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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Open houses L18 Mortgage rates 122 Connections 123 Planting time All you need are a few bulbs a shovel and some enthusiasm Page 122 I SUNDAY OCTOBER 2 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN ED CROCKER Understanding adobe Whining about adobe A friend called to tell me that I am a source of amusement to him I asked if he was referring to my subtle wit or timeless prose and got alas a negative response He was merely enter tained that a letter to the editor regarding my ongoing column in this space was entertaining because I had dearly annoyed someone to the point of responding publicly For those who missed it here it is I believe it is time to change the title of Ed Crockers column to Whining about Far front gaining information to understand the subject the reader is subjected to a weekly tirade that can be summed thusly Anything not straight earth materials is new it is dif ferent they use it and I dont like Comparing building materi als to organ donors really put him over the edge I suggest The New Mexican either find a col umnist who can provide useful information and maybe keep a positive outlook or relegate Crocker to the editorial page Stephen L Wust Santa Fe I have to say that I also find this entertaining particularly in light of Mr Wusts previous communications with me Let me set this up As he noted the essay that raised Stephens blood pres sure was concerned with the compatibility of materials and I noted that to draw an extreme analogy a build ing might be compared to a human I went on to illustrate how the analogy pertains Materials in a build ing must be compatible in the same way that tissue matching in an organ transplant is a very serious consideration The results in both cases are inter estingly similar if you apply a modicum of imagination I think the comparison apt particularly when considering Portland cement mortars and elastomeric plasters mixed with adobe and can illustrate my point with many many examples within a halfmile of the Plaza So a day or so after the col umn appeared I received this from Mr Wust Mr Crocker To extend your reasoning as to why elastomeric plasters are incompatible with adobe one could conclude that traditional tar and gravel flat roofs are also incompatible with traditional stucco and adobe Might this be the reason that traditional roofs are notoriously leaky and require constant repairMight als in roofing actually beprefer able Lest one pursues a mud See CROCKER Page 122 James A Washington Post Lauren Hoeraufs mother Kristi of St Leonard is shown with Tracker their Labrador in Laurens room which has been left as is while she attends Mary lands Towson University Spare change Parents of freshman who go away to college face the question of what to do with that extra bedroom By Jura Koncius The Washington Post WASHINGTON In homes across the country parents are eyeing bed rooms vacated by their newly minted college freshmen Should they close the door and preserve them as a teenage time capsule or drag in a Stairmaster and set up a home gym We could use a guest says Skipp Calvert an Alexandria land scape designer whose youngest son David departed for Southern Methodist University in Dallas last month But it sends the wrong Ha says professional organizer and author Barbara Hemphill who has five grown children Kids are supposed to find out how to live on their Keeping their rooms forever isnt always in their best This fall there are an estimated mil lion empty beds in the childhood homes of college freshmen who moved to campus housing According to Student Monitor a marketresearch group of the million firstyear students enrolled at the nations fouryear colleges about 67 percent live on campus Some parents offer the coveted roomleftbehmd to a younger sibling or set it up as a home office But in many cases they leave the basketball trophies and the CD towers intact at least for a while ready for when kids come home for vacations Dan Jones director and chief psychol ogist at Appalachian State University in Boone counsels parents as part of the universitys annual parentorienta tion program He says he is frequently asked if its OK to let a younger child move into a son or daughters room or to turn it into a computer room The answer to all those questions is yes but I recommend that they wait until after the first semester The first semes ter the college student is adjusting to a major transition in their lives Home is a haven for them A lot of changes at home are probably not Jones often suggests waiting until Christmas break and discussing the change you want to make Just dont surprise them Give them time to get used to the idea You dealt with the room the way it is all these years you can wait four or five George Kuh chancellors professor of liigher education at Indiana University says that between cell phones and email parents today have much more dayto day communication with their college children dian in decades past when a weekly Sunday phone call was the norm Students are much more connected to home psychologically than they were a generation or two ago So the notion of doing something radical to the students room is almost blasphemous if connec tions are remaining very Adds Kuh I wouldnt do much but get the carpet cleaned and look forward to welcoming the student back with their bedroom says Kuh It would be a rude awakening to come home and find a pool table in Mary and Skipp Calvert felt nostalgic when their youngest son David flew off to college but not nostalgic enough to maintain his cluttered bedroom as a shrine Within days Mary Balfour Cal Please see SPARE Page 122 Letter conveys Mrs Lincolns grief over son ROSEMARY MCKiTTRICK Collectors corner Mary Todd Lincoln sat by her sons bedside and watched his labored breathing The delicate blueeyed Willie was her favorite and she could see him growing weaker On good days Willie rarely left her side Curled up in a chair with pencil and paper in hand or reading a book the 11yearold spent long leisurely afternoons next to his doting mother Mrs Lincoln had thought Willie was the child who would be the hope and stay of her old age She could see now she was wrong When Willie finally did pass away in 1862 of typhoid fever Mrs Lincoln was so distraught she couldnt attend the funeral God called his beautiful spirit wrote Elizabeth Keckley the black servant who cared for the boy He lay with eyes closed his brown hair parted as we had known it pale in the slumber of death but otherwise The poet Nathaniel Parker Wil lis an acquaintance of the Lincoln family had this to say about Wil lie With all the splendor that was around this little fellow in his new home the White he was so bravely and beautifully and that only A wild flower transplanted from the prai rie to the hothouse He retained his prairie habits unalterably pure and simple till he Firstperson accounts such as this provide graphic pictures of Willie his mother his life shortly before his death and the reac tions of those around him after he died Historically theyre invaluable One more piece was added to the picture recently A sixpage autographed letter signed by Mary Todd Lincoln to See McKITTRICK Page 122 ADVERTISERS INDEX Barker Rancho Coldwell Realty 3000 French French Sothebys International Realty Santa Fe Great Estates 1 v Independent Brokers Las Open House Prudential Santa Fe Real v 5 Section editor lirucc Krasnow firstname.lastname@example.org Dcsiqn and headlines Jim Gordon email@example.com
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