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Whether you believe in ghosts or not, ghost towns are fun. We headed out to Chloride, a two-hour-plus drive from Las Cruces on a fine spring day without any wind in the forecast. As soon as we … more
This story begins many years ago, when my best friend forever, Yolanda, and I were in grad school. She was a single mom with two young children whom she would bring to seminars. Olivia would house … more
My grandfather, Ignacy Golub, was a great storyteller. He loved to talk about events in context, big events, the war in Eastern Europe, the destruction caused by Stalin, his work helping others … more
I’ve written for a long time, but never had the time, courage, or inclination to do a lot of writing until I happened to be in Washington DC on 9/11.  At that time, I saw the plane that … more
Sometimes, when you’re traveling through Southern New Mexico on a tight schedule, you don’t even think about stopping to sample some of the local color, local flavor and local … more
The morning of Friday, Feb. 5, I drove U.S. 70 from Las Cruces to Tularosa. The whole way, across the desert, two counties, three cities and two military installations, flags were at half-staff. … more
“My falcon now is sharp and passing empty; and till she stoops she must not be fully gorged, for then she never looks upon her lure, another way I have to man my haggard to make her come and … more
More than 339 species of birds have been spotted in Grant County. In the Gila River Habitat Management Unit (along the Gila River), at least 200 species have been documented. Common black hawks, … more
As the United States braces for another, more extreme, onslaught of the Corona virus, so does Mexico.When I drove down to Palomas on a Saturday in Mid-November, I was amazed by the absence of traffic … more
My father died this year. It was before we heard those strange words – coronavirus, social distancing, community spread. I am honored and grateful that I was able to travel to Connecticut and … more
When I visited Estonia with my aunt in 2009 it was under the burden of history. My grandmother had always hated the color red, the color of invaders, murderers – the Germans, the Russians. She … more
Can you tell me what a full hookup site is? More newbies, I think as I explain one of the basics of RV life. So many people are buying RVs right now that the RV lots are practically empty, and … more
When knights went into battle, they depended not only on their sword, but on their shield as well. While we do not carry shields around with us, there is one about halfway up in the sky above our … more
The economy on the border between Columbus and Palomas, Mexico is being reshaped dramatically this summer because of the coronavirus quarantine and the Trump policy of lengthening the wall between … more
In 1775 Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general in the United States. Letters were taken to a post office, where the postmaster would note the postage in the upper right … more
Every month I need to have my article to the editor by a certain deadline. And every month, around the beginning of the second week, I realize I have nothing. With deadline getting closer and closer, … more
It took us some time to get used to this new normal, but I hope by now we’ve all come to accept these circumstances and move on. Personally, hiking has given me a sense of normalcy these days … more
“I say with pride that I was born with the soul of a gypsy. For me, the term gypsy is one of endearment. It speaks of fierce independence, curiosity, restlessness, and a willingness to try most … more
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