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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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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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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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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 night skies have been crisp and clear lately, so I’ve been doing some star-gazing. There above us lies an infinite land of possibility, just out of mere mortal touch — for now. I’m not alone in wanting to unlock the secrets of the stars, but since I’m more of a space travel dreamer than …

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“Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.” — Russell Baker

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On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, bringing an end to the prohibition of alcohol. Prohibition did little more than slow the flow of booze, and bootleggers like Al Capone had built criminal empires out of illegal distribution.

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On December 16, Moonlight Makes is hosting a virtual crafting party. Take a break from the holiday hustle and make your own peppermint candy bath bombs — for yourself or to give as gifts. When you register, you’ll receive a box delivered to your doorstep that will have everything you need to…

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In a typical year, we would be shopping all the local craft fairs now for unique holiday items and gifts. But, since 2020 is anything but typical, we’re changing the way we do things. Sandia Band Boosters hosts an annual craft fair that draws a huge crowd each year. Now, they’re taking it on…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Don’t feel sheepish about looking to spend more time with that special person during the upcoming holidays. Do it.

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A star is reborn! Elaine Ballace has to be one of the last traditional Hollywood comedic character actresses in the vein of Ethel (Vivian Vance) in “I Love Lucy” and Gladys Kravitz (Alice Pearce) in “Bewitched.” She worked extensively for Mel Brooks (who has become a friend) from 1987–1995, …

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Warning: Wholesome content ahead. You can always count on a well-written story to lighten your mood or touch your heart. And, darn it, sometimes you really need it. Here are a few films out in the past year that can give you an hour plus of escape into a better, more heart-touching world.

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Along with henna, old-fashioned hair dye ingredients included the blood of black cows and crushed tadpoles in warm oil.

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“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.” — Mark Twain

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On Nov. 7, 1957, The Gaither Report called for by President Dwight Eisenhower to review the nation’s defense readiness urges a vigorous $30 billion campaign to build fallout shelters. It suggested that American citizens were completely unprotected from nuclear attack.

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Ready to jump into podcasting, but aren’t sure where to start? A team of experienced local podcasters is launching the Barelas Podcasters Guild to help. The Guild will offer monthly workshops for podcast basics and advanced topics. Their goal is to help people share their own stories from th…

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On November 19-22, the Friends of Folk Art, in partnership with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, will host World of Treasures, an online auction of collectors’ quality folk art, fine art and distinctive experiences that will appeal to all tastes and budgets. More than 100 items will be o…

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As we’ve all been spending more time at home, 2020 has seen the rise of family activities like board games. But you may not know that some of those games are published here locally. Rio Grande Games, based in Placitas, publishes many games recognizable to board gamers, including Dominion and…

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In the spirit of drive-in movies and church services, how about a drive-through holiday light show? Beginning on November 20 and continuing through January 3, Lights of Enchantment  is a Community First program guaranteed to be a visual extravaganza with more than 350 displays and over a mil…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Deciding to work out that pesky problem should be paying off right about now.

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Bradley Cooper has found his leading lady to play his wife in the Leonard Bernstein biography film “Maestro,” and she is British actress Carey Mulligan. Cooper, who also co-wrote the screenplay, reveals: “I was struck by Carey ever since I saw her on stage years ago and haven’t missed a perf…

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Since it looks like this horrible coronavirus isn’t going away soon, we might as well take a few steps to make our lives more comfortable over the winter. Here are some ideas:

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From the top echelons of professional sports to the youth leagues playing at your local parks, we move heaven and earth for football. It’s part of the American fabric of life. We celebrate the victories as our own, and commiserate together in defeat. This struggle, determination and drama ha…

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When the first Spanish explorers arrived at the Yucatan peninsula, they naturally asked what the area was called. The response, “Yucatan,” was a Yucatec Maya word meaning “I don’t understand what you’re saying.”

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On Oct. 4, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln observes a balloon demonstration near Washington, D.C. Both Confederate and Union armies experimented with using balloons to gather military intelligence, but they proved to be dangerous and impractical.

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Want a chance to live out a piece of history... and maybe even rewrite it? Check out the immersive historical escape rooms at Escape in Time, located at 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Suite #21. You and your team will have one hour to solve the puzzles to complete the adventure, which usually invo…

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Looking for handmade, one-of-a-kind items for gift giving? Members of the Artists of Mariposa would like to offer their unique services to help make your friends and family smile this holiday season. Pastel paintings, pet portraits, jewelry, games and more. Contact the artists now to guarant…

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The 11th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival takes place virtually on October 17. Presented by the New Mexico Dulcimer Association, the festival includes webcam mountain and hammered dulcimer workshops throughout the day and a pre-recorded evening concert featuring three national champions p…

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We’re all missing the balloons! But you can get your hot air fix virtually. Balloon Fiesta Live is the live-streamed program that broadcasts each session during Balloon Fiesta week. The Siesta Edition will feature expert commentary by long-time announcers/balloonists Glen Moyer and Art Lloyd…

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There’s time to indulge in the fun things in life — like maybe taking a special someone out for a great evening.

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What could bring rival, cutthroat studios such as Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, Disney, BBC Studios, Lionsgate and MGM together? Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Disney and co-founder of Dreamworks, and Meg Whitman, formerly on the board of Proctor & Gamble, Dropbox and the CEO o…

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You can create a striking “stained glass window” for your home, but you don’t need fancy bits of glass.

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This weekend I took some time out to relax with my youngest. Her choice: “The One and Only Ivan,” courtesy of Disney+. It’s a heartwarming story, based on real life, of a silverback gorilla raised in captivity and the center showcase of an oddly placed roadside circus — a big top plunked in …

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“If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.” — African Proverb