The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable. That much is clear from the newly released UN climate change report  which warns that we must rethink how we produce our food — and quickly — to avoid the most devastating impacts of global food production, including mass…

I came into the room where the boys were playing to find the three-year-old sitting on the floor balling. Beside him his three older brothers were playing peacefully with their cars completely undisturbed by their brother’s problem. It was not because their mother and I were not trying to te…

The New Year is coming, and we need to reduce, and hopefully, eliminate the use of toxic pesticides in society. The best way to manage pests is to exclude them from your home. When they do show up, in most circumstances you can control them without using toxic pesticides.

Here we are slipping into August and I love it. We’re kind of halfway through summer as the crow flies and although it’s still hot, it’s gradually getting to be just right for sitting on the back porch and thinking about nothing in particular.

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One of the projects being carried out by Diamond of the Desert Inc., formerly Socorro’s Beautification Committee, is a mural project the committee hopes will spur a little tourism in addition to the sprucing up of the town.

Well, the 2018 Old Timers in Magdalena is now a part of history. People are taking a breath and things are quieter in town, and from all appearances it was quite the success, despite a scheduling mishap on Friday and monsoon rainstorms. Actually, as this is being written there are thunder-bo…

What do RoadRunner Food Pantry distribution, a fire department, Mardi Gras, and the Magdalena Samaritan Center Thrift Shop and Food Pantry have in common? If you live in the Village of Magdalena, they are, as so many things and people are, interconnected.

After spending the past several years trying to dig ourselves out of a financial recession and slow economic growth, New Mexico has the potential for a bright future, but only if we have our priorities in order. On the one hand, the human spirit is dynamic, fluid and persistent and is led by…

I can’t believe I cut myself shaving last Sunday. Serves me right for not having one of those big bushy beards that are so prevalent these days, and they even have a name; the Bandholz, not to be confused with the Garbaldi or the aptly named Full Beard. They say young women of today think me…

Public education in New Mexico is surely at a crossroads today. For the past eight years our state economy has been stuck in permanent recession mode, and that resulted in constant trimming and cuts to classroom budgets. Now, a combination of proposed deep federal cuts and indifference from …

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in New Mexico – a perfect opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact our teachers have in helping every New Mexico child have a chance to succeed in life. Every child in New Mexico – no matter their background – can learn, and the more we stand beh…

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