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Esteemful acts of Lydia Pendley

“Any person who in any way suffers because of hunger or suffers because of poverty — that affects me. We are in a world that is truly interconnected and we need to all realize that we play a role. No matter what we do, small or large, whether it’s dramatic or not — all contributes.”

These are the words of 66-year-old Lydia Pendley of Santa Fe, NM who has dedicated her life to helping others.

Her esteemful actions are based on her respect for the dignity of every human being and her desire to work for peace and justice in the world.

Lydia Pendley celebrated her last few birthdays a little different than most of us.  She registered her party as an event on Stand Up Against Poverty Day.  She asked her guests to make a donation instead of bringing gifts and collected more than $2,100.

Lydia Pendley has found her unique expression of giving esteem as a sign against poverty.  Her dedication and esteemful actions encourages other people to follow her example and express esteem in a similar way.

Esteem for New Mexican folk and traditional artists

The National Heritage Fellowship is the nation’s top award for master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships recognize artistic excellence and support their contributions to the nation’s traditional arts heritage.

An exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM features more than 250 handcrafted and originally conceived works by 15 New Mexico artists who have earned this prestigious award.

The award expresses the national esteem toward artists combining art with traditional crafts.  New Mexican weaver Irvin L. Trujillo  commented: “To me, the award is a recognition of heritage in a folk art and a contribution to our culture.”

By visiting the exhibition “A Century of Masters: The NEA National Heritage Fellows of New Mexico” we can give our esteem to these artists and their precious work.  It will run until May 22, 2011.


Esteem for Native American artist Sheldon Harvey

His neighbors on the Navajo Reservation thought that he was crazy, this young man who couldn’t stop painting.  Sheldon Harvey used every single free moment in his life to paint.  It was like an irresistible force in him.

Harvey, father of five, just turned 30 and has achieved what every artist wishes for: esteem.

He was the Best of Show winner at the 2008 Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the highest honors Native American artists can receive.

Gallery manager Jamie Way of  Santa Fe NM describes his paintings this way: “He is painting something no one has seen before,” she said. “He is drawing on his own vision of the beings, coming out of his own mythology.”

We’re happy to see that a young Native American artist receives so much esteem for his work.


Esteem for the Apprentice Singer Program

Two days ago we were at the plaza in Santa Fe, NM and enjoyed an incredible singing performance.  Hundreds of listeners shopping, eating and walking around the plaza were attracted by these remarkable voices.

The four singers represented the Apprentice Singer Program of the Santa Fe Opera and performed a selection of arias from their upcoming season.

The Apprentice Singer Program is internationally recognized as one of the finest programs of its type.  Many of the opera world’s brightest young performers participated in this Santa Fe program.  Each year about 40 singers are selected from more than 1,400 applicants.  The fortunate and talented few  go through a rigorous program of training and performances.

Singing at the plaza in Santa Fe was one of these performances.  All four singers convinced the audience with their beautiful voices and natural charisma.

The performance at the plaza in Santa Fe was a mutual esteem event.  The audience got esteem by being treated to a free hour of wonderful music and beautiful voices.  And the young singers received esteem from the audience through copious applause.

Esteem for community gardeners

There’s nothing new about community gardening.  But it still continues to provide an exciting for first time participants.

The Railyard Park in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the result of over 10 years of planning and construction.  The park opened in the fall of 2008 and continues to add new features.

This spring planners unveiled a new community garden.

Anyone from the community who was interested could apply for a 10 x 5 foot plot and pay a small fee to get everything they needed except the plants.  The new gardeners range from a group of local teens to a father with his 3 year old son.  One man, without any gardening experience, is using the opportunity to learn from a garden engineering advisor.

Community gardeners deserve esteem just for putting their time and energy into this great hobby and for sharing their knowledge with each other.


Esteem for nature and its preservation

There are numerous ways to show our esteem toward nature.  The simplest way is just to admire respectfully what nature is presenting.  On the other hand, there are more public ways to show esteem toward nature such as 87-year-old Jane Petchesky of Santa Fe, New Mexico did.

Mrs. Petchesky lived with her husband in an adobe ranch house near Santa Fe for more than 30 years .  In February 2009, no longer able to care for the property, she gave the title to the 262-acre Petchesky Ranch to the New Mexico Land Conservancy.

The Land Conservancy’s mission is to preserve New Mexico’s heritage by protecting wildlife habitat, productive agricultural lands, scenic open space, cultural and historic sites and recreational lands for public benefits.

Jane Petchesky’s incredibly generous gift is a huge sign of esteem toward nature and its preservation and also toward the New Mexico Land Conservancy.  For this great gesture she deserves the esteem of everybody who will enjoy this incredible act of generosity.

Esteem for inspiring people

Bob Sorensen, biology teacher at Capital High School in Santa Fe NM showed how one person can make a difference.

Over the past three years Sorensen has been a driving force behind the school’s health-careers program by establishing relationships between the community college, the University of New Mexico’s medical school and the medical center.

The program started in 2006 with 17 students who wanted to shadow someone in the medical profession.

Thanks to his activity the health-careers class counts today 60 students and more than 200 students wish to join in the next year.

Sorensen’s dedication and enthusiasm were coupled with conviction.  At the same time he showed esteem toward his students who were willing to work hard and to learn.

Last week he got esteem by being awarded as “A Teacher Who Inspires”.

He said modestly: “I really don’t deserve this. It’s not me, it’s not. It’s you guys, the students.”


Esteem for young singers

Young people gifted with a singing talent have often a hard time stretching musically.  They need to get a chance to show their talent.  Esteem strengthens them in their decision to move forward into a music career.

American Idol is one of these opportunities for young people to launch themselves into a music career.

The new opera “Language of Birds”, a Santa Fe New Music’s production written by its Artistic Director John Kennedy is another chance for young singers.

15-year-old Kirsten Schofield has dreamed of a career as an opera singer since she was 9.  In the new opera “Language of Birds” she gets the exciting opportunity to stretch herself musically.

Opportunities like this are strong signs of esteem toward young promising talents.  Esteem motivate them to commit to their talent and to develop their abilities to higher levels.


Esteem for farmers

Santa Fe, New Mexico has its farmers market every Saturday, even in the winter, offering a huge variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers, breads and even handicrafts.

Farmers markets take place each weekend all over the country.  It’s one of the best opportunities for farmers to present the results of their work and to receive esteem by selling their products.

We can give esteem toward farmers by going regularly to their markets and by buying their products, that’s for sure.  But the most effective esteem we can give is when we tell the farmers how much we appreciate their work and enjoy their products.

Farmers markets are great places to meet farmers and to express our esteem directly toward them.


Esteem for artists

Living in Santa Fe we see art and artists almost every day.  Santa Fe is one of the country’s major art centers.  Santa Fe and its region inspire artists of every genre.

Normally you don’t get to know the artist behind the painting.  Santa Fe offers a great opportunity to meet the artists as they work or simply present their creations.

Artists need esteem like everyone else.  We can give esteem toward artists by buying their artwork or expressing it when we have the opportunity to meet them personally.

Artists beautify the world through their artwork.  Many of us own a painting or maybe even a sculpture at home.  Giving esteem toward artists that make life richer makes our own life richer.