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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been out for years or are just now separating from the service, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a gift for you: the VA Welcome Kit. It’s something every veteran needs to have on hand for current information you need now or things that can come up over the years.

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Creating art can be emotionally healing and freeing. Who among us can’t use a little of that nowadays? Once you get started, you’ll wonder why you didn’t begin sooner.

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Building a strong family is like building a house: We do it brick by brick, one day at a time. Here are some “bricks” that I try to focus on annually. I get inspired with these little reminders, as I adjust my thinking and goals for my family of five, and also for my extended family as it gr…

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During the cold and flu season and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be more medicines in homes being used to treat all kinds of symptoms. It is important to keep curious kids safe by keeping medicine up and away and out of reach.

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A quarter of a million of us leave the service every year, and where do we go? If our last duty station was in a great place, we might just put down roots and stay. Some of us go home. And some of us have no idea where to go.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has put out a timely warning about fire safety, especially for seniors. The main statistic is grim: We seniors make up about 16% of the population, but account for a whopping 77% of all clothing fires.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life,  and all of us have put activities on hold to reduce the spread of the virus. But one activity that you should not put on hold is a child’s annual doctor visit.

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We’ve been in a stressful period for many long months, and now here come the holidays. It’s going to be different this year: fewer (or no) family get-togethers, no parties, little shopping at stores ... in other words, a potentially lonely time for many veterans who are sad or anxious or who…

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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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The news is out. Our Social Security benefit increase starting in January 2021 will be less than it was for 2020.

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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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As the pandemic continues, health experts and physicians are concerned that with home and online schooling replacing in-person curricula — including PE classes — our children may not be getting the physical activity they need to promote their health. And that may be a bigger deal than parent…

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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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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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Remember who ran for president and vice president against Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in 1984? Answer: Walter Mondale with Geraldine Ferraro. How quickly we forget those who ran the high-profile race but didn’t make it.

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Financial literacy is an important component of STEAM learning and a building block of a comfortable future. Unfortunately, many schools have limited programs. But there’s good news — not only can parents impart money-smarts at home, they can make it so fun kids won’t even realize they’re learning!

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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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Time does not stretch forward indefinitely. I learned that lesson today when I received word that one of my oldest relatives had passed away. His name was Henry, and I never met him. I hooked up with him and his lovely wife many years ago when I started my genealogy hunt. We came together li…

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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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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are looking into new life insurance coverage or taking a closer look at their existing coverage to make potential updates, according to a new survey.

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Whether the new school year means your kids will be heading back to the classroom, learning remotely, or a mix of both, back-to-school will most likely be stressful. Thinking ahead can help prepare everyone for a new way of learning, and simplify the transition from the slow ease of summerti…

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The regular crew of older veterans was spread out on the sidewalk in front of the coffee shop, but I didn’t expect they’d be there long. The heat was coming up and it was going to be a brutal day. Half of them were drinking iced coffees.

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It’s a make-it-your-own cycling event, Bike MS style. We can’t ride together in-person this year but people with MS can’t wait. Join the New Mexico Multiple Sclerosis Society September 26 for Bike MS: Inside Out, the first-ever nationwide Bike MS event that lets you build your own adventure.…

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With aging, we lose muscle. With all the staying home we’re doing now, we’re losing more muscle. We have to fight against that.

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When it comes to the annual back-to-school supply list for young students, crayons are still at the top. It’s no secret that kids love new boxes full of colorful crayons with sharp points, but what about last year’s stash? There’s no reason to throw out those worn-down stubs. You and your ki…

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If you are like many parents these days, you are on a quest to find new ways to entertain the kids at home. This may be a good time to turn to a classic source of fun that requires no charging, batteries or Wi-Fi, making it screen time parents don’t have to limit.

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I came across an unusual confab outside the coffee shop today. What was different this time was the presence of younger veterans.

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Americans are spending more time at home, which means they’re likely spending more time online. While their attention is focused on staying healthy, they shouldn’t forget to stay vigilant about cybersecurity either.

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Electric Playhouse is offering week-long coding and robot camps for kids ages 6 to 12. “We are excited to share some of our knowledge and excitement for this modern art in this inaugural camp offering,” says founder John-Mark Collins. “Of course, kids will play, laugh and eat along the way i…

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To help us stay away from the mainstream news that has nothing but disturbing commentary and visuals, I’ve compiled a list of more upbeat places to investigate online. Best of all — they’re free!

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You can do more with a newspaper than just read and recycle it. Use it to make a hat — and wear it at your child’s birthday party, a picnic at the park or just for fun! All you need are recycled newspapers, a roll of masking tape, or a large rubber band and basic art supplies or picks from y…

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Many people may avoid estate planning because they think it can be put off until later in life. But experts agree that adults of any age should have a plan in place to make sure their financial affairs are in order after they pass on, or in case they are incapacitated. A complete and thought…

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It’s always the right time to commit to healthy habits, behaviors and steps to improve your physical and mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating so much uncertainty and upending so many routines, experts say that focusing on the things within your control is particularly important.

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In these unprecedented and uncertain times, play is critical to physical and emotional well-being, helping both kids and adults decompress and stay positive while providing countless learning opportunities.

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There is no piece of music that elicits as much emotion as the 24 notes of “Taps,” the bugle call played at military funerals and ceremonies.

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The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience has put together an impressive line-up of “drive-in” movies for their “Dinner & a Drive-In” series. Tickets are $20 per car, and must be purchased in advance. Screenings are scheduled each Wednesday at 9 p.m. at O’Niells Pub, 4310 Central Ave. …

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NDI New Mexico is offering interactive summer dance programs for ages three and up via Zoom. Some classes in the programs are live online, and others are for students to complete at their own pace with family and friends. To see the various programs and register, go to www.ndi-nm.org/summer2020/.

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Depending where we live, many of us are still in lockdown. Still, there are ways to keep our spirits up.

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It doesn’t take much to get kids hooked on fishing, and it’s a great activity to get your family safely outdoors during these trying times. But before your kids hit the dock, pond or river bank, or climb aboard a canoe or boat, there are a few things to do to prepare for this fun family sport.

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Heading off to college is exciting, and a time full of endless possibilities. However, circumstances have changed for many American families over the past several months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and you may be wondering how you will pay your upcoming college tuition bill and oth…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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Imagine creative ways to reuse what we typically throw away, even little things. Here’s one that may lurk in your refrigerator: a celery-stalk rose just waiting to be revealed with some ink or fabric paint.

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Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you’re helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner …