The art and science of New Mexico

If you like art in any form- paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodcarving- I recommend you plan a trip to northeast New Mexico to visit Santa Fe and Taos .

Of course, you may need to wait until New Mexico further relaxes its pandemic precautions. Their COVID-19 response has been aggressive but successful in minimizing disease and death.

How New Mexico Controlled the Spread of COVID-19

“the focus on science may be the biggest factor in New Mexico’s resilience… the state has been “very proactive at implementing science-based decisions.”

Dr. Scrase adds that “it’s really exciting to have a governor who values science and evidence.” Reopening decisions did take economic interests into account, he notes, but ultimately, they were driven by data about health and safety. “I’m really proud of that,” ( quote in the article from New Mexico’s Secretary of Human Services)

Santa Fe

You will be able to visit gallery after gallery, shop after shop for days on end, and still not see them all. If you arrive by air your art tour will start right at the airport which is small but sets the tone for what you will see during your stay.

As you step outside the terminal you will be greeted by the bronze statue Reverence by artist David Pearson. As described in an art guide,

“Hers is a pose of prayer, of openness to powers beyond all understanding,.. Her ancient gesture is transformed into one of welcome and benefaction in her perfect placement at the Santa Fe airport. “

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the Taos New Mexico airport terminal, an adobe building
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Taos- city and the pueblo

Taos too is an art mecca both within the town and also at the Taos Pueblo, which is also a must see for those interested in  Native American history and culture. At the pueblo, tribe members display and sell handmade arts and crafts.

As you travel around both cities and the surrounding areas, you don’t have to look for the art- it will find you.

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Meeting Mother Teresa -Tuesday Travels

Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa took her final vows as a nun in 1937 , taught in India for 17 years before her 1946 “call within a call” to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor

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Mother Teresa’s Life and Legacy

I made a business trip to Peoria Illinois, a place I had never been before.   To pass some time while waiting for my flight ,I drove around the city and  discovered this magnificent church near downtown. I wasn’t expecting to find anything like this.

This is the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1889.  The Peoria Public library tells the story of the church at this link.

statue of Mother Teresa in the church yard
statue of Mother Teresa in the church yard

Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa took her final vows as a nun in 1937 , taught in India for 17 years before her 1946 “call within a call” to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor.

Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony.

In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. In December 2015, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for her to be canonized as a saint in 2016. (source biography.com)

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 Mother Teresa visited Peoria Illinois in 1960 to speak before a Catholic women’s group.  She told them,

“I am a poor woman that prays.

God has not called us to be successful, but to be helpful.”

 (photographs by Dr. Aletha)

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No Greater Love is the essential wisdom of Mother Teresa — the most accessible, intimate, and inspiring book of her teachings. Thematically arranged to present her revolutionary vision of Christianity in its graceful simplicity, the book features her thoughts on love, generosity, forgiveness, prayer, service, and what it means to be a Christian. A passionate testament to deep hope and abiding faith in God, No Greater Love celebrates the life and work of one of the world’s most revered spiritual teachers.”

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