Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Image of the cover for Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS, $35 Book Review Author Delia Owens conjures the beloved beaches and marshlands of the Carolinas from a Pat Conroy novel in her latest release, “Where the Crawdads Sing.” The story begins with six-year-old Kya watching her mother walk out of the family’s shack in the boggy backwoods of the North Carolina coast, and out of her life, … Read More

Humor: I’m a Salsa Snob

Salsa with corn chips in a clay bowl

By Hillary Ibarra While watching a commercial about some “popped,” “air-fried” or “baked” chips, I smugly commented to my husband, “I’ve never been a big chip person. Who cares what they do to them?” “You mean as long as they don’t have salsa on them,” he stated pointedly. I was raised in Tennessee, but I married a New Mexico man. … Read More

Ever-Blooming Wood Flowers

Rolled sheets of tapioca root are the basis for the beautiful wood flower arrangements made by Tesha Fitzgerald of Fitz Your Home in Peralta. “It’s an eco-friendly plant, like bamboo, that grows in India and Thailand,” she says. Tesha saw flowers made from the plant online, and fell in love. “The natural colors are my favorite.” She uses the flowers … Read More

Affirmation Necklaces

Enameled copper jewelry offers inspiration. Michigan-native Cande Toner was living in Tennessee when she took an art class in enameling… “and it just stuck,” she says. Now living in Santa Fe, Cande operates Dancing Turtle Studios where she creates enameled copper pieces. Her inspirational necklaces start with stamped words on hand-cut, hand-painted copper tiles. The pieces are then sealed with … Read More

Book Review: City of Girls

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, $18.39 Book Review Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest novel, “City of Girls,” is a delectable and raucous romp through New York City’s golden age of theater. Set in Manhattan against the backdrop of World War II, “City of Girls” is a coming-of-age tale of the black sheep daughter of a well-to-do family. Having disgraced them by dropping out of … Read More

Humor: Hide the Toilet Brush

By Hillary Ibarra We clean our homes differently for strangers. When a loved one stops by suddenly — seeing the clean clothes hamper strewn about the living room and dishes piled in the sink — we smile sheepishly as if to say, “You still love me, right?” But we care what strangers think! They don’t know our housekeeping skills can’t … Read More

Edible Western Flair

Milagros Guillen, self-taught cookie artist of Las Cruces’ Sweet Trails, is a bit western. And she wanted cookies that matched her style. When she couldn’t find any, she made her own. Now her sweet creations are a hit among the western set, garnering orders from national rodeo associations. She’s even designed a complete squash blossom necklace – all from cookies! … Read More

Thumb Cups

Artisan pottery offers earthy elegance. Corrales-based Hanselmann Pottery has been crafting hand-thrown stoneware since 1970. Their current most-popular item? Thumb cups, which fit perfectly to your hand with a thumb indentation. Each piece is made one at a time, in a process that takes 3-6 weeks. What’s more to love is that their local gallery operates on the honor system, … Read More

Book Review: The Testaments

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, $28.95 Book Review Fans of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will not be disappointed in the long-awaited release of its sequel, set in the dystopian otherworld of Gilead. “The Testaments” takes place 15 years after the conclusion of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a timely, and some might say prophetic, novel. In a patriarchal society, Gilead females are indoctrinated into an … Read More

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