I produced my first event in Richmond, Virginia when I was 28 years old. I am now 78, so I’ve been a show producer for 50 years. I think that’s long enough. The 2023 National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show will be my final event. I have sold Sunbelt Shows, Inc. to my long-time editor, Mark Masker, who will co-produce … Read More
For Chileheads and Potheads, the Ideal Governor
New Mexico’s Democratic Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, is one of my heroes–or heroines, if you will. What other governor would call a special session of the state legislature for the sole purpose of legalizing marijuana? No one that I know of. In 2021, she did that very thing–and succeeded! Here’s what she said about cannabis then: “We are proactively stopping … Read More
How I Became Patient
I have always been an impatient person. I hated waiting in line, being stuck in traffic, and was intolerant of people who couldn’t make decisions. Then, nearly two years ago, while typing, I noticed that what I had typed was gibberish. Then I started drooling. Oh shit, I thought, I’m having a stroke. My wife drove me to a nearby … Read More
Hibiscus Heaven and an R.I.P.
And change it does: the flowers are white in the morning, turning pink during noon, and red in the evening of the same day.
Meet My Grandniece
Meet Rachael DeWitt-Cisneros, the daughter of my niece Emily and her husband, Max Cisneros. In August, she will turn 17 and be a senior at Valley High School here in Albuquerque. She is showing her volleyball jacket–she’s a middle blocker on the Valley High team. In addition to being an athlete, Rachael has serious academic credentials with a 4.1 grade … Read More