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“Only two things that money can't buy That's true love & homegrown tomatoes” Guy Clark   We invited friends over for dinner last summer, and since my tomatoes were … more
New Mexico has fallen back into last place in the annual ranking of childhood wellbeing, and there is one clear reason why, education. more
Back in 2018, a state district judge issued an historic decision identifying the long-time shortcomings and faults of New Mexico’s Public Education System. more
There is an art studio tour Labor Day Weekend. You can follow the red dots through Grant County to find working artists doing what they do and chat with them too. In Lincoln County you can find the … more
A Lovely June Adventure with a Friend Sharing the artists' perspectives There are few things as fun as going on an adventure of discovery with a friend. Tauna Cole-Dorn is a watercolor artist … more
It was a beautiful day in early April, a Tuesday, as I made my way through the pecan groves where I live toward the high country of art-rich Silver City. I turned right off I-40 at Deming onto North … more
The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association and others announced today that they have settled the lawsuit filed to prevent the United States Forest Service from shooting cattle from a helicopter … more
First came an eerie noise. Then, came a voice, about 100 yards away: “Did you hear the coyote?” Then, came many other noises, obviously not from coyotes. These were humans. … more
At the Branigan Cultural Center, art quilt artist Nicole Dunn talked about how trees, especially old growth trees, support each other, and help each other, how the roots are so entwined, becoming a … more
I love America. I love the concept of America. I love the diversity of its physical beauty and its people. I love the amazing things we have created. Our ingenuity is boundless. more
As things stand now, there may not be any presidential debates in 2024. And I’m not sure that would be a huge loss. more
Two of my sons have turtles. I don’t know why there are these water-dwelling creatures hanging around in their houses, apparently not doing much other than floating around, sticking their noses … more
If you’ve moved to Las Cruces in the past 20 years, you may be curious why White Sands Missile Range has an annual event commemorating the Bataan Death March, or why U.S. Hwy. 70 is dubbed the … more
Las Colcheras Quilt Guild of Las Cruces is deeply involved in caring for the local community. The guild with its 200+ members provides quilts to those in need and respond to every … more
The state of New Mexico has two different sets of rules when it comes to funding capital outlay projects for new construction or repair of basic infrastructure. All funding for education projects … more
My granddaughter is about to become a big sister. The first six years of her life she yearned for a sibling to play with. Her seventh? Not so much.      “I thought … more
Once, a long while ago, I accompanied my Uncle Nils to California. He was a truck driver and came through New Mexico to say hello as he passed by. I must have been in my teens at the time, still … more
Like many, I spend large swaths of time on the internet. Among the 4 billion people who use it, an estimated 63,000 web searches are preformed every second. For years, we’ve contributed online … more
Back when Neil Young was rockin’ in the free world, back when a thunderous power chord struck a blow against the empire, “The Sixties” were shaking the cultural firmament well into … more
During the horsemanship clinic I gave up in Albuquerque last fall, one of the participants asked an interesting question. She wanted to know how I would summarize, in a few short phrases, my primary … more
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