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…

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 …

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