Blogs by Liz Simon

Liz Simon is a photographer, writer and cyclist who likes to combine the three in her quest to discover the nooks and crannies of New Mexico. Sometimes, means of transportation other than bicycle are employed---including the Rail Runner and motorcycle.

Topic: Trips & Quips

I moved to Santa Fe in 2000. I am an avid skier, cyclist, motorcyclists, gourmet cook, graphic designer, printmaker and photographer. I love to write about, and photograph, some of these activities, wherever they lead me. I also have interest in early music and early languages…troubadours etc, but haven't found the occasion to write about that---except for the Anonymous 4 Review in December of 2011. When I lived in Geneva, Switzerland, I was constantly drawn to The Museum For Ancient Instruments in the Old Town. Don't know why. I attended their concerts too, all performed on original instruments. Whenever I showed up at the museum, the owner would open one of the display cases, take out an instrument, and play something on it, or tell me about its history and how he had procured it. All of the instruments were his private collection, collected over many decades. He must have been in his eighties at the time. (I have never met even one other person who doesn't immediately fall asleep at the mention of this subject, so you can all wake up now. It's over.)

I'm still studying Spanish at the community college and am still having "Classroom Culture Shock". Really had forgotten what that's like...exams, homework, and the whole bit. Loving the language nevertheless. Had fun in Spain this summer, 2012, trying to understand "Catalan", the dialect of eastern Spain. Very medieval. Great cuisine.
Currently I am working on a series of mono prints which incorporate words, mostly old or ancient ones, with my own painted images. The title of this endeavor is called "WORDLY IMAGES"---not "worldly" as some people have mistakenly read it

This winter, 2012-2013, I'll be back working with the outstanding group of people in The Adaptive Ski Program at Ski Santa Fe.

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Happy Trails to You.

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January 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

The Goal: Breakfast at Totemoff’s

'I will be posting photos of my early morning treks.'

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January 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

The Last Day of 2013

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December 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Regarding ‘Synapses and Clairvoyance’ from 12/16/13

'The upshot of all this is: I knew I had to paint yet one more image. So I did, and this is it.'

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December 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Paint to your Heart’s Delight with Julie Claire’s ‘Intuitive Painting’

'We've all had quite enough of "drill and review" and the memorizing (mesmerizing) of facts in our educational backgrounds.'

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December 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Synapses and Clarity (Synapses and Clairvoyance)

'Then some recognizable forms began to emerge, and I watched them emerge, still not having any idea where all this flurry of activity was headed.'

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December 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Early Morning at Ski Santa Fe: ‘Cold Beauty in High Places’

'For me, there is nothing better than being in the mountains.'

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December 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Skiers' Corner

“The Armada JJ Test: December 5, 2013 at Ski Santa Fe”

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December 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Home is Where the Art Is

"The planning and artistic vision, which is apparent in every inch of this project, left me feeling inspired, and even joyful."

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August 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Small Gifts

'For all you bird-lovers out there...'

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April 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Plant Pansies

'Pansies provide a riot of color'

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April 5, 2013 at 2:39 PM

The Objectification of Women and a Partial Explanation of Why the Republican Party is Doomed

"...the Republican party is on the road to collapse"

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February 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

My First Encounter With Autism

"...this was one of the most memorable and remarkable experiences of my life"

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February 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

2013 Oscar Shorts at The Screen: ‘Gruffalo’s Child’

"...he degree of imagination and creativity that goes into these productions is something I can't get enough of"

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February 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

‘The Warriors: A Love Story’ – One Point of View

"Bravo for yet another great performance by this talented company—they deserve our support and appreciation"

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November 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM

ARCOS Dance Keeps Getting Better!

"The dancers were fluid, at times easily moving as one"

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October 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM

New Graffiti Artist in Santa Fe

"The graffiti seems to be painted with an impermanent medium, because it's never there when I return to the scene"

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September 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The Eggplant That Ate Chicago Ain’t Got Nuthin’ on This…

"This is a beet that I just took out of my garden, and I have NEVER seen anything like it anywhere"

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August 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Cooking with Johnny Vee at Las Cosas

"These classes are well worth every penny, plus you will get a 10% discount on the purchase of any tool used in the class"

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August 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM


"This morning I harvested a mess of greens, herbs and tomatoes and turned them into two varieties of flatbread..."

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