Holidays, Events & Celebrations

Gingerbread Houses At the Owl

On the counter at the Owl is a street of gingerbread houses. Each house is a prize in a raffle to raise proceeds for a local orphanage. The tickets are a dollar per chance. I am told that you don't eat the houses, that they remain in a plastic bag in your attic or on...

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Turkey Time A Day of Thanks, 2018

Pots and pans are on the stove, the table has been set for three, a Butterball Turkey browns in the oven. It took four hours for this bird to cook and slicing it up on the kitchen counter means dinner is close. We all have things to be thankful for if we look hard...

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The Vault Parker, Colorado

For Weston's birthday, we visit " The Vault. " A local family built this museum and storage/work space for their collection of vintage cars. For ten bucks, adults can spend as much time as they like with automobiles from the early 1900's to now. The cars have been...

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W.C. Fields #1 – Video W.C. Fields #1

 Going into the hole you add pipe, coming out of the hole you take away pipe.. It is snowing but the drillers don't stop. When you are drilling a mile down you don't leave the hole open long. The Earth doesn't tolerate straws dipped into its reservoir and can close...

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Family Footsteps Near Benkleman, Nebraska, November. 2018

On the derrick, a crew of three push the drill bit deeper. A length of pipe is retrieved from the squirrel cage at the top of the rig, lowered to the captured and clamped pipe at the top of the hole. The new length of pipe is screwed onto the top of the pipe coming...

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Sunday Church-Video At Washed by the Word Church, Albuquerque

Sunday's are predictable and that is not  bad. There is praise and worship, announcements, then expository teaching verse by verse, book by book. There are no frills, no topical sermons, no guest speakers, no videos. This Sunday we are serenaded by singers from a...

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Big Soul Band Sandra's School of Dance, Albuquerque, NM

B.S.B. are initials that don't stand for a secret government agency or a medical procedure. They stand for the Big Soul Band. Tonight, Chadd and Ryan's band plays music at a local dance club. Dancers spin like the little plastic bride and groom on a wedding cake. They...

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StarBucks Break Coffee on skeleton crew

Halloween has crawled out of the grave for another year. At a local Starbucks, Freddie doesn't have to bone up on store policy, customer relations, or how to work the register. He hands out coffee and keeps his mouth shut because he rattles when he talks. This morning...

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Dave Goodbye's

The last time I talked to Dave was on the phone. When he finally called me back he told me about his hospital stay, about the nurses, the food, the Doctors, the medications, the weather. " It's all that smoke in the air, " he explained as his reason for being in the...

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Flamingos A long way from home

Flamingos are often seen in front yards as plastic yard ornaments, or double as stir sticks in fancy lounge drinks. They appear on women's T shirts, art posters, golf shirts and pendants. They are cute water floats in baby swimming pools This evening, the Albuquerque...

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Demolition Manzano High School Gymnasium

In 1965, this gym was state of the art.  It had locker rooms for boys and girls, a weight room, offices for coaches. It had polished hardwood floors on the basketball court, wood bleachers that could be rolled out or in depending on event requirements. In the...

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Pie Eating Contest Punkin Chunkin Festival, Estancia, NM

Competitors bring their faces down to their pumpkin pies, arms behind their backs or dangling at their sides. All the pies are waiting on paper plates on the stage tabletop. Spectators yell encouragement to their favorite contestants. At the whistle, all entries in...

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