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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Seniors E2 Community sports E3 Weddings E10 SUNDAY OCTOBER 2 2005 Pintsized football Withteams names like Titans Cobras and Mud Dawgs you know these kids mean business Page E3 E THF NEW MEXICAN CHRISTINE BARBER Working girl Getting a little nun sense Lets say you want to save the world Do you a Buy a cape wear some too tight tights and teach your self how to fly b Head to the Sudan grab a hoe and plant something c Lock yourself in your house and pray If youre a Carmelite nun the correct answer is c Theyre saving us one prayer at a time And for them life is The job Job title Carmelite nun Pay Bountiful rewards in heaven Employer God Subcontractor Catholic Church prayer At the Carmelite Mon astery here in Santa Fe the nuns spend nine hours every day praying And they are so dedicated to their life that they are cloistered They dont leave their monastery ever Exception Dentist appointments twice a year Its meant to be a hidden life a life of says one nun who asks thather name not be used Her reason In her anonymity she can rep resent all nine of the nuns who live at the monastery So lets just call her Sister Mary since the Carmelite nuns follow the example of Mary the mother ofjesus Sister Mary has been in the convent since she was 21 Shes 76 now In those 55 years shes left the monastery 15 times She says the nuns arent agoraphobic afraid of going out in public But com ing out into ourworld gives them a bad case of sensory overload When some sisters get back from a trip outside they always say its good to get Sister Mary says The oldest nun at the mon astery is 99 the youngest is 30 They are expecting a new nun soon but their number pur posely will stay small in keep ing with the number of Jesus 12 apostles The official name of die monastery is Discalced Car melite Nuns of Santa Fe I had to look up It means barefoot but the nuns arent barefoot I checked They wear cute beige espadrilles The Carmelite Monastery a quiet place up near Museum Hill takes up 8 acres 6 of grounds 2 of buildings Its surrounded by a wall that is easily 10feet tall in places From the inside the nuns cant see the surrounding hills the chamisa or the arroyo that runs behind the property For 365 days a year all they see of the outside world is the sky When visitors come they all are greeted through a screen The nuns have a phone but they dont watch TV or listen to the radio They read no newspapers or mainstream books only approved books about Catholic life Yet they learn about hap penings in the outside world quickly says Sister Mary The faithful tell them about it through their prayer inten tions Sister Mary says they knew about Hurricanes Katrina and Rita immediately thanks to thosewho asked the See WORKING Page E4 Photos by Kathy De La New Mexican Mike Miller 26 polishes his Cameron Dragster at his home A fourthgrade teacher at Sweeney Elementary School he will be competing in the 5th Annual Ameriquest Nationals and the JEGS Allstars Race this weekend in Chicago Mike Miller races cars and teaches fourth graders and of the two he finds teaching more frightening By NATALIE STOREY The New Mexican ike Miller has a bit of a split personality He doesnt let on much in his fourthgrade classroom at Sweeney Elementary School where he has taught for two years Hes a compassionate and con cerned teacher one who doesnt like taking too many chances with his kids But the second he leaves school in the after noon Miller begins the transformation to the person he is away from his work a champion drag racer Who would guess the unassuming 26year old had two brightly painted dragsters in his garage each capable of speeds of more than 175 mph He does though And Millers two cars a supergas dragster and a supercomp dragster often occupy his time after school You have to be a little bit on the crazy he says of racing You have to live oh a the edge a little Im definitely a different person in Miller grew up around race cars because his father was a driver His childhood is lit tered with memories of traveling to races and watching his father compete As a child Miller would have to pile in a singlecab truck with his brother mother and father He hated being scrunched in the front so instead his dad strapped him into the racecar they were towing behind the truck Sitting in the car was comforting and the young Miller slept his way to races across the Southwest dad always said it was probably safer up there than in the front of the Miller Photo Courtesy of Rich Carlson Photography Miller competes in a race three years ago in Phoenix says In 1995 Miller started driving He vividly remembers the first time he ever drove a race felt like he was going really fast when actually he was only going 55 miles per hour I thought I was he says Now when my car runs at 175 miles per hour its no big About a year later when he was 17 on a late summer night in Albuquerque Miller drove in his first race ever His dad was supposed to be driving in the race but at the last minute he told Miller to get behind the wheel Miller was the runnerup and nearly won That was a neat he says thinking back Ten years later Miller has plenty of tro phies to remember past races 12 firstplace trophies to be exact One whole cabinet in his PJease see DRIVING Page E4 Miller cleans his Cameron Dragster one of two racecarshe owns and drives Section editor llcrnadcttc Garcia 9863050 [email protected] r V Y www san tafcnewmexican com Design and headlines Christine Barber [email protected] ;