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The Lives of Others. 7/22/10, Steamboat, CO

Ellyn makes a breakfast for us retreaters: something new and delicious this morning: a Green Chili Egg Puff… Hoops shares with me from a book by Nouwen on education (copied from Amazon): “Nouwen renounces fostering an atmosphere of fear caused by competition (mainly over grades), taking advantage of one’s position of authority, or treating class [...]

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RECAP, May 11, Airplane Above U.S. Enroute to Paris:

One Week Ago… May 4th, Brian picks me up at Albuquerque International. It is afternoon. Early dinner with the Nixon family, then, early evening photos shoot at Calvary Chapel Albuquerque: backstage Skip Heitzig and evening teaching. Back to the Nixon home to edit evening’s photos. Late night/ little sleep – altitude is making me head-fuzzed [...]

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Off to New Mexico. Today is Thursday Morning, 04/01/10 Albuquerque, NM

It has been three weeks since i was back from Colorado, and I have shut down the Daily Log. This trip to New Mexico and then to Santa Barbara, California will conclude the USA Documentia, Quarter One. I was hoping that the Sponsor Prints would have been printed, mounted and delivered by now but the [...]

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Maundy Thursday. Today is Thursday Still, 04/01/10 Albuquerque, NM

Rider on the storm – turmoil and turbulence seem to go together. The woman in front of me on the plane assumed the crash position sure we were not going to make it into Albuquerque alive. The plane drops, shimmies and drops some more – worse than a roller coaster. A lot of prayers are [...]

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Good Friday. 04/02/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

It is dark and crisp outside at 5am as Isaiah and I leave the house for Chimayo. The city lights of Albuquerque glitter in the clear pre-dawn air: the city sleeps but for those on the road to pilgrimage. Signs past Santa Fe read, “Caution, watch out for walkers”, but we have not seen many [...]

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Good Friday (continued/part 2). 04/02/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

There is a Passion Play being performed, and a mass in another local church – the entire town is packed in this religious festival. I just absorb it all. There are a couple oddities I can not resist documenting for posterity. Many people selling their wares lends a carnival atmosphere, undermining the pious occasion. Isaiah [...]

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Catechumens and Bosque. Saturday, 4/03/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

The morning is a rush and we are off – the Nixon Clan is off to a baseball game and I am heading out to Old Town, to Albuquerque’s Oldest Catholic Parish: San Felipe de Neri Parish. The parish father is prepping a group of catechumens for their first communion tonight, and also a family [...]

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Triple Easter Sunday. It Is 4/04/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

Brian wakes me and we head out to the University of New Mexico stadium for Calvary Albuquerque’s sunrise Easter service. Brian is helping Skip and asked if I would take some photos. Brian is wearing a suit. Arena is packed. Worship band is playing. The crowd is into it and I am moved by their [...]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Leads Me… It Is 4/05/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

Another early day out the door, Brian and I are headed to Christ in the Desert. We pick up Uncle Mark. On the road for an hour or so, seeing beautiful dessert and talking, we are driving through Espanola when we pass a house. The house has Guadalupe Virgin Mary painted on a yellow ocher [...]

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Skip In Santa Fe. It Is 4/06/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

7:30am, Brian and I drive to Calvary Albuquerque to pick up Fred, the church photographer (who is also an arborist) and head out to Santa Fe to meet Skip. It turns out Skip is already there in Santa Fe waiting for us at the plaza Starbucks. We arrive within the hour. We take photos of [...]

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On My Own In Santa Fe. It Is 4/07/10 in Albuquerque, NM.

Deciding to get a later start, Brian drops me off at the Rail Runner Station around 8am… I wait, wait, wait – finally ask someone to read me the train schedule (I forgot my glasses at the house)… next train is 10:30am…I call Brian and he gets me. I sit in on a small glass [...]

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