Black Friday, that All-American quasi-holiday, is descending on us again. But as I was standing in line to enter Walmart last weekend, I was wondering this year if we'll see the typical Black Friday videos of people jammed together fighting over a TV with a screen the size of Montana at 30 p…

Last Monday I was wondering if we would be getting the day off on Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day/Old Farmers Day, and at that moment a song popped up on the CD in the car stereo. It was Texas songwriter James McMurtry singing, “I’m not from here, I just live here. Grew up somewhere far away…”

In his first five years of living in Magdalena, retired veterinarian John Lee has become a familiar face and active member of the community. Through his involvement with the Magdalena Samaritan Center, the Magdalena Chamber of Commerce, the Volunteer Fire Department, and the local Kiwanis ch…

Love it or try to ignore it, Facebook – that creation from that scrawny college student, what's his name? Henry Frankenstein? Something or other Zuckerberg? – is now the world's virtual kitchen table where over two billion of us can sit around and chat with friends and neighbors and catch up…

My wife’s birthday was this week and, as in all things pandemic, it kind of went by with a yawn. Not to say it wasn’t observed with proper dignity and a spot of savoir faire, but it wasn’t the usual celebratory event with flowers delivered and all that. “Just wait until next year,” I said. “…

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Jupiter and Saturn spend most of September high in the southern sky being visible just after sunset. At the beginning of this month they will be only 8 degrees apart. You can verify this by making a fist and holding it at arm’s length. Your fist will cover an angle of about 10 degrees and th…

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Talk about bored. I spent last weekend binge-watching old episodes of Longmire, one of those shows filmed in New Mexico but supposed to represent Wyoming. I don't know if you've seen it, but it's a present-day murder mystery about this county sheriff who is a throwback to simpler ways of, to…

It is going to be a very warm fall and possibly winter. Potential pests will be very active and you don’t want to have your house sprayed with pesticides on a regular basis as the pesticides can compromise your immune system and you don’t want that to happen with this COVID-19 pandemic. Your…

Very rarely do I approach anything publicly that could be remotely construed as “political,” but enough is enough and the time has come for me, as editor and lover of most things Socorro and lover of almost all things living and breathing to plant my outside foot in the ground and get my but…

Have you seen Comet NEOWISE yet? If not, you can still find it for the first few days of this month. Find a good dark spot with a clear view of the northwest horizon. NEOWISE will be below the Big Dipper and headed in the general direction of the bright star Arcturus. To find Arcturus follow…

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