Rants & Rulings

Hot Weekend!!!

Hot Weekend — Friends and books! What a great combination.

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Best TV Commercial Ever?

Best TV Commercial Ever?

I have a candidate for the best ad that was ever made. Tell me what you think.

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It's the Weekend — Have Some Fun!

Two Fun Events This Weekend! Hope to see everyone at these events.

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Stay Cool with Lavender in the Village!

Lavender in the Village: A Great Family-event right in your back yard (almost)!

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It's hotter than Hades!

It's hotter than Hades — time for a snow dance!

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Poop & Snowflakes—Hot & Cold!

Things sure are changing around here . . . and even faster than normal!

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UNM Press—What To Do While Staying Cool

Up in arms over the demolishment of the University of New Mexico Press, an important part of NM life since 1929!

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Secret Ballots & Local Retailers

Trump wants personal information from secret ballots. Don't Trust Him to Keep My Info Safe!

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Happy 4th!

Make America CIVIL Again!
It starts at the top.



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Odds & Ends – Some Very Odd!

It is almost time to celebrate

The fourth of July is just around the corner! Let's celebrate by honoring all that makes this country great!

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Do You Want to Know?

UNM Press and Albuquerque in trouble — reorganization and car theft!

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New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair – Stay Cool Inside!

It's awful hot out there! Seek shelter where it is cool — come check out some books and some great art!

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International Children’s Day - June 1

Hundreds of events are set to take place across the globe to celebrate childhood and get people talking about the issues affecting children at the moment – and how to solve them.


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A New Week and Updates

If one breaks the law one usually goes to jail, especially if one fraudulently misused taxpayer money to the tune of $75,000. Golf trips by UNM employees on the public's dime is wrong. Not to mention the fraud that they perpetrated by saying is was a basketball tournament in Ireland. Bad. Very Bad!

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Changing the pace – drive to El Rito Saturday!

It is time for a break in the routine … and El Rito Library has the perfect change-up. A Fundraiser pancake breakfast and a raffle with a fabulous Altar by Nicholas Herrera. You gotta see it. And you gotta buy a raffle ticket. Do it now before it is too late!

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UNM Makes Me SICK!

It usually takes a lot to make me sick! But UNM is gutting the entire UNM Press operation but is safe-guarding the sports program even when they break the law. Oh my . . . !


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The Future of Books

Book sales are off! Number of book stores is down. Money for libraries is non-existent! Oh, my. What are we gonna do?

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Special Offer!!!!!!!

Everyone loves a special offer! Here is three just for our readers. Special prices for a couple brand new books.
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Steel Bender Brewyard

Green chile is the best! And when you can have it in burgers and other good food items, all the better. You need to check out a new location called the Steel Bender Brewyard. It's the bomb!

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The Search For New

We all like new things! Don't fool yourself, new is fun and exciting. Even people set in their ways want new.

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You’re Fired – Really?

What has happened to common courtesy and civility?


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The Southside Santa Fe Library Celebration

I remember when the Southside Library in Santa Fe opened 10 years ago. I will confess, I went there to see the huge and wonderful sculpture that hangs in the front. I have been there many times since and it is a great addition to the community and to the Santa Fe Library collection. There is a celebration of the Library on May 20 and a kick-off of the popular Summer Reading Program.

Instead of me trying to reform the words, my friend Pat Hodapp has said it all in her Press Release about the event. Read it! Also, we have the two pieces of art from Ricardo Caté. At the moment he is one of my favorite artists for his humor. He is also very Santa Fe.

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National Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers have one of the most important jobs for the future of our country. However, they are not paid enough. But most people are willing to pile on the money for our celebrity and sports "heroes." We need to change this immediately.

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Get Your Week Moving

It's always fun to get an extra boost to help you get through the week. Here are two to get you started … rabbits crossing and double corn.

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Donations, Thank You & Hope

It feels good to do the right thing. It feels even better when someone says "Thanks" for your efforts. But does that always work out? Maybe not . . .

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Publishers Talking About Authors

Every now and then, it is a good thing to express one's true feelings about things. That's true in publishing as well. Publishers tell all about what makes a good or a bad author . . .

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The Soda Tax Lost!

The public is getting tired of being told what we want and what is good for us. Maybe politicians should ask us before they jump off on some tangent. Case in point — the failed sugar tax!

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We Are Beset With Saguaro Cactus?

New Mexico Dept. of Education teaches kids bad science and bad geography! Saguaro cactus do NOT exist naturally in New Mexico. Maybe they should rethink what books they give to kids free.

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We Put Our Children First – Really?

Archdiocese has put up a smokescreen on the Soda tax effort. It is distasteful at best and just plain stupid at its worst.

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly About Book Awards

Book awards give a little recognition to a vast array of books on the market. They help point out the good books. They are a very important part of the book trade. But, sometimes awards go all wrong …. REALLY!

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We Are So Lucky!!!!! Let’s See Everything Closed!

Have you ever wondered about what would happen if no one came to your party? I'm sure that our Governor and our President have been thinking about this lately. They are both threatening to close up government if they don't get their ways. But it's possible that no one will care or even notice.

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History Conference in Flagstaff

It is really good to get away and clear one's head — it is a great way to focus renewed energy on the job at hand — which in this case is selling books. Flagstaff was the perfect place for that this last weekend. (Photo above: Winslow Public Library, Winslow, AZ)

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The Governor’s First Grade Reading Initiative

An obsession leads to discovery of a flawed reading program. Wasteful spending of public tax dollars in an "illegal" bid system. Wow!

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Things Have Changed!

Amazing how things change when we least expect them or even able to notice the actual change. Our lives have definitely changed. Check this out!

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Octavia Fellin Library Author Fair in Gallup, NM

Every town in the country can help promote literacy and reading. Take a look at the Gallup Public Library as an example. They do a really nice job in their relatively small community and it has a HUGE impact. Hats off to the Octavia Fellin Public Library and Gallup's city government.

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Village Pizza – Where Are You?

The retail landscape is morphing as we speak. Man, there have been a huge number of changes lately. Stores closing right and left. Where are all my old favorites?

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Miguel & Michelle to be Released at Explora!

We launch new books all the time, but having a launch party at the Explora Science Center and Children's Museum is HUUGGGEEE for us! Stop by on Saturday and experience some fun stuff, including the release of Loretta Hall's newest book "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" a great children's book focussed on our own great State!


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Several Special Deals!

This is the season when many publishers are filling up their warehouses with new titles that will be released over the next couple of months. We all want to get our new titles some special coverage so we offer a few deals just for you!


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The Tale of the Run Over Book

As Rodney Dangerfield used to say —"No Respect!" Here is an example of how books get treated all the time … with no respect. Someone did not get the memo on how one is supposed to treat books!

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Our Authors – Gotta Love ‘Em

The backbone of every publishing house are the authors who create all those beautiful words. We are blessed here at Rio Grande Books as well with many great people.

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IPRA & You

Open government and transparency are important because they allow citizens to view and keep track of what government does. But we must fight to keep those rights or government will strip us of them when we are not looking.


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We Got What We Deserve

New Mexico Governor Martinez threatens a complete government shutdown because she didn't get her way in the legislature. Most people in New Mexico probably won't even notice. SAD!

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Alternative Facts vs Fact Checking

Our White House feels that facts get in the way of the truth. I guess reality is only a tv show.

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BRING A KID - SATURDAY!!!!!

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WE DID IT AGAIN!!!!! We Failed!

New Mexico has some of the worst schools in the country and they are getting worse all the time. No thanks to the New Mexico Public Education Department.

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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!


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A Space Talk & Sneak!

Come hear all about New Mexico's contribution to space exploration at the Santa Fe Public Library. Learn more about this exciting history!


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Our New Spaceport America Book!

Yippee! We just released our first new title for 2017 — MIGUEL & MICHELLE VISIT SPACEPORT AMERICA by Loretta Hall. This is a fun book for children and young readers!

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Terrie Q. Sayre

Hooray! There will be a new animal shelter later this year! We'd like to think that Terrie Q. Sayre had something to do with it!


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NMPED & Alternative Facts

Do you remember the old saying "It ain't over until the fat lady sings? Well, here is a new take on that provided by the NM Public Education Department and their legal eagles.

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National Words Matter Week

Words are an important part of communicating along with behavior. Words do matter! Here is a case in point.

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Slim Randles & The Giant Eclair

The Chocolate Eclair That Ate the World? Or was it the author who ate the whole enchilada? Plus, other rants and goings on.

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The First New Mexico Writers Dinner

A wrap-up of the First New Mexico Writers Dinner — a huge success by the way! And a few rants on the state of affairs both in the book world and in politics.

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#1 Is Over!!!!!

Good news! My lawsuit on Inspection of Public Records Requests violations is over! I punched the whale and it moved!

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Odds & Ends, Macy’s & Puritan’s Pride

I thought I would just tell you about a bunch of stuff that as Donald says, is SAD!
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