Article in The Albuquerque Tribune: Tall tales

They dot the streets like the abandoned toys of giants. There’s a bowling ball and pin big as a house. There’s a lumberjack tall as a tree. There’s John Wayne times 10. There’s a red arrow massive enough to make a missile cower. From humble beginnings as attention grabbers, these business signs and sculptures have … Read more

Article in The Albuquerque Tribune: Big cheer

He stands on the bluffs of northwestern Albuquerque like some god overseeing his work. At night, he glows red like a frozen snapshot of flame. His hair is white, his boots black. He is inflatable, indefatigable. He is a 12-foot Santa Claus. “If there was a bigger one, I might have got it,” says Chris … Read more

Article in The Albuquerque Tribune: The tort tangle

Former Gov. Gary Johnson has been through it. Neil Hise, president of an Albuquerque manufacturing firm, has been through it. It is getting sued, and though statistically on the decline, a fear of crippling lawsuits pervades the New Mexico business community. It’s a fear driven in part by high-profile tort cases – the McDonald’s hot … Read more

Article in The Albuquerque Tribune: Lofty living

In Robert Thomas’ east Downtown loft, 15-foot tall ceilings hang like a surrogate sky, white pipes poke in and out of the space, and Shelby’s gigantic litter box – big enough for a bobcat – sits along one wall. But Shelby is no bobcat, nor a grotesquely oversized house cat. Shelby is, in fact, a … Read more

Article in The Albuquerque Tribune: The paperless office

Certified public accountant Sheryl Brown hasn’t bought any new filing cabinets for a year, but don’t blame her. Blame her computer. After all, it’s the thing letting her 5-year-old accounting firm – Taking Care of Business – get closer and closer to the Albuquerque businesswoman’s dream: a paperless office. Brown’s computer is just one soldier … Read more

Article in The Albuquerque Tribune: Biz Wisdom

In a tiny greenhouse in Corrales, ARCA clients Susan Marthey and Mike Dushi fill tiny cups with wheatgrass seeds and sprinkle them into fertilizer-filled black trays laid atop the table between them.

Marthey distributes the seeds with her fingers, carefully pushing them to each tray’s edges, while Dushi pours the seeds from cup to tray with no handling in between.For the two Friday-morning farmers – who receive services from ARCA, an organization for the developmentally disabled – it’s another day on the job.

Yet for nonprofits, businesses like ARCA’s wheatgrass operation represent a growing trend of charitable organizations embracing ideas from the for-profit world to capture increasingly elusive funds.

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Article in The Albuquerque Tribune: Cottonwood King

As a boy, Ron Glaser tied ropes to the twisting branches of cottonwood trees and swung over the irrigation ditches crisscrossing the fertile stretch of land along the Rio Grande known as the North Valley. “We had one right behind the Smith’s over here by Solar Road,” he says. “Some of these kids still use … Read more

The last card (unpublished)

Olga’s Psychic Boutique is a squat, beat-up house up the street from a gas station in northern Chicago. Hanging in one of its windows is the international calling card of those on mysticism’s payroll: the gold neon outline of a giant hand with its fingers spread wide. If I was still confused, I could read … Read more

Escape of the Amazonian Bimbo (unpublished)

My name is Sherry and I carry a mace — the medieval spiked ball on a stick made for liquefying skulls, not the sissy spritzer you pick up at Walgreens — as long as a golf club. I am 5’6″ with legs like an Olympic sprinter’s, breasts like Pamela Anderson and abs tight enough to … Read more