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Notes of Gratitude: The power of community

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016
Because of my chronic illness, I am housebound, and often bed-bound. I am isolated from the community at large and my world has become increasingly smaller and smaller. I do have two constant weekly visitors who come by and spend time with me, a sweet, funny, trained friend who comes to help me shower whenever needed, and occasional visitors who
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Geiger's Culture Counter: Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Books

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016
‘Tis the season to find a special gift for friends, family members and loved ones. As a young culture connoisseur I am frequently asked for recommendations on the latest and greatest things. Last week I gave you a list of the best comics and graphic novels of 2016. To continue the reading trend, this week I'm recommending some of 2016's
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Letter to the editor: Remembering Pearl Harbor

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2016
There are probably few people reading this who were alive on Dec. 7, 1941. My mother was one who was. As I read through the 50-plus pages of her memoir while preparing to deliver her eulogy this past February, I came across her memory of that day. She had just finished her first year of nurse's training at Lancaster General
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Whose game was it?

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
No, I'm not talking about a football, basketball, soccer, or hockey game. I'm talking about Colorado's wildlife and why game and fish nearly vanished from the mountains and foothills in the 1800s.
When Fifty-Niners began to arrive in droves during the Pikes Peak or Bust mining boom, the days of wildlife were numbered.
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Valley Gardening: Light the Valley blue

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
It's kind of a snowy, cold, dreary day so let's talk about something great. Years and years ago, I remember reading a letter in the paper from Gary Stephens. I don't know if the idea came from Gary or if he got it from someone else, but he suggested that everyone put a blue lightbulb in your front porch fixture
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Movin' On with Nellie: The Cemetery at Chirica

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
Continued from 11/26/2016


Look Papa, look Papa. The toad. Look.
I see him, Mesia, I see him.
The toad hung there, with only faint signs of life, but with four times the skin surface as before--swollen moisture oozing from his cracked belly and warted backside.
Papa, the toad is bigger than Mama's urn.
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After the Fact: Home alone

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
Just when you've bragged about something, someone or someplace, it never fails that the "bragee" falls all apart and you end up looking like a complete idiot or a grandiose liar. Telling the Golden Girls at the Alamosa Senior Center about the beautiful floral display in beds next to my sidewalks was open invitation to a gully-washer rain in late
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Letter to the editor: Museum thanks supporters

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
The Rio Grande County Museum would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters who generously gave their support to the museum through 2016. Without it, the museum would not be able to carry out many of our programs and exhibits.
Just a reminder that our gift shop as well as the museum will be
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Letter to the editor: La Puente offers Thanksgiving full of gratitude

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
Each year on Thanksgiving, people across the country take time apart from ordinary life to focus on gratitude and count the blessings in their lives. And for many people, this thankfulness fills their hearts and drives them to create blessings in more lives, so that even more people can share in the gratitude and celebration. This year on Thanksgiving, we
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Still Waters: Not ‘Trumped up’ kindnesses

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
For those who are afraid the U.S. has elected a tin man without a heart for its next president, I would like to share some incidents compiled by journalist Liz Crokin and confirmed by others that indicate the tin man had a heart all along.
As an entertainment journalist Crokin said she covered Donald Trump for more than a
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Being Beautiful: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
If you need more proof that Christmas is here than the bright lights flickering from your neighbor's windows or the tinsel snowmen, Santas, and angels appearing on lampposts downtown, then just look at the calendar. We have only about 20 days until jolly ole Saint Nicholas comes down the chimney.
It occurs to me that I don't have a chimney,
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Letter to the editor: MV cemetery appreciates support

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
In this season of giving the Monte Vista Cemetery Association is asking that you remember the Monte Vista Cemetery in your charitable gift giving. We are a perpetual care cemetery and are supported only through the sale of plots, burials and your generous donations. We do not receive funding from the city or any other source. We believe our cemetery
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Naive Writes: Sharing life and death

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
Today is a beautiful day here in the San Luis Valley. It's a little chilly, but we are safe from the severe weather that is ripping across other parts of the country.
Each televised newscast sends ripples across the state, nation and world.
Do we approve, disapprove or even care?
It's all part of life in this country.
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Amarah's Corner: Forgiveness following betrayal

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
I heard someone say something about "a lesson it took a lifetime to learn" and I want to share it with you. The words were, "Things will happen in your life that you can't stop, but that's no reason to shut out the world. There's a purpose for the good and the bad." And this brings me to what
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Notes of Gratitude: Give thanks

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
This has been a very strange Thanksgiving year. Many of us, the majority in fact, chose a different President-elect than the one in office. We fought hard to prevent him from being where he is now. Our worst fears are coming true because he is surrounding himself with men and a few women who are against just about everything we
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Geiger's Culture Counter: Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Comics

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
‘Tis the season to find a special gift for friends, family members and loved ones. As a young culture connoisseur I am frequently asked for recommendations on the latest and greatest things. So for the next month my column will be devoted to giving you my picks on what 2016 has to offer.
"The Walking Dead: Compendium Three"--I don't like
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Alamosa Flowers: Christmas flowers around the world

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
The Thanksgiving dishes are done and my thoughts turn to Christmas color. Last year, in this column (check out the News tab at AlamosaFlowers.net), I wrote about red flowers, especially two we associate with the season, Poinsettias and Amaryllis.
But there are so many more flowers and plants used in Christmas traditions around the world.
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Remembering Squanto

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
While we are still feeling thankful for last week's turkey dinners, I hope it is not too late to say something about Squanto, who dined with the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621.
We know that the Indian named Squanto had shown them how to plant corn with a fish as fertilizer, as history books tell. But it might be
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Valley Gardening: Picking the right poinsettia

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
What a great Thanksgiving! Ours was quiet, mellow and full of peace. We celebrated with a 1-week-old baby boy, which was quieter than having 5-year-old Peyton running around--not quite as much fun, but needed a nap anyway.
I've written many times about Jaiden Rogers. He is 10 years old. Jaiden had another surgery this past Friday. When doctors put in
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Movin' On with Nellie: The Cemetery at Chirica (continued)

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
(Continued from 11-19-26)

Miguel sat up an altar at the foot of Dominga's bed, facing the ugly leg, swollen and cracked like a weeping wall, like condensation on a ceramic glass. A bedside table received the lace drapery with family Bible, the Virgin's statue, and two candles. Dominga looked at Miguel, blind Miguel, old Miguel.
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After the Fact: Do it yourself

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Waiting for someone else to do, say or think of something is about as pointless as the eraser side of a pencil. I'm somewhat (okay, a whole lot) obsessive about arriving anywhere on time: the result is that I arrive early and have to wait even longer for someone who inevitably arrives late. My daughter has taken procrastination to a
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Still Waters: Smiley’s philosophy

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
I asked my young friend Smiley what he was going to do with the rest of his Thanksgiving break. It was only Tuesday. He said, "I don't know. I just go day to day."
Pretty wise for a 10-year-old.
I think I'll take his advice.
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Amarah's Corner: Happy Thanksgiving, mommy

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Today is Thanksgiving Day. I'm feeling happy and depressed. I'm happy to be with my family though it's just me and my grandma, and Willowby and Mittens and Noah. I feel like we're lonely for Thanksgiving. There's nobody here but us. No mommy. No Ava. Nobody. It makes me feel weird. I feel like I'm not wanted, really, but I
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Being Beautiful: And it must follow, as the night the day…

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
"To thine own self be true/And it must follow, as the night the day/Thou canst not then be false to any man." William Shakespeare
The first third of that quotation is one of the most famous lines Shakespeare ever penned, while the last third is largely unknown, forgotten, or purposely ignored in a sound bite society.
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