Local Neighborhood Bakery Holds the Key to Success

Local neighborhood bakery featured on the Food Network, Golden Crown Panaderia has found success for more than 25 years by keeping it simple and being happy.

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The Golden Crown Panaderia has been supplying the local community with an old-fashioned approach to baked goods and business practices. This approach has been successful mainly in part to the inviting environment created by the father and son duo, Pratt Morales and son Christopher Morales. For over 25 years this small bakery has been supplying much of Albuquerque with original breads and pastries. However not everything is old-fashioned about this neighborhood bakery.

Latte Art by Christopher Morales - Golden Crown Panaderia (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Latte Art by Christopher Morales – Golden Crown Panaderia (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

While many of the practices and products have not changed, it is the latte art and indoor garden that has given the Golden Crown Panaderia a modern point. Christopher Morales has taken up a craft that visually express what he considers the perfect cup of coffee, by combining an espresso shot and steamed milk. This results in an authentic artistic decoration on the top of a latte. Christopher Morales also began the bakery’s one of a kind indoor garden. The garden often produces herbs and produce that the bakery uses for its baked goods and other food items.

When asked about the goal for the bakery Christopher Morales says, “To be honest the ultimate goal is to be able to enjoy our lives.”

Continuing, Morales explains that there is no wish to expand or become a corporation. The intention for the bakery is to create great food and a good atmosphere, but also to enjoy what they do for a living. Morales described how easy it is to get overwhelmed in the restaurant industry, and says that when this occurs the interaction with the customer is lost.

“Every new customer that comes into the place, we get to hear their story,” Morales illustrates while sharing a few examples.

The human element is what Morales enjoys the most about his career, and he thinks of the employees as family, ensuring that the staff continues to enjoy the work they do at the bakery. This old-fashioned bakery has a modern touch and greets customers with a warm hospitality, finding success through what brings them happiness.

Guild Cinema: The Independent Art House Continues to Celebrate Cinematography

For more than a decade the Guild Cinema has welcomed guests into an intimate environment, giving viewers a chance to witness independent and foreign films, along with hosting events and film festivals.

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Originally when the Guild Cinema opened its doors in 1966 it catered to a more mature crowd, in adult entertainment. This was short-lived, and since then has had a few owners along the way. Today’s owners Keif Henley and Don Sherry are keeping the independent art house alive with events, foreign films, indie films and wonderful cinematography not shown in large chain theaters.

The Guild Cinema is located in the Nob Hill district of Albuquerque and this classic art house theater is one of a kind. Many of the indie style theaters in Albuquerque have come and gone while the Guild has been holding strong. This is in part due to the wonderful audience, who come to view the great classics, independent, and even foreign films presented at the Guild Cinema. Henley and Sherry have also been successful in choosing films that are often a hit for their box office, and this comes from the years of enjoying the films themselves. Many who come in can be entrusted to get a lively conversation about the film they have just watched. This is because Henley and Sherry watch every film that is shown in their theater. Making the film exposure personal is part of the success that brings audiences back to the Guild for a meaningful experience in cinematography.

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Guild Cinema Publication for Upcoming Events and Show Times – Click to Enhance (Guild Cinema Publication)

Each year the Guild hosts the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, an event that has become one of the longest running film festivals in New Mexico. The Cinema often hosts other special events as well, such as the Alibi Midnight Movie. With an upcoming event for Cinco de Mayo, Henley and Sherry also plan to screen the movie shot and directed by Sergei Eisenstein entitled, Que Viva Mexico. In a project that began during the Great Depression, this film documents and portrays Mexico’s history and culture.

While continuing to educate its audience through cinematography, the Guild Cinema is leaving its viewers with an experience that gives a better understanding on the art and appreciation of filmmaking.

The Albuquerque Museum Invites Visitors Into the Homes of the Spanish American Elite of the New World

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898, is an exhibition on display at The Albuquerque Museum that explores themes from the private lives of the Spanish American privileged, focusing on their homes in the early colonial era through the nineteenth century.

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The exhibition itself demonstrates the wealth and lineage of the early Spanish Americans, through the homes and the objects that adorned each room. This is not just limited to great works of art but also the luxurious textiles, sculptures and items that made up the faith, wealth and socio-racial status of the colonial Spanish Americans.

Behind Closed Doors is the first major exhibition that showcases and explores the private lives, social structures, and wealth of Spain’s colonial era elite. The exhibition is on a four-city tour with Albuquerque being the second stop. When the early conquistadors ventured into the Americas they brought an affluent heritage along with them. Much of this heritage can be seen throughout New Mexican culture but not in such luxurious and grand standings.

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898, Center Gallery of Exhibition. The Albuquerque Museum - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898, Center Gallery of Exhibition. The Albuquerque Museum – Albuquerque, New Mexico

The collection primarily consists of works from the Brooklyn Museum and boasts some 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative objects. What feels like the center of the exhibition is a screen depicting the Siege of Belgrade on the front and a decorative hunting scene on the reverse, this is a piece from Mexico, circa 1697-1701. Outstretching from this piece are large satellites of paintings and objects such as a bed frame gilded in gold that catches the light with a beautiful glow. With a commanding presence a large masterpiece by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes entitled Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero hangs in the main room. This piece captures Tadeo Bravo, who is adorned with the cross and jeweled badge of the distinguished Spanish Order of Santiago.

Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, 1806 Oil on Canvas By Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish,1746-1828) at The Albuquerque Museum - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, 1806 Oil on Canvas By Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish,1746-1828) The Albuquerque Museum – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Many objects in this exhibition are placed, as they would have been viewed in these early Spanish American homes of the new world. Walking though each room gives the viewer a sense of going back in time, with the rich culture and extravagant icons of social standing the Spanish brought with them to the Americas.

For More than a Century Women Continue to Struggle for Equal Rights

The Women’s Rights Movement and the continuing struggle for women to close the wage gap and combat violent acts such as rape and domestic violence in modern society, through awareness and action.

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The first women’s rights gathering happened over a hundred years ago in 1848 and women are still struggling to find equality. Through the Women’s Rights Movement momentum was started and helped achieve basic rights for women. Through this momentum voting rights where established, birth control clinics where opened and sexual harassment became discrimination. Also in 1903 the National Women’s Trade Union League was formed to advocate improved work conditions and better wages for women.

While education and experience often play the biggest part to career advancement, women are often overlooked for promotions or raises. Women’s earnings as a percent of men’s earnings have recently been on the decline for most women under 55 years of age. As you can see from the graph represented by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that outlines the annual averages of women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s from 1979 to 2012. In an article from the White House it states that a woman by the age of 65 will have lost $431,000 over her working life to the earnings gap. Continuing on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2012 the largest percentages of job roles maintained by women are dental hygienists, teachers and secretaries.

Sarah Swanson a New Mexico resident who previously worked for law enforcement in Colorado had this to say about women and job roles. “I believe that women are overcoming set roles in different career fields.”

Continuing Swanson said, “I’ve worked in two heavily male-dominated fields; law enforcement and software. In law enforcement, civilian staff is heavily female, but a high majority of law enforcement officers are male.”

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YWCA Online Information Fact Sheet. Click to Enhance. (YWCA Fact Releases and Brochure)

With this background in law enforcement Swanson did say, “One other thing I heard a lot of is that women should protect themselves against rape; don’t wear that, don’t drink too much, and so on. A woman should be completely safe naked and passed out in a bush.”

Additionally Swanson went on to say, “Instead of saying she shouldn’t have done something, how about putting the onus on the perpetrator to not rape? Rape is an act of a criminal.”

While women are still struggling to find equality they are also often the targets of violent acts such as rape and domestic violence. A report release by the White House, Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action reveals that one in five women have been raped in their lifetimes and most victims know their assailants. The study also states that women of all races are targeted but some are more vulnerable such as multicultural women and Native American women being in the highest percentages of targeted sexual assault and rape. In New Mexico alone only 7% of suspects were arrested in rapes involving female victims. This comes from the Sex Crimes in New Mexico analysis of the 2012 data involving interpersonal violence. In most cases where victims know their assailants, repeated assaults could continue due to the low rate of suspect arrests.

Swanson with her background in law enforcement stated that, “I definitely have some experience in cases where women were victimized. From the statistics I’ve seen, women are most vulnerable to domestic violence when they’re pregnant.”

She goes on to add, “I would also say that women are often victimized when they don’t have a lot of options; say, when they have children that are being supported by the perpetrator, or the perpetrator is the victim’s supervisor, being two examples.”

Lastly Swanson stated, “Women generally want the same treatment, respect, and opportunities as anyone else does.”

President Barack Obama and his Administration have been taking action to end sexual assault and rape. As part of the national effort President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on January 22nd, 2014 to help combat sexual assault and rape. This is in the hopes of protecting victims of sexual assault and rape by changing the responses and common social outlook upon these acts so every American can feel safe to pursue their dreams.

Finding Affordable Healthcare with the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange

While the Health Insurance Marketplace is busy enrolling many Americans for healthcare coverage before its March deadline, the Congressional Budget Office released their budget analysis and the projections of the Affordable Care Act.

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The national Health Insurance Marketplace or Healthcare.gov launched on October 1st, 2013 with a bumpy start, causing many issues for those who tried to enroll online. Since then the healthcare exchange has signed up more than 2 million Americans as of December 31st, 2013. This total comes from both state and federal ran exchanges and the numbers are rising with the looming March deadline. With the current open enrollment ending on March 31st, 2014 the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is educating New Mexicans and helping them find real plans that work for them.

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange or nmhix is helping New Mexicans get the access they need to find quality healthcare. This means no more preexisting conditions, being denied coverage for preventative care and not being stuck in a job just for healthcare coverage. The insurance exchange opens the door to options most individuals have never had before. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in State Health Facts has New Mexico listed with 425,900 uninsured individuals. This has New Mexico ranking in at one of the highest states for the uninsured.

Debra Hammer, Chief Communications Officer for New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Debra Hammer, Chief Communications Officer for New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (nmhix) (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Debra Hammer the Chief Communications Officer for nmhix stated in an interview, “When we talk about preventative health these are healthy people, we want to keep them healthy.” Continuing Hammer also stated, “When you start younger, you develop those healthy habits that keep you healthy in the end.”

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Finally, A Simple Way To Get Affordable Health Insurance. (Healthcare Resource, nmhix Brochure)

The Congressional Budget Office or CBO recently released a nonpartisan analysis that is a budget outlook with projections for the Affordable Care Act or ACA. This analysis has some calling the Affordable Care Act a tax that will cause the loss of 2.5 million jobs over the next ten years. While the CBO’s Analysis of Health Care back on January 29th, 2014 states on page eight that even after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented the predominate federal spending for healthcare will be that of older people. Exchange subsidies and related items make up only a small fraction of the CBO’s projections of the ACA for 2023.

The Affordable Care Act was passed to lower healthcare spending in an environment that increased healthcare costs and lowed the quality of coverage. In a recent report healthcare spending is the lowest on record and this slow in cost growth has persisted through the recession that took place 2007-2009. This report also states that the ACA is a contributing factor to this continued slow in cost growth.