New Mexico Diary: Caverns And Cloud Climbers

Day four of our New Mexico whirlwind tour began in the early a.m. with a three and a half hour drive to the biggest must-see attraction in the state: Carlsbad Caverns National Park.You may think you've seen a cavern before, but unless you're a scientist who studies the world's geological formations, you probably haven't seen one this entirely enormous before. It takes about an hour to descend down the winding path from the entrance to the first rest area (which used to be an underground cafeteria back in the day, complete with boxed meals. Now it's more like snack food and pre-made sandwiches, which I'm sure is better for the eco-system of the cave) ....more

New Mexico Diary: Las Cruces And Mesilla - Old Town, Great Food

Our great southwest journey took us next to the town of Las Cruces, and it's partner, historic Old Mesilla. Located just over the magnificent Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is a city steeped in tradition since its colonization by the Spanish in the late fifteen hundreds.That picture above is the plaza in the center of Old Mesilla, a place full of great little shops, and behind the gazebo there is the Basilica of San Albino. Read more » ...more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Look Closely

Look down there! I tell them At the bottom, there's a little waterfall...more

New Mexico Diary: Space And Sand And Fun All Around

Our second day in the New Mexico sunshine began with a trip to the New Mexico Museum of Space History (that's it above), which also houses the International Space Hall of Fame. Alamogordo is rich in its history of rocket development and testing, and this museum is a must-see if you're in the area. Lots of cool exhibits inside and out, including a moon rock! ...more

Found A Great YouTube Channel For Kids On The Spectrum

Today, I want to share with you a terrific YouTube channel that a friend shared with me recently. Autism Brain Boosters has several simple, effective videos presented in a visually effective way that cover everything from alphabet letters to shapes and cause-and-effect scenarios.This is their video for "Positional Words" (something David really struggled with for a long time): David couldn't figure out which was top or bottom, or which item was between, in front of, or behind. Autism Brain Boosters uses visually recognizable items to create interest, and then repetitive, simple words to reinforce.Check out all their videos on their YouTube site ....more

Fun On A Friday: Time For Another Edition of "Today In The News"

It's Friday, folks, and other than the Olympics, the news rarely brings us much joy anymore, does it? That ends today because there's always something worth reading when I handle the news... There's a story behind this one ....more

New Mexico Diary: Pistachios, Burgers and Technicolor Sky

Our New Mexico odyssey began at the Albuquerque Airport (or the Albuquerque International Sunport, it's official name that sounds nothing like an airport so I didn't use it), then into a rental car and down the road we went. We have Anna's best friend, J, along for the ride, and the two girls and David were loving the scenery and the big stretches of nothing between towns.... For exactly twenty minutes ....more

New Mexico Diary: Pistachios, Burgers and Technicolor Sky

Our New Mexico odyssey began at the Albuquerque Airport (or the Albuquerque International Sunport, it's official name that sounds nothing like an airport so I didn't use it), then into a rental car and down the road we went. We have Anna's best friend, J, along for the ride, and the two girls and David were loving the scenery and the big stretches of nothing between towns.... For exactly twenty minutes ....more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: From The Dust It Rises

There was a time...more

What Do You Love Or Miss About Your Hometown?

As you read this, my children and I (and Anna's best friend) are in the air and on our way to my beautiful home state of New Mexico. Oh, it feels good to go home again. It's been three years for me, but for my children, this is a first visit of sorts ....more
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