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High Desert in Bloom

When I first moved to New Mexico, I expected the desert to be a dead place, a palette of browns with few plants to bring it to life. Couldn't have been more wrong. Here's the view from my backyard in Las Cruces:...

Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease this year, but this is not a sad story. At first it was. I felt as if I'd been punched in the stomach when my sister called to tell me the news. She and my mother had just returned from a visit...

Coffee, the Great Fitness Motivator

I can be bribed to stick to almost any workout plan if it’s built around a good cup of coffee, or two or six. It’s worked for marathon training, early morning ice hockey practices, late-in-the-day weight lifting sessions, you name it. Here’s the routine that’s...

Pancho Villa’s Trigger Finger and Other El Paso Tales

Have you ever noticed how the best adventures are often those that are unplanned? That's what happened to me recently. What began as a simple outing for an art show and lunch in El Paso turned into a stellar day. I can't wait to go back. Up until...

Grandview Trail is a Don’t Miss Hike

Grandview Trail in High Rolls, NM is a Hidden Gem of a Hike If you're passing through southern New Mexico and looking for an accessible hike that takes you right into the mountains, don't miss the Grandview Trail, located between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft, NM. I discovered the...

Book Review: Killing Hope by Keith Houghton

Of Monsters and Men: Killing Hope by Keith Houghton As all crime fiction fans know, when you’ve been a fan of a genre for decades, the hunt for an attention-grabbing new author gets tougher all the time. If you've been waiting for a fresh voice, read the crime novel Killing...

Escape From Winter: Mountain Biking in Las Vegas

Mountain Biking in Las Vegas Beats Casinos Any Day Who ever thought Las Vegas, top destination for gamblers and glitz, would have some of the finest mountain biking in the country? When frigid winter weather descended on us in January, we decided to head out to warmer,...

Relearning Winter Survival Skills

I am completely embarrassed about my winter survival skills. I’ve always considered myself a "snow pro" after having grown up on Lake Superior with its elephantine snowfalls, I’ve lived and played through just about every kind of snowstorm you can think of. We’re talking about snow drifts...

How to Get Americans to Vote

You mean we can vote for cool Star Wars people for president? Then count me in. Great comic by Gary Varvel....

Book Review: The Yard by Alex Grecian

Love author Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch crime series? If you've read them all, try "The Yard," by Alex Grecian. In this first of a series, you'll discover a detective you'll want to get to know just as much as Harry....