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A Natural Approach: Whole foods, in your diet or as a beauty product, do wonders for skin and scalp

Whole foods, in your diet or as a beauty product, do wonders for skin and scalp. Sharon passes on some expert advice about natural products.

By Sharon Niederman

This article was first published in the March, 2005 issue of Boomer Magazine in the Albuquerque Journal

A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap

Sharon explains that “A curious little objet d’art helps me remember I’m not all work and no play.”

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photographs by Jeff Edgar

This article was first published in the July 2001 issue of Sage Magazine in the Albuquerque Journal

Bargain Dining in Santa Fe

While it’s always fun to splurge at the Compound for dinner, Santa Fe visitors in the know can navigate the restaurant scene and discover a delightful variety of excellent little spots that will not bust the budget.

By Sharon Niederman
Sharon Niederman photo
Book Cover photo Ken Gallard

Sharon's top 10 list of inexpensive eateries in the Santa Fe area

Can a horse that evolved in the rugged volcanic terrain of Iceland live happily in the sunny Southwest?

You bet, say New Mexico’s Icelandic horse aficionados. With an estimated 75 Icelandic horses in New Mexico, the some what exotic breed is growing in popularity.

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photographs by Sharon Niederman

This article was first published in the April of 2005 issue of Enchantment Magazine

Chile Time

From Chope’s south of Las Cruces to Garcia’s Kitchen in Albuquerque to the Horseman’s Haven in Santa Fe to Orlando’s in Taos, the pursuit of the most flavorful — or the hottest — chile remains a personal quest akin to proving one’s honor. (This article includes recipes.)

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photograph and Recipes by Sharon Niederman

This essay originally appeared in Fodor’s Guide to New Mexico, 3rd Edition and the recipes originally appeared in Hellish Relish: Sizzling Salsas and Devilish Dips from the Kitchens of New Mexico by Sharon Niederman

Close to Home
A Little Bit Country, a little bit rock ‘n roll

Any visitor to Santa Fe can, as easily as sipping a caramel latte, max out the credit card during a morning of shopping. But how many of you savvy travelers can look upon a trip to Clovis, New Mexico as an opportunity for a wild shopping spree?

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photograph by Sharon Niederman

This article was first published in the April, 2005 issue of Boomer Magazine of the Albuquerque Journal

Eklund Artifacts on Display at Herzstein Memorial Museum

In October of 2003 when this article first appeared in the Eklund Westerner newsletter, the historic Eklund Hotel was being renovated, and its artifacts were on display a the Herzstein Memorial Museum. The Eklund Hotel re-opened in April, 2004 and some of the the artifacts are now back in their old home, while some remain on display at the Herzstein.

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photograph from the Herzstein Memorial Museum

This article was first published in the October 2003 issue of the Eklund Westerner

Elegant access

With the implementation of the principles of universal design, and the common-sense adaptations it offers, life in that “dream home” is available to everyone.

Story by Sharon Niederman
photo by Jack Parsons

This article was first published in the Summer 2005 issue of Su Casa Magazine

From the Good Earth

Herbs are deeply rooted in New Mexico life. As sources of food, medicine and ceremony, herbs are vital to the living traditions of this place. (This article includes recipes, remedies and herbal lore, as well as a list of books on New Mexico herbs.)

Story by Sharon Niederman

This article was first published in the February 2002 issue of New Mexico Magazine

Get Ready for the Holidays with Potica — The Bread of Memory

Get Ready for the Holidays with Potica. Baked into every loaf is the warmth and tradition of the holiday season spent among cherished friends and family. (This article includes Potica recipe.)

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photo by Sharon Niederman

This story originally appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican in November, 2004.

Great Getaways on 1 Tank of Gas

Madrid the Magnificent
This is the first installment in a series of five day trips that can be made from Albuquerque on a single tank of gas. If you live in Albuquerque, and need to get out, consider a trip along the Turquoise Trail to the quirky artists' colony that is Madrid.

The Vortex of Jemez
New Mexico is so loaded with power places where extraordinary energies convege that you can hardly take a walk in the countryside without tripping over one or the other. The dark, narrow canyon cut by the Jemez River…is without a doubt a power corridor.

Belen to Magdalena: Trains and Trails
Perhaps no other drive in New Mexico appears initially so mundane yet offers such a variety of diversions as the road south to Belen and beyond, then west on old U.S. 60. But this course will seem ordinary only to the uninitiated.

Mountainair: The Pinto Bean Capital of the World Welcomes You
Take a scenic journey through haunting and imposing Spanish mission ruins that make up Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, and, then, It’s a short jog down NM 55 to the village of Mountainair.

Cruising Route 66
Just when you think every drop of nostalgia has been milked from the old Mother Road, along comes another article (like this one) proclaiming the joys of the journey.

Story and Photos by Sharon Niederman

This article was first published in Albuquerque the Magazine, July, 2004

In Hot Water
For relaxation, try a soothing soak in naturally heated mineral pools

For relaxation, rejuvenation, healing of body and soothing of mind and spirit, the only thing that can top a good soak in an outdoor hot springs is to follow that watery pleasure with a massage.

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photo by Sharon Niederman

This story originally appeared in the August, 2005 issue of Boomer Magazine of the Albuquerque Journal

Parental Rights
Adult children should not usurp Mom and Dad’s wishes

While it may be appropriate for a parent to suggest, or even enforce, what seems like the best path for a child, an adult child’s assuming responsibility for a parent’s choices is not. So long as that parent is physically and mentally capable of caring for him or herself, the parent’s decisions ought to prevail.

Story and photo by Sharon Niederman

This article originally appeared as a “First Person” column in Mature Life Magazine of the Albuquerque Journal, October, 2005.

Returning to roots in Tularosa

Roots run deep in Tularosa, New Mexico. Native daughter Cynthia Duran Prelo-Riedlinger understands that the history of this place is every bit as vital as the evening news.

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photographs by Sharon Niederman

This article was first published in the Spring 2003 issue of Su Casa Magazine

Small-town Virtues

Sharon spends time in “fuzzy robe capital of the world,” Raton, New Mexico — a place where the air and water are clean, and the nights are deeply quiet.

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photographs by Sharon Niederman

This article was first published in the June, 2005 issue of SAGE, a monthly magazine of the Albuquerque Journal

Stalking New Mexico’s Wild Iris

The iris is particularly at home in Sugarite Canyon State Park, 11 miles northeast of Ratón in northeastern New Mexico, right on the Colorado border. (This article includes directions to Sugarite Canyon State Park.)

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photograph by Steve Larese

This article was first published in the May, 2001 issue of Sunset Magazine in the “Travel Guide” under “Day Trip”

Temple Aaron

Set on a steep hill on a shady side street in Trinidad, Colorado, Temple Aaron has been the site of High Holiday services every year since it was built in 1889.

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photographs by Sharon Niederman

This article first appeared in a different form in the Denver Post and the New Mexico Jewish Link.

Thai Cookery

At a cooking school in Thailand, the writer finds that Thai food, with its generous use of chiles, is a natural transition for New Mexicans. (This article includes recipes and a list of resources.)

Story by Sharon Niederman
Photographs by Sharon Niederman

This article was first published in the May 29th, 2002 issue of The Santa Fe New Mexican

What’s the Beef?

Natural Beef. Organic beef. And now, grass-fed beef. At no time since Fred Flintstone went out seeking dinner with a club have meat-eating humans been faced with such a bewildering assortment of possibilities. (This article includes recipes and a list of resources.)

Story and Photos
by Sharon Niederman

This article originally appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican, March 3, 2004



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