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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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Are you thinking of selling your house and want to know some of the best ways to boost your home’s value, demand top dollar and potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you’re selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the …

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Kids’ school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it’s important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child’s education during the day while they ca…

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Appearances are deceiving. That’ll be your first reaction upon entering the Sandia Marble showroom in Albuquerque’s warehouse district, an area surrounded by industrial buildings with few distinguishing traits. But once inside it’s clear you’ve walked into a bathroom and kitchen remodeling d…

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For many pet owners and their pets, money is no object. But expenses like food, grooming, routine vet care, toys and kenneling can add up quickly, making it difficult for budget conscious pet owners to afford their shaggy partners.

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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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Chalk up some outdoor playtime with your kids with one of the simplest of art supplies, a bucket of chalk. Step out on a sidewalk or driveway, and discover all the possibilities of the impermanent canvas — not only for artwork in cheery colors, but for games of hopscotch that attract friends…

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The Department of Veterans Affairs recently held a Gun Safety Matters Challenge to explore new ways of securing firearms and reducing the number of veteran suicides. Of the 20 veterans who die each day by suicide, over 60 percent use a firearm. The goal of securing firearms is to build in a …

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When you hand car keys to your teenager for the first time, your heart races as you think of what could happen. The fact is that car accidents are the No. 1 cause of death among teens in the U.S., so it’s important to communicate the gravity of this newfound responsibility.

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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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Homeowners across the country enjoy entertaining guests and relaxing on decks, taking in the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that's somewhat removed from the elements.

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Life can get hectic. While it's easy to become overwhelmed with busy schedules and everyday challenges, it's important to carve out personal time for relaxation and renewal. The practice of self-care and personal wellness is becoming a trend on the rise.

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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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It's easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend we…

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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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Here’s good news about tasty treats: Adolescents at high risk for obesity significantly reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) by substituting peanuts and peanut butter for unhealthy snacks, according to a new USDA-funded study.

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On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home — as it often does during summer travel — are…

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The hope is my readers come away with the understanding that this column is my attempt to make gardening more enjoyable for the average homeowner. Navigating through the horticultural world can be intimidating, so having an expert simplify it is a good thing. 

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Even in the 21st century, with all of the high-tech gadgets that are available to monitor our health, a tape measure can be quite telling. We have seen the emergence of powerful electronic devices equipped with sophisticated sensors that check our heart rate, blood pressure, steps, etc. The …

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If you’re one of the 98 percent of people who fell off the New Year’s resolutions wagon months ago, we have good news for you. Experts, including Jennifer Heisz, assistant professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, say summer is the ideal time to set fitness goals. The combi…

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After a long winter that kept many of us indoors, summer is finally here. Let’s take advantage of it and be out and about. All of these ideas involve the cooperation of others. 

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Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side — and fortunately, you don't have to be a master craftsman — or spend a fortune on materials — to have fun and enjoy the benefits.

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Summer is a great time to get outside and get active with our pets. Between cool swims in the pool and brisk walks in the sunshine, summer is a great bonding time for you and your furry friend.

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Unless you’re a veterans service officer with one of the veterans groups, you probably can’t help a fellow veteran push through the paperwork required to file a claim.

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It's a common myth that most sun damage happens before the age of 18, but does this mean sun damage becomes less of a threat as we get older? Although many think most sun damage happens at a young age, the majority of sun exposure actually occurs after the age of 40. However, it's never too …

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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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Even though many Americans understand the importance of STEM education, children in the U.S. continue to lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects at young ages.

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Obesity, with corresponding ailments such as heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes, is a well-chronicled public health issue and has many communities looking for ways to positively impact their residents.

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“If you make fresh whipped cream, try using honey instead of sugar. It has a sweeter flavor, and it also stays firm longer than regular sugar. I especially like it on tarts!”

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Popular plants like parsley and peppers are easily started inside during spring months to give a jump-start to your summer garden. Fill the mini starting pots with fresh damp potting soil, tuck in seeds, and you’re on your way to growing bedding plants you can transplant in your backyard or …

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With mounting pressures and expectations, the high school years can feel overwhelming — for students and parents alike. Teens grapple with questions like: Which colleges should I apply to? What should I choose as a major? What do I really want to do with my life? What if I don’t have a clue?…

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Short of finding a way to strike it rich, saving money by seeking out spending reductions can still feel like a big win. Eliminating certain items from your grocery cart by using replacement items can earn you an increase on your bottom line.