Thursday, December 31, 2009
Pumped up by the exposed and to save time duplicating social media posts, I set up feeds to autopost both Arts and Announcements posts to my Facebook wall and @VanessaVaile
As this specific horizon expands, so does the Mountainair web presence in general. Next, I'll do the same for the Poets & Writers Picnic, but sending the feed to its Facebook page (yet to be published). I should also also be able to auto-tweet other feeds, including Facebook Pages (but not groups or member profiles). Obviously, it can't be done with static web pages that don't have rss feeds...
"For once, social scientists have discovered a flaw in the human psyche that will not be tedious to correct. You may not even need a support group. You could try on your own by starting with this simple New Year’s resolution: Have fun ... now!"
This sounds so right for the season... plus it's a resolution we have a fighting chance of being able to keep. Odd it may seem, putting off until tomorrow what could be enjoyed today is a common procrastination. With no deadlines or when a location is convenient, we are more like to put off until tomorrow what could be enjoyed today. In Egypt, I knew someone working on foreign geophysical crew who managed to miss seeing the Great Pyramid at Giza. What have you missed?
Tierney, the article's author goes onto to explain, "Once you start procrastinating pleasure, it can become a self-perpetuating process if you fixate on some imagined nirvana. The longer you wait to open that prize bottle of wine, the more special the occasion has to be." Not unlike waiting for the perfect person or moment... perfection is an ideal, not reality. The whole point of many carpe diem (seize the day) poems was the moment or occasion would pass and you could die before enjoying what you could have had. Don't waiting for a special occasion to indulge yourself, declare one, named or not, and celebrate.
Findings - The Psychology Behind Putting Off What Can Be Enjoyed Now
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The image of a "struggling artist" has become a reality for artists around the country in the ongoing economic recession, according to the findings of a recent national survey — and given there are more than 2.5 million working artists in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau, that's a serious matter.
Artists...are seeing their income drop, forcing many to find other jobs to support themselves. Many artists report they are unable to pay the high cost of medical insurance and are afraid of losing the coverage they have. (from the The Santa Fe New Mexican)
How is the recession affecting local artists, few if any of whom have customer bases or exposure comparable to Fanta Se counterparts? What strategies are local artists pursuing? Cibola's Baskets of Art Raffle is one example.
Despite these challenges, artists are optimistic about the future, the survey found: Some 89 percent think they have a special role in helping strengthen communities in these times. Seventy-five percent said they believe this is an inspiring time to be an artist.Related links:
"The Artists and the Economic Recession Survey" was developed by Leveraging Investments in Creativity in partnership with Helicon Collaborative and Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The intent was "to provide high-quality and timely information to funders and artist service organizations," a statement from the survey group said.
"The survey sought to understand artists' financial circumstances more than a year into the recession, their strategies for adapting to the poor economy and their needs and concerns at this time," the statement said. "The research is part of LINC's efforts to improve conditions for artists nationwide."
LINC partnered with 35 arts-service organizations throughout the U.S. who asked their members to take part in the electronic survey, in either English or Spanish. In response, 5,380 artists nationwide completed the survey last summer.
- Recession hits arts groups especially hard - Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Art groups, too, struggle with recession - NY Times
- Feeling the Recession in the Art World - Time Magazine
- Moving On: Can the "arts" survive the recession? - blog post
- Recession forces arts organizations to regroup - Seattle Times
Monday, December 28, 2009
But Jude is an artist and one Mountainair Arts has always followed ~ moving to Pennsylvania doesn't change that. I want Straw Mountain art to blog and bet you want to see some too. So here's the latest project:
Want details, descriptions and more pictures? Click over to Jude's post for them.
Next... a delightful post from a visitor, great pictures of Ancient Cities, the mural and Dragon Ash Forge. Oh, and don't forget about nominations for the Mountainair Monties ~ making it short: town's best and worst of year + best and worst of decade.
"As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. By roughly two-to-one, more say they have a generally negative (50%) rather than a generally positive (27%) impression of the past 10 years. This stands in stark contrast to the public's recollection of other decades in the past half-century. When asked to look back on the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, positive feelings outweigh negative in all cases."Public Looks Back at Worst Decade in 50 Years
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Have the "aughties" been a transformative decade, a black hole or both?
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Last December's, "reminder to SHOP LOCAL" appeared on Announcements, also on Dec 24, opening, "'Tis the season - and most especially the day - not to be clogging the highway, wasting time & energy." The post includes a good list of local shopping suggestions and off the beaten gift track ideas, still worth checking just as long as you remember that several are no longer in business. Don't count on former links from the Chamber site either.
Standbys: Uncle Walter's (Kenny could sell tees bearing the legend, "I did all my holiday shopping at Uncle Walter's"); Meds & More; Olde Tyme Shoppe; St Vincent de Paul, Ruthie's Flowers & Gifts; Pop's Curios at the Shaffer; Cibola Arts Holiday Group Show ~ replete with high class stocking stuffers ~ soaps, jewelry, glass art, cards, decorations ~ all handcrafted by local artists; Hair Enchantment. Try a different approach to gifting by assembling your own gift basket filled with fanciful items (up to your imagination) or the practical, from edible to tools and automotive, from B Street Market, Gustin's Hardware, Burns Auto Supply, etc. There's always the gift certificate from any of the above mentioned or even not local service business. (Added to list this year: Abo Trading Holiday sale)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Animal Rescue Site: Feed Shelter Animals With a Free Click Bulletin Posted by GreaterGood.orgThe time has come to announce which shelters will receive a Christmas treat thanks to their supporters! With a record number of votes cast (over 5 million!) in the past three months , we're happy to announce the following winners of The Animal Rescue Site's $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge with Petfinder.com.
Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary of Ovando, Montana will receive the grand prize of $20,000! The Denison City Pound of Denison, Iowa takes the runner up prize of $5,000, and The Oasis Sanctuary of Benson, Arizona wins the third place prize of $3,000. We'd also like to acknowledge our 14th and final Weekly Winner: Mylestone Equine Rescue of Pohatcong, New Jersey.
Congratulations to you all and to the 69 other shelters and rescue groups from every state in the U.S. as well as groups in Canada and Costa Rica that were awarded cash grants. Click here to see the complete list of winners. YES Mountainair is the New Mexico WINNER ~ 1st in the state.... Read more
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
|from the New York Times' Opinionator blog ~ Timothy Egan on American politics and life, as seen from the West.|
For a native Westerner, the slights from the other end of the country start early, and build through a lifetime: national broadcasters on election night who cannot pronounce Oregon (it's like gun) or Nevada (it's not Nev-odda), or a toll-free clerk who thinks New Mexico is part of old Mexico.
"You'll have to go through your own embassy," a resident of Santa Fe was told when trying to order Olympics tickets for games on American soil.
Geographic illiteracy from the Eastern Time Zone is a given, especially among the well-educated. A New York book publisher, and Harvard grad at that, once asked me if I ever take the ferry up to Alaska for the afternoon. No, I replied: do you ever go to Greenland on a day trip?
Norman Maclean, the great Montana writer, had a worse experience. He complained that an editor turned down his masterpiece, "A River Runs Through It," because it had too many trees in it.... Read More
Saturday, December 19, 2009
This reads like a textbook case of "Interior colonialism" with NM as a classic "colonial debtor economy" ... the tag reads not "Made in China" but "Colonized by California"
A 100-megawatt wind farm near Willard, N.M., could become the first beneficiary of the state's push into the world of renewable energy.
The New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) on Wednesday took a first step toward issuing up to $85 million in bonds to help pay a transmission line upgrade to help High Lonesome Mesa, a 40-turbine wind farm that began operation this summer.
If the proposed bond issue occurs in the next couple of months as state officials hope, it would represent the first deal for the authority, which was created in 2007 to back renewable energy projects in New Mexico....Read more...
Friday, December 18, 2009
Submitted Date: 2009-12-15 21:46 GMT
Event Date: 2009-12-15 18:31 GMT
posted at New Mexico L.O.W.F.I (Tales of New Mexico's stranger side…) by UFO Stalker
The Animal Rescue Site: Feed Shelter Animals With a Free Click Bulletin Posted by GreaterGood.orgThere is still have one more weekly grant to give away as well as more than 50 grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000: there will be a winner in EVERY state as well as winners in Canada and elsewhere. Voting ends on December 20, so don't forget to vote today for a member of the Petfinder.com Network of shelters and rescue organizations.
The Town of Mountainair Animal Shelter is still leading in New Mexico: odds are excellent that the shelter and its project to build a new shelter facility will win the state grant from Petfinder.com. Read more...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wyoming may be the best place in the United States to generate electricity from wind. Thanks to a dip in the Continental Divide as it wends through the state, it has about half of all the top-quality (class 5, 6 and 7) wind in the country. That means that a turbine here can crank out as much as 30 percent more juice than one in, say, Texas or California. With a total population of just half a million, the state has plenty of uninhabited spaces for turbines, and it is famous for welcoming energy development. So companies have stampeded into the Cowboy State, reaching for every gust they can. They put up mobile anemometers alongside windy highways and in the sagebrush sea; their landmen scour ridges and ranches, toting proposals and contracts, hoping to grab their piece of state, federal or private land. Wyoming's governor compares the frenzy to a gold rush.
That rush, however, is faltering. Greens are fretting about the enormous wind farms covering up the state's wild places, and sage grouse protection efforts threaten to stop the turbines in their tracks. Most surprisingly, though, the leaders of the charge against wind in Wyoming tend to be from the massive fossil fuel industry itself. Wyoming's politics, tumbled by the wind, have become almost as peculiar as the state's mammalian icon, the mythical jackalope.
Read more from "Wind Resistance: Will the petrocracy -- and the greens -- keep Wyoming from realizing its windy potential?" »
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunrise Over The Estancia Valley
At about 5:24 this morning, there appeared in the eastern sky a meteor so large and bright that your editor was able to see it without corrective lenses – which is saying that it was really big, and really bright. We'd be interested in knowing if anyone else witnessed the event. About an hour later, we were treated to a lovely sunrise with a sliver of moon – and figured we'd share it with those who might have missed it.
Things will be quiet on the International Space Station sightings front for the rest of this month, with only one pass scheduled (December 23, 2009). For more information, see the Moriarty schedule.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Nominations are open; category recommendation invited.
This post would have been longer but the page reloaded unexpectedly and I didn't feeling like tapping it all out again. Cibola, Shaffer and other local businesses took the hit. I'll do the shop local thing another time.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The news came as a shock, but not a surprise. The Gambles store, a mainstay of downtown
At heart it was a hardware store, but it sold nearly everything you could imagine. Every time our local newspaper ran one of those "best of" surveys, Gambles won "best retailer." I look around my house: The desk lamp by my computer came from Gambles. So did our washer, dryer, dishwasher and kitchen stove. We sleep on a bed from Gambles, store our clothes in dressers from Gambles, and eat at a kitchen table from Gambles.
In other words, whatever we needed, we looked for it first at Gambles. Once, I made the mistake of buying a lawnmower at Wal-Mart. The bag that caught the clippings fell apart after a year or two. Wal-Mart, of course, didn't carry just the bag and wouldn't order one for me. The next mower came from Gambles, and when it refused to start one afternoon a year later, a store employee came by and fixed it -- at no charge.
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Monday, December 7, 2009
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Friday, December 4, 2009
From Mary Schultz, Cibola Arts ~
Here’s a photo I took at the gallery yesterday that shows what the basket is like
Cibola Arts members have created three baskets of original arts and crafts to raffle as a fund raiser for the gallery. Tickets are available, and one of each of the baskets is on view, at Cibola Arts Gallery, B Street Market and at the Alpine Coffee Shop. The tickets are $1.00 ea. or 6 for $5.00. The drawing for the three baskets will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday December 19th at the gallery. You do not have to be present to win.
Also a reminder that the reception for the Cibola Group Holiday Show is from 2:00-4:00pm on Saturday December 5. Come over and have some refreshments, do some Christmas shopping, and get your raffle tickets!
The show will remain up all month. We encourage everyone to shop locally!
We bid fond adieux ... current issues of Steppin' Out (Gwen Roath, "Pengwen," Socorro) and Something to Do (Arts Alliance, Albuquerque) are their last hurrahs.
Timothy Wyllie @ The Land; Michael Godey @ The Wooden Cow. There may be others: both Marilyn Conway and Addie Draper have out of town gallery representation. Others? Send me notice and pics for a write up.
Cibola Artists' "Basket o' Art": raffle tickets, $1 each or 6 for $5. I've asked for pictures and press release for a separate basket post. In the meantime, you can view baskets at Cibola, B Street Market and Alpine Alley.
Dale Harris has confirmed August Poets & Writers Picnic reservations at the Shaffer Hotel for August 21. Once more, owner Joel Marks supports this important cultural event (not just locally important but a major established NM poetry event)
Any word on the arts council Readers Theater project scheduled to perform Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the MAC? Email notices of meetings but nothing lately. Who is reading which part? Who is Scrooge? Christmas ghosts?
Thursday, December 3, 2009
That makes it good catch-up day for answering email, blogging and other social media. I already posted bingo (today) and parade (Saturday) on Mountainair Announcements ~ and tweeted them @VanessaVaile. Still, there is more blog-keeping the weather may drive me to: Chamber Notes (from Tuesday's semi-election meeting), announcements (that I still wish all and sundry would email me so I can just copy and paste), a nifty project proposed by Dennis and his cousin Shane and approved by the chamber, Cibola's Art baskets, Joan Embree's announcement about a local Growers Market and more.... IF I can read my notes. They did not look that readable yesterday: I doubt sleeping on it has improved readability...
Short version: Scott Remmich (B St Market) is the new chamber president. Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, one VP slot and one member at large remain open. Volunteers anyone? Contact the nominating committee (none except Jay particularly noted for diligence in answering email): Dorothy Cole, Mary Schultz, Kevin Turner, Jay Mortenson (contact information on Chamber web site).
Otherwise I am occcupied in developing an online advanced writing course for ESL students, pretty much what the school district missed out on snagging me to do.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
3) Pauline Dube and Under My Wing Rescue, needs your support too. Our new shelter will provide only temporary refuge. Abandoned dogs need homes. Pauline rehomes most dogs that Tanisha and Shannon rescue and Dee is working to build a new home for. Today she is dealing with zoning issues at the Torrance County P&Z today
Pauline sent the following email yesterday that I should have gotten out immediately ~ not to mention having received in time to mobilize a response:
the p&z hearing is dec 1st at 9:30 am in the old court house in estancia. it would be wonderful if you could attend. if not pls send us your mental good wishes. they will discuss rezoning my property and issuing a permit giving me permission to continue what i am doing. wish me luck, paulineI looked up back posts on the subject ~ Pauline went through this last December too. I can't help wondering if this something P&Z does every December? Their version of a Scrooge + Grinch fusion. Bad enough Ledbetter with his documented history of gratuitous dog shooting is still on the payroll. Call or email P&Z ~ tell them to let Pauline keep saving dogs. Email Pauline, P H DUBE ~ firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell you'll help.
4) Tanisha (rescue the rescuer) update: insurance processing fast tracked but construction won't start until spring; Shannon is still the contact point, 847-0204 but you can also leave messages at Meds & More or catch Tanisha there at lunchtime most days; bingo under consideration