December 20 Pinch Pots

“When you buy something made by a person there is something special there and you do feel it. The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself.” J. Donald Walters Today at the Little Bird de Papel, a quaint art studio with beautiful handmade items in Albuquerque, I made…

December 19 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Goethe I did not think of this book as a parenting guide, but it has worked out that way for me. I pulled this book off of the shelf in order to think about something other than the challenges of…

December 18 Church

“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.” Billy Sunday I went to church today, which isn’t such a big deal. I am deeply interested in all religions of the world and will go to any church. I’m very curious about beliefs and faith…

December 17 The Goddess

“A goddess is a woman who breaks the mold, she’s who she wants to be… and she offers no apologies.” Lisa Marie Rosati YOU are a goddess and goddess energy is for EVERYONE. Men, women, dogs, cats, geckos…. How to ignite your goddess energy? Look no further, darlin’. Let’s do this. Honor the goddess within…

December 16 Gingerbread Girl

“I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how serious you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life.” Martha Stewart I love my white elephant gift. I am not a kitchen-apron-baking-cookies kinda girl (read about the gingerbread cookie fiasco of 2016 here), but I…

December 15 Bill of Rights Day

“This food is expensive because I’m paying for the hobbies the chicken had. I know this chicken is $9.00 a pound, but it played the cello and it liked to surf. If I had the choice to eat something that had a priveleged life, screw chickens, I’d eat a Kardashian.” Cristela Alonzo I can’t say…

December 14 Light Tour

“The best gifts to give: to your friend, loyalty; to your enemy, forgiveness; to your boss, service; to a child, a good example; to your parents, gratitude and devotion; to your mate, love and faithfulness; to all men and women, charity. “ Oren Arnold Every city has that neighborhood that is known to go all-out…

December 13 National Cocoa Day

“Maybe hot cocoa just wants to be called beautiful cocoa.” Lulu Starchild I had cocoa today for National Cocoa Day (shhh….don’t tell!) The Range Cafe is the bomb dot com, ya’ll. Everything at the range is quite delish and they didn’t know that it was National Cocoa Day. When I told them, they readily decided…

December 12 The Virgin of Guadalupe Day and the Novena

  “Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.” Saint Padre Pio Today is the feast day for the Virgin Mary / Guadalupe. I just realized recently that she was the same lady. I only knew her as Mary. I started…

December 11 The Wall Mount = FAIL

“Any fool can write a book and most of them are doing it; but it takes brains to build a house.” Charles F. Lummis I wanted to mount a TV to the wall in my son’s bedroom. The walls in my house are made of adobe (read: Superman Steel).  The holes were not easy for…

December 10 Light Among The Ruins – Jemez Pueblo

In New Mexico, the luminarias lighting up the night sky are a tradition. The ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church were decorated with hundreds of luminarias tonight. It was a beautiful way to kick off the holiday season. It was COLD but I enjoyed the Native American dances and…

December 9 Three Questions Game

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Kurt Cobain There is a game that can tell you more about a person than the questions reveal at first glance. It’s called the Three Questions Game. Relational psychology posits that no matter how old you are, where you are from, what…