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Rainbow Over Wal-Mart Albuquerque

Rainbows aren't discriminating about who they appear over. This hint of a double rainbow gracefully arches over an Albuquerque Wal-Mart that has its own version of golden arches inside. Rainbows suggest there is more than here and now and their primary colors are...

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Storage Blues Running out of space

  Landfills are busting seams, the bottom of oceans have deep channels cluttered with refuse, the Himalaya's have Coke cans and zip lock bags at the bottom of their crevices. On television, " Storage Wars " is a cable entertainment about scavengers who buy items left...

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Mother Road Route 66 through New Mexico

Route 66 is the most famous United States highway that joined others to became the U.S. Interstate Highway system that linked our 50 states, made remote places accessible, let restless spirits roam to where they belonged, spawned a history of music, posters, legends...

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Haiti Made in the neighborhood

Haiti Made is a local Cafe and Gift Shop. If you walk outside the Christianville front gate, past the security man sitting in a chair with a weapon by his side, you can make a quick right and follow a single lane road into the countryside. Less than a quarter mile,...

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Back to the Market- Photo Shoot more than enough

The Mogpog market is a place we return each day, more than once,  By lunch much of the fresh products have been sold, fisherman have returned to sleep in their berths after a night on the waters. There are newly slaughtered hogs carried into the market throughout the...

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Main Street Tulum

Most villages, towns and cities, small or large, old or new, have a Main Street. Main streets have shops, offices, hotels, restaurants, government compounds. Some have divided boulevards for traffic, bike paths, sidewalks for pedestrians. Main streets are where towns...

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Drones In your neighborhood

Drones,defined in middle school, were worker bees who served the Queen, built and maintained the hive, and lived a dronish life. In high school, drone became a word describing people working in cubicles who did jobs the CEO hadn't figured out how to eliminate. Now, in...

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Farmers Market by the Rincon RV Resort front office

Farmers Markets are popular. This market, on a Wednesday, opens at nine and features a smattering of produce, vendors selling chili rellenos and rice bowls, massage therapy in a chair, potions and ointments made from cactus and other desert plants, jewelry and yard...

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Public Mercado down Gaspar Sangrimuno from Luis Cordero

In the historical district are public mercados where vendors sell fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and sundries from little stalls inside huge open buildings. There are modern groceries in Cuenca but visitors, and locals, like to shop in this old way.   On the square...

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Cadillac Ranch Gift Shop/Texas Every tourist needs a memento

Just down the frontage road from the Cadillac Ranch is the Cadillac Ranch gift shop. It is before nine in the morning so it isn't open but they have a sign out front that encourages lollygagging. This gift shop is presided over by a twenty foot tall cowboy sporting a...

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California Shopping Mall Rancho Cucamonga, California

This shopping mall is not only a metaphor for the season, but a melody. Jingle bells ring from inside closed stores as a security pickup patrols and deliveries are made to the back door. Stores open at ten in the morning and stay open till ten in the evening.  Palm...

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Namu Folk Art Gallery, San Jose Masks, arrows and color

This little gift shop is not far from the Holiday Inn in Old San Jose, a hop skip and jump from the Municipal Square, a stone's throw from the Gold and Jade Museos, several blocks from casinos. In past trips, I bought here on credit and shipped items to Albuquerque...

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