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Digging in the Dirt

May 17, 2016 San Diego Tewa Mission (Roman Catholic church) at Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico (Church Dedication 18-Sep-2004).

by Sallie Bingham

“Did you ever make mud pies?” a friend asked me. He was helping me root around blackberry bushes on Tesuque Pueblo’s organic farm.

“I would have loved to, but it never happened,” I told him. When I was little, I knew without being told that I should never get dirty (although I did manage to get quite dirty out of sight in the old barn taking care of my horse.)

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My Wild

May 15, 2016 View from Apache Mesa to the west

by Sallie Bingham

A decade or so ago, there was a group—an important one—of the women’s movement that discussed, and endorsed, the complicated question: what does it mean for a woman to be wild? It’s quite clear what it means, usually, for a man, but the hard riding/hard drinking/hard womanizing idea didn’t appeal to most of us. The wildness did, especially for those who grew up in repressive times.

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The Extremist Influence, Muslim Women & the Hijab, Sex Talk

May 13, 2016

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, we discuss issues affecting the Muslim community with an all-Muslim panel.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is USIP’s Manal Omar, American Muslim Coalition’s Saba Ahmed, Journalist Anushay Hossain, and  Asra Nomani, former Wall Street Journal reporter.

Click read more to see what they had to say!

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Sugar Nymphs

May 13, 2016 Sugar Nymphs, New Mexico

by Sallie Bingham

There are several small towns in the valley along the High Road that leads to Taos, set this early in the summer in deep green fields, due to a pretty good snowpack from last winter and even a little rain. The willows along the stream have turned pale green, almost yellow, and for the first time in a long while, I saw some beef cattle relaxing in a roadside field. The decade-long drought has meant that most ranchers have sold their herds, and almost no one is ploughing and planting this spring, except for a farmer along the highway through Española—the other way to go to Taos from Santa Fe—who has been ploughing and planting for weeks. Coming up, his green sprouts seem to be the tops of onions. 

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May 12, 2016
by Sallie Bingham
In the attic of a decrepit garage on the old farm I own in Kentucky, Wolf Pen Mill, piles of old paperbacks were found recently, soggy from a leak in the roof; but in a far corner, a decaying box, covered with a crumpled sheet of brown paper, had not been touched by a single drop.
Inside that box I found dozens of letters, spanning the 1930’s to the 1960’s—only the latest in typescript—one from a husband to a wife, regretting her visit to Horse Cave and admitting that even after six years of marriage, he missed her keenly.
Here also I found letter paper from a business in Frankfort that sold lumber of every description, and hand-drawn geometric images that may have served as patterns for pieces of a quilt.
And much more.
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About the Host - Bonnie Erbé

To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé

Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...

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