Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate



“In the room with the periodic tables on the wall, Barry Lopez said we are all pattern makers, and if our patterns are beautiful and full of grace they will be able to bring a person for whom the world has become broken and disorganized up off his knees and back to life.”

From Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston

A Harvest Celebration at Tiwa Kitchen

Po’Pay Society Directors

Fall in New Mexico is my favorite season. The aspen trees burst with yellow leaves along the highway to the north. The air is crisp and chilled in the morning. The chile roasters run overtime. Fall is also the season of special regional festivals and art tours which foster community and camaraderie. This Saturday, September 29, from 3pm to 5pm, you have the chance to combine the beautiful drive to Taos with one such event, The Harvest Celebration sponsored by the Po’Pay Society. What is the Po’Pay Society and why should you support their efforts? I will tell you.

In 2009, musician Robert Mirabal and Nelson Zink founded Tiwa Farms, an organization promoting agriculture at Taos Pueblo. In 2012, Tiwa Farms morphed into a new nonprofit organization, the Po’Pay Society. The Society is dedicated to the memory of Po’Pay, who was the leader of the Pueblo Rebellion of 1680 and champion of the Pueblo way of life.

The focus of the Society is on Pueblo agriculture. This year it plowed and planted 25 corn fields at Taos Pueblo with heritage seeds. The Society also aims to engage the youth of the Taos Pueblo in traditional farming practices.

You, dear readers, are invited to join the Po’Pay Society at Tiwa Kitchen, located on 328 Veteran’s Highway which is the road out to the Taos Pueblo, for traditional food, a report on Po’Pay Society activities, and the release of Po’Pay Speaks, a CD recording of Robert Mirabal’s dramatic monologue.

This is a special event supporting an important purpose. Now you know what I will be doing this Saturday afternoon. Hope to see you there.

Directors appearing in the photograph: Nelson Zink ,Henry Lujan, Chelona Edgerly, and Stephen Parks.

Ten Thousand Flowers in Spring, The Moon in Autumn

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

Wu Men (1183-1260)

Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

Georgia the Dog's Tips

Georgia the Dog here. I have been quiet way too long and not, I may add, by my own choice. Seems my person could not figure out how technically to create a new column under my photo. Last night I saw her pour red liquid into a glass and mumble to herself, “I can do this, I can do this, I have a law degree, I can do this,” so maybe there is hope.

And just in the nick of time because I am hot under my little collar. Seems some fool has released a video which he believes proves cats are smarter than dogs. (If you feel the need to  view this propaganda, click here.) Seriously? Are you kidding me? I live with a cat named Harry. See Exhibit A below.

Harry the Horrible

Does he look like the brightest penny in the jar? Quite frankly, I am embarrassed for him. He hangs out in boxes, he sleeps all day on a poll, and he goes to bathroom in a box in our house.

Harry the Pole Sitter

I, on the other hand, wear beautiful clothes, go shopping with my person, walk all over town to receive the praise of my adoring fans, and have my hair cut and blow dried several times a year.

Beautiful GA

I also stand guard to protect my person and the house.

GA the Hero

And then there’s this, dear reader: Let me gently remind you that you are at this very moment sitting there reading a column titled “Georgia the Dog’s Tips,” not “Harry the Cat’s Tips.” Why? Because Harry, he’s got nothin’! 

A Trip to Pecos

Pecos Wilderness

Between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico, sits the small village of Pecos at the site of an historic mountain pass. You can add your footprint to those of the ancient Indian tribes, Spanish settlers, Santa Fe Trail traders and Route 66 speeders who have passed through this 223,000 acres of wilderness. The area offers fly fishing, camping and hiking with views of mountains, lakes and meadows.

Monastery Lake

Leave your electronics and worried minds in the car. Listen. Look. Know you are a part of it all.

Aspens and Big

Please do not forget to extinguish your campfire.  Thanks to Catherine Trapani for the use of her photographs.

The Gift

The gift is in the magic and mystery of each moment.

Maria Benítez’s Flamenco’s Next Generation

Born in Taos, New Mexico, Maria Benítez is a legendary dancer, teacher and an internationally recognized expert in Spanish dance and flamenco. Without one wit of exaggeration, she is a beautiful, passionate, fiery flamenco dancer. Fortunate for us, she and her nonprofit organization, the Institute for Spanish Arts (ISA), call Santa Fe home. The mission of ISA is to “preserve, strengthen and disseminate our rich and diverse artistic Hispanic heritage as expressed through music, dance, visual arts and other art forms as they relate to the New World.”



Now in its 10th year, ISA’s youth company of local dancers called Flamenco’s Next Generation danced on the Plaza stage last Sunday. What a gift to Santa Fe.   PHOTOS removed.


Fiesta Food Trucks


Once a year at Fiesta I go for it. I look carefully at each food truck on the Plaza to make my choice. Will it be quesadillas from Quesada’s? Or roasted corn?

Or a Navajo taco?

Ah, here it is! A chile relleno burrito! Life is good!


Viva Fiesta! Part III

I apologize. Please just indulge me. I just love the Pet Parade. These are my photos. Viva!

Viva Fiesta! Part II

Catherine Trapani took so many great photos of the Pet Parade that I thought I should add Part II. Smile!