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Waiting for the Trolley

“If you can’t imagine a better future, you can’t have one,” said Peter Svarzbein, mastermind behind the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project. The project started out as his college thesis envisioning a transnational trolley between the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez; a symbol of commerce, cultural exchange and most of all, peace. … Continue reading

El Vaquero Rides Into the Sunset

El Vaquero With a jingle of his fiberglass spurs and a devilish snort out his red-eyed steed, El Vaquero rode out of the Sun City this afternoon.   The statue of this dark skinned, gun-wielding horseman clinging to the back of a wild-eyed horse, was created by the hands of Luis Jimenez. A second Vaquero … Continue reading

Las Fiestas: A Twinkle and a Flash

. . . And the Fiestas continue! As promised, this is part two of our Kermés series. Make sure to click back to our last entry to check out the daytime look at these community church parties. As nighttime covers the land and the church bells call out to the moon, visitors trickle in one … Continue reading

Las Fiestas!

It’s that time of year again! Once a year, many of the churches of our community hold huge parties meant to draw visitors and raise funds for the church. The holy houses fill the air with flashing lights, festive music and dust picked up by the feet of the hundreds that attend. The Kermés, as it’s … Continue reading

El Curandero de San Eli

The man led me into his house before I gave him much of an explanation for why I was there. He walked me over to his kitchen table and sat down comfortably, strapped on his portable oxygen and asked what I wanted to know. “What’s your name?” I asked. He answered, “Juan Ricardo Sioux Kessler … Continue reading

Burning Rubber through the South West

As threatening and unwelcoming as the desert may seem at times, there is something undeniably peaceful about being surrounded by a vastness of nothing. Of course the Chihuahuan desert is not empty, but the openness of the land certainly seems that way by contrast of the cities speckled throughout it. San Elizario, Clint, Fabens, Horizon, … Continue reading

A Mountain Stroll and a Jamboree

Texas. It’s fair to say that El Paso is at times in better touch with New Mexico than it is with Texas. We share our water, desert and mountains. We dispute our football dominance over I-10. We like our salsas flavorful and spicy. Who doesn’t love New Mexican green chile? When the Chihuahuan sand gets to … Continue reading

Madame Mountain

I spent the greater part of last week in the New Mexico mountain village of Cloudcroft. Elevation: 8,600 feet above sea-level Population: 749 My trusty camera came along with me, of course. Although much of my time there was spent sawing, hammering,  and hauling, I decidedly set time apart to absorb as much of the … Continue reading


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