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.

You can contact me at

Happy Trails to You.

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May 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

The Swiss Connection

"Switzerland now requires that all passports be renewed in person at a Swiss Consulate. Unfortunately, the nearest consulate for New Mexico is in, yup, Los Angeles"

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April 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

El Camino de Chimayo

"You don't have to be Catholic to be transformed by this walk"

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March 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Sarasota Spring Break

"Sarasota was a surprising and sophisticated little gem"

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February 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Movie Review: The Way

"This movie shook me up, and it was the final scenes that delivered the death blow"

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January 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Belisama School of Contemporary Dance

"Belisama offers a highly personalized dance experience for people of all ages"

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December 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

A Hike Through Cerrillos Hills State Park

"This little trek is so worthwhile..."

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December 23, 2011 at 5:03 PM

A Christmas Riddle

"I heard angels singing and playing last night"

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December 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

For Lovers of Early Music

"Do lend me your ears"

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December 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Lighting Up Christmas in New Mexico

Farolitos Around Santa Fe

"These delicate little beauties bring warmth to the coldest night"

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December 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Anonymous 4 at Saint Francis Cathedral

"These four musicians/singers create sounds with nothing but their own voices that are as close to perfection as anything I’ve ever heard"

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November 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Just for My Proofreaders

"I have mentioned in other blogs that I am studying Spanish for the first time at the Santa Fe Community College. It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done..."

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November 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

The Agave Lounge has been remodeled

Agave Lounge in the Eldorado Hotel

I knew I’d just have to give it a look-see.

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November 8, 2011 at 5:39 PM

What I Prepared for the The Adaptive Ski Program Potluck

"Fresh out of the oven. It smells and tastes great"

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October 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Not Just for Carving: St. John’s United Methodist Pumpkin Patch

"Every year around this time, that is, near Halloween, the congregation at St. John’s United Methodist puts on a great show....right there in front of God and everyone..."

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October 26, 2011 at 4:55 PM

ARCOS DANCE Company World Premier: A Concert Review

"I think that Santa Fe needs to turn out for every performance by ARCOS DANCE, and cheer, applaud, enjoy, and encourage this kind of youthful artistry in our community..."

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October 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Kasha-Katuwe: Reaching Cochiti Pueblo’s Tent Rocks

"People have lived in this area, according to archaeological research, for over 4000 years..."

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October 10, 2011 at 12:29 PM

The snow on the mountains is here

"I discovered at least six inches of new snow had fallen overnight"

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October 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM

The Santa Fe Gourmet Classic

“A bike ride with a gastronomic twist”

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September 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Eldorado Fire and Rescue Benefit BBQ

"These people really are heros and I said 'Thank you' to each one that I met..."

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September 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Magic Carpet Ride

"The mountains never looked so grand and impressive, the colors never so rich"