We Are in First Place Again!!!!!

New Mexico must love being number 1! We show up on all kinds of lists as the best place for this and that. But it also finds itself on the worst lists too!

New Mexico has the highest jobless rate in the U.S. We are #1 again!!!! Put that with the worst education for kids, worst reading for students, worst child welfare, and so on and so on. On top of all this stores and businesses are closing. We are really bad. And we are really poor.

What does this have to do with books? Well, if there are no jobs, then people aren’t buying books. If kids can’t read, then they don’t want books. If there is no money in the family, they sure won’t buy a book. If schools have no money, then they won’t buy a book. See what I’m saying?

New Mexico is not a good place for books and authors. That being said, we are still publishing books but it does impact decisions. We are not doing
War & Peace – no one would read it.

It also is a part of the reason why so many people are stealing and committing crimes for easy money. No one steals books! Something is really wrong in New Mexico. Our Governor, education gurus, politicians, and the voting public have played a part in this nastiness.

Right now, we need to be really ashamed of the hole New Mexico is in. You know what Will Rogers said, “When you are in a hole, stop digging.” You do know who Will Rogers is, right?

Barbe Awalt

Today's Rants: Some Random Thoughts!
The Congressional Budget Office has prepared a report on the new Republican plan for healthcare. It notes:
  • More uninsured
  • Deficit reduction
  • Increased costs for elderly, especially low-income
  • Decreased premiums eventually, especially for younger enrollees
  • Continued uncertainty
Those don't sound too good to us! Maybe they need to re-think the whole thing.

Happy Anniversary
Yesterday was our 36th wedding anniversary. My spouse gave me a gift of some toilet paper. It didn't come with any instructions but I can guess what I am to do with this.

Rio Grande Books
April 8: Gallup Public Library, 9am-5pm "Author Fair"
April 20-22: Arizona-NM Historical Society Conference, Flagstaff, AZ
June 16-18: Sacred Art Market, Gallup Cathedral
July 15: Lavender in the Village, Los Ranchos Agri Center

Henrietta Christmas & Paul Rhetts
April 30: Santa Fe Public Library, 2pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"
June 24: Treasure House Books, Albuquerque Old Town 1-3pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"

Loretta Hall
March 18: Santa Fe Public Library, 2pm "New Mexico's Contribution to Space Travel"
April 2: Explora Science Center & Children's Museum (Albuquerque Old Town), 2:30pm "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" new children's book
April 5: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "NM is a Treasure Trove of Space History"
April 7, 14, 21, 28: LifeLong Learning Institute class, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, 10:00-12:00, "New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel"
April 9: Treasure House Books (Albuquerque Old Town), 1pm "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" new children's book
May 3: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "Getting Men to the Moon: Behind-the-Scenes Stories"
July 13: OASIS, 1:00-2:30, "What Sex Differences Mean for Space Travel"

Pat Hodapp
April 23: Collected Works, 2pm "Santa Fe Bucket List"

Ross Van Dusen
May 20: Treasure House Books, 1pm "Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree"