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El Paso skyline and mountains
Daniel Tures, August 15, 2022

I grew up in El Paso in the 1970s and 80s, a city that wraps around the Franklin Mountains out on the tip of west Texas, adjoining Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande in Chihuahua and a short drive from New Mexico to the north.


Balloonists get tips from the FAA
Donna Marie Atmur, June 05, 2022

Have you ever seen countless hot air balloons drift weightlessly across the sky like vibrantly colored jellyfish? This is something you might have viewed live, or on the internet, TV, or glimpsed on the glossy pages of a book or magazine.


a collage of the earliest jigsaw puzzle
Tina Lerno, December 06, 2021

I have been an avid puzzler all my life, but because of Covid, I have rekindled my love of doing puzzles. 1000 pieces are my jam, and I can usually finish one in the course of 2 to 3 evenings or a marathon weekend.


Collage of books about September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Linda Rudell-Betts, September 09, 2021

It's been twenty years since terrorists intentionally crashed two commercial passenger airplanes into Manhattan's World Trade Center Twin Towers, crashed one passenger plane into the Pentagon, and deliberately crashed one plane in a Pennsylvania field to avoid a takeover by airline passengers.


Collage of books about volcanic eruptions of Mount Vesuvius and Karkatoa
Daniel Tures, August 24, 2021

Two of history’s most terrifying volcanic eruptions took place in August: Mount Vesuvius, on August 24-25 in 79 A.D., and Krakatoa, on August 26-27 in 1883. Each blasted colossal volumes of burning ash and rock high into the atmosphere and killed thousands of people for miles around.


collage of grammatical words
Keith Chaffee, March 02, 2020

March 4 is National Grammar Day. Grammar is a large field, and its boundaries can be fuzzy, but it’s the study of the rules by which a language is spoken and written.


8 notable African Americans
Janice Batzdorff, February 24, 2020

Before Barack Obama, Hiram Revels and Shirley Chisholm helped govern the nation. William Wells Brown wrote a novel before Toni Morrison. Phillis Wheatley published poems before Langston Hughes. And Oscar Micheaux made films before Spike Lee and Ava DuVernay.


"Bob Gunton and Patti LuPone as Juan and Eva Peron singing "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" in a scene from the Broadway production of the musical "Evita."
Nicholas Beyelia, May 08, 2019

Los Angeles is a city whose theater scene is typically overlooked, yet every now and then we are host to a production that is monumental.


The Pike and warships
Photo Friends, April 10, 2019

William Willmore had a brilliant idea. He was going to create a farming community on the coast of Southern California. He bought 4,000 acres of Rancho Los Cerritos and subdivided the land into plots which comprised Willmore City.


stylized view of the parking structure on first and olive
Kelly Wallace, January 23, 2019

Have you been by the corner of First Street and Olive recently? Remember that ugly structure where you parked when you had jury duty? Familiarly referred to as the Erector Set or Tinker Toy garage, the infamous parking structure is no longer there.


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