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Keeping children content and occupied isn’t always an easy task — especially with more and more days being spent at home. As parents and caregivers, it can also be challenging to come up with creative solutions and fun projects that differ each day. However, even if you lack crafting abiliti…

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Carpet Source owner, Don Lovato, has been working in the flooring industry for nearly three decades. Early in his career, while overseeing a traditional showroom, Don began to observe that it took the average customer approximately 4.7 separate trips to the store before making their final se…

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These are stressful days. Some of us were living under tough circumstances in the best of times, and nowadays the daily news just ratchets it up.

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“There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.” — Franz Kafka

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In 1834, American physician John Cooke Bennet added tomatoes to ketchup, which previously consisted of fish or mushrooms. As tomatoes contain a healthy dose of vitamins and antioxidants, Bennet then branded his sauce as a cure for diarrhea, indigestion, jaundice and rheumatism.

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1. GEOGRAPHY: Which is the only country to have three capital cities?

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With the closing of most campgrounds this spring, many folks got introduced to the joys of putting up a tent away from the crowds somewhere along a road in the forest, what the Forest Service calls “dispersed camping.”

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On June 3, 1800, President John Adams becomes the first acting president to take up residence in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately the White House was not yet finished, so Adams moved into temporary digs at Tunnicliffe’s City Hotel near the also half-finished Capitol building.

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Q: I spend quite a bit of money each year on my two Corgis: veterinary care, grooming, toys and a pet sitter. They’re also registered as therapy pets — so they earn their keep! With all that I spend, why can’t I write off pet care on my taxes?

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Accompanied by a wealth of family photographs, “Hometown Corrales: A Family Album” by Mary P. Davis tells the story of Corrales through the lives of 58 families profiled in the book. Bookworks presents the author’s virtual event June 21 at 3 p.m. RSVP to rsvp@bkwrks.com to attend, and buy bo…

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Locally owned ABQ Books and Media used bookstore opened May 29. The “experimental warehouse bookstore” aims to provide affordable books, DVDs, CDs and more — with most items selling for less than $5. From the owner, “We plan to have about 10,000 books as well as 5,000 media items! Items will…

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The Albuquerque Folk Festival celebrates its 22nd year on Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a virtual festival. The event is free and features live and recorded performances, workshops, storytelling, sing-along and jam with bands, and more. Planned headliners include The Limelit…

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The New Mexico Heart Association Virtual Heart Walk is set to take place on Saturday, June 13. The annual fundraising walk generates resources for critical heart health awareness and education in New Mexico. Upwards of 2,500 people usually participate in the three-mile walk in Albuquerque. T…

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Although I recommend that all my clients irrigate their landscapes, I must admit it can be a very irritating part of gardening. Spray heads used for lawn areas along with their valves and controllers should be the biggest problem, but I think the drip sections that water shrubs, perennials a…

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As the country slowly re-opens, we may be able to have family gatherings again if we adhere to the health guidelines under our “new normal.” My family has always enjoyed getting together for a backyard barbeque. This year, our time together will be even more meaningful because we have a newf…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your self-esteem level is high, as is your impatience to see more action come your way in the workplace.

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With social distancing orders in place in many areas across the country, you may be doing your grocery shopping with shelf stability in mind. But this factor should not be your only priority. Right now, it’s especially important that the foods you eat also support your health and longevity.

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If you seal your jelly jars with wax, here’s a good tip: Place a small piece of string into the wax before it hardens. Then, you’ll be able to pull on the string to remove the wax when you are ready to enjoy your homemade goodies!

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Cameron Diaz made 43 films and is a major star. Yet in 2018 she walked away from it all. On Jan. 5, 2015, at age 47, she wed musician Benji Madden, of The Madden Brothers and the pop-rock band Good Charlotte. On Dec. 30, 2019, she gave birth to their daughter, Raddix Chloe Wildflower Madden.…

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As one half of HGTV’s “The Cousins” and the founder of Lilyshea Development LLC, John Colaneri is well-versed in top design trends. Having recently purchased a 1960s-era rambler with the goal of taking it down to the studs and remaking it, Colaneri is sharing insights and ideas to help you c…

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Has your Meals on Wheels expanded their service? In a number of areas, the program has taken on more volunteers or widened the area they cover, having received grants and other funding, giving more seniors the opportunity to have meals delivered. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, those …

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Want to go green while practicing social distancing? Here are a few ideas to consider:

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These uncertain times are forcing more people to reexamine finances and rewrite their household budgets. According to the Pew Research Center in a survey conducted soon after the COVID-19 crisis began, 33% of Americans either lost their jobs or suffered a pay cut or reduction in work hours. …

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Baking bread is just plain fun when your preschoolers shape prepared dough into adorable bear shapes. They’ll love “painting” the bears with an egg wash before you pop them in the oven. Serve them warm, drizzled with some honey for a memorable afternoon treat.

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This elaborately decorated puzzle pitcher was made in Budapest, Hungary. In 1839, Moritz Fischer bought a factory that had been operating in Herend, Hungary, since 1826. He started making dinner sets for Hungarians because the old sets from Europe and the Far East were no longer available. T…

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David Linfoot, owner of Albuquerque’s newest Renewal by Andersen retailer, is the fresh face New Mexico has been waiting for when it comes to quality home improvement. Whether it’s having those French doors you always dreamed of finally installed or adding that bay window addition you adore,…

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Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, serving not only Albuquerque and Santa Fe but also Belen, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, the East mountain area and beyond. Owner Daniel Jaramillo started his business as a one-man operation in 2010, working out o…

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A World War I homing pigeon saved 194 men by delivering a message despite losing a leg and an eye, and having been shot through the chest.

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Rising unemployment, mandatory stay-at-home orders, and an overburdened health care system are causing a perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have concerns or need care, according to the experts at Susan G. Komen.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to stop the enrollment of veterans under the GI Bill at a number of universities due to “erroneous, deceptive, or misleading” practices involving enrollment, advertising and sales. The Federal Trade Commission and various state attorneys general took …

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In 2002, the day after my retirement from teaching at Monte Vista Elementary School, I found myself looking down U.S. Route 60 at the Arizona/New Mexico border with my friend Mike Moye. Yes, here we were, two “Saturday” bike path riders loaded up and headed east for Texas.

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On May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building. The building went up in just over a year, under budget and well ahead of schedule.

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Q: I’ve been working from home for the past two weeks, and my dog and cat, “Mutt” and “Shelley,” won’t leave me alone! I tried putting them into the bedroom during conference calls, but they yowl and meow nonstop. What can I do?

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The new Penguin Chill exhibit at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo opened last summer, and has been a visitor favorite for months. With the current “stay-at-home” orders, we’re not able to visit the zoo in person. So, if you’ve been missing seeing the flightless birds, don’t worry. You can now wat…

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As schools have transitioned to online instruction for the remainder of the academic year, teachers can supplement lesson plans by inviting an educator from one of the divisions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs into their virtual classrooms. Find out about traditional sheep h…

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The Downtown Growers Market is offering pre-order pick up from some of its vendors. You can browse the vendors individually, view their products and order from them directly. Pick up happens Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fusion Theater, 708 First St. NW. For more information, visit  ww…

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Get out your computers — it’s time to look at art. Due to COVID-19, the Placitas Community Library (PCL) Art Committee is taking its themed exhibition program online. “Reaching Back, Looking Forward” debuts May 1. Visitors to the virtual show will enjoy the work of more than a dozen local ar…

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Spring is here and many of you are starting a veggie garden. Here is a new twist to make your gardening more successful and interesting. Worms are great in the garden, and raising them in quantity has three main advantages.

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In addition to their high protein and fiber content, a new study finds that beans, particularly black beans, are a rich but overlooked source of antioxidants and may provide health benefits similar to some common fruits, including grapes, apples and cranberries.

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Chances are you’ve heard of the keto diet. Its popularity has soared in recent years, adding it to the list of diets many people try. The keto diet is founded on the belief that when your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis — a metabolic state in which fat provides most of the fuel for…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You still might have to deal with some lingering confusion that marked a recent workplace situation.

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For maximum effectiveness, spray, then wait, then wipe. Spray cleaners need contact time to both cut through grime and to kill germs. Give surfaces a light mist, then wait up to 10 minutes before wiping clean.

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Romeo told Juliet, “Deny thy father and refuse his name!” Which is what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ronan Farrow has done. Is he the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, or the product of a reuniting of Mia Farrow and her former husband Frank Sinatra? That’s one DNA test we’d like to see!

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Container gardens are a viable and popular cultivation option, especially for those who have limited sun-exposed spaces or are looking to start small and learn the basics of gardening.

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Surely our world will be back to normal this summer ... right? Surely we’ll be able to get out of the house without fearing every person who comes near us. We’ll be able to leisurely wander through the grocery store, which will be stocked as it used to be. We’ll stop to talk to friends on th…