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Segundo Barrio

January 28, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

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SEGUNDO BARRIO

Who is Cimi and what is Segundo Barrio. Cimi is a shop owner who paints building murals. Segundo Barrio is the neighborhood in which he grew up in El Paso.

Hosted by the Tom Lea Institute, a group of about 15 of us were treated to history of this “Second Ward” (Segundo Barrio) from the eyes of a man who lived it, growing up as an immigrant in this multi-ethnic neighborhood. The intent of the many mural painters (of which Cimi is one), is to depict the history of the neighborhood through pictures with paintings of real historical people who influenced the growth and nurturing of this community. Up front and personal were the efforts of Father Rahm whose parish, Sacred Heart, lay in the heart of Segundo Barrio. He brought the many gangs of youth into his fold.

The stories and pictorial interpretations of the message behind the murals are fascinating. For instance, the mural of the two girls with a braid intertwined (below), represent the two cities of El Paso and Juarez and their permanent connection. Each mural has a story. Some date back to the 1970's, and the newer ones (dependent on funding) are painted on a type of plasticized fabric which permanently adheres to the building. To be cost effective, others are still painted right on the building.

The murals throughout Segundo Barrio abounded over and beyond our tour.

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Springtime in Las Cruces, NM

April 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Las Cruces Spring Highlights

  • A visit from Bernie & Cindy

    • White Sands sledding

    • Slot Canyon hike with a visit to Hatch, the Chili Capital of the World

    • Hiking in the Desert Peaks Organ Mountains National Monument

    • A visit to Woodcarvers on David's birthdy

  • An overnight trip to Silver City with hiking buddies

    • Petroglyphs on the Dragonfly Trail

    • The Million Bones' hike at Bear Mountain Lodge

  • Pictures of Jeremy, Erika, and Jake's trip to Costa Rica

  • “The Five Shades!” Moniker for the five guys who hiked a total of 6 miles going over Baylor Canyon Pass of the Organ Mountains. Champagne victory toast at the top packed in by Tom to celebrate at the crest of the pass.

  • Amazing acrobots at the Market

  • The desert in bloom

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Winter Activities in Las Cruces, NM

April 06, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Winter, 2023—Las Cruces, NM

Opportunities abound! Hikes, holiday celebrations, local attractions:

  • Cleve Hattersley, author of Life is a Butt Dial and Wednesday night manager of The Downtown Blues Coffee Shop provides an open mic to wannabe musicians, poetry readers, etc.--a throwback to the '70's

  • The Billy the Kid Festival featured a concert (performed by one of our neighbors and his band). Dan Crow (our neighbor) wrote the songs about Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and pioneer women. Festival included an original play written by an MNSU professor reenacting BtK's trial with the audience delivering the verdict—two different endings dependent on audience vote. We found him 'not guilty'.

  • Guatemalan and Chiapas weavers selling their wares monthly at their “store” inside a church hall

  • Las Cruces Chalk Walk artists

  • Historic Mesquite District murals painted on sides of buildings by Lorenzo, Bonnie's tai chi instructor

  • Kathy Morrow's relocation of her rock art—just the beginnings!

  • Docent-led hikes —Filmore Canyon, Prehistoric Trackways, Pena Blanca, Solidad Canyon

  • Talented painter, Carol, hiking buddy

  • Creative store owner bringing his screen printing machine outdoors during the Saturday Market—the market attracts 100's of shoppers every week. Five blocks of the downtown streets are closed off every Saturday for market goers.

  • A tour of NMSU's Archives—4 floors of political, historical, special collections, photos, and records—even letters

  • St. Patrick's Day—Hiking Buddies!

  • A first in all the winters in Las Cruces—the sighting of a Western Diamondback rattlesnake​

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Valentine's Day in Las Cruces, NM

February 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

You Light Up My Life”

Valentine's Day, 2023

Hiking Buddies' couples converged on Ron & Carol's home with gifts of culinary delight prepared by the men of our group for their women! Festivities began with each guest of honor (the ladies) being presented with a menu for the evening in addition to a flute of champagne! An indescribably memorable evening of fellowship!

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We're Back!

January 08, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

January 1-8, 2023

A better start to 2023—it could not be!

*Celebrating bubblies with our neighbors on New Year's Eve

*Receiving a package in the mail containing a puzzle with a sibling challenge to be the first to put the puzzle together—the puzzle being the famous 2008 reunion picture of 10 siblings with t-shirts saying, “Mummy likes me best!”

*A breathtaking mountain sunrise from our front door in the morning

*First hike of the season with our hiking buddies

*Celebrating 80 years young with Fred (and our hiking buddies)

*Receiving frankincense (just before Epiphany) from our world traveler hiking buddy, Carla

*Volunteering at Camp Hope for Wittara—making lunches for the homeless (demand has doubled with the immigrant influx)

*Spending a Saturday morning at the Market—doing people watching

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Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively. 

 

 

 

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