"Being a New Mexican means pride in your state and your community. I love the people for their kindness, I love the food for its variety of flavors, and I LOVE the scenery. I truly believe we have the most beautiful state -- from forests to deserts, New Mexico is wonderfully diverse. Because of our small population size, we are more willing to help our neighbor because we SEE them as our neighbor. There aren't that many of us, and we want to see each other succeed. We can unite New Mexico by having frank and honest discussions with each other. We must be willing to listen without judgment to understand one another's point of view and then put aside those differences for the greater good of our state."
(Photo by Christopher Michael Roybal)