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Author Archives: Donna Olmstead / Journal Staff Writer

A roadmap to recovery

Nationally, 23 million people are recovering from all kinds of addictions, including alcohol and drugs.

Former DEA agent Mike Vigil traveled to Afghanistan in 2001 in his work to stem drug trafficking. (Courtesy of Michael S. Vigil)

NM native recounts career fighting drug trafficking

The war on drugs continues for retired DEA agent Mike Vigil, an Española native who rose to be chief of international operations along with other high ranking assignments in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.


Feast tailored to diet restrictions

Give thanks for good health with a meal tailored to dietary restrictions and sensitivities

The Seydels, daughter Sylvanna, left, and mother Robin, cook a Thanksgiving feast to honor the memory of their grandmother and mother, Rikki Seydel, who passed away at 57. (Courtesy of La Montanita Coop)

Healthy dinner honors mom, grandma

Robin Seydel of La Montañita Coop in Albuquerque, says she and her daughter have been organizing an annual Thanksgiving feast for their family and friends with healthy, organic ingredients to honor the memory of her mother, who died at 57 in 1985 from uterine cancer.

Marshall Monroe, chief creative officer of his Corrales-based business, Marshall Monroe Magic, a national and international consulting firm, says technology’s learning curve requires more creative thinking to successfully adapt to the future. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Making magic from Disney to NM

From Disney to Corrales, creative mastermind lets his imagination guide the way to success

Naomi Shihab Nye explores her world through poetry and prose. She will read and discuss her work at a free event of the New Mexico Humanities Council’s Annual Convocation on Friday at the KiMo Theatre. (Courtesy of Naomi Shihab Nye)

Poet explores cultural diversity

Naomi Shihab Nye’s work looks at differences, similarities and bridges to understanding

WHITAKER: Will talk about prescription drugs, mental illness

Psych drugs may harm more than help, author says

Before rushing to medicate people with mental illness, award-winning investigative journalist and author Robert Whitaker advocates another look at what 50 years of research shows: long-term harm may outweigh short-term benefit.

Fashions by designer Kevan Hall will be featured at the Pennies for the Homeless High Tea and Fashion Show. This embossed golden gown features a trumpet skirt and high neckline. (Courtesy of Pennies For The Homeless)

Fashion show helps homeless

Annual Pennies for the Homeless High Tea features award-winning designer

Brand Anew

To market yourself effectively, you need to know who you are and what you have to offer