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…

A blacksmith who came to Magdalena 10 years ago is now the village’s mayor. Richard Rumpf opened his shop in March of that year to do simple blacksmithing and metal art. Examples of his metal art are on display around the front of his business. Rumpf (also known as ZW Farnsworth, his busines…

After the reasonably nice weather we’ve had the past week, I’m not predicting anything ever again, at least about the weather. I’ll leave that up to the Old Farmers of the Almanac fame. They use the tried and true method of tracking sunspots.

I don’t know how many times I’ve had people tell me that 2019 went by in the blink of an eye. Looking back on the year as a whole and trying to grasp what events were important; the ones that might have changed our lives is not an easy thing to do. One would need 2020 hindsight to put 2019 i…

When it gets cold, I’m not a popular person in the office. Why? I’m the person in the office reminding everyone it's not that cold outside. All I receive back are some grumbling words and mean looks.

Venus is prominent in the early evening sky! At the beginning of the month it will be found about 25 degrees above the southwestern horizon. By the end of the month it will have shot up to 34 degrees above the horizon setting a full 3.5 hours after the Sun. With over 75% of its disk illumina…

Let me tell you about my grandkids, cat, car, vacation, MRI. Yes, that's it, the miracle device that can peek into your corporeal form without the pesky roentgens of an X-ray. It's a test that ranks up there with death and taxes, for sooner or later, each one of us ends up going through that…

By this time last year, a sizable bunch of compassionate Socorroans from various walks of life — faith-based, human rights advocates, educators, healthcare providers and simply concerned humans — were busy collecting and transporting clothing, toiletries and travel snacks down to Las Cruces …

Although we're not in the clutches of old person winter yet, our Thanksgiving Day weather was purely and unadulterated New Mexican. Consider: Four inches of snow on Thursday, which was melted off by sunshine on Friday. Just in time to jaunt down to your favorite store for those Black Friday …

OK, I've been a good boy and tried to go paperless in my dealings with business and guv-mint, and I don't know for sure if it has been completely fulfilling. I ask myself, am I a better person? Am I a smarter person? Has it helped me reach my full potential as a human being? As a Magdalenian?

Glory be! I spent last weekend just hanging out at home, taking advantage of the November hiatus between all the usual fall events and activities in these here parts. Sort of like taking a breath before things start gearing up again next week with the Festival of the Cranes, followed by Than…

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