel work. 

Barbara Rosner has been a graphic designer since 1992. Her love for photography evolved naturally from graphic design work. A few years ago, she took a Santa Fe photography workshop with the master of color photography, Jay Maisel. That workshop stimulated Rosner’s passion for photography. Her work has been featured in juried exhibits throughout the West. Recent awards include: Albuquerque Enchanted Lens Camera Club Award for “Photo of the Year,” “Best Still Life” in the Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show, and first place in fine art at the New Mexico State Fair.

Carol Sparks has been a professional artist for more than thirty years. She is an Albuquerque native and has resided in the North Valley for most of her life. Watercolor has always been her medium of choice because of its unique ability to show light through color. Sparks works in a traditional transparent method because she feels it best captures the effects of light and color. She is a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been shown in galleries in Old Town and have been juried into the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, the New Mexico State Fair fine arts exhibits, and the New Mexico Watercolor Society shows.
     

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