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“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” — C.S. Lewis

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The average American household now has nine Internet-enabled devices to connect to the Internet, watch movies or television shows, or “smarten” the thermostats, doorbells or nanny cams. These products let people save energy, buy groceries, connect with family members and access a seemingly l…

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Whether you’re hoping to make your dog an Instagram sensation or you just want a nice portrait for the mantle, you’ve likely discovered pets, in general, can be elusive around cameras.

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Urban Air Adventure Park is hosting a grand opening in Albuquerque on Saturday, September 7 at 3039 Pan American Freeway NE. More than a trampoline park, Urban Air lets you defy gravity in a variety of ways, including indoor skydiving, climbing walls, ropes, zip line, warrior course, battle …

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On Sept. 7, 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam, when a newspaper picks up on the story of Samuel Wilson, a meat packer who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army. Wilson stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub …

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It’s no secret that New Mexico is a hotbed of film activity. If you want to get in on the action, here are a few ways you can. To be an extra on a film, you’ll first need a headshot and complete info/bio sheet. It also helps to register with local casting companies. Then keep an eye out for …

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There’s a new podcast in town,  dedicated to Albuquerque and all who love our city. Co-hosts Lindsey Dominguez and Ryan Freeman interview local business owners, artisans, dreamers, thinkers and lovers of the “Q.” Find out about all the cool spots to visit and new local businesses to support.…

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Competitive woodworking in the Duke City, because why not? You’ll have three hours to transform a five-pound box of scrap wood into a stunning product of woodworking genius. Compete for prizes and bragging rights, while you make something fun. The derby occurs September 21, from 3 to 8 p.m. …

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Changing your mind doesn’t come easily. But new facts could emerge that might persuade you to rethink your situation.

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Since Elvis Presley died in 1977, there have been five biography pics, four comedies and two crime dramas about him. Now the game’s about to change because Baz Luhrmann, Oscar-nominated director for “Moulin Rouge” (2002), will tell Elvis’ story from his rise as a poor singer to a global icon…

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Flowerpots are more than just containers for fragrant herbs, summer’s begonias or fall’s chrysanthemums. Grab a plain clay pot the next time you and your kids are at a nursery or garden center, hold it up and think of it as an artist’s canvas, waiting for your creative expression. Purchase s…

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This Mexican chair with its leather sling seat is known as a Campeche chair. The style was inspired by a Roman magistrate’s chair, which had a similar shape and sloping seat. More recent Campeche chairs were made in the 19th century in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, the Balearic Isles …

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“History has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents…. A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.” — Ludwig von Mises

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Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device — are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel discovered. …

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Time is on your side this month. But anything left undone will need to be put into rush mode.

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I’ve seen pictures of the Dawson Mine for years: coal mine entrances, coke ovens, railroad coal cars ready to be sent the 137 miles to Tucumcari and the Rock Island Line. And I have seen old pictures of the town of Dawson, as well. And pictures are about all that is left. For this coal minin…

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The ancient Greeks figured out that Earth was round about 2,500 years ago. But the oldest surviving globe showing our planet was made in 1492 by Martin Behaim of Germany. The first globe to show the Americas was made in 1507. Early globes were made of paper glued to a sphere. The paper was c…

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I spent the first few years as a landcape designer learning plants and creating a plant list to use in my designs. But I’ve spent the past couple of decades removing plants from that list.

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After four decades in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning business, family-owned and operated Sunshine Plumbing & Heating Inc. has perfected their approach to business. “We treat our customers the way we would want to be treated — with fairness and honesty,” explains owner Joseph …

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When Dan Monaghan wanted to transform his backyard into his own personal oasis, he called the company he knew would serve him best — Southwest Greens, a local turf company run by brothers Scott and Steve Forster. And Dan’s experience with the skilled crew went beyond his expectations. “It wa…

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For many people pets are a part of the family. Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience, but also an important responsibility. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help keep pets healthy.

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Many parents know that keeping kids’ rooms — and their stuff — sanitary can seem like a losing battle. Between the playdates, trips to the park and going back-and-forth from school to home, parents also worry about the amount of not just dirt, but also potentially harmful bacteria, living on…

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While most people might know that energy efficiency is an important consideration when purchasing appliances or mechanical systems for the home, you may care to consider how your interior design choices can also affect energy efficiency.

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Summer is a great time to ditch the gym and take your workouts outside to help you get into shape. Here are some tips to help you stay in shape and maximize your workouts this season:

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Clayton, in the far northeast corner of New Mexico and about 10 miles from the Texas border, is most famous for two things: the dinosaur trackway at Clayton Lake and the somewhat “botched” hanging of train robber Black Jack Ketchum. But the Hotel Eklund, a striking three-story stone structur…

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In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and …

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In today’s world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from.

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It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everything you hear a…

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It was 1896, and New Mexico seemed like the land of opportunity to Frank Boyer.  Boyer, an African American living with his family in Pelham, Georgia, was looking for a better future than what he saw around him: humiliating, restrictive Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan.  

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I love to cook, but when it’s 100 degrees outside my desire to turn on the stove melts away like an ice cube on a hot sidewalk. One good thing about summers in Texas, the heat seems to bring out my creativity. I’ve devised several ways to continue to enjoy my favorite meals without using my oven.

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Many vehicle owners know it’s important to regularly have their motor oil changed. But did you know that choosing any oil weight other than the one specified in the owner’s manual could damage the engine? 

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From dogs and cats filling up social media feeds — some even with their own profiles — to true pet celebrities who command the attention of millions, animals have become a major part of the digital landscape. 

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During the early 1900s, most chickens were raised on family farms for their eggs, which were sold as a source of income. Chickens were considered as a special occasion or holiday meal.

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Miguel Atencio, a reader of this column, wrote to me via email asking if I had any suggestions for day trips for him and his 11-year-old son. I thought that was a great question, as parents of school-age children begin to make plans for summer vacation. Below are six ideas for day trips with kids.

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In keeping with tradition this time of year, parents across America are getting ready to celebrate the graduation achievements of their children, nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.

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While filing your taxes can be tedious, many Americans often look forward to receiving a tax refund. But it's important to remember that if you're receiving money back from Uncle Sam, it's because you had too much withheld and overpaid your taxes last year — it's not really extra money. So b…

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Living and dining are essential actions that occur in every residence. But having rooms named after and devoted, respectively, to each has become passé nowadays for many homeowners. Instead of maintaining formal rooms that conform to traditional expectations but which end up being seldom use…

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Kitchens may get a lot of love, but homeowners are lavishing more attention on bathrooms lately. That’s the major takeaway from a new poll that sheds new light on the latest preferences in bathroom redos.

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Driving south toward Truth or Consequences, you’ll notice a large range of dark and distant mountains off to the west. This is the Black Range, known for its silver deposits and a few ghost towns that serviced the mines and miners. Their inhabitants once numbered in the thousands.

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If you’ve run out of ways to prepare starches like corn, potatoes or rice to serve as side dishes, you might want to try turnips. We have Charles “Turnip” Townshend to thank for elevating turnips to the dinner table. England was formally introduced to turnips when Townshend, a British politi…

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While it’s been popular in the past to bring the outdoors inside using trees and floral arrangements, a recent trend for many wedding venues is to create a homey space outdoors. Indeed, guests don’t need to rough it just because you’ve chosen to host your ceremony or reception outside.

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Albuquerque-based and veteran-owned 2 Vet’s Construction started as a collaboration between two Army veterans who grew up together and share an interest in helping people in central New Mexico achieve their building project dreams. “We knew we could provide a service that is missed in the ar…

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Natural light seems to bring out the beauty, and indeed color, of everything it touches. When it fills our homes, it brings with it a sense of freshness, vitality and can make us feel healthier.

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Albert Einstein once said, “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.” These words could not be more appropriate in our current world of competing streams of information. As we gather information, who can we trust? The answer is to ask those who have personal …

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The power of music extends beyond just a good beat to listen to. It can be a source of inspiration for new ideas or serve as an instant confidence booster at times when you need a little push. Whatever the reason might be for pressing play, music can inspire you to get out of your comfort zo…