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From current online issue of The New Yorker
"We want your words shooting literary bottle rockets across our pages. Tell us what you think about the state of the world, the state of the country, the state of your rights. Or tell us what you think about anything else. Just do it in 300 words or less."
This town –Still speaking (of) poetry, Albq Slam Poet Laureate Finals are this Friday, June 13. Our connection? Hakim Bellamy, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, freelance journalist, community organizer and social justice advocate - and featured reader at the 2008 Picnic is a finalist.
Eccentric hotel –
Art Deco” – Pueblo
I love it!
This town –
No golden arches –
This is my town
After getting to Mountainair, we kept going to get back to the Zens Dairy where we left our horses. We caravanned into the town – 30 rigs!May 9-12, 2009 To Remote Ranches
Back in Mountainair, we got our rigs parked and horses watered. They had dinner for us outside. There was a plaque given to the mayor of Mountainair from Best of America and we all got pins depicting Mountainair, the valley and mountains off to the west. A man gave a talk about the region telling about all the Indians that had lived or passed through the region. Then he sang some cowboy songs. The mayor’s husband makes handmade fishing lures. He gave away many of these. He sells them as far away as China. They are a work of art. I will treasure my lures. Sleep comes easy after these long days.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
We left at 7:00 and trailered our horses to the dairy farm. We tied horses to trailers of the folks that were not riding that day.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009Moving onward and upward with John Weckerle's New Mexico Central:
We rode out at 7:00, heading north. The land here is rolling hills with scattered cacti, mesquite, and yucca. Around noon we arrived at the Pueblo Ruins. I hobbled Cisco and walked around the ruins. There had been as many as 2000 Indians living here. You can see tall stone walls and a 360 view of the surrounding area. There were sections with small rooms – we think these were for food storage – and section with larger rooms – we think these were living quarters. There was quite a civilization here. The women made mortar to go between the stones so there must have been a water source. We all enjoyed having a break from riding. After the ruins, we had 4 miles to ride along a hard top road. There was little traffic as the road was only used to get to the ruins. We stayed at some cattle pens at a triangle in the road.
The mayor of Mountainair came to our encampment and found Tom. She said they were expecting us this evening! Tom said we would be there tomorrow – what time did she want us to arrive? The town had prepared a brisket dinner for us and a program after dinner.
What can laughter do?:
Humor and creativity work in similar ways, says humor guru William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University – by creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.So let’s laugh. What makes you laugh? Elephant jokes anyone? VW jokes?
Some states have laws that may protect an employee or applicant's legal off-duty blogging, especially if the employer has no policy or an unreasonably restrictive policy with regard to off-duty speech activities. For example, California has a law protecting employees from "demotion, suspension, or discharge from employment for lawful conduct occurring during nonworking hours away from the employer's premises."For dessert, lagniappe - a Mark Twain quote on free speech:
There is also a Labor Law statute which protects employees engaged in lawful off-duty conduct which does not materially conflict with the employer's interests. Activities such as union activity, recreational activity, lawful use of consumable products and political and free speech activities are examples.