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  • The art of bordado de colcha in Las Vegas

    Cloth art — hand spun, hand dyed, woven and embroidered textiles are virtually universal.

    Most traditional cultures include skillfully made textiles, household cloths, rugs, blankets, and tapestries in their history of art, craft, and daily life

  • ‘The times they are a-changing.’ Really?

    I have “health insurance.” I get it through one of the largest and best-known insurance companies. Almost daily, I hear from one of its departments.

    I often receive information about how much I owe for my “co-pay.”  Sometimes, to my surprise, I am told that I must pay more for my “co-pay” because  my “in-network provider,” without my knowledge has contracted with someone who is “out of network.”

  • Small-town grads will leave, a few will come back

    About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye.

    The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young men and women will be staying in or returning to their hometown, simply because the opportunities they seek aren’t there.

  • Why all the secrecy?

    Always a creature of verbology, I own hundreds of books (they pale in comparison to what my wife, Bonnie has: maybe thousands?) She reads mysteries and romances.

    As for me, I often pick on instructional books, those whose pages contain lessons, usually about languages. But lest I come across as a wannabe grammarian, let me assure you I enjoy biographies, books on travel, adventure, and other genres.

  • He didn’t change a thing with his life

    His tombstone read “HERE LIES NED. HE DIDN’T CHANGE A SINGLE THING WITH THE LIFE HE LIVED.” It is a very sad story, but the tombstone was right. Ned was born, he lived 74 years, and then he died. Nothing Ned did in his life made any difference in this world. Nothing.

  • Building a solid foundation takes teamwork

    On March 16, 2019, the New Mexico Legislature reached the end of one of the busiest sessions in recent memory, giving us all, legislators and citizens, a lot to reflect on and to anticipate for the upcoming interim.

  • A mixed state legislative session

    Lawmakers in New Mexico have listened. A poll conducted by the Albuquerque Journal about two months before last year’s election found voters identified crime, education and homelessness as some of the top problems in need of solutions in our state. 

  • Gambler putting game show in jeopardy

    You may not be aware of it, but our pre-primetime way of life is undergoing a big change these days. Jeopardy! is being transformed.

  • Step into the arena and dare greatly

    Do you live life in the bleachers or in the arena? Living life right should be living life in the arena. Each of us has been equipped to do great things, but to do so we need to have the courage and bravery to step into the arena. That single step makes all the difference in the days we have.

    Unfortunately, most of mankind is fearful of what may happen if they step in the arena. So they never do. They live their lives in the bleachers never to enter the arena. They live on the outside looking in.

  • Amy Hufnal has come to town

    Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m., Amy Hufnal will conduct the Linda Vista Community Chorus at St. Paul’s Peace Church.

    The $5 admission goes to pay for the singers’ music. The opening number “Psallite-Praetorious” will be sung in German and Latin. You’ll hear 11 songs, including “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “All that Jazz,” “Homeward Bound,” and an Armed Forces Salute. The concluding piece will be the haunting “Until We Meet Again.”