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Gurlz Who Luv Creepy Crawlerz

March 25, 2014

~~~*Here is the super short video I uploaded to my YouTube channel.*~~~
Not long ago, D had a chance to meet a self proclaimed entomologist. He met the bug lover at the Harrell House of Natural Oddities, which also has a bug museum. My son seemed fascinated by a master of insects, but I am no stranger to the world of entomology. Sometimes I feel like I either break the rules associated with gender, or if there are no rules, I’m just a manly woman with a love of guy stuff?! Have you heard the acronym FTGS? Click that acronym to look it up! Yup….now that’s me! Girly? I love me some bugs!

The word entomology derives from the Greeks. The “entomos” in entomology means that which is segmented. You know…bugs! Let me get this straight, I wouldn’t love bugs and spiders crawling all over me, but I think they are very beautiful. The branch of zoology dealing with creepy crawlerz recruits the world’s best entomologists. The first time I met an entomologist was many years ago when I worked as a PIO for New Mexico State Parks. I loved that job. I remember being completely intrigued by that strange bug man.

I enjoyed learning all about butterflies, moths, spiders, dragonflies, scorpions and other crawlerz. It was interesting to see that I still feel as I did all those year ago when I met my first entomologist. I felt bad for the “mounted specimens.” Specimens? The word literally takes the life out of them. I thought of my friend Corky and his spider rescue. There is a very fine line between learning and hurting living things. I took photos of some of the butterfly and dragonfly specimens because they were truly amazing to see. I felt bad and deleted the “specimen” photos.

Oliver Greer has collected at least 2,400 specimens from around the world for this museum. 2,400 beautiful things, now gone from their natural habitat. It is actually sad to think about. Greer does seem like a really good man. He is a chef at the Ore House, a writer, and an independent film maker who also loves bugs. Hopefully, he talks to the creatures he is collecting and asks for their forgiveness. I would hope he explains why he is doing it. I mean most people would not learn in a hands on environment without this museum. Yes…we touched some lively creatures.

My favorite part of the museum tour was the live demonstration. I didn’t know scorpions glow under a black light. Did you? I have some wonderfully dark, love poetry planned in relation to the creatures I was most fascinated with. I included those I really liked in a super short video and put it up on my YouTube channel. Maybe I choose music from Knife Party for the video because they have a song called Centipede. My favorites included: a Ghost Mantis; a Deathstalker Scorpion; an African Millipede; a Tailless Whip Scorpion and an Emperor Scorpion; an Eastern Hercules Beetle; a Vinegaroon; and the Chilean Rose Tarantula.

The Harrell House Bug Museum is located inside the Harrell House of Natural Oddities store in the DeVargas Mall. It’s worth a look see and maybe a touch see!

Art+Technology=True Love

April 27, 2013

When the sun disappeared last night I attended the 3rd annual Outdoor Vision Fest at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. It was amazing to see some of the multimedia exhibits that the students created. They were interactive, animated, colorful and very creative. The media students include animators, filmmakers, graphic designers, and photographers. Some exhibits were projected onto buildings, trees, geometric shapes, glass, water, and material.

One of my favorite projections was designed by Keith Riggs, who is married to my cousin Jessica. There was even a projection with poetic quotes by infamous authors. I also adored a piece which was flapping in the wind, had edgy music, and a human body which appeared to be ripping off skin. It must have been a symbolic piece. Last night I decided it is finally time for me to dabble with Adobe After Effects. I need to see what I’m really made of.

Without art, writing, technology and music, I would certainly die! I guess when you’re in love~ you’re in love. Here are a few of the photographs I took last night.

Scientific Seven

February 5, 2013

Well it’s done! Daryn worked and worked since the weekend on his science project which is due tomorrow. We built, burned, tested, recorded, charted, and concluded LoL! The Science Fair will be on the 7th.

Last year he didn’t enter a project and I felt bad for not encouraging him to participate. At his age he is not required to do so, but it’s always good to foster a love of things right? I love science, so I hope he will as well.

D did enjoy conducting the experiment itself, but the written part was a bit of a challenge. We went through the 8 steps of the scientific method. It was an interesting journey for lil man and I.

At 7, he is the youngest kid in his class for the rest of the year (most are already 8). I am proud of him. Now let’s see if he can stand a whole day of questions from students, teachers, and judges. Who doesn’t need to know how long a flame lasts with no oxygen?

Finding My Game Face

December 10, 2012
...Game Face... Team USA~ Women's Heptathlon~ Photograph by Tony Duffy

…Game Face… Team USA~ Women’s Heptathlon~ Photograph by Tony Duffy

This week I’m going to have to dig deep to get back on track. My trip to the bay was very educational and was fuel for my mind, but I did fall off my game plan in the gym.

Tomorrow will be my first day back in the real gym for almost two weeks. There was a small gym I was able to hit it in a couple of times last week, still that was a far cry from my usual routine! I need to find my game face again!!

There is one exhibition I could kick myself for not tracking down while I was in Washington, DC. The Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall displays some amazing images of women.

Why didn’t I make time to go look for “Game Face?” This exhibit and book poses the question~ “what does a female athlete look like?” The answer is~ they look *awesome! Just imagine them game facing it in a 2,500 square foot exhibition! Nice…

Maybe I can find the book? Well….. after I find my game face again! This may be one of my most favorite sites ever.
Check out Game Face for yourself.

“The exhibition at The Smithsonian shows female athletes doing what they do well: everything. Women and girls featured embody a fierceness that is quickly becoming acceptable to an American audience once unreceptive to, even disgusted by females on the field.”
–The Dallas Morning News

Queen of Cuts and Paper: The Artwork of Valerie Rangel

June 12, 2012

My friend Valerie Rangel, the papercut artist has opened a new exhibition. Some of her most recent works are now part of the newest exhibition with the Pop Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition is titled “POP Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2012.” Val has always created pieces which reflect that beauty is in eye of the beholder. She often creates what she likes to call “beautiful monsters,” and when images of her pieces were posted online with the gallery she sent me a message which read “my beauties have posted!!”

When I asked Val for a quote about her unique pieces she said “I feel really blessed to have found a voice through art. My hope is to use that voice to speak about obvious human fallacies and shed light on ugly truths. If my work touches people and makes them ponder my message-then I’ve accomplished more that I could have ever imaged.” Val recently had works featured at the downtown Starbucks through the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission. That exhibit was titled “Finding the Beauty Within.”

The art installations often explore what it “is to be human, and what lies behind the exterior.” I love this woman’s art and her deeper message. The POP Gallery was formerly on Water Street, but the modern art gallery is now on the corner of Marcy Street and Lincoln Avenue. The gallery is open Monday thru Saturday from 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday from 12:00am-5:00pm. Her work is rare, beautiful and intriguing. Visit the POP Gallery to see for yourself!

If you like her work or if you would like to order a custom piece, Val can be reached at Congratulations on the new exhibition Mz. Val!

New Mexico History: The Start of the 2012 Conference

May 3, 2012
Page 29 of Un Tesoro (2008) by Ramon Jose Lopez

Page 29 of Un Tesoro (2008) by Ramon Jose Lopez

Today was a good start to the 2012 New Mexico Historical Society Conference. The forum was excellent. This image is from a page of the 2008 Lopez book. It is on display and it is beautiful (gold leaf and all).

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Burque Bound…

February 4, 2012
Elephant Bar in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Elephant Bar in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Air exhibit...

Air exhibit…

Loveee this MC Escher piece called “Drawing of Hands” (1948)

Playing with a drop of water...

Playing with a drop of water…

Another reason to stop drinking cokes! Left hand side was watered with coke...

Another reason to stop drinking cokes! Left hand side was watered with coke…

D in the mirror exhibit @ Explora in Albuquerque

D in the mirror exhibit @ Explora in Albuquerque

Today we spent the day in Albuquerque. We got home late and I am super tired!

The day started with our first visit to Explora. It is a cool little place for kids and adults alike. There are all kinds of exhibits, and the themes centered around the senses and nature. We enjoyed the water and air exhibits. I particularly liked the music (sound) and light exhibits. They had an area to digitally mix, record and play music. The mirror exhibit was cool. There was even a little video editing exhibit. Kinda fun!

After that we finally hit up the Elephant Bar. Yum… I have been wanting to go there for a while. My girlfriends who live up in Albuquerque love the place. I would say it made the keeper list! Kinda swaggy with a killer drink menu and good food. I was sad we missed the Mac store in the uptown center. Next time!

On the way home, we stopped by to visit my cousin and her galz. There we had one two many laughs! Of course- I had to stop and get a white mocha breve latte at the ‘bucks (on the way back to Santa)! Double yum!… Now it’s time for some Zzzz.

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400 Year Old Archive: Secrets of the Vatican

January 31, 2012

Clip taken from a section of a document in the Trial of Galileo (1633). The document is in the Vatican's Secret Archive- Clip taken from Vatican’s Secret Archives turn 400 years old-

Today is the birthday of the Vatican’s Secret Archive, which dates back to January 31, 1612. The archive is full of amazing documents. Despite the colorful comments that can be found tied to the fact that the archive remains “secret,” this archive houses some of the most fascinating documents in the world. Documents in the archive have been made available with the pre-approval of authorities (of course) to academics and historians over the years. My guess would be that preference is given to scholars whom convey a positive image of the church. There are more than 50 miles of shelves in this archive. The records contained in the archives span 12 centuries of history. As an archivist who loves history, science, and the stars, my favorite documents housed in the archive would likely be those associated with the Trial of Galileo. He was a bit of a thorn in the side of the Roman Inquisition, and details of his 1633 trial are among the “secrets” this archive keeps. Galileo Galilei battled with the Catholic Church until his death in 1642. The church did not like him mainly because he was against the Aristotelian theory of the universe, and he favored astronomy and the Copernican theory. Artists have rendered interpretations (in various media) of his inquisition for centuries. It is a very interesting case! When you get a chance, check out this video footage about the anniversary of the archive at


Clip taken from a document is in the Vatican's Secret Archive- Clip taken from Vatican’s Secret Archives turn 400 years old-


*****Coat of Arms of the Holy See***** Is this a cryptogram? Things that come to mind... There are two keys- number 11? Why is one key gold and the other silver? The keys would open seperate doors, yet they are bound together by the handle and in the center (with a cross). I see the number 3 repeated 4 times in the crown. That equals 12. There were 12 Apostles. There were also several 12th-century Roman Catholic Church Councils. 12 is a symbol of cosmic order. "Europe's Apostasy and Idolatry The Flag: Do we see an 'ecclesiastical Babylon' in Europe? The European Union (EU) flag comprises 12 golden stars on a blue background. Officially it is claimed that the circle of 12 stars represents 'solidarity and harmony between the peoples of Europe', the number 12 denoting 'perfection, completeness and unity' (in the Bible, 12 denotes 'governmental perfection')."


Vatican’s Secret Archives turn 400 years old

Originally published online on 1.31.2012 by

Within the walls of Vatican City is stored one of the most important treasures in the world, the Vatican’s Secret Archives.

Only a limited number of people can access documents kept here by the Catholic Church. It’s free to gain access, but only academics and historians are allowed and they must request authorization from the Vatican.

In 1810, Napoleon Bonaparte took over 3,000 documents to Paris. After his fall from power, the files over time made their way back to the Vatican. Although during these transfers, many valuable documents were lost, some of which were from the fifth century.

Today, 400 years after its creation, the archive has over 50 miles of shelving, filled with books, papal bulls, decrees and encyclicals that cover twelve centuries of history. Among its corridors, one can find documents like the parchment of acquittal of Clement V to the Templars, from August of the year 1308, and details from the trial of Galileo, as well as the request for a marriage annulment by England’s King Henry VIII.

To celebrate it’s 400th anniversary, the exhibition “Lux in Arcana” has been created. From March to September, visitors to Rome can find 100 documents from the Vatican’s Secret Archives on display in the Capitoline Museums.

Vatican’s Secret Archives turn 400 years old

Curiosities and a Handful of Heart…

October 2, 2011

On September 23, 2011, I visited the exhibits at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. The museum features about six galleries, each filled with interesting pieces of history. I was able to see these exhibits in conjunction with the New Mexico Oral History Forum.

The first gallery I visited was the North Gallery. Here there is an exhibit which runs from September 18, 2011 thru January 8, 2012 titled Hispanic Traditional Arts of New Mexico. This exhibit features pieces from the permanent collection of the museum. The art was breathtaking. I was particularly taken by the Art of the Santero. These traditional artists utilize various types of wood to create extravagant religious pieces such as retablos (flat paintings), bultos (3D carved imagery), and reredos (altar screens). This art is reminiscent of the Spanish Colonial period, but contemporary artists still make a prominent mark with this style. There were two pieces that I was anticipated photographing, however, I was sad to learn that photos were not allowed. There were two pieces in particular that I was struck by.

Cruz Lopez portrayed Our Lady of Sorrows in a way that brought a tear to my eye. Lopez was born in Espanola in 1974, and is one year older than I am. He currently lives in Chimayo, and depicted Our Lady of Sorrows in the most sorrowful way I have ever seen. The main church named after Our Lady in New Mexico is in Las Vegas. In my many years, I have seen many images of Our Lady of Sorrows. She has been depicted in tears, on her knees, and with many knives through her heart. Lopez opted to portray the most painful of all. In his bulto titled La Virgen Dolorosa (1997), Lopez has Our Lady holding her own bloody heart. She appears to be giving it to the viewer. Dolorosa is a Latin word meaning way of grief or way of suffering. She invites you into her eyes, and this artist actually made me aware of her intense pain. It was an amazing piece. The oil paints he used saturated the wood with lifelike quality. The paint was uniquely vivid. Lopez carved her out of cottonwood and pine. I think art that makes us feel something is so important. It is clear that this santero poured his soul into her.

Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas, New Mexico by Harry Lake (ca 1900-1910)----------- Denver Public Library, Image No. L-495

There was another piece in this gallery that I loved. This piece was really one of many. Horacio Valdez created a scene with the famous death cart, and the lady of death herself. In his piece Dona Sebastana (La Muerte) from 1975, Valdez used carved cottonwood, aspen, and pine to make us believe that La Muerte was riding by with a cart full of sinners in the back. The carving was sitting on a high platform which was about five feet by ten feet long. The carving took up the entire space, and as far as I can remember may have been Cordova Style, which means it was not painted (but was naturally colored wood). Valdez was from Dixon, New Mexico, and died in 1992. This piece was kinda creepy (adored it), because the artist created a mixed media carving with raw hide and human hair. This made the carvings look really lifelike.

There were so many great photographs throughout the museum. There were great panoramic photos of Albuquerque right before, and right after New Mexico statehood (1912). These images were in the lobby and atrium. The East Gallery also housed images which were of interest to me. There was a Notable New Mexicans theme in that gallery. Georgia O’Keeffe (one of my favorites) was hanging there. Next to her beautiful black and white image (a side profile looking out her bedroom window), was this quote: “I know I cannot paint a flower. I know I cannot paint the sun or the desert on a bright summer morning, but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey my experience of the flower of significance to me at that particular time.” The photo was a 1956 silver gelatin print.

There was gallery that I will need to revisit when I have more time, and that was the Four Centuries History Gallery. I visited the gallery, however, I think I need more time to really take in the exhibits there. Some of the things that stood out to me on at quick glance… There was a brass bell from the AT&SF (Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe) Railway. The bell was a 20th century locomotive bell, and was very cool to see. In the “new town” section there was a demolition (dummy) bomb from 1943 (WWII era). The bomb was metal. There were also some war ration booklets, and a cast iron operating table. There was one item that was probably my absolute favorite in the museum. It was a 16th century writing box (of course) from Spain. The box was used to hold paper, ink, and pens, and was used as a table when needed. It was made of iron, wood, and cuir bouilli (boiled leather). Yes- even back then, people were habitual writers. I looked up the term cuir bouilli, and oddly enough this stuff was used as armor. For real- these writers (or scribes) didn’t mess around! They were going to protect the contents of their box by any means necessary. I can’t imagine transporting a huge box like that from place to place. It was a gorgeous piece, however, sometimes we gotta be grateful we live in the age of mobility!

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Digital Scrolls from the Dead Sea…

September 27, 2011

Israel’s National Museum (Jerusalem) and Google have digitized five ancient texts- the Dead Sea Scrolls. This is very exciting! You can see the five scrolls, and since the site is “powered by Google,” there are also English translations available! Absolutely amazing… These documents (scrolls) are 2,000 years old, and are recorded on parchment. Since they are extremely fragile, this will mark the first time many scholars have been able to examine the text!

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A Close Journey…

July 16, 2011

For a few days we escaped the busyness of life to eat, roam, and give back to our local economy. Originally, our excursion was intended to take us outside of New Mexico, but I agreed to stay local under the condition that we make a “historic” detour on the final day. The trip started in Albuquerque. We stayed a couple of nights at the Hyatt Downtown. I initially wanted to make time to go the the Main Library to research, as I was just a few steps away, but unfortunately never got over there. We went to go visit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History for the one-millionth time, but it never gets old. Of course Daryn is always gushing with excitement to see the dinosaurs, baby sting rays, little sharks, infant dinosaurs emerging from eggs, bugs, spiders, bees, bat bones, and how can I forget the volcano exhibit? He even got a chance to hold a huge snake, which was in the arms of a really confident woman. He quickly turned the offer down once he heard that the snake could swallow a bird whole.

The STARTUP Exhibit never fails to intrigue me. I am always amazed by anything remotely technological. The artifacts are beautiful, and provide unique insight into the minds of Paul Allen, Bill Gates, hackers, and other MIT pioneers. I always see something new to focus my attention on. There were a few quotes that stood out to me on this round. Apple head, Steve Jobs starts the trip into computerdom by saying that “the journey is the reward.” That is so true! Then there is a quote by Alan Kay (an American computer scientist who is well known for GUI, or Graphical User Interface, or “gooey” design), which says that “the best way to predict the future is the invent it.” So inventive! Without his help on the gooey (or the point and click, nice screen method of getting around a computer screen), each of us would need to know how to use the command line (the black screen on the back end of your computer, where you would need to type “C:\dir” to get anywhere). Ahhh… and the internet- how funny that in 1937, H.G. Wells proposed that there should be a “world brain” an ever-changing network of information and ideas. Other notable artifacts of interest to me were the Brainiac Electric Brain Kit, and the super early Zen Digital Player (of course because I breathe music). I also love the section on the MIT hackers who created the world’s first computer game in 1961 using the PDP-1 instead of a mainframe.

The planetarium is filled with many mysteries. The blue colored summer and winter solstice chart captures the signs of the zodiac and the surrounding heavenly body. One can really see how somethings may indeed be written in the stars. I learned that a black hole is an object with gravity so strong that even light can not escape it. The hole is an area of inescapable gravity. Some of my personal perplexities in life today are the black holes of my psyche. I became fascinated with learning about the birth of stars, and the Orion Nebula (the central point of light in the Orion Constellation). I suddenly felt small and insignificant in the greater universe, just a small fragment in this continuum. The Digital Earth Exhibit is outstanding as well. It features a rotating globe which is interlinked with color coded digital climate and weather models. It is a great accomplishment to create something that actually works scientifically, and is still attractive. Wow- what a concept! I took a picture of the globe during a climate change simulation. 

A Historic Detour

The pre-planned “historic” detour was our final destination. I opted for Petroglyph National Monument. This area has been on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties as the Las Imagines: Albuquerque West Mesa Archaeological District, File No. 1234 since February of 1986. The site has also been on the National Register of Historic Places since November of 1986.

I had never been to the Bernalillo County monument off of Unser Blvd., and was excited to see the ancient markings of our predecessors. I am very interested in signs and symbols, thus rock art is of natural wonder to me. The sun was hot, the air was dry, and the path made of sand was extremely fine. It was a really good workout to trek through the trail, and it was well worth it to behold unmatched beauty. I took many photos, but some symbols stood out to me more than others. Of course, my usual spiral signs glared at me and seemed to jump off the stones (I even bought a sticker for my runner). You can look back at my older posts for that symbolism. The Desert Millipede shares in that symbolization, with lively tracks in the sand, and departed carcasses littering the blistery earth.

It was amazing to think about how Pueblo, Apache, Navajo, and Spanish explorers survived these unforgiving environmental conditions. How? They even took the time to leave lasting detailed messages in stone, which would endure hundreds and thousands of years, and maybe even for eternity. A permanent record of sorts!  As Ron Martinez Looking Elk said “symbols are a reflection of spirituality.”  Many cultures believed, and still believe that cracks in natural formations, are spiritual gateways.  I took a photo of one such occurrence in a large rock.

The monument is now part of the National Park Service System thanks to H.R. 4930, sponsored by Representative Manuel Lujan Jr., and cosponsored by Representative Bill Richardson and Representative Joe Skeen (100th Congress). H.R. 4930 established Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico as a unit of the National Park System, yielded certain authority to the Secretary of the Interior, allowed for the expansion of the monuments boundaries if needed, and provided for the administration of the monument (Library of Congress- THOMAS System- Petroglyph National Monument Act of 1988).

I bought a book at the Visitor Center that day titled A Field Guide to Rock Art Symbols of the Greater Southwest by Alex Patterson. The book draws on the knowledge of archaeologists, anthropologists, scholars, and Native Americans in the interpretation and decoding of symbolic rock art. It is such a good book. It contains the research of some people I have helped over the years- others I am familiar with, and some who have research collections in the archives.

Felish n D at Petroglyph National Monument- 7.2011


Dark and Lovely: the Art of Val Rangel

July 10, 2011

Last night I made a planned night trip downtown to the Santa Fe Plaza. Among numerous plastics, it was magical to catch the exquisitely real art pieces created by my friend Valerie Rangel. She is currently one of four artists (out of close to 30) selected by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission to be a part of a new art program. Val and I share a love of coffee, art, history, and science, which are all intellectual stimulants.

For coffee lovers, it seems there would be no better site to feature her work than the extremely busy downtown Starbucks. Val is an artist living in Santa Fe. She has a very rare talent, and has been papercutting for close to sixteen years. She creates intricate and “original hand crafted papercuts,” which capture the tragedy and triumphs of love and life. This specific papercut exhibit titled Find The Beauty Within is indeed venomous and beautiful. Before I went to see it, she told me not to forget to read the quotes (ahhh a fellow quote lover), which I will hopefully post later today. She also told me that “she knew I would get it.” We spoke on the phone a few minutes ago, about her use of butterflies side-by-side monsters, devils, and witches. I told her about my recent post and poem on the Monarch Butterfly, and how he is sightly but deathly!

If you get a chance, you are sure to be charmed if you make time to visit her current exhibit. Hey… you can get a iced caramel breve latte with extra caramel sauce and no syrup while you’re there! 😉 You should also take the time to check out Val’s site.

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