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Author Archives: Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

“It’s good to learn what’s behind the philosophy of music,” says Maria Nyberg-Garcia, left, who started taking piano later in life from piano teacher Evelyn Losack, background. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Older musicians working on an encore

By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

Many older New Mexicans are taking up or resuming music lessons

For baby showers, couples are opting for a reveal cake, which can be a full cake or cupcakes. When cut open, the cupcake filling reveals the baby’s gender. These cupcakes came from Cake Fetish of Albuquerque. (Courtesy of Cake Fetish)


By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

A baby shower with cupcakes that reveal the infant’s gender.

Sous chef David Tsabetsaye, shown here trimming beef tenderloins at Seasons Rotisserie and Grill, says most customers do not ask about the calorie content. There’s “butter here, heavy cream there,” he says, noting they come because they are wanting something that’s not part of their regular diet. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Chefs say calories not a priority on special occasions

By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

Two men are sitting at a diner counter in a January New Yorker cartoon, one with a five o’clock shadow eating a burger, the other in a lab coat consulting a clipboard.

Bartender Josh Morales draws a draft beer at Ponderosa Brewing Co. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Brewery brotherhood thrives

By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

New Mexico breweries thrive on helping each other out with craft and customers

Mindfulness meditation instructor Michelle DuVal, director of The Mindful Center in Albuquerque, leads students at the weekly Evolution Group in practicing the technique of focusing on the breath. The practice helps the students in the DWI/Drug Court program keep wandering thoughts, which might lead to drinking, under control. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Court program uses mindfulness

By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

Drug/DWI court diversion program uses mindfulness training to help participants stay sober

Inside the “Money Free Store,” a woman and her 3-year-old son shop for housewares and Christmas gifts. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Group collects, distributes gifts

By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

Small nonprofit collects and distributes home goods, presents in ‘compassion chain’

Kerry Wood, acting recreation staff officer for the Sandia Ranger District, surveys one of the three hills used for tubing and sledding at the Capulin Snow Play Area

Volunteers wanted at Capulin Snow Area

By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

Snow, too, would help rangers reopen popular sledding and tubing site

Slip and slide

By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

Ruidoso Winter Park …