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“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” — Pablo Picasso

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Calling all writers to support literacy! Ethos Literacy, a nonprofit literacy program, is hosting its 3rd Annual Short Short Story Contest, with an entry deadline of January 31. Here’s the challenge: write a story using 100 words or less on one of four topics — chewing gum, horror movies, sk…

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On Jan. 1, 1863, farmer Daniel Freeman submits the first claim under the new Homestead Act for a property in Nebraska. By the 1890s, many homesteaders found that farming 160 acres of such dry land was nearly impossible, and at least half the original claims were abandoned.

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In today’s high-tech world, the art of letter-writing is falling by the wayside. Few people receive a handwritten note or card in the mail anymore. So maybe this year you could resolve to write more letters. Or perhaps you just want a fun way to keep in touch with friends and family members.…

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Are you a thrill seeker? Do you take on any dare thrown your way? Do you want to provide free swimming lessons to a child in need? Well... we have a perfect way for you to start off the new year right! Take the plunge on January 9 into the 40-degree waters of the outdoor slide pool at the We…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) With the new year’s opportunities within reach, the Arian’s courageous aspects are raring to go.

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If you’re Leonardo DiCaprio, how do you top starring with Jennifer Lawrence in Netflix’s sci-fi drama “Don’t Look Up” and with Robert DeNiro in Martin Scorsese’s $200 million “Killer of the Flower Moon” (for Paramount+ and Apple TV)? Star, produce and play cult leader Jim Jones, who, in Jone…

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It’s January — a fresh time to think about new resolutions, and talk with your kids about the possibilities that 2022 holds. Set realistic goals with action plans you can put in motion. Write them down, or encourage your kids to express them creatively in drawings. I recently was inspired by…

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“Being the Ricardos” (R) — The long-awaited story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as their iconic characters of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo has finally arrived. Not since Tom Cruise was cast as the vampire LeStat has there been so much quizzical buzz about casting, namely Nicole Kidman as Lucy. Wh…

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ortation as early as the 1820s, long before the modern motor was invented. They had horse-power — live horses pulled the bus. By the 1830s, buses were powered by steam, and in 1882, the first electric bus was introduced.

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Over 2,500 left-handed people a year are killed by using equipment made for right-handed people. The deadliest item? The right-handed power saw.

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“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.” — Henri Bergson

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On Dec. 3, 1984, an explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, leads to the worst industrial accident in history. At least 2,000 people died and another 200,000 were injured when toxic gas enveloped the city. Plant workers had failed to act when gauges showed a dangerous …

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With charm, wit and heart, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. In this revue of songs and vignettes, based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life’s g…

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SiSu Dance Academy presents “The Voice of Christmas,” celebrating the true meaning of Christmas in a re-imagined holiday classical ballet. Local dance teacher and choreographer Megan Nicko weaves the origin of Christmas into a faith-based Nutcracker production for a second season. Tickets ar…

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Beaded wonders! Sparkling, shimmering, red and azure, twisted threads and ornate pendants. The Bead Society of New Mexico presents a “Celebration of Color Fantasy” beginning December 7 and continuing through January 6 at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Highway 165. Member artists were en…

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Tim Harris is a motivational speaker, business owner and disability advocate. And he is really good at giving hugs. For a long time, Tim owned his own local restaurant (Tim’s Place) and he even had free hugs on the menu. They were so popular that Tim has now hugged over 75,000 people, includ…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Keep those eyes focused on a hazy situation. A sharper picture emerges, showing something you’ll need to know.

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Scarlett Johansson has settled her lawsuit with Disney. Disney had agreed to a 90-day theater run of her film “Black Widow,” but started streaming it on Disney+ after 45 days for $30 a pop. Johansson sued for the 45-day percentage she lost from the streaming move. Disney had assumed her $20 …

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Here we are, still stuck mostly at home for another winter. Looking for ways to get out, even if it’s only mentally, I’ve discovered internet radio.

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We all like to feel useful and part of holiday festivities. Now is the time to enlist the kids in some projects! Stamping is one of the easiest and rewarding. Here are some ideas to put your own stamp on a new holiday tradition.

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“What Happened, Brittany Murphy?” — When actress Brittany Murphy died suddenly in 2009 at age 32, celebrity watchers cast a collective suspicious eye toward the situation. Murphy’s shocking physical and personality changes after marrying failed director Simon Monjack were just part of her de…

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“Make your own recovery the first priority in your life.” — Robin Norwood

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On Nov. 6, 1854, John Philip Sousa, “The March King,” is born in Washington, D.C. Sousa composed 136 marches, including “Stars and Stripes Forever” (1896).

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Let’s get ready to rumble! November 14, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Cottonwood Mall. Teams will compete with a completed robot that they will have an opportunity to modify to meet the competition challenge. Through a series of practice sessions and team-building exercises, the day will culminate in …

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November is National Gratitude Month — fitting since it’s also the month of Thanksgiving. But, gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” Gratitude has the ability to shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what’s positive in our lives. This month, consider making your …

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ArtsThrive, a program of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, has bloomed into a national juried exhibition and fundraiser featuring the work of over 100 artists from Albuquerque and beyond. Geared toward art enthusiasts of all kinds — from first time buyers to long-time collectors — ArtsThriv…

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As we catapult headfirst into party season, we’re often faced with a dilemma. What am I going to serve or bring to the party?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The pitter-patter of all those Sheep feet means that you’re out and about, rushing to get more done.

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You’d think when Hollywood awoke from its COVID-19 slumber, it would be ready to blow movie fans away with what it had come up with while we were fighting a worldwide pandemic. Think again! The major studios and streaming platforms are so desperate for tried-and-true material that they’ve pi…

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Sorting through bills, advertisements and coupons, I get weary of the waste and the impersonal nature of daily junk mail. Occupant ... Occupant ... Resident! When my name actually appears on an envelope in handwriting I recognize, I feel like a gem is passing through my hands.

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“The Way Down” — This three-part documentary exposes The Remnant Fellowship, a Southern mega-church that seemed to follow the Scientology playbook of brainwashing, intimidation and guilt-based money-grubbing. The church was created and led by Gwen Shamblin, a diet guru obsessed with weight l…

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Many of us have used an antique egg cup to hold a boiled breakfast egg, but few have ever seen an egg cup frame with six egg cups and spoons made of sterling silver over 200 years ago. New Orleans Auctions had many unusual serving pieces in an auction, and the rare 7-inch-high by 8-inch-wide…

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward

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Fashion designer Michael Kors’ first project was a redesign of his own mother’s wedding dress, at her second marriage. He was 5 years old at the time.

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On Oct. 2, 1948, the first American road race since World War II takes place in Watkins Glen in New York. The New York Central railroad agreed to suspend train service so the drivers could safely cross the tracks.

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Come eat your fill! The Albuquerque Taco & Margarita Festival is taking place at The Civic Plaza (1 Civic Plaza NW) on Saturday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come celebrate with live music, good food and good company. Organizers are working to bring as many taco vendors together from…

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The Albuquerque Folk Festival celebrates its 23rd year at the Bosque School (4500 Bosque School Rd. NW), on Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with over 100 non-stop events at multiple outdoor venues. Along with entertainment on three performance stages (including the Stillhouse Junkie…

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Mom and Dad have a surprise for Scooter and Danny — a balloon ride for them and their three best friends. Their adventure is a little scary to start, but in the end it’s a whole lot of fun! Join the group of friends as they climb into the gondola for the first time, and take an incredible fl…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ll soon have a chance to take a big step up from where you are to where you want to be.

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Ashton Kutcher, who starred for eight seasons in “That ‘70s Show” and 84 episodes of “Two and a Half Men,” will now take on Reese Witherspoon in Netflix’s “Your Place or Mine?” From the screenwriter of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” two best friends, on opposite coasts, s…