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Adam Scully, a personal trainer and fitness coach at High Altitude Health and Fitness Center, made a series of what he calls bad choices that caused his life to veer off course. He began picking up the pieces. Now, he says, “Fitness is my place of worship and meditation."

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Let’s picture ourselves hovering over northwest Italy, not far from the French border. We’re looking at a place called Piemonte, which literally means “at the foot of the mountains,” in this case, the Alps. Zoom in a little further, and you’ll see the capital city of Piemonte, Turin, home of…

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Liz Fox has a very specialized niche in the clothing market. So specialized, in fact, that most of her competition is abroad. She is among the few people in the U.S. who can make the particular kind of clothing that Zen monks are required to wear in order to be ordained.

  • By Beverly Haldiman For The Taos News
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Ever wonder about the health of trees in downtown Taos and in the town's neighborhoods? What about large numbers of older trees? Will they be replaced in a timely fashion before the end of their lifespan? What about the large numbers of invasive trees located throughout Taos? Did you know th…

  • Bonnie Lee Black For The Taos News
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Forget apples for the moment. I’d like to suggest that we look to avocados now to help keep the doctor away.

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A plate of blue corn tamales, a glass of horchata and fresh guacamole prepared at your table in the courtyard. What says “summer dinner” better than that?

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SNAKES ALIVE: A flash of black scales with a crisscrossing yellow pattern, slithering along the ground and into the underbrush, was almost gone before the team of biologists visiting Ethiopia’s Harenna Forest knew what it meant. Evan Buechley, who is a University of Utah Ph.D. student and a …

  • By Ruth Bourgeois For The Taos News
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Volunteer training for this year’s Horses Helping Kids and therapeutic riding programs will be held every Wednesday afternoon in May from 1 to 3 p.m. We are proud to offer these programs at ESS and look forward to another great season.

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What’s the birdiest location in Taos County? If you guessed Orilla Verde (OV) — the southern portion of Río Grande del Norte National Monument — you’d be right. OV weighs in with 153 different bird species. Here’s a more challenging question: What’s the second birdiest area in Taos County?

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This “The Blessing Way” column is specifically written in dedication to all those in our area and in the world at large who have passed away from life in this world and to their families who remain in grief and are mourning the loss of our loved ones. In the Taos and Northern New Mexico area…

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There’s scientific evidence that meditation may prevent and even reverse cognitive decline. Yay! To those of us with the Alzheimer’s gene, this is good news! Since our genes are only potentials that are activated based on lifestyle, my Alzheimer’s gene doesn’t stand a chance of expressing itself.

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HELPFUL HERB: Lengua de vaca, or hound’s-tongue, is one of those plants almost everyone is familiar with, even if they don’t think they are. I say this because there are very few of us who have not had the seeds of this plant stuck in our socks, pants, dog’s fur or horse’s tail.

  • By Cindy Brown For The Taos News
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Dreams give us images and information from the unconscious meant to help us. The messages are unique to each person and represent a kind of inner guidance system – if we only know how to use it.

  • By Rob Drenning For The Taos News
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Spring is in the air, and favorite running/walking routes are accessible. As you train for your next race, work to get into that summer bathing suit, or whatever your motivation, we’re here to remind you to stay safe.

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Topping is a method of tree pruning that cuts all branches to a prescribed height or width without considering how the tree’s growth and health will respond to the cuts. This is a very common practice in the Taos area that should be reconsidered carefully.

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LAST STRAW: Gardening expert Melinda Myers offers this piece, titled “Create a garden anywhere with straw bales.”

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PRESERVATION: Here is an interesting, cookbook: “Preserving the Japanese Way: Traditions of Salting, Fermenting, and Pickling for the Modern Kitchen.”

  • Bonnie Lee Black For The Taos News
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If I had a garden and I were planning my summer planting right now, I’d designate one long, lush row to jalapeño chiles this year.

  • Mary McPhail Gray for The Taos News
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In the 1960s, research information began to emerge about youth who thrived and those who failed — in spite of seeming to come from similar life experiences.

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GOING PLACES: For many, apps on their cell phones have replaced paper maps. But “Tony Hillerman’s Landscapes Southwest Map & Guide” caught our eye at the counter at Brodsky’s Bookshop.

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The physical landscape of Colfax County is much like its history — rough, unpredictable and at times chaotic. At first blush, Dust-belt motifs and recollections of an bygone times don’t look, sound or feel like the makings of a stellar road trip. Two Taos News reporters didn’t know a lot about Ratón, but they knew just enough to be intrigued.

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One of my favorite classes in college was ecology. It was something I could relate to. Besides, it was a required class for wildlife science majors. I found a book at the Taos Municipal Library titled “Ecology: A Bridge Between Science and Society” by Eugene P. Odum. In the epilogue of the b…

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We continue our following up on our reflections in considering the potentially important role of forests in a necessarily gradual process of phasing out fossil fuels. Could sustainable, productive forest management aimed largely at producing energy, either through combustion or fermentation …

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 The mild temperatures and blue skies of spring invite us outdoors to explore the trails near Taos. While we will likely get more snow, especially in the high country, the hikes near the Río Grande are generally dry and in good shape now. One of the less-traveled paths is Miners Trail, locat…

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Did you try dry brushing your skin with the instructions in my column last month? If yes, you know how good it felt and how healthy it is for your body. Now here’s the perfect moisturizer for your skin.

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‘You have had seven unexcused absences. Can you tell us what is going on?” asks Barbara Costello, the school truancy officer for Questa schools who works on a contract with NonviolenceWorks, as she opens a meeting with a student, parents and school administrators.

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Being part of a family can be really wonderful. At other times, it can be not so pleasant. When you are getting along, feeling good and having fun together, your family can feel like a source of strength and pleasure. However, when people don’t feel cared about, when they create disturbances…

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Healing touch speaks to our bodies and souls on a deep and primal level. In a culture that favors constant motion, taking time out for a healing touch treatment can reset the body and calm the mind.

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During the winter months, I do next to nothing in the garden. Even though by February I’ve usually perused the seed catalogs and filled my online shopping cart with things that look fun to grow, I won’t actually plant anything until probably the end of March, which is when I start my seeds indoors.

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ATTRACTING POLLINATORS: Gardening expert and columnist Melinda Myers offers advice on planting a pollinator garden. Here is her article:

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‘I wish I had made this change years ago. This is where I want to be — what I want to do” states Zach Garcia, coordinator of the Gang Resistance is Powerful (GRIP) and Bullying Intervention programs at NonviolenceWorks.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The theme this month for New Mexico Magazine, the state’s publication, is “Where to eat now!” Several Taos restaurants are featured.

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When we think of the moon, we usually form a picture in our minds of how it looks at night. But why not take a moment to look at it during the daytime as well?

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BIRDING FESTIVAL: Registration is open for the 12th Annual Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival, which will be held May 11-15.

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Wild Horse Mesa rises above the flats of the San Luis Valley and the century-old Sanchez Reservoir. Dirt roads lattice the landscape nearly devoid of people — about 15 live on the mesa year-round.

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There is nothing like stepping outside to the fragrance of piñon smoke filling the air in the night sky. It is one of life’s simple pleasures that I like most about winter in Northern New Mexico! Well, maybe not so simple… Childhood memories of cutting, splitting and stacking piñon firewood …

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Enchanted Forest is located just outside of Red River on Carson National Forest land. There are more than 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) of ski trails. Some of them are gentle slopes, like Power Puff, and others are more challenging, like Face Flop Drop. In addition to cross-country skiing, the area offers snowshoe trails and a dog-friendly area.

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