Santos with a twist

Originally published in The Taos News   Fotos/Tina Larkin Gustavo Victor Goler is a well-known santero. Had this statement been made in his native Argentina, people would have thought that he was a practitioner of Santeria — a syncretic faith that blends African religions and Catholicism. But a santero here in New Mexico, and only…

Strengthening the core at Vibrance Pilates and Fitness

By Teresa Dovalpage Saturday, August 7, 2010 6:11 AM MDT The Pilates session starts and I find myself lying on a mat, with a foam roller under my back. It feels good, like a getting a massage just on the right spots. It’s the perfect way to get rid of those shoulder cramps one gets…

A living tradition: Aztec dancers in Taos

Originally published in The Taos News During the 5th Annual Fiesta honoring Senor Santiago de Los Cuatro Vientos,  Tanya Vigil watches other performers prepare for their morning activities.  (Photo:Stuart Palley) ————————————————————– Eduardo Delgado prepares his traditional dress for the  morning portion of the 5th Annual Fiesta honoring  El Señor Santiago de Los Cuatro Vientos. (photo:…

Slow life on a bike: From Florida to Taos

  Hugh Holborn Originally published in The Taos News  Hugh Holborn’s cross­country bike trip was prompt­ed by a death-cheating epi­sode. His son Alex was driving his Volkswagen Jetta when both he and Holborn dozed off. Holborn was startled to find that the car was going straight toward a tree. He quickly took control of the…

Nests of faith

 Originally published in The Taos News   Nuestra Senora de Dolores, off Kit Carson Road in Taos ————————————————————-   Altar servent María Mondragón at  Nuestra Señora de Dolores in Arroyo Hondo ——————————————————- La Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen,  on Hot Springs Road in Llano Quemado. Fotos by Tina Larkin Chapels have kept alive the…

The charm is in the chile

   Originally published in The Taos News   When I asked Raquel Troyce, a native of Guadalajara who lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, if she knew anything about smothered burritos, she thought I was talking about some poor little donkeys that drowned. She was familiar with regular burritos (a flour tortilla folded…