• If you have lived in these parts for any period of time, you have likely heard talk of chicos, often in conjunction with beans, as in “chicos and beans.” But if you are not from these parts, you may not have any idea of what chicos are or why they are doted upon by so many.

    Chicos are kernels of sweet corn which have been roasted on the ear in an outdoor, wood-fired adobe oven called an horno (pronounced orno, the “h” is silent) and then hung by the husks and dried.

  • Roots of Resistance

    A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

    forward by Simon J. Ortiz

    ISBN 978-0-8061-3833-6

    First published in 1980, this new edition is no amateur effort but a really professional, researched and documented history of land ownership. Roots of Resistance is well worth reading, especially for the scholar of history and economics.

  • Fall is coming once again, and it is time for those of us who garden to consider sheet mulching.

    Sheet mulching is a low-cost solution to a variety of gardening problems — it builds topsoil, retains moisture in the ground, provides nutrients for cultivated plants, and greatly reduces the growth of weeds. It is also a good way to recycle old newspapers.

  • Susan Livermore worked as a full-time painter until her husband, artist-blacksmith Christopher Thomson, found himself in need of a strong business manager to handle the growing interest in his architectural pieces. Susan placed her paintings in a quiet corner of their sprawling home and began taking classes in business administration.

    “That was 22 years ago,” Livermore said. “We took a chance. We lived on my husband’s art all these years — it’s been our only income.”

  • “Clearly Abstract” is the title of the latest art show at Tito’s Gallery which will be shown through October. More than 20 works by eight artists are featured in the exhibit.

    The comic book artist Al Hollingsworth (1928-2000) who drew for Strange Worlds and others, is represented by a non-objective piece “Sun Slate” (ca. 1978) which, until recently hung in a local Las Vegas office.

  • A few weeks ago I was outside of my front porch, bestowed with the sky’s changing landscape and beauty. It had rained earlier; the air was cool and fresh, and the ground was damp and soft. It was a nice change compared to the scorching nights plaguing Las Vegas for the past few weeks. The moon looked full, but I knew that it wasn’t, because I had been in my astronomy class earlier that day, and I knew that it was actually a new moon.