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Randy Zavala of Las Cruces got a phone call from a number he didn’t recognize one day. The voice he heard when he picked up the phone told him it was the Social Security office and they were contacting him because he was being investigated and there was a warrant out for him. more
I remember once my Nana told me to sit up straight. Actually, she said it tons of times. I could hear her voice now – “enderezate.” She always sat up straight. It meant something to her. more
As I was writing this month’s column, my father shuffled up behind me and peeked over my shoulder. “What are you writing?” he wanted to know. “Just a story, pop,” I told him. more
With Gretchen Wilson headlining the Country Music Festival this year on Oct. 12, it is obvious how much the image of women in country music has changed since I was a kid. In her tragically brief career, Patsy Cline recorded three studio albums, one compilation album, six EPs, 24 singles and seven B sides. There were 59 songs in all, and none will ever be confused with “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. more
I received a lot of feedback on my last article on forgiveness. People came up to me and said how could I forgive such a person? Was I exonerating him for what he had done? A little recap. Last month I wrote about my stepfather, Tobie, and how when I was a young child 6 years old until I was 13 years old, he used to beat me often with a belt. I can only surmise it was because I didn’t act like how a boy should act. I played with dolls, played “house” with the neighborhood girls, cried easily, and, in general, I just didn’t act like a boy. more
I must preface this by admitting that I have never been a dog owner, and don’t plan to become one. But when one of our regulars came into the office here at Rose Valley and said, “I swear, every RV in my row has a dog in it except mine!” I began wondering. Why make RVing more difficult and inconvenient by dragging a dog along? I mean, the kids are finally gone, so why make life more complicated? more
Image Comics’ “Spawn” comic book has been around for a long time. “Spawn” #300 will be on the shelves Sept. 4. That issue will tie it with “Cerebus” for longest running independent series in comic history. more
I complain about my father. In fact, I complain about my father a lot, but I give him credit for the nuggets of wisdom he’s given me. Before my first marriage, he warned me, “Son, if you’re ever tempted to cheat, make sure it’s with someone worth losing your marriage over.” more
After lengthy delays, Virgin Galactic has officially moved into its Gold LEED standard Gateway to Space building at Spaceport America. For me it all started at Holloman Air Force base in 2004 with the Ansari X Prize. Experimental space plane SpaceShipOne took the $10,000,000 prize and I was hooked. I was in Las Cruces for the 2006 Wirefly X Prize Cup and back at Holloman for the 2007 X Prize Lunar Lander Challenge. more
I was riding along the shore on the walkways in Huntingdon Beach during the first week in July, and I noticed something new this year. All the places where you can rent bikes along the beach now feature electric bikes. They are sweeping through the tourist areas like crazy. more
Facebook question: “How frustrating is it for you to know that writing and the power of arts are hardly able to change the world into a better place?” more
Before Facebook, WhatsAp, Twitter and Instagram gave us the opportunity to share every thought with the rest of the connected universe the moment it pops into our head, people used to keep diaries. more
It’s been raining all night and morning. The street in front of my house is a running creek. The backyard, a collection of miniature ponds. Everything in between is mud. Why my wife wants to go shopping in this kind of weather is beyond me. more
Gila Friends Meeting (Quaker) invites the public to join Friends in the 2019 Hiroshima Peace Day Observance at Gough Park on Sunday, Aug. 4. The remembrance will begin with a period of silent worship at 12:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity to speak out of the silence on the threat nuclear armaments represent for us - and the world. Please bring chairs to the pavilion. more
Every time we run into a friend that we haven’t seen in a long time, we like to say things like “what a small world.” more
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