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Fall provides a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, including orange-red persimmons. Persimmons begin appearing in markets in October and are available through December. If you’ve never had a persimmon, now is the time to try it as a snack, side dish or flavorful dessert. Ripe persimm…

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Has rising market volatility made you more cautious? Or are you concerned about this fall’s midterm elections and the possibility of more policy changes ahead? Selling stocks in reaction to election uncertainty has been the wrong move in the past – making it important to keep election politi…

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Screen time. You’ve heard the phrase before, and if you’re a parent, you’ve probably agonized over creating a screen time policy for your family. You understandably want a policy that reflects your family values, and you also want to consider your child’s wants, needs and expectations.

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As the temperatures get colder, families start packing up their shorts and sundresses and pulling last year’s warmer garments from boxes. And inevitably, many of last fall’s clothes no longer fit or are too worn.

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There’s a quiet movement going on in this country, and it doesn’t involve apps, data or the latest fad. Following the lead of vinyl record albums, coloring books and traditional board games, jigsaw puzzles are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Perhaps, because it’s an opportunity to unplug …

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Jerk cooking dates back to the Carib-Arawak Indians who inhabited Jamaica in the 17th century. After capturing an animal and thoroughly cleaning it, the carcass was “jerked,” and the resulting holes were stuffed with a variety of spices. Hot peppers and herbs were plentiful on the island and…

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The Adirondack style started with a chair in 1903. Many wealthy folks from the East Coast wanted a cool place to live for the summer, so they started building homes in the Adirondack mountain area. Thomas Lee was vacationing in the Adirondack town of Westport, N.Y., and he wanted comfortable…

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There aren’t many roads in the gently rolling hills of the Kiowa National Grassland, in northeastern New Mexico. One of them, N.M. Highway 39, leads to Mills. This community has a couple of houses, a post office, and a dirt road heading west, which is where one of the most surprising geograp…

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It’s been in the news for years now: the decline of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies, and how it’s upsetting our world’s healthy ecosystem. We need pollinators for the growth of many of the foods we eat each day. 

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It was the middle of July, typically the hottest month in Albuquerque. People across the metro area were sweltering in their homes, even with air conditioners turned on. Retired Rio Rancho secretary Judith Brunk and her husband, John, however, were cool and comfortable in their home thanks t…

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Albuquerque is no stranger to sunlight. With about 240 days of sunshine encompassing the area each year, homeowners and businesses are served well by having window treatments that can guard against the sun’s harsh light. Budget Blinds of Rio Rancho can shield your home with style, offering a…

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Don’t be fooled by their marketing campaign, centered around the concept of a 1950s-style eatery. In a city with an affection for retro motels, diners and automobiles, it’s no surprise that local architecture, design and construction firm Jeebs & Zuzu feels right at home.  

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As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can’t do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you’re focused on a 5K or full marathon.

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My grandson Robby and I were driving along one of the most beautiful routes in New Mexico: State Road 117, south from Grants. Undulating bluffs and La Ventana Arch make for an enchanted landscape on the eastern side. To the west, the impenetrable and threatening lava flows of El Malpais, the…

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Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon, including thousands of children across the Albuquerque metro area. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it’s an exciting and chaotic time.

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When you think about financial freedom, what comes to mind? Perhaps you’d like to travel, spend more time with the grandchildren or explore what really interests you.

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Dogs and their owners have many things in common, but perhaps one of the biggest commonalities is that they both love to eat. When preparing meals for your four-legged family members, it’s important for the meal to be packed with flavor and nutrients, and to create a dining experience they e…

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By asking a few simple questions, you may be better able to identify the right auto repair shop to properly care for one of your most valuable assets, your car.

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Home improvement projects are popular this time of year and you've certainly tackled your share of DIY to-dos in the past. But not this year. This year you realize it's time to go big, to go bold, to set aside those traditional home improvement projects for another year and do something even…

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Whether your vacation takes you on a hiking adventure in the mountains, to the beach, to explore a new city or vineyards, chances are you will end up with a bunch of photos.

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Chess, once a game considered to be reserved for the affluent and older men, is creating a cooler image with a younger demographic. The ancient game has seen a rising level of involvement among young people in the United States, and there's even a growing interest in watching tournaments, wh…

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According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), wheels are among the most purchased items by consumers in the $42 billion automotive aftermarket industry. Because there are so many wheel options for your car, SEMA recommends researching the various wheel types available and l…

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are joining forces for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Tarantino spent five years writing the script about Hollywood in 1969, and since he is one of the ultimate film buffs, who better than Tarantino? The film has DiCaprio play…

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By the 1960s, many American Indian tribes nearly lost their culture because of 19th- and early 20th-century U.S. government statutes. American Indians could be removed from their land, resettled on reservations and even have their children sent to special boarding schools to be taught a new …

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No matter how much cabinet space you have, it might never seem like enough. Begin clearing clutter by removing items you don’t frequently need or use — which means those holiday decorations shouldn’t be vying for space in your main living areas.

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• On March 28, 1814, the funeral of Guillotin, the inventor and namesake of the infamous execution device, takes place in France. The machine was intended to show the intellectual and social progress of the Revolution: By killing aristocrats and journeymen the same way, equality in death was…

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Zac Efron is known as a good singer (“High School Musical,” TV films and “The Greatest Showman”) and a hunk (after the “Baywatch” reboot with Dwayne Johnson), but get ready for a game changer. Efron fans are going to see him become serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming film “Extremely Wick…

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An auction catalog offered a “rare Kakiemon enameled porcelain plate” from the 18th century, but there was no further explanation of the age, history or design. What is the meaning of Kakiemon? 

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There must be a hundred murals here in the Duke City. They compliment a very strong public art program which includes hundreds of pieces bought through our decades-old One Percent for the Arts Initiative. This art scene is one reason Sunset magazine named Albuquerque “Best Place to Live” in …

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The sundial is an early tool used to tell time. It is said that the earliest sundials were made in 1500 B.C., and variations were made in following centuries by the Greeks, Chinese and Romans. But the portable sundial carried on trips during the 18th century was needed only until railroads —…

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If you’re a parent with a smartphone or tablet, it didn’t take long before your child first reached for your shiny device. 

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Smelling salts have been used to revive someone who is feeling faint or has lost consciousness since the days of the Romans. But it was not until the 18th century that smelling-salt holders became fashionable. Smelling salts (ammonium carbonate and water) release an ammonia gas that irritate…

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With technology advancing in leaps and bounds around us, perhaps the one thing that has generated the most buzz involves the marriage of the automobile with the computer: a connected car. Here are some important things to know about connected cars.

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You may know Southwestern New Mexico for it’s million-acre forests and seemingly endless miles of desert, or perhaps you immediately think of Billy the Kid and hunting mule deer. But if you’re touring the Southwest and lack the inside scoop on where to dine, here are three deliciously wonder…

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Hosting an older adult in your home can be a wonderful experience with lots of memory-making potential. However, for a safe and successful visit, you may want to make a few adjustments to your home before they arrive to make it more senior-friendly.

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• On Dec. 31, 1968, the Soviet Union's TU-144 supersonic airliner makes its first flight. In 1973 at the Paris Air Show, the TU-144 broke up from stress at 1,500 feet when a French Mirage spy aircraft photographing the TU-144 from above forced its pilot to abruptly level off.

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The art of the roast is simple. Put a marshmallow on a stick and rotate slowly over coals just long enough to turn the white outside a toasty golden brown. But as all experienced marshmallow roasters know, one second too long and the luscious, caramelized crisp instantly turns charcoal black…

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• On Dec. 25, 1914, just after midnight on Christmas morning, the World War I troops of Germany, Russia, France and Britain cease fire and come out of the trenches for singing carols, exchanging presents and even a game of soccer. It was one of the last examples of chivalry between enemies i…

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• On Dec. 15, 2001, Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after a team of experts spent 11 years and $27 million to fortify the tower without eliminating its famous lean. When completed in 1360, the tower was already leaning, having been built on marshy ground.

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As the nights lengthen and temperatures drop, it’s a time to embrace all the simple and cozy pleasures the season has to offer: Tailgating parties, fuzzy socks, hanging strings of lights to bring ambiance to those early evenings.

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Looking for something a bit more exciting than standing in long checkout lines at the mall and suffering through post-spending regret?