Monthly Archives: February 2012

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

Española, NM – Nested in northern New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley, between the Jemez Mountains and Truchas Peaks, is a ramshackle town, just north of Santa Fe, called Española. Founded in 1598 by Spanish conquistadors, the city is one of North America’s oldest. But to call Española impressive stretches credulity. Big box stores with expansive parking lots, chain restaurants, and gas stations, call out from the roadside as lives unwind behind coyote fences, many  bearing little rectangular signs warning visitors to “KEEP OUT.” In my head I sing the verses of Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, as I… Continue Reading

With Help from the Scribe, a Lost Dog Tag Makes it Home

A dog tag found on a farm in England A World War II-era dog tag found in Britain is making its way back to the states, concluding a decade-long search for the American soldier to whom it once belonged. The tag, found nearly 10 years ago in a field by treasure hunter David Bailey, sat for several years in a drawer where Bailey had tossed it after previous efforts to locate the soldier were unsuccessful. But rummaging through the drawer two weeks ago, Bailey re-discovered the tag and gave the search another shot – this time with different results. The… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Laurel Discovers the Fruits of Change

Laurel Wantuch at the Andaman Sea. Phuket, Thailand – Last year, I decided to change what I ate, which unexpectedly led to even bigger life changes. I began a raw fruit and vegetable diet, avoiding as much processed and packaged foods as I could. Through this diet, along with undertaking hot yoga, I hoped to find the clarity to pursue the kind of life I sought for years. And so my adventure began. Shortly after, my boyfriend and I decided to seek a fresh start in Hawaii, where fresh fruit is abundant and the beaches are perfect for yoga. Unfortunately,… Continue Reading