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Last Build Date: Mon, 29 May 2017 15:03:42 +0000


Memorial Day

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:03:42 +0000

According to the Library of Congress: In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued General Order Number 11 designating May 30 as a memorial day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during … Continue reading "Memorial Day"

Chuck Berry

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 03:11:54 +0000

Voyager 2, the first of two Voyager spacecraft (Voyager 2 was launched before Voyager 1 — go figure), was sent to explore the planets of our solar system on August 20, 1977. Aboard each space craft is a Golden Record, “a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of … Continue reading "Chuck Berry"

After the Storm

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:20:53 +0000

It Should Be a Holiday

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:31:27 +0000

Charles Lindbergh was born on this date in 1902. He died in 1974. Byron Nelson, the golfer who once won 11 PGA events in a row, 18 in one year and 52 overall including five majors, was born on this date in 1912. He retired in 1946 at age 34 and died 60 years later. … Continue reading "It Should Be a Holiday"

Birthday Present

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 14:45:35 +0000

NewMexiKen was a Michigander in those days, though young enough to still be just a Michigosling. Children didn’t get driven to school then. They walked. Or they took a bus. Or they rode a bike. And my bike was gone. Fortunately it was Saturday. Still, it was my 11th birthday and it was depressing to … Continue reading "Birthday Present"

This Evening

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 02:14:17 +0000

… from the front door. 

February 1st Should Be a Holiday

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:23:59 +0000

It’s the birthday of John Ford (1894-1973), Clark Gable (1901-1960), Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and Don Everly (80). 


Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:54:21 +0000

Yesterday evening. 


Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:48:47 +0000

Today is the first day of Spring.  Oh, you may think Spring begins sometime in March with the equinox.  But not me.  For me, the official first day of Spring is the first day of the year when I wear shorts.  And that would be today. 

Almost a Swamp

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:42:54 +0000

Albuquerque received twice its normal January precipitation this year.  That means a whole inch rather than the average 1/2-inch.  And that inch (1.04″ to be exact) made last month the ninth wettest January in Albuquerque history. 

Molly Ivins

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:29:21 +0000

… died 10 years ago today at age 62. Would that she were alive today to see this mess and write about it.

Today Should Be a Holiday

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:24:27 +0000

It’s the birthday of Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Ernie Banks (1931-2015) and Nolan Ryan (70). And Norman Mailer (1923-2007) and Zane Grey (1872-1939).

It’s Spring-like Here

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:15:56 +0000

… and my mind turns to spiritual things. “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 … Continue reading "It’s Spring-like Here"

The 26th of January

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:50:42 +0000

Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 88 today. Bob Uecker is 82. Uecker received the Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters in 2003. College of William and Mary alum Scott Glenn is 76 today. Activist and author Angela Davis is 73. Lucinda Williams is 64. Ellen DeGeneres is 59. Wayne Gretzky, the Great … Continue reading "The 26th of January"

Lehman Caves National Monument (Nevada)

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:35:06 +0000

… was proclaimed on this date in 1922. It was made part of Great Basin National Park in 1986. Lehman Caves attracts tens of thousands of visitors to eastern Nevada yearly, a trend that began not long after their discovery in the late 1880s. For over 60 years, Lehman Caves National Monument protected these underground … Continue reading "Lehman Caves National Monument (Nevada)"