This edition has a focus on deselection/weeding of books in libraries. Search the editorials option on the menu for articles regarding the Columbus Village Library. Any comments or further submissions on the topic are welcome. 

"Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic."  - from Frank Herbert's Dune


                                                                                                          Painting (oils):  Jacqueline Ripstein

                     Calligraphy by Xu Ling

For Xu Ling, the calligraphy shown here was inspired by the old Chinese tale, Monkeys Grasping at the Moon. The story is about reflection and the effort of monkeys joining together to capture the reflection of the Moon which they thought was the Moon herself fallen into a well from her abode. The story teaches us something of grasping for things of an illusive nature, of impermanence, the imaginary and being left holding nothing at all. Yet, reflections are pervasive in the Cosmos and in the Imaginal faculty of the human makeup. Reflections require a correlation to this faculty the humankind possesses in order to 1) give a tangible existence of a different composition; 2) act not only as symbolic expression, but as a direct link to that from which it originated and to give presence, knowledge and a life for that which it may further become . - Alima McMillan

Smithsonian Education developed a series of teaching methods geared toward transforming language and one of the techniques used in its Language Arts program is conversing with objects.  The entire series of lessons may prove invaluable to all educators, writers, or those working with their own capacity in various ways. One would not have to visit the museum to use "conversing with objects", but instead draw from one's own environment, acquaintances and reflections.

"Doris Lessing was born in Persia on October 22, 1919 to British parents and later brought up in Zimbabwe. Ms. Lessing left her formal education at the age of 13 after being enrolled, among other places, in a convent with nuns who taught in the tradition of hell and damnation.

Doris Lessing: A Retrospective   

Wilson & Co. is the contractor working down at the Port of Entry, and part of their project is engineering a master drainage plan. Much of the flooding problem that ends up in the Village and on the border originates north and west behind the Foundation land.

Phase 1 of the North Village Project would tackle drainage from the new Village school, down Altura to Pershing St.  There was a special council meeting held in the Village on Friday, February 26th at 5:00 p.m. and attended by trustees but not very well attended by the public.  Mario Juarez-Infante, who is a VP with Wilson & Co. and who is instrumental in this project, spoke at the meeting and it would seem by all accounts that phase 1 is imminent. At least two members from the Foundation attended the meeting.

Phase 2 of the project has not yet been awarded a grant, but the work is intended to continue along Altura and parallel to Foundation land on down to the highway. If this comes about, and there is hardly any reason to think it wouldn’t short of an abandoned project,  an easement would be needed from City of the Sun Foundation extending the entire length of the south property. It would be difficult to project a time frame for a start up date for this phase, but one or two years out might be in the ballpark. The width of the easement is not known precisely. One figure that was mentioned is 21 ft. It was said that imminent domain, the seizing of private property, is generally not practiced these days. There is also no indication that there would be a purchase offer on the land.

Mr. Juarez-Infante would like to be able to walk the property and he has been notified to make an appointment to do so.  It could be as early as the first half of March that he would be free to meet and the Membership would be notified right away after he would contact the President of the Board.

In addition to the Altura/COS phase, there appears on the master plan indication of work that might also be intended for waterflow from the east of the big arroyo where it meets the highway, continues throughout the Village and down to the US/MX border.

It is unknown if there is a design built into the plans for water catchment along the drainage routes which would be a progressive development for the Village and for New Mexico.

          Plasma Cutter Shovel Art - Cal Lane

Columbus Art Show will be exhibiting at Pancho Villa State Park in the historical Customs House for the 100th Anniversary of Raid Days & Cabalgata.

Please take art to Customs House Monday, March 7th beginning in the morning at 9:00; show will be hung at 11:00.  Write artist name, medium and price with art piece.


Helena Myers   575-531-2364     

The show is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily with artists on hand to greet the public and answer questions.

John Read, the NM State Park Manager at Pancho Villa, not only extended an invitation to house the upcoming Columbus Art Show, but he has suggested that several shows could be held throughout the year. To this end a great deal of thanks is returned to Mr. Read.

 Book sales are held quarterly on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm at 1510 Market Street.

                                   There are also books for sale inside the library every day.

  • The Friends of the Library Support:
  • Children’s summer reading program
  • Concert series
  • Interlibrary loan delivery
  • Additions to the library’s collections
  • Guest author presentations
  • Youth activities
  • and more!

The Silver City Public Library is pleased to present a free concert featuring Hungrytown on Friday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m.

Many thanks go to July McClure for presenting her video of the Foundations's Peace Wheel. It was well done and clearly had an impact on the people who viewed it. July said she will find a time to show it again for those who missed it. It would be a nice evening to share around the impressions people have, not least of all what it means to have aged 13 years in less than half an hour. Many people who are no longer here showed up in that video and seemed remarkably present. 

                                                                                                                               - Roy De Forest


"Deming Animal Guardians Sunshine Haven Intake Project is just getting started. The new driveway is in, the site spot is picked out, and the new intake building is in the works. Some pets are already making their way to DAGSHIP. Please be sure to help support this effort in Luna County."

"Any and all animals will be welcome to our sanctuary! Dogs, cats, horses, goats, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, ferrets, birds, llamas, burro, fish, pigs, reptiles, and basically all of God's creatures. As you can imagine, this is a huge endeavor, but we are confident that our community and our friends will pull together to make this happen before year end. All lives matter."

The no-kill sanctuary is being created by Mike and Lisa at Sunshine Grooming in conjunction with Deming Animal Guardians, donations are tax-deductible.  

                              Contact: 575-545-8862

                                     - Roxanne Fawcett

Maya writes:

As a child, I had a severe case of rheumatic fever and was hospitalized nine months.  Later, my mother told me they feared I would never walk again, but I have been walking ever since.  It was the one exercise I was allowed – no P.E., nothing strenuous – until I reached my mid-twenties and an enlightened doctor told me I had better get more physical exercise.  Along with walking, I learned to dance, took dance classes, rode horseback, and was a marathon fitness nut for about five years, until Hepatitis A pretty much disabled me for a few years.  Walking was my main solace, and when I became a member of City of the Sun in 1992, I got a dog. She was a big dog, and needed a lot of walking, so I’d pack a gallon of water (to share with her) and my sketchpad. We’d be out for hours, and I walked miles.  I found lovely spots in the arroyos where I could stretch and do some yoga, and sketch the plant life around me.  Different illnesses over the years have curtailed my movements, but I still walk my dog (a different dog) – just not quite so far. City of the Sun is about ½ mile square, and I mentally divided it off into quadrants.  At one time or another, I’ve walked the entire perimeter and all the points in between.  However, lately I’ve honed it down to about 45 minute walks, almost every day, and in most weather, except for really bad windy weather.

Walk One

This walk starts in the southwest quadrant directly west of my house and leads to the northwest quadrant.  First, I try to be mindful of my feet on the ground, the crunch of the gravel or the softness of sand – and I relax any tension I may be holding in (I tend to clench my fists) then my alignment, as I go west on Sunshine Way and over the berm, where there are several choices.  One is a trail to the north behind the berm, recently clearly marked by Border Patrol ATV’s, which fortunately don’t come through very often.  This path leads down into the arroyo, where I turn and follow the arroyo west until it comes to a curve and another bermed area on the right.  Northwest, just past the turn, the path picks up again and leads out of the arroyo and back toward our fence line.  This is an old path started years ago by Sean Sands, who would use it as a starting point to walk clear to the Tres Hermanas, about nine miles away.

At the west fence line, there is a great view of the Tres Hermanas chain, a batholithic intrusion (magma that doesn’t reach the surface) transformed some of the limestone into marble, which can be seen in the large gray area on the southernmost sister, where there is a cave that used to be lined with fluorescent crystals, alas, chipped off years ago. Gone also are the juniper forests that used to be in the mountains – removed for the mining, from about 1905 to 1920, of zinc, lead, silver, gold and copper as well as fluorite.   (Information is from “Scenic Trips to the Geologic Past No. 10”, Trip 4 this neat little booklet describes all the area’s geology by mile marker). As I turn to walk north, on a clear day I can see Cooke's Peak and the Floridas.

I pass an old road that must have been built in 1916 for the 10,000 troops who were stationed here in 1916.  There is a large area that is fairly clear of brush that goes back as far as the water towers where the troops camped and used this area as a parade ground.  Back when I could walk that far, I went up and explored the "midden mounds" and noted a capped off well.  Digging around in the mound, I rescued a beat-up enamel chamber pot, and an enamel water jug.  I've also picked up spikes, spent shells, and lots of horseshoe nails.  Sometimes I return by the old road, or continue north to the first dry wash.  A white PVC pipe in the distance marks our northernmost fence line and gives a view of the Floridas.  You can either continue on to the northwestern most edge of COS property, take the old road back to COS, or turn in the arroyo.  From the far end of the property, you can pick up another arroyo, fairly deep but not as wide as the one that cuts through the center of COS.  This arroyo continues east to near Highway 11, then turns south, off COS land.   I try to stay on already established trails or in the arroyos to maintain the wild nature of the walks.  To that end also, it was voted and approved years ago by COS members to refrain from building rock cairns everywhere they walk.  Even state parks now prohibit such cairns as they disturb the natural environment.  (Imagine ATV marks from the Border Patrol)!

As I continue my walk, looking to the north-northeast of the Floridas is Magdalena peak.  Looking east, I can see the entire chain of the east and west Potrillos, more evidence of volcanic activity, located about 25 miles east of Columbus.  There is an area where this volcanic material is mind for landscaping.   I wend my way down the wash and cut across (south) and back home.  Tomorrow I’ll take the trail that heads due west over the berm.


                                     - Annabel Langrish

Walk Two: Due west from the berm in the southwest quadrant is an old trail that Ted used to walk out every evening.  It leads straight west from the berm, crosses another berm, and soon branches off to the right or left.  The left trail is easy as the Border Patrol recently was running ATV’s back here, and pretty much went right over that trail and other areas that make me feel violated by the invasion.  Anyway, the trail to the right leads directly to the fence line, where I can either just turn around and return by the same trail, or go through the fence south and back through the fence toward the east.  This takes me through our green cemetery area, where I check out my future resting place then down into the arroyo where I pick up the trail back to my house – the complete circle takes me about 45 minutes.

             Painting on Silk - Unknown Artist

Walk Three:  Due west on the old trail, there is a fork to the left that leads down into the arroyo or dry wash (arroyos are deeper). Here there is a lovely little circle of Sumac and mesquite that after a good rain turns quite green, and the Sumac gets covered in small red berries that area a staple flavor in Middle eastern cuisine.  They taste almost like lemonade. This is also a nice sandy spot to just sit awhile, or do some yoga stretches. From here, I continue south past a large cholla and up the rise where I turn left, again taking me through the cemetery area toward the fence, through the fence, and circle back on the trail (walk two) to home.

Walk Four: I take Arroyo Road to Sunset Way, and turn east on the road leading to our wastewater lagoon.  If I’m lucky, I can spot grebes, stilts, and other birds before they take off scolding me for having disturbed them.  I then walk around the lagoon, checking the fence, the water surface, and any weeds that may need attention.  I then head north and west up the arroyo and make a circle back south along Sean’s old trail at the fence line, climb up a rather rough path out of the arroyo and catch either the old trail or the dry wash back home.  

                          View Maya's Art:

                                                                                                          Tres Hermanas at Night - Maya

Germany opened the first three-mile stretch of a bicycle highway that will span over 62 miles, connecting 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum, and Hamm, as well as four universities.

This highway is an entirely separate roadway that will remain completely car-free. A study by development group RVR predicts that the roadway will eliminate 50,000 cars per day.

                                                    >  Urban Cycling for the 99%  <

       "Cycling tracks have the highest priority. They are cleared of snow before the roads get touched."


2 BR/2 BA mobile home w/attached sun room, W/D hook-up, A/C & swamp cooler; can be moved off land for non-member. Fenced w/x-lg. greenhouse w/utilities, garden shade house, landscaped, some fruit & nut trees, tools/storage outbuilding, welded metal car port, camper studio.  Good condition all; reasonably priced. Cruz/Mike: 575-494-3187 

The Meter Maid is leaving! Oh, no! Yikes! Gracie Jones said she is leaving for California by the 26th of March to begin a new job.  Sheesh.  Send the animals to the Green Space - Alima and July will raise them and volunteer Lynn to help with. That is unless we can convince Gracie to stay ... !

Until then, a water meter reader is needed at City of the Sun Foundation. Job entails reading the lot meters once a month, turning over the numbers to the Treasurer and calling in the well meter readings to Deming - $50. 

Contact: 575-531-2637

                                      Photo:  Bob Cook

The guest house includes: AC/heat, microwave, small frig, coffee maker, sheets & towels; non-smoking, laundry & shower facilities available; add $1 ea. day extra person.

Daily .......... $15

Weekly ........ $75

Monthly ..... $200

A new installation by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei makes use of thousands of life vests collected from Syrian refugees entering Europe via the Greek island of Lesbos. Unveiled on February 14, 2016, the display features over 14,000 orange vests wrapped around the pillars of Berlin’s Konzerthaus, and a lifeboat dangling in the centre of the columns that reads “#safepassage.”  The striking public demonstration aims to highlight the continued suffering of asylum seekers as they desperately try to reach safety in Europe. - My Modern Met

                                                                                                                  Photo:  Konzerthaus Berlin

In Naica, Chihuahua, MX, approximately 620 km (385 mi.) south of City of the Sun Foundation, there is a cave that was discovered 305 m (1,000 ft.) below ground surface in 2000. Miners of silver, zinc and lead were already working at that depth when they came up against the discovery.  That one's work day would take place that far into the depths of the Earth is as stunning as the cave itself with conditions being as they are, notably humidity and temperature. The Naica cave sustains temperatures somewhere between 44-50°C (112-122°F), with 90-100% humidity.  Many people have visited the caves.  It is an accelerated process of dying once in the environment, yet the attraction is so compelling that methods of remaining in the cave for extended periods of time (say, an increase from five minutes to 30 minutes with gear) have been developed to accommodate researchers and explorers.  The cave is immersed in water and after the water is removed, researches and explorations take place. After a period, the cave is flooded again. The origins of the crystals have been described as developing from the size of a grain of salt and may be between 400,000-500,000 years old; many are 10-15 m (about 30-50 ft.) tall. The composition has not been matched in any other part of the world. 

”This is a geode full of spectacular crystals as tall as pine trees, and in some cases greater in circumference. They have formed beautiful crystals that are a translucent gold and silver in color, and come in many incredible forms and shapes. Some of the largest are essentially columnar in shape and stand thirty to fifty feet high and three to four feet in diameter. ”  Richard Fisher, Crystal Caves of the Giants

(The reference to the cave itself as a geode is thought-provoking as one considers holding a geode in hand.)

There are some excellent and longer videos made by the French and Germans (enter Google), but without subtitles. Below is a link for a short made a few years ago to give an idea of the proportions of the crystals, the hostile environment and its beauty.