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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Terry Lomanitz is a Socorro High School graduate who is currently a travel nurse in Manhattan. The following is a continuation of his blog describing his experience in New York City.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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It just doesn’t seem right. Here we are enjoying a gorgeous New Mexico spring. There’s the greening of the pasturelands, and the cows are munching away on the gramma. But then a weird thought pops into my brain: Are they socially distanced? Are they six feet apart?

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 …

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