To Do and See in November

Fall Fiber Fiesta online

There’s lots to do and see in New Mexico this month. Here are a few suggestions – Albuquerque and Santa Fe have wonderful museums and galleries that are exciting to explore any time of year. November 2 in the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) – this is a Mexican and NM holiday…

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You Need Something Pretty in Your Life

Ocean jasper and silver pendant with green amethyst

This is a time when you need something pretty in your life. Uncertainty is all around us with concerns about so many things.  Some things are beyond our ability to control, but we can have an impact on other things.  Take care of yourself – be more aware of you and your body and mind.…

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How Did Christmas in July Start?

Did you ever wonder where the idea of Christmas in July started?  The very first mention of “Christmas in July” was from an opera back in 1892 that featured children rehearsing Christmas songs in July.  In 1935, the National Recreation Association’s journal Recreation described what a “Christmas in July” was like at a North Carolina…

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Facts about Tourmaline: Tourmaline is a crystalline boron-silicate mineral with additional elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone occurs in a wide variety of colors. Tourmaline is actually a group of related varieties rather than a single species. The mineral Elbaite is…

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Two Shows November 21 and 22

Fall has been a busy time for me. It has taken weeks following rotatory cuff surgery to get back to this point, but I’m progressing very well with my physical therapy and regaining a lot of strength. Being able to see a lot of progress is very encouraging.  Check my website at for a…

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The Desert Rose – One of my Favorite Things

Desert Roses – aka Sand Rose, Rose Rock, Selenite rose, Gypsum Rose, Barite Rose Desert Rose is the name given to rosette formations of the minerals gypsum and barite with sand inclusions. The rosette crystal habit tends to occur when the crystals form in arid sandy conditions, such as the evaporation of a shallow salt basin.    Desert roses are crystal-like…

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