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I allow myself to release

The cool air seduced us to turn off the AC and enjoy the fresh breeze as we drove through the South Valley this morning. That’s when it struck me. That smell unique to New Mexico that signals the end of summer. Roasting green chile. It’s a scent that stops Burqueños in our tracks and compels an audible, “MMMMM.” A smell that grounds us and reminds us of our place in the world. It’s that smell that reminds me that change is coming.