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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
My elderly father refuses to admit it, but his daily walks are taking their toll on him.      And me.      Mainly … more
Halfway up in our southern sky is a half-goat, half fish named Capricornus. This constellation is composed of third and fourth magnitude stars in a crooked “V” lying on its side, with the … 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
“Tourists Welcome!” shouts the message painted in a script font on the side of the light green building. Above that are the words, in neat block letters, “Wm. HINDI STORE, … 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
A baseball season or two ago, I was in my den reading the newspaper, shaking my head at Dear Abby, and enjoying a hot cup of gourmet coffee.I was listening to my TV’s Blues channel. They were … more
I have been taking part in a writer’s group in Silver City (via Zoom) for a few months now. I often am not able to zoom in on the weekly meetings, but I am continually inspired by the prompts … more
Both wildfire and coronavirus are contagions. Both derive their power from their capacity to propagate. Both seem to have mutated from routine seasonal varieties into something meaner, the product of people changing how they live on the land. more
Drive-in restaurants were not invented with a global pandemic in mind but, turns out, they are suited well to Coronavirus restrictions. Sonic may be the dominant player in the drive-in restaurant … 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
Overhead on these July evenings, Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, is a small constellation of mostly fourth magnitude stars forming a semicircle opening to the east toward Hercules. Greek … more
I have watched and know many law enforcements officers who have behaved in extraordinarily kind and compassionate ways. They have responded with care to dangerous situations and shown compassion to … more
Do your thoughts seem a little more philosophical than usual lately? About life and time and family and friendships and what it all means? Past events and decisions and how they shaped your life? The world and how we fit into it? more
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