Articles for the ‘La Vida’ Category

A piper’s pride

Ungelbah Daniel-Davila-News-Bulletin photo: Bagpiper Victor Hale plays ‘Amazing Grace’ on his highland bagpipe. The highland bagpipe originated in Scotland and is identified by its three drones.

The proud, mournful sound of a bagpipe is heard playing from a stereo in bagpiper Victor Hale's Veguita home, beneath the squawks and chirps of his and his wife Victoria's exotic birds.

Honing the horn

Brent Ruffner-News-Bulletin photo:  Valencia High School student Roman Gonzales holds his silver trumpet at his Los Lunas home. Gonzales is a member of three bands at the school and holds several awards.

A calming, cool echo of a horn can be heard in a certain Los Lunas neighborhood on any given afternoon.

The road to recovery

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus instructor Nanci Nielson talks to her First Year Experience class about having the communications skills necessary to make sure they stay in control of their emotional lives. Edward Davis, center, is working on his associate degree and living a clean, sober life.

(Editor's note: This is the second of a year-long monthly series about how alcohol and drug addiction effects the community and how those affected work to achieve a better life.)

DANCE WITH ME

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo: Jan Rasband-Cain, far right, instructs her class of dancers at Dance With Me studio in the Jazzercise gym at 959 N.M. 314 in Los Lunas.

Ranging in various heights and from ages 7 to 13, the agile young performance troupe at Dance With Me studio in Los Lunas are eager to share their talent and skill with the community.

Your wedding lady

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo: Silk forever bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres are handmade by Your Wedding Lady Rev. Lois C. Sullivan and are available in wedding packages, which  include a complimentary videotape of the services.

Local romance novelist Lois C. Sullivan has turned her enchanted pen to writing the perfect marriage vows for couples who have made the commitment, "till death do us part."

The road to recovery

Julia M. Dendinger-News-Bulletin photo: Standing in front of the old courthouse on Luna Avenue in Los Lunas, Alonzo Garcia is a long way from who he used to be ― a jail inmate in a blue jumpsuit who took out the trash.

(Editor's note: This is the first of a year-long monthly series about how alcohol and drug addiction effects the community and how those affected work to achieve a better life.)

‘Mind Games’

Photo courtesy Joan Leslie Woodruff: Joan Leslie Woodruff is a local author who has written seven books of fiction and one nonfiction, “Mind Games.” Her book, “Ghost in the Rainbow,” is currently in negotiations for film rights, and she anticipates the movie will be filmed locally.

Increasing the level of contentment in your life is simple science, says counselor and author Joan Leslie Woodruff, and her new book, "Mind Games," published by AuthorHouse, will show you how.