Promising COVID Stats for Our Zip

Hello friends. I miss seeing you all at the parties! On the other hand, by avoiding gatherings we’re doing great as a community in preventing the spread of COVID. We’re not perfect, but in general as far as I can see, masks are worn, distances are maintained and hands are washed. I’m proud of us! Let’s keep it up.

Special request: As many of you have seen after my last mailing, I am super slow with email these days. It’s truly awesome to hear from you, and it would be sweet if instead of (or in addition to) sending an email, you could use the LEAVE A REPLY field below so that all of us can engage and I am less likely to miss it. Choose Notify me of new comments via email if you want. And please don’t take it personally if I’m negligent in my replies.

-Hope

I like looking up the stats every so often. You can do so here. The 87508 zip code has a population of about 20k with 54 recorded cases which represents 0.27 % of our entire zip code population. That’s great! On the other hand, we have a good friend about a mile from us that came very close to passing from the virus, so we’re super careful. I trust you are too.

In looking at our zip code, I’m amazed at how spacious it is. Pretty much everything in Santa Fe south of I25 and north of Lamy is in our zip. Who knew?

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As we enter into cooler days, I wish you all comfy warm homes, plenty of books and movies, beautiful walks or bike rides, and safe socializing. Thom and I are doing well. Even while we deal with the challenges of aging, we are able to feed our bodies and pay our bills without stress. Not so for SO MANY. I have finally started monthly donations to the Food Depot Covid fund.

If you pray, let’s pray together for all the small businesses, laid off workers, teaching professionals, students, working parents, health care heroes, people who have lost loved ones, homeless, and all those suffering or recovering from the virus. We lost Harry Burney, the beautiful man who sang at our 2003 wedding in Virginia. Sail on, Harry! Thank you for your amazing voice and your passionate soul.

Harry Burney

George R. R. Martin & Our Santa Fe Southern Railway

So fun to watch and learn the history and future of our railway!

Since we’re not having parties these days, I thought I’d occasionally share something of relevance for us. I find this story thrilling!

“The Santa Fe Southern Railroad now has three new engineers.
Violet Crown cinema owner Bill Banowsky, novelist and screenwriter George R.R. Martin and NDI New Mexico co-founder Catherine Oppenheimer have bought the decades-old railway and trains along the 18-mile spur line from Santa Fe to Lamy.” Read the entire SF New Mexican article here.

Ursula Freer

Greetings, Savorians. Another month of quarantine has passed and I hope you are all safe and well. I just checked our stats for zip code 87508. We have a population of about 20k (including Rancho Viejo and our other surrounding areas) and 35 confirmed cases of COVID. That’s less than .2% which is EXCELLENT and a testament to how careful we’re being. Let’s keep it up! Blessings all around – Hope

See some of our friend Ursula’s lovely artwork below. Ursula’s work expresses her interest in nature, the planet and the Universe. She relates to Einstein’s words: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” Creating art is a meditation on these mysteries and a desire to explore their secrets. You can order some of her prints and learn more about Ursula’s extremely interesting history on her website.

Marko Ginsberg

Greetings from Hope! May this note find you enjoying a safe and healthy holiday weekend! It’s my pleasure to continue featuring art from our community during this COVID time. If you would like to be one of the artists (who was not already featured at a party) please contact me.

Marko’s art is a combination of nature photography and digital image processing. He starts with an image of some natural scene and uses digital processing to emphasize the critical elements of the image. Visit Marko’s website.

Let’s Share!

Greetings dear Savor Eldoradoans. I miss you! I hope that this sheltering time feels as good as it possibly can for each of you. Like so many, I’m doing some cleaning and organizing. I just came across Linda McPherson’s business card. Sadly, we canceled the party at her and Fred’s home due to COVID. But it occurred to me that we could start sharing our creative  works, just like we did at the parties, online. Would you like me to send out a newsletter featuring your work? I’m happy to start doing this, monthly-ish. All I need from you is:

  • a description,
  • half a dozen photos and,
  • ideally a link to your website or social media page.

Please contact me if you’re interested. I’m also open to recommendations for other artists/craftspeople whose work you follow and/or purchase. Ask them to send me the same information listed above, along with your name as the referrer. Priority will go to Savor attendees who have not yet shared their work.

In this spirit, I’m happy to promote Linda McPherson this month. Here are some shots of her wraps and ponchos. You can place orders at Linda’s website.

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Blessings to all of you! I wish you safety and health. Let me know if there’s anything helpful for me to share with the group. And please feel free to add comments below so we can hear from each other.