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Waiting in Line Smith's Grocery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Waiting in Line Smith's Grocery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    It is not quite seven in the morning, and at seven the Smith's grocery opens up for senior citizens, those over 60. We, in this line, aren't asked for our ID's and grey hair seems to be good enough to get us in into the store at seven. A store employee...

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Chicken Pot Pie Gourmet TV Dinner

Chicken Pot Pie Gourmet TV Dinner

        Food is always popular, with people; talking about it, selling it, growing and raising it, trading recipes, criticizing it's taste and preparation, perfecting its creation, enjoying it...

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Watching the Fire During a power outage

Watching the Fire During a power outage

        Back in ancient days, cave men only had fires to keep them warm, and the skins of animals fashioned into clothes. We doubt  all the women looked like Raquel Welch, but then the men...

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Empty Shelves How did we get here?

Empty Shelves How did we get here?

        This is a scene from a local Wal-Mart, a scene many Americans are now becoming familiar with. This is the Russia we used to see on national TV, in the sixties and seventies, and talk about...

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Bumblebee Lunchtime Backyard dining

Bumblebee Lunchtime Backyard dining

    If I were a true horticulturist, I would know what this bush in my back yard is called. I would know its scientific and common names. I would know if the plant has medicinal uses, how much water it needs, the proper way to trim it, the best times of the...

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You can sleep when you are dead coffee sign deja vu

You can sleep when you are dead coffee sign deja vu

    The last time I saw this sign was in Montevideo, Uruguay at the Ramon Massini Hotel/Suites. That sign was in the lobby near a coffee machine operated with tokens you bought from the front desk. This afternoon I see the same sign at Candy's Coffee in...

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Sugar and Spice Mountain Bakery Westcliff, Colorado

Sugar and Spice Mountain Bakery Westcliff, Colorado

    On a Saturday morning, Westcliff is closed for business. The Sugar and Spice Bakery is one of the few places open in town this early and seven patrons are already lined up ahead of me getting something to eat. The two young women running the shop wear...

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Barbecue Blues County Line Barbecue

Barbecue Blues County Line Barbecue

    In the shadow of the Sandia Mountains, the County Line Barbecue is packed this Friday night.  The entertainment tonight comes from the  "Radiators", who are singing and swinging with an upright bass, mandolin, lead guitar and vocalist, playing...

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Strawberry Shortcake Just before movie night

Strawberry Shortcake Just before movie night

    Movie night is a Friday night extravaganza. Charlie and Sharon host and we often watch what Hollywood has cooked up to modify our behavior, influence our thinking, stir up emotions, entertain, or put us to sleep. This evening we watch Spenser Tracy in "...

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Portillo’s In Fountain Hills, Arizona

Portillo’s In Fountain Hills, Arizona

    At closing, Portillo's, in Fountain Hills, is almost empty. The eatery specializes in Chicago food, hot dogs, polish sausage and Italian Beef. The restaurant is gleaming and has checkered tablecloths, old style movie posters and employees dressed in...

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Museo of Rum In the Zona Colonia

Museo of Rum In the Zona Colonia

    Rum has been around for centuries. Columbus brought the first sugarcane to the new world, and, shortly after, the first sugar cane plantation, worked by slaves, was begun in the New World in the Dominican Republic.  A trade route was begun with...

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