I watched an old Shirley Temple movie the other day. It was called Miss Annie Rooney, about a teenage girl who falls for a rich boy, whose parents don't approve of her. But things worked out and there was dancing and a happy ending. Not an overall memorable film, but the one thing that struc…

My goodness, it seems like we went straight from winter to “wind-er.” Pardon the pun.

A couple of weeks ago I was watching the Marx Brothers movie A Night At The Opera and, surprisingly, one little joke struck a chord with me. In the scene, Groucho tries to read a contract to his brother Chico and holds the paper farther and farther away from his face. “I could read this if I…

It happened to me again. Nervous tension sets in. Beads of sweat form on my forehead. My leg gets jimmy and bouncy.

Are we turning the corner on winter? Are we on the verge of another glorious New Mexico spring? Will it be snowing cottonwood blossoms already? These questions and more were put to the groundhog in Pennsylvania last Saturday, and guess what? It’s a groundhog.

Here I go again, revealing my naiveté. Every few days I can’t help but stop and ponder on how the internet and technology have changed the way we experience the world.

I’ve been staving off a bad cold so far this winter, but I fear the odds are against me. We’re right in the middle of the so-called cold and flu season...but if you watch commercials on TV, the cold and flu season seems to be every season, except for the allergy season.

Call me a fuddy-dud type of person, but I'm one of those people who prefers to read the printed version of any newspaper.

There’s an old New Year’s tradition where you write down all your negative thoughts from last year and throw it in the fire. Adios, 2018! I’m thinking this is going to be a great year. How can it not be so? Hey, this is Socorro, and Socorro is comfort and sustenance.

Forty years ago as a college freshman, if you would have asked me what I thought the state of newspapers might be — my answer would have been far different than what it is today.

Things have quieted quite a bit down in town this week. School is out until after the new year, and Tech students have all but vanished until the middle of next month. I’m driving around town and find myself thinking this is a pretty darn decent little community. The holidays do that to me, …

One of the hardest parts of the holidays is making sure "the surprise" remains "the surprise" on Christmas.

Did you realize that tomorrow, Dec. 14, is the anniversary of the last moonwalk? No, I’m not talking about Michael Jackson’s optical illusion, but rather that of Eugene Cernan in 1972, along with New Mexico’s Harrison Schmitt on the lunar surface.

It’s December and life is good. Christmas is a-comin’, the proverbial geese are getting fat, the winter solstice is just around the corner and before you know it spring will be here. Well, sure, there’s that winter thing to shiver through first, I suppose, but at least we’ve got a good stack…

When I called my mother last week to check in on her, she asked me what was new in my life. I told her, my taste buds have been awakened.

Last year, I was struggling. I was searching for gifts for my mother who lives in an assisted living facility as well my niece and nephews. I was trying to get ready for Christmas at an abnormally fast pace.

Now is the season for mastication. That’s what the next, let’s see, six weeks or more means to me. Not that I relish making a pig out of myself and overeating, but there are many more opportunities to munch on iced cookies and fudge and chile relleno balls and empanadas than any other time o…

Welcome to my “once I’m home I’m not going out” season. That cold snap this week felt more like a cold slap, and although we’re not in the clutches of old person winter yet, my bones tell me it’s time to start working on that pick-up load of firewood I bought from Felipe Avalos a couple months ago.

I just learned Tony Joe White passed away last week. Tony Joe wasn’t the most popular singer ever, but he did have that one huge hit in the late sixties; the kind of song you’d never hear on the Top 10 these days. He sings of a girl who lived back in the Louisiana swamps who “made the alliga…

Here it is November already, the indecisive month. It’s when we use the car’s heater in the morning and turn on the AC in the afternoon. All of which portends the coming of old man winter, which raises the question: Why is winter an old man? Why not something like an impertinent child? Oh, r…

I had every intention of leaving the newspaper business when I informed my editors at my hometown paper in April 2015 that I was leaving and moving to New Mexico.

Our state's system of taxpayer-funded higher education is in crisis. A few key facts about postsecondary institutions in the Land of Enchantment, and the University of New Mexico in particular, reveal the depth of the problem:

Have you noticed? Halloween candy is all over the place. In the aisles. On the shelves. Candy is even being flung at you, and I mean during parades, like the one for Indian Days at Alamo last Saturday. Its theme was “Honoring Our Elderly” and it was one of the best parades I’ve seen this yea…

So, I’m sitting there at the kitchen table paying some monthly bills and I’m thinking, “Wait, didn’t I do this just last week?” Then the next thing you know my wife wants to bring the Halloween stuff down from the attic room and I’m thinking, “Wait, didn’t we do Halloween just a three or fou…

There’s nothing like driving on new pavement. The DOT crews are really doing a number on Highway 60 this side of Magdalena, and although it might get you to work a little late, what with the waiting in line and the vehicular do-si-do around heavy machinery, once they finish it’s smooth saili…

I was going to write about chile this week, what with the roasting still going on around town and the big chile cook-off coming up at SocorroFest, but then I thought, hmm…maybe I ought to tackle something weightier and more grown-up. You know, like the guys solving the world’s problems over …

Every day, we see images and read stories about people in deeply distressing situations. As a result, psychological trauma is no longer a hidden or silent epidemic, but trauma – and its long-term impact – remains misunderstood and under-diagnosed.

Burros are braying, roosters are crowing, and rufous hummingbirds are fighting over sugar water in the feeder. This pre-fall weather the last few days has been perfect for sitting with my wife on the back porch till dark and enjoying the sights and sounds of life in Magdalena. But wait, for …

Burros are braying, roosters are crowing, and rufous hummingbirds are fighting over sugar water in the feeder. This pre-fall weather the last few days has been perfect for sitting with my wife on the back porch till dark and enjoying the sights and sounds of life in Magdalena. But wait, for …

Hey, don’t forget that today, Sept. 13, back in 1814 (the same year ‘we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip’), Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words that became the national anthem. Key was so horrified at the use of those new-fangled British …

If you haven’t noticed, we’re already wrapping up the first week of September, and maybe, just maybe, high temps will be trailing out the door with August. In a little over two weeks is the autumnal equinox, and you can bet your sweet bippy things will be cooling down a bit, even if you don’…

The time has come, Lewis Carroll once wrote, to talk of many things; of boots and sheep and horses’ tacks, and many other things. Pardon the mixed metaphor, but the Socorro County Fair is this week where you’re not judged on who you are, but rather what your cow looks like. Or, I might add, …

I was driving down Bullock Boulevard near the university the other day and saw something that you hardly ever see these days. It was a woman on a bicycle, which in itself is not uncommon in that neighborhood, but as she approached an intersection the thing that impressed me was that she was …

I don’t know if you saw but last weekend – Sunday to be exact – was National Middle Child Day. We seem to have a need to designate every single day of the year as national something-or-other day, and Sunday was the one for middle children, giving those of us stuck between the oldest and youn…

The Death of the Life of the Great Lakes: What a great book! The title is inviting, and the text thoroughly satisfies. Coming from New York State, I have always loved my river and my St. Lawrence Seaway, so I was really heartbroken to learn the Seaway was a disappointment. All that promise, …

Mosquitoes will be out with the recent rains. Here is some info on how to deal with them without using toxic pesticides and hopefully, local government agencies won’t spray pesticides all over the place which will do more damage to the ecosystem, then control mosquitoes.

Not long ago, the United States was a world leader in infrastructure investments. Federal and private funding helped even the most remote communities obtain electricity, running water and access to the rest of the world through telecommunications.

First there was Blazin’ Cheetos, then Blazin’ Fritos, Blazin’ Doritos and now it’s us that’s blazin’. Has Frito-Lay invested in our temperatures?

This coming weekend, the city of Roswell will celebrate the 71st anniversary of the recovery of some curious debris nearby the town. Something certainly did land in the desert near Roswell in the summer of 1947. Was it a crashed alien spaceship, as most of the celebrants in Roswell dearly wa…

One thing about summer and hot weather...kids. Kids playing in the park, kids swimming at the pool, kids on bicycling on the sidewalk, kids here, kids there, kids everywh… well, you get it.

I was driving along Neel Street one day last week and at the corner where Cottonwood Charter school is I spotted some kids putting up one of those outdoor free-standing lending libraries. All it is, is a little wooden box presumably with books inside, where you can take one, and then leave a…

What will it take to recruit and retain teachers in the Socorro Consolidated Schools District?

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