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The rise of in-home air quality and comfort has grown this past year. Working and learning from home full-time — or more of the time — significantly changed our need for making our homes suitable to our changing lifestyles. Also, with a decrease in travel and entertainment options, investing…

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In 1963, the Bronx Zoo had an exhibit called “The Most Dangerous Animal in the World.” It was a mirror.

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If your child is an effective communicator and a natural born leader, they may have what it takes to be an amazing teacher. However, a love of learning is fundamental to a career in education. Here are a few ways to cultivate a passion for learning and put this rewarding career path on your …

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been out for years or are just now separating from the service, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a gift for you: the VA Welcome Kit. It’s something every veteran needs to have on hand for current information you need now or things that can come up over the years.

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Working and learning from home is the new norm for millions of American families. They’re engaged in a daily juggling act, making sure everyone has the bandwidth and privacy to complete their work, whether it’s the latest algebra assignment or the monthly all-staff meeting. Add in streaming …

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On Feb. 6, 1891, three members of the Dalton Gang stage an unsuccessful train robbery in California — an inauspicious beginning to their careers as serious criminals. A year later, the gang botched another robbery, boldly attempting to hit two Kansas banks at the same time.

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Q: I have a wiry little terrier named “Chip” who is well-behaved inside. However, when it’s time for his daily walk, he begins barking nonstop by the door. When I take him outside on the leash, he keeps barking, and pulls hard on the leash. So much so that he almost hurts himself when the co…

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Haven’t been able to visit New Mexico’s hot springs during the pandemic? Well, now you can enjoy the traditional New Mexico Ojo Caliente, Jemez or Truth or Consequences Hot Springs experience at home with a 15-minute detox for body, skin and soul. Clear Light Urban Farm Store at 123 Broadway…

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“Dearest Reader, By the end of this story, several people whom you’ve come to know and love will be dead. This is your last chance to back out. Thoughtfully Yours, on behalf of the Porter and the Olsen Families, the unluckiest families in the world.” Stitches is a Southern Gothic tale about …

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Learn how to make your very own pair of sterling silver repousse stamped earrings with tassels, adorned with turquoise, in this hands-on class at Meltdown Studio, 901 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Suite E-130. What is repousse anyway? Repousse of metalwork is hammered into relief from the reverse sid…

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Show your love for the small businesses of Albuquerque by participating in the #TrueABQ Challenge! Enjoy your favorite things throughout the city or discover something new, and upload pics as you do. All activities on the contest checklist can be completed in a safe and socially distant mann…

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Exactly how plants get over-rated is a mystery. Sometimes it’s because their attributes outshine the negative qualities they also possess. Here are five plants that most homeowners will recognize, along with some better substitutes.

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The blank slate of a new calendar year offers a sense of possibilities for making the next year great — and health goals usually top the list. If you’re looking to put health first, who better to turn to than a registered dietitian? Registered Dietitian Kelli McGrane, MS (@HealthyToast_RD), …

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and eggs are one of my favorite ingredients any time of the day! Whole eggs are nutritious and contain almost every nutrient you need to maintain good health, and they keep you feeling full between meals.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A gracious Lamb can learn more about a situation than one who is openly suspicious of what could be happening.

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Through the years, child stars have scored big in movies and television. Among the most famous were Shirley Temple, Natalie Wood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, Kurt Russell, Ryan Gosling and Drew Barrymore. The challenge for a child star is to make a graceful transition to an adult…

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Spray non-washable plush toys with dry shampoo to clean and freshen them. Rub vigorously with a terry cloth to remove any extra residue and fluff up!

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Creating art can be emotionally healing and freeing. Who among us can’t use a little of that nowadays? Once you get started, you’ll wonder why you didn’t begin sooner.

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Since spending more time at home, you’ve probably started eyeing projects that need attention. One project that can make an impact on the look and value of your home is refinishing your hardwood floors. It may seem like a big project to tackle, but refinishing can not only improve the look a…

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Building a strong family is like building a house: We do it brick by brick, one day at a time. Here are some “bricks” that I try to focus on annually. I get inspired with these little reminders, as I adjust my thinking and goals for my family of five, and also for my extended family as it gr…

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Many jokes have been made at the year 2020’s expense. We could all have done without the fear and anxiety of a global pandemic that’s still all too real today, but being homebound has had some benefits. Maybe you learned to bake bread or tend a potted garden, mastered homeschooling or finall…

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While comfort will continue to reign supreme for clothing and accessories in 2021, when it comes to footwear, there are a variety of fun fashion trends that make a statement. The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul your entire closet. And it’s easier than ever to incorporate on-tre…

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Most glass bottles identified the contents inside with embossed letters on the container or a paper label. But a special group, usually apothecary bottles or special gifts, were made with “labels under glass.” The medical bottles usually had a label with a black name written in a fancy type …

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Loving where you live can be such a great investment, especially as home prices across the metro area have increased by more than 15 percent over the past year, according to the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors. And whether you intend to keep your residence for the long-haul or ar…

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Michael Rhodus of NationServe® is your go-to garage door answer. Known as America’s garage door specialists from coast to coast, NationServe® proudly carries high quality products, such as Wayne Dalton® garage doors and Genie® garage door openers. “Our purpose is creating safe and secure acc…

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During the cold and flu season and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be more medicines in homes being used to treat all kinds of symptoms. It is important to keep curious kids safe by keeping medicine up and away and out of reach.

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If you do a Google search on the word “askew,” the resulting content will tilt slightly to the right.

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“Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own.” — Adam Lindsay Gordon

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A quarter of a million of us leave the service every year, and where do we go? If our last duty station was in a great place, we might just put down roots and stay. Some of us go home. And some of us have no idea where to go.

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We were delighted when Jim and Lloryn Swan asked us to accompany them to the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex. But I have to admit that, although I had seen a sign for it on I-25 somewhere north of Socorro, I knew nothing about it. The sign had never pulled me off the road.

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The first Sunday of the new year, or “Dating Sunday,” is the busiest online dating day of the year and kicks off peak online dating season — there is no better time to get your profile ready.

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Q: My new cat, “Corky,” is absolutely shredding the fabric legs of my sofa! I buy plenty of toys for him, so why is he so attracted to my expensive furniture? — Leo

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On Jan. 2, 1981, the so-called Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, is finally caught by British police. For five years, investigators had pursued the serial killer who terrorized Northern England. Sutcliffe had been interviewed nine times but always convinced detectives that he wasn’t involved.

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AMP Concerts is collaborating with the Albuquerque Museum to help virtualize their popular Third Thursday Events. On January 21 at 7 p.m., enjoy “A Night of Contemporary Native American Song.” Featured musicians/groups will include Sing Down the Moon (pictured here), Liz Howdy and Midnight S…

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Rio Rancho Libraries invite you to set sail on a high seas adventure in this Dungeons & Dragons mini-campaign! In four sessions, play the Tide of Retribution adventure from Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount. This program is for teens and young adults ages 14 and older. Space is limited, so …

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Comedy and humor can help older adults cope with social isolation due to the pandemic. Laughter is known to improve health, and ease stress and loneliness. Join former “Tonight Show” writer Jo Firestone every Tuesday in January as she helps participants use humor as an outlet with social/bra…

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Flatiron Books and local bookstore Bookworks are excited to welcome Melinda Gates for a virtual event to launch the paperback of her New York Times bestseller “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.” Book purchase is required to attend the event, which will be held Janua…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Handle a potentially awkward situation by warming up your confidence reserves and letting it radiate freely.

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A few years ago, Dr. Mehmet Oz asked me to create a recipe containing foods that help to naturally reduce stress and to do a cooking demo on “The Dr. Oz Show.” I found that the following ingredients have stress-reducing properties: red, orange and yellow peppers; turkey; spinach; quinoa and …

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Many homeowners will occasionally discover that they have planted a small tree, shrub or perennial in the wrong place and it needs to be moved.

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According to sources at the National Quilters Circle, the best place to store an heirloom quilt may be on a bed. You can stack them, but rotate so that no quilt gets too much sun.

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Movie distributors are more than ready to put films into theaters again, but moviegoers aren’t ready to take a chance yet. Ryan Reynolds’ “Free Guy” was to open July 3, 2020, then Dec. 11, but in November it was pulled. “Death on the Nile,” with Kenneth Branagh (as Hercule Poirot), Gal Gadot…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the consumption of single-use plastic as disposable mask and glove usage has skyrocketed. Additionally, many businesses have eliminated the option to use reusable shopping bags at a store or to bring your own mug to a coffee shop.