Stories I have told

A small sample of Silver City Sun-News stories from 2009-2014:

Silver City Sun-News clips

My Father’s Words Best Serious Column Writing, Colorado Press Association, 1st Place, 2005; National Newspaper Association, 3rd Place; 2006

My father, photo by Christine Steele

My father, photo by Christine Steele

Teopisca Boys National Geographic Traveler/Travcoa Next Great Travel Writer Contest, 1st Runner up, 2008

Rico, 11, Teopisca, Chiapas, Mexico, photo by Christine Steele

Rico, 11, Teopisca, Chiapas, Mexico, photo by Christine Steele

A boy with a leather messenger bag slung over his shoulders rode into town on a too-big, black bicycle. He eyed me as he climbed off and leaned it up against an iron fence. I was standing in the “zócalo” of a village in southern Mexico. Rico strode over full of eleven-year-old curiosity and asked where I was from.

An outline of Che is spray painted on the leg of his jeans. I ask about him. Revolucioniario, he says. Héroe. Do I know him? Yes, I nod.

Rico politely tries to sell me a bag of tortillas and when I decline, seems just as content to ask me questions. How many brothers and sisters do I have? Do I have a husband? Niños? My Spanish is enough to carry me, so we chat as his friends look on. Before I know it I am surrounded by a circle of boys. Each has a bag of something to sell. Rico has tortillas, a dozen to bag, made fresh that morning by his mother. The others have cookies, candies, sweets, all homemade. I start asking their names, how old they are, why they are not in school, where is their mama and papa, where am I, what is the name of this village? Rico takes my notebook and pen and writes in neat letters: Ciudad Teopisca chiapas. Ricardo, 11, Jovani, 12, Daniel, 11, and Jorge, 6, tell me they go to school from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. Mornings they sell food in the square to help their familias. Rico let me take his picture standing stoic but proud, holding his bag of tortillas. A solemn, dark-eyed boy, who has had to work too hard and grow up too fast. The same for all the Teopisca boys.

I wonder what Che would say.

Air Quality Honorable Mention, National Newspaper Association, Best Feature Series, 2005

Radical Simplicity – Interview with Jim Merkel

Jim Merkel, Sustainability Coordinator for Dartmouth College

Fare Play – State regulations scuttle competition in transportation war

Cover story Rocky Mountain Chronicle, Fort Collins, CO, Jan. 2007

Fare Play, cover story, Rocky Mountain Chronicle, February 2007

Fare Play, cover story, Rocky Mountain Chronicle, February 2007

Naked City Public Art Story – Nude statue causes controversy in arts town

Cover story, Rocky Mountain Chronicle, Fort Collins, CO, Oct. 2006

Naked City, cover story, Rocky Mountain Chronicle, October 2006

Naked City, cover story, Rocky Mountain Chronicle, October 2006

Meet Nancy Marshall:  The Woman Who Markets Maine

Telling Their Stories:  Successful Women Business Owners of Western Maine, Coastal Enterprises, Wiscasset, ME, June 2006

How Maine’s high-powered public relations maven got her start

Nancy Marshall

Nancy Marshall

Business Stories

From the award-winning business section of the Patriot Ledger

2009

Liquor Stores Fume Over Alcohol Tax Retailers say proposed tax will take a bite out of local economy

Electric Ford ExplorerTake charge guy converts SUV

Timmy the Tailor Expands Empire Discount name brand clothing store latest in Timmy’s chain

Boomtime for Bartering – When cash is tight bartering is king

Leap of Faith – Passion leads to yoga studio chain

Finland Steam Baths – Old world comfort for the new year

December 2008

Blue Pointe Bistro – Bistro adds twist to the traditional

The Carruth Building – Developers switch gears to ride out real estate storm

French Memories – Locally-owned cafe fills Starbucks hole

Turning Gold into Green – Many trading gold for cash

Gold Rush Stores – New chain cashes in on gold-selling trend

November 2008

Layaway is Back in Style – Stores dust off old throwback

Bongi’s Turkey Farm – 61 years and still gobblin’

South Shore Young Professionals – Young professionals network launches on South Shore

Go Green Web Directory – Green business directory offers new resource for residents

October 2008

Thriving Over 55 – Senior housing market offers good deals to cautious buyers

September 2008

King Richard’s Faire – Actors’ passion is heart of long-running Renaissance Faire

King Richard's Faire, the village of Carvershire, Carver, MA, photo by Christine Steele

King Richard’s Faire, the village of Carvershire, Carver, MA, photo by Christine Steele

J.D. Lauriat as Capt. Maavus T. Meritt, Master of Arms on the pirate ship the Black Rose, King Richard's Faire, photo by Christine Steele

J.D. Lauriat as Capt. Maavus T. Meritt, Master of Arms on the pirate ship the Black Rose, King Richard’s Faire, photo by Christine Steele

The Mage (wise man), King Richard's Faire photo by Christine Steele

The Mage (wise man), King Richard’s Faire photo by Christine Steele

August 2008

Pellet Stoves – Pellet stoves in demand as oil prices rise

The Rebirth of South Hanson – Businesses boom in once forgotten corner of town

The Whole Scoop ice cream shop, 965 Main St. Hanson, MA photo by Christine Steele

The Whole Scoop ice cream shop, 965 Main St. Hanson, MA photo by Christine Steele

Grocery Home Delivery Business Still Strong – Higher gas prices don’t slow grocery delivery business

July 2008

Horse Farm Merger – Long-time horse industry associates join forces

Feat of Clay – Paint-your-own pottery business relocates

Cigarette Tax Hike Stings Local Businesses – Higher taxes send smokers over borders

Book and Theatre Reviews

The Exonerated – Stories of the innocent will get you thinking

The Geography of Nowhere – James Howard Kunstler’s history of American destruction