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Abe Observes

abe villarrealAbe Villarreal is the Assistant Dean of Student Support and Civic Engagement at Western New Mexico University. When not on campus, he enjoys writing about his observations on marketing, life, people and American traditions.

By Abe Villarreal
It was the night before Christmas,
and all through the town,
everybody was worried, they were all looking down.
They scrolled and they scrolled, faces of anxiety and worry,
squinting at their phones as they frantically hurried.
Shopping is what they were busily doing,
Picking and choosing, their minds were a’ brewing.
To find the perfect gift, a symbol of love and of caring,
it was too late, the clock was staring,
with the face of time that had left them.

By Abe Villarreal

I’m a guy, and it’s hard to admit that women are taking over the world. They are graduating at higher rates than men. They are being elected to office in increasingly larger numbers.

They are running businesses, excelling in sports, and running households. They are doing everything they weren’t allowed to do for most of human history, and it’s a good thing.

By Abe Villarreal

Every now and then you take a moment just to sit down and think. There is no talking. Your phone is out of reach. All you have are your ears and the act of listening.

We don’t do enough of this. We tend to fill empty spaces while not realizing that spaces are never empty. Something is always happening. When we have those moments of watching and listening, we realize it.

By Abe Villarreal

Every now and then you take a moment just to sit down and think. There is no talking. Your phone is out of reach. All you have are your ears and the act of listening.

We don’t do enough of this. We tend to fill empty spaces while not realizing that spaces are never empty. Something is always happening. When we have those moments of watching and listening, we realize it.

By Abe Villarreal

We continue our adventure from last week as we travel through small towns with big personalities…

The first town we passed in Catron County was Pleasanton, which looked pleasant enough but too quick a destination to stop by and say hello.

Turning a corner, a sign read Glenwood – A Place You’ll Never Forget. That is a tall order for a community to live up to but the people we met there and the beauty of the landscape made it easy for the slogan to be true.

By Abe Villarreal

On a weekend day trip of discovery through the tiniest of communities, the cows seen far outnumbered the people.

Three guys on empty stomachs hopped into a car rental and headed north on Highway 180, leaving Silver City at 7:00 a.m. The summer monsoons made the morning cool and crisp, although we knew it would warm up soon enough.

For those who are unfamiliar with the American Southwest, when you leave larger and better-known cities such as Tucson, Las Vegas, or Albuquerque, you inevitably hit the wide-open road. For miles and miles, there is no sign of civilization.

Cows seemingly roam free. Hawks look down on you from their perches upon bullet-ridden road signs, and tumbleweeds come to life with short gusts of winds. Abandoned shacks, once small homes or storage sheds are now carcasses that dot the rugged terrain next to lonely highways.

By Abe Villarreal

We hate to admit we don’t know things. Not just important things but small things. When someone asks us if we’ve heard of a particular artist, we say, “I think so.”

Even a simple question like that makes us nervous. What are we afraid to admit? Knowledge is power, and apparently, lack of it is weakness.

By Abe Villarreal

I’ve never been much of a talker. I prefer to let my thoughts flow out on paper, in stories. Words on paper, in notebooks or online. We all have our preferred ways to communicate.

Think of the Aunt Sally in our families. Most of us have one. She’s the kind that will go on and on. To her, it's all in love and in your best interest, but it’s also never-ending. She asks you about your day, and before you get a chance to answer, she starts sharing about hers.

Live from Silver City

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