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The Last Day of September 2016

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:21:03 +0000

Angie Dickinson is 85 today. Chances are Johnny Mathis is 81. Greg Brady (Barry Williams) is 62. Marion Cotillard is 41 today. Die Zauberflöte — The Magic Flute — premiered in Vienna 225 years ago tonight; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. That night Mozart conducted the orchestra, Schikaneder played Papageno. Mozart … Continue reading "The Last Day of September 2016"

First Sunset of Autumn

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:54:34 +0000


Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:04:05 +0000

Garrison Keillor opines on Hillary Patagonia’s Philosopher-King The Encyclopedia Reader The Lives of Poor White People

Nothing Changes

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:56:02 +0000

“We will sign this contract with a heavy heart. … With a few scratches of the pen, we will sell the best part of our reservation. Right now the future doesn’t look too good to us.” George Gillette, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, 1948, pictured left at signing. A Pipeline Fight and … Continue reading "Nothing Changes"

It’s Fall in Albuquerque

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:39:43 +0000

In May the highest official temperature in Albuquerque was 87º. In June the official high temperature in Albuquerque reached 90º or higher 27 out of 30 days. It got to 100º twice (actually 103º one of those two times). The average high was 93.3º. In July the official high temperature in Albuquerque reached 90º or … Continue reading "It’s Fall in Albuquerque"

More Juan Gabriel

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:39:19 +0000

Good profile.

The Star Spangled Banner

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:09:20 +0000

Reflective essay from Joe Posnanski.

The Penultimate Day of August

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:45:33 +0000

Warren Buffet, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, is 86 today. I’ve always thought of him as Uncle Warren. Happy Birthday, Uncle. Teddy Ballgame is 98 today. Again as he has in recent years, Ted Williams will spend the day hanging out and just chillin’. Williams played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. He … Continue reading "The Penultimate Day of August"

Fort Bowie National Historic Site (Arizona)

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:37:26 +0000

… was authorized on this date in 1964. According to the National Park Service: Fort Bowie commemorates in its 1000 acres, the story of the bitter conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the United States military. For more than 30 years Fort Bowie and Apache Pass were the focal point of military operations eventually culminating … Continue reading "Fort Bowie National Historic Site (Arizona)"

Antietam National Battlefield (Maryland)

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:31:23 +0000

… was established as a national battlefield site on this date in 1890. It was redesignated a national battlefield in 1978. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and … Continue reading "Antietam National Battlefield (Maryland)"

Juan Gabriel

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:41:24 +0000

Juan Gabriel’s Death, Like His Music, Brings Mexicans Together. The New York Times obituary. It is difficult to overstate the popularity in Mexico of Juan Gabriel, whose music tapped a deeply sentimental vein in Mexican culture. His appeal transcended regional, racial and class boundaries in an otherwise stratified and fractured society. His music was played … Continue reading "Juan Gabriel"

August 29th

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:37:18 +0000

Senator John McCain is 80-years-old today. Seriously, Senator for Life? Seven-time Oscar nominee for best actress, Ingrid Bergman was born on this date in 1915. She won the award three times: Gaslight, Anastasia, Murder on the Orient Express. No, she was not nominated for Casablanca. Ms. Bergman’s last role was as Golda Meir in 1982. … Continue reading "August 29th"

The Long and Winding Road

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:09:44 +0000

Excerpt from 1925 Rand McNally Arizona-New Mexico road map. The solid lines are paved roads, the dashes are improved roads, and the parallel lines “dirt” roads. Route 66 wasn’t established until 1926 (signs went up in 1927).

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (Arizona)

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:04:46 +0000

… was authorized on this date in 1965. The squeaky wooden floor greets your entry into the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. When your eyes adjust to the dim light in the “bullpen” you find you’ve just entered a mercantile. Hubbell’s has been serving Ganado selling groceries, grain, hardware, horse tack, coffee … Continue reading "Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (Arizona)"

Idle Thought

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:57:30 +0000

Lots of chatter on the internets about whether the media has lost credibility with their over-reporting of Trump. I laughed and laughed. What credibility?