Adventures in New Mexico

Unforgettable New Mexico Gifts by Tania Casselle

Give the gift of adventure or just try your hand at something new in 2011. If your holiday shopping list looks a bit same-old same-old, surprise your friends with a treat that won’t get re-gifted. Whether you want to make memories, try new skills, or just break out of a rut and have fun, here’s how to put the New in New Year.

Adventures in New Mexico to give as gifts, from balloon rides to Burns Night feasts and blacksmithing school, from snowkiting to scenic safari rides and speed skating. Don’t forget the circus classes. Read the full article Not an Easy Wrap to find adventure gifts out of the box.

 

 

Ledoux Street in Taos: The Story on the Street

The Story on the Street
by Tania Casselle for Local Flavor magazine.

On a chile-hot August afternoon, Ledoux Street in Taos has a far-from-the-madding-crowd tranquility that belies its location. It’s just a few steps from the Plaza and the busy main thoroughfare, but a world away in atmosphere. As I stroll down this narrow winding road lined with 200-year-old adobe homes turned artist galleries, I’m transported back to the Taos of an earlier, less touristy time. It’s packed with picture-perfect charm: sunflowers twice my height bob in the breeze, lavender bushes flourish against glowing adobe walls, turquoise painted doors and window frames are satisfyingly crooked.

The quaintness would be a New Mexico cliché if Ledoux weren’t so utterly unpretentious and real – a street where working artists have lived, made their art, and made their name for the last century.

Read the full article on Ledoux Street in Taos. September 2010.

From Seed to Plate: Cafe Pasqual’s Santa Fe

From Seed to Plate

When you’re dining in Cafe Pasqual’s this harvest season, play special attention to your veggies -they might be freshly picked by chef Katharine Kagel, whose big passion this summer is her vegetable garden. “It’s my pleasure, my play, my joy.”

Feature by Tania Casselle on Chef Katharine Kagel of Cafe Pasqual’s, Santa Fe.

From Monkey Mind to Wild Mind with Natalie Goldberg

From Monkey Mind to Wild Mind
Interview with Natalie Goldberg by Tania Casselle for UK magazine Mslexia.

Just as a writer sits down to face a white page, so the Zen master must sit on a meditation cushion and face a white wall – hour after hour, day after day. Both are tormented by the chatter of Monkey Mind. For writers, there’s a lesson to be learned from the Zen way of taming the monkey…   Author Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) tells us how.

“In our society we all have this great need to be productive,” says Goldberg. “Writing practice can be very frightening because I’m asking people to step into the emptiness of their own mind, with no project. That’s the landscape of the writer, understanding the mind.”

Feature for Mslexia magazine including interview with Natalie Goldberg and advice for writers.

Writers on Radio: Award-Winning Author Interviews

Casselle interviews poet
Sam Taylor.
Photo by Robin Collier of Cultural Energy

Writers on Radio Hosted by Tania Casselle

Tania Casselle was the host of Writers on Radio for five years, a literary chat show broadcast in New Mexico/ Colorado on NPR-affiliate KRZA, and syndicated to stations including KTAO, KVOT, KUNM and KLDK.  Writers on Radio was sponsored by SOMOS and produced by Cultural Energy.

Casselle interviewed 60+ authors and poets for radio including Pam Houston, Natalie Goldberg, John Nichols, Antonya Nelson, John DuFresne, Tara Ison, Lisa Tucker, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Levi Romero, Robert Westbrook, Miriam Sagan, Dana Levin, Don Waters, Robin Romm, Matt Donovan, Rick Collignon, Mirabai Starr, Judith Arcana, Eliezer Sobel, Judyth Hill, Heather King, Barbara Waters, Mark Scott, Anya Achtenberg, Katie Kingston, Lara Santoro, and many others.

She won the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest 2010 for Radio Interviews, for her interview with best-selling author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez broadcast on KRZA & KTAO.

Casselle also won the New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Awards 2009 for Radio Interviews, for her program with bilingual poet Levi Romero on KRZA, KTAO, and KLDK.  In the same year she was awarded 2nd place for her interview with novelist Frances Washburn discussing readers’ expectations of Native writers, and an Honorable Mention for her interview with author John Nichols.

Tania Casselle’s radio interviews are archived on the web by producers Cultural Energy for listeners all over the world.

 

Review of Taos Mountain Film Festival (for Film Festival Channel TV)

Adrenaline Junkies in a Mañana Town
Festival review and visitor guide to Taos for Film Festival Channel TV.

There comes a moment at the Taos Mountain Film Festival when you start feeling like a wimp if you haven’t hurled yourself over a cliff recently, kayaked the Orinoco, or out-skied an avalanche.

The festival focuses on films with a wilderness theme – mountains, rivers, deserts, and rainforests – and the many ways in which humans challenge themselves in the most daunting environments on earth, whether for sport, exploration, or the preservation of the natural world. This leads to much awe-inspiring footage from remote locations most of us will never see, and edge-of-the-seat moments as you wonder how the devil they’ll get out of this one. (You can rest assured that the cameraman survived – he’s doing a Q&A session later.)

Read the print story that accompanied my filmed segment for TV, by producer and writer Tania Casselle.

New Mexico Business Weekly Special Editions

Profile of Manuel Lujan Agencies for the Healthiest Employers 2012 publication, spotlighting outstanding workplace wellness programs in New Mexico.

I contributed 45 profiles for the New Mexico Powerbook 2003, interviewing leading business and political figures, and young entrepreneurs for the ’40 under 40′ section.