Haphazard Observations of the Everyday

And a little fiction by Miguela Holt y Roybal

Miguela Holt y Roybal

Miguela Holt y Roybal
New Mexico, USA
March 10
Monarch of All She Surveys
Miguela Holt y Roybal is my maiden name en Espanol. I am a retired schoolteacher and aspiring author looking for crumbs of beauty among the ruins. My novel has been a work in progress for longer than I care to admit. It is a postmodern pastiche of magical realism and about a young woman from New Mexico who goes to work in Washington, DC during the 1980s. She has been a longtime witness to the secret rituals of the Penitente culture in her home state and learns about herself and redemption as she sallies forth on her quest for novelty and adventure. I claim fair useage of images found on the internet that illustrate some of my posts. All contents copyrighted by the author unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.


APRIL 13, 2013 10:53PM

Return to Mars

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(Chalk art on the sidewalk of the Portales courthouse by Jacob Lee)           

New Mexico the Land of Enchantment              &nb… Read full post »

miki and Jaime

(Michelle and Jaime 2012.)

Party Girls

It would be wrong to think that I was completely glum in the shadows at my fortieth high school reunion last month.  My friends know that I am a party girl at heart and my favorite person to party with and pretty much anything… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2012 8:27AM

The Reunion

SFHS Group Picture

(Group photo of Santa Fe High School's 40th high school reunion.  Above: what we saw.  Below: what they saw. You won't see me in this shot. I am hiding.)

Day of the Dread

Many people want to forget about their high school years.  Some heartaches and the inumerable… Read full post »


As a school teacher for over twenty years, I have had the pleasure of knowing many talented young people among my students.  One young lady, Katharina Rivilis, was a student in my English class at Las Cruces High School and I learned she was visiting New Mexico as a foreign exchange… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2012 1:43PM

Delicious Homemade Salsa

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Homemade Salsa

I am making burritos for lunch today and we need some picante salsa to make our meal even more delicious.  You can tell that I am a lazy cook and bought a quart of pinto beans from the deli.  And since my homemade tortillas are shaped like the st… Read full post »

Jack and Cedar Hill Refugees
(Some of The Cedar Hill Refugees: Dave Evans, Jack Clift, John C. Cash and Elizabeth LaPrelle.)
An interview with Jack Clift, award-winning music producer at Effigy Records, whose vision perfectly blends American bluegrass and folk ballads with traditional Uzbek instrumentation.
Together with… Read full post »

Victor Izay

"Big in the Business"

My stepfather is Victor Izay, bit player and character actor. He is also a war hero, author, director, playwright, teacher, Shakespeare scholar, clown, gourmand, and bon vivant, and while never quite making the A-List by winning an Oscar or an Emmy, he managed to carve o… Read full post »

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The Pride of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican artist, Mariano Eckert, was my teacher at the Flower Avenue Art School in Silver Spring, Maryland during the mid 1960s.  The small exclusive academy was located in the basement of the home belonging to Mrs. Ruth Dexter Sell… Read full post »

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Part I:  The Flower Avenue Art School

          There was never much money around our house when I was growing up.  Much like the house in D. H. Lawrence's "The Rockinghorse Winn… Read full post »

The Sacred White Buffalo
          “The arrival of the white buffalo is like the second coming of Christ,” says Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, an Oglala Medicine Man from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. “It will bring about purity of mi… Read full post »
MAY 7, 2012 9:41AM

My Glass Menagerie

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The Glass Menagerie
            In my dining room is this curio cabinet where I keep the odd small collectibles that I have found over the years at various garage and estate sales as well as an auction or two. &n… Read full post »
MAY 2, 2012 9:17AM

Let it Rain

To Spring
           I adore old cartoons and every spring I remember and watch the beautiful homage "To Spring." I particulary love this because it was directed by the great Bill Hanna of Hanna and Barbera, creators of such… Read full post »
MAY 1, 2012 8:49AM

Picante Jalapeno Poppers


Easy and delicious hors d'oevres

I have been serving jalapeno poppers to dinner guests at my casa for years and I would like to share this easy recipe with you today.  We New Mexicans claim that we will eat chile with anything and the combination of chile with another of my… Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2012 2:02AM

A Rock and Roll Fairy Tale

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(Poster of Jobriath a.d. courtesy of Google Images.)

Elvis, The Beatles, and Jobriath

I consider myself to be sophisticated when it comes to music particularly that of my generation--the 1960s and 1970s.  That I had never heard the lovely and idiosyncratic music of Jobriath, the first o… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2012 10:02AM

My Favorite Bob Dylan Song

From Dylan's great album Infidels
This song was released in 1983 when I was working on Capitol Hill for U. S. Senator Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico who was the powerful Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee during President Reagan's administration.  I was very d… Read full post »
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APRIL 2, 2012 10:41AM

Science Fiction Authors Invade Small Town: Photo Essay

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 (Illustration "Settlement Out of Court" by Ed Emshwiller from Galaxy Science Fiction, July 1953.)

A Weekend of Science Fiction

Roswell, the renowned crash-landing site of an alien spaceship, is only a two-hour drive from Portales, New Mexico, the Peanu… Read full post »

Burn, burn, burn                 … Read full post »
MARCH 9, 2012 8:28PM

Astrology and Me

What I Am
          Who's Mar10?  Me.  I am a Mar10--a member of the little club I made up as a child when I noticed that my birthdate looked like the Spanish boy's name, Ma… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 27, 2012 2:20PM

A Designing Woman's Late Winter Fashions from a Thrift Store


Fashion Emergency!

Since my retirement, I have had to change my mode of daily dress significantly. When I was a high school teacher, I liked to dress up for my students and my standard outfit was a longish straight skirt in a solid neutral and a… Read full post »

                             valentine letter writer                    … Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 3, 2012 11:17AM

Vintage Racist Valentines

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Valentine's Day:  A Celebration of Love? 

Children all over the United States enjoy a party on Valentine's Day where they decorate boxes with white butcher paper and red heart-shaped doilies into which little cards are distributed by the teachers.  I remember those paRead full post »

 Alfred Hitchcock Presents


This series is an anthology of shorts from the master of suspense featuring an incredible list of actors such as Charles Bronson. John Cassavetes, Joseph Cotten, Bob Crane, Bette Davis, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Cloris Leachman, Jayne Mansfield, Steve McQueen,… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2012 1:32PM

The View from My Window

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A Majestic Pine Tree Comes Down

I live in a small college town in the student ghetto.  My home is almost one hundred years old and the town was built up around it.  This is the view from my beautiful bay window--a family home.  If you look carefully, yo… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2012 9:13AM

USDA Backs Off: La Matanza is On!



Today is the centennial of New Mexico's statehood and this wonderful news comes on a day of great celebration here.  At 11:30 a.m., people all over New Mexico will be sounding their car horns for one minute.  Feliz Cumpleaños, Nuevo Mexico!  Que Viva!

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                           (Painting of La Matanza by Edward Gonzales)

A beloved cultural event with a long history

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