I just talked with the weatherman and he said to batten down the hatches because the skies were going to turn nasty this weekend. He said we’re gonna’ have sheets of rain and peals of thunder and lightning and it’ll be frightening. So I said to him, I guess that means the big Macey Center 4t…

I don’t know about you, but it’s getting to where some new habits are starting to take shape. And it is - to quote everyone in the world - getting crazier and crazier. The handwashing, the no face touching, the handwashing, the six feet rule. And why six feet? Isn’t that how deep they bury y…

Here’s how bad it’s getting, working from home. A late breakfast of a banana and beef jerky, and Fritos scoops and salsa con queso for lunch. Sometimes I feel like an unsupervised kid staying home from school and sneaking snacks, but as long as I have my laptop, my email, and my telephone, I…

Moths are out in large numbers in many areas around New Mexico and probably other areas. They are coming in from the desert areas and nearby mountains because of lack of rain. Many of the plants they live on are drying out and they need moisture. The moths are attracted to urban areas becaus…

I’m a retired school teacher, and except for a weekly meeting of some sort, I pretty much stay home most of the time, working on fiber and writing a book. So, the stay-at-home order and social distancing are not much of a hardship for me. Yet, what is different for me is the intensity of my …

A line from Blanch DeBois in the classic American play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," sums up the feeling of most folks in the newspaper business as well as small-town businesses ... “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

I think we all believe in weather folklore and weather lore at some point in our life. Folklore beliefs are based on fear and superstition, while weather lore is based on observations of the environment.

In case you haven't noticed, the Civil War is not over. Last weekend the Yanks and the Rebs were back brawling it up once again on the banks of the mighty Rio Grande. Several dozen reenactors turned out, and they seemed to have a good time acting out a simulation of the Battle of Valverde. S…

It all begins next week. It's when Mardi Gras ushers in the first day of Lent, those 40 days of abstentions. Time to consider what habit or vice we can do without between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. As in past years, food and alcoholic beverages again top the lists of most people, but com…

The middle of February and we’re on the verge of one of the most confusing, nay tricky, times of the year for most married guys like me. Valentine’s Day. I say “married” specifically because young single men can always go to something romantic, which can be reasonably straightforward. And if…

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