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  • When mothers and daughters start talking about a book they have just read, they connect on new levels even if they see the story differently.  A good example is the classic, “Pride and Prejudice.”

    Daughters may see the story as old fashioned and the older style English language difficult to understand.  Mothers may see the romance with its conflicts and misunderstandings as tender and endearing.

  • This is a time of celebration for many of us, though we be of diverse traditions, faiths and beliefs. It is a season of feasting, generosity, hospitality, and camaraderie with, family, friends and neighbors. But what do we celebrate during this season, and what do tour celebrations have in common?

  • Its official, fall semester is over, finals are here, and so is vacation. People did warn me that time was going to go by fast, but I didn’t realize it would go by this fast!

    Once winter break starts everything seems to end  fast, as well. Christmas comes and goes, New Year’s Eve comes and then it finally turns to the New Year. This has to be the fastest year I’ve ever lived.

  • ‘Thank God they’re over!” the librarian said.

    “No, not finals, finials,” pronounced FIN-ee-els.” I corrected her.

    “What?”

    “Finials are little decorative do-dads on the top of buildings.”

    “Oh, like Gargoyles?”

    “Yeah, kind of like gargoyles, only they don’t spit water; I’m researching finials.”

  • We tend to think of winter as a time when nothing will grow, but from the plant’s perspective, there are really two winters, and we can take advantage of that fact to have spring veggies sooner than anyone else.

    We can say there are two chronologically distinct winters from the plants’ perspective because there are two factors impacting plant growth in the winter months- limited sunlight and cold climate. The two overlap, but do not occur at exactly the same times.

  • La Trova Productions of Casa de Cultura is continuing its Sunday musical programs at historic El Fidel Hotel.

     On Sunday, Dec.,14, A Mariachi Christmas will feature Mariachi Cardenal from Memorial Middle School and Robertson High.

    They will be accompanied by Mariachi Paisano del Valle, recording artists, with a history of performances throughout New Mexico and other southwest venues.

    Both groups are under the direction of Martin Sena, maestro of mariachi music in northern New Mexico for more than 10 years.

  • Spirits from the past will haunt the Plaza Hotel beginning this weekend. A multimedia video presentation capturing historic Las Vegas characters will be projected onto the windows of the hotel and visible from Plaza Park.

     

    “The Plaza Hotel and Park seems like the perfect place for the Highlands Media Arts video project that focuses on our local history,” said Wid Slick, one of the owners of the Plaza Hotel. “The state designated Las Vegas as an arts and culture community and now it’s up to us to do something about it,” Slick added.

  • Economy! Thoreau might have uttered this comment had he been present at the Nat Gold Players’ efficient presentation and the quarters they employed in “Confessions of a Hispanic-American Woman,” a drama by local playwright Patricia Crespin.

    That being a positive statement, I nevertheless, reiterate support for the Nat Gold Players’ continued appeal for a more permanent, appropriate venue for their presentations. Las Vegas, can’t we find them a home?

  • ‘This town is parade crazy,” says Tito Chavez.  “And this parade (electric light parade) is one of the most interesting and really the most unique of them all.”

    Chavez and his wife, Mary, own Tito’s Gallery on Bridge Street. They have seen lots of parades pass by. He also remembers building lots of floats for the electric light parade in years past.

  • Thanksgiving just passed, and while my turkey day usually consists of eating too much and falling asleep by 3 p.m., this year it was different.

    My family and I went to Durango, Colo., for a new twist on Thanksgiving.

    As we were arriving in Durango, it was snowing like crazy. And this year, there was no turkey. (Well, not until Saturday, anyway.) For our Thanksgiving feast, we had Denny’s — that’s right, Denny’s. Nothing else seemed to be open, but it was OK because it made this Thanksgiving something new and totally different.

  • Magic Lance: Mystery and Adventure in the New West, Hal Simmons

    Clear Light Publishing

    Santa Fe, N.M., 2008, $14.95

     

    Wonderful proposition — what would happen if the tribes of New Mexico banded together and used the money they are making out of gambling for a common goal? What if land acquisition were the goal? What if a thinly disguised Ted Turner also wants to acquire land?

    “Magic Lance: Mystery and Adventure in the New West” is thoroughly enjoyable with recognizable and likeable personalities.

  • The HU Singers will perform “A Tim Burton Christmas” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, in New Mexico Highlands’ Ilfeld Auditorium. The program features musical numbers from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Corpse Bride.” 

  • The NMHU Concert Band will kick off the holiday season in Ilfeld Auditorium Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3p.m.

    The Highlands Faculty Brass Quintet and Highlands Marching and Concert Band will perform such favorites as “Sleigh Ride” and “The Christmas Song,”“Semper Fidelis,” and Five pieces by 17th-century composer Anthony Holborne. Modern pieces include“Back in Black”, and John Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name.”

  • Oprah’s Book Club is one book club that almost everyone knows about. Oprah has singlehandedly awakened adult interest in reading books and discussing them with others.

    She has served the same purpose as Harry Potter—his author’s influence on pre-teen reading has been nothing less than spectacular.

  • In 2006, Patricia Crespín’s first play, “We Are Hispanic American Women ... Okay!” opened in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  In November 2008, her career as a playwright comes full circle when “Confessions of a Hispanic American Woman” premiers in Las Vegas, as well.

  • Now, the economy just doesn’t affect the adults, it affects the younger crowd too.

    With the crazy gas prices (which are actually getting better) and the money that has to go toward school, I would have never guessed that this would effect me the way it has.

    Now that I have a car and drive myself everywhere, I’ve noticed that most of my money has gone straight toward gas, and I have to say my car is not the most efficient on gas. It’s good, but it has a big tank so when I go to fill it up it takes about 30 dollars or more.

  • “The Harvey Girls” will be the theme for the 2008 Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation Annual Preservation Awards Dinner, which will be held at the former Harvey House Hotel, the Montezuma Castle at the United World College of the American West.  

  • Environmental friendliness, or what we call “green,” is enjoying unprecedented popularity. Hollywood celebrities can now be seen on cable TV showing off the solar panels on their multi-million dollar mansions.

    Indeed, you will even hear that “green is the new black.”

    On one level, that’s great. It’s hard to find fault with people seeking to reduce their environmental footprint. But on another level, it’s troubling.

  • Say solar energy and people immediately think about high tech solar panels and sophisticated electronics. While that’s one way to capture solar energy, price puts it out of the hands of many. There’s one form of solar, though, that is within the grasp of of most of us, and that is passive solar heating.

    In its simplest form, passive solar heating means  setting up your home and land to make maximum use of the sun’s heat.

  • It’s a funny show about serious issues — an evening of song,  dance and good clean musical fun on the themes of racism, naziism, homosexuality, and other adult topics.