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pengwen's purlieu: Changes II
12-05-2005, 05:17 AM
Reprinted from the December/January print issue....
Isn’t it great how some things just “work out?” In this space in the last issue, I was worrying about putting a picture of morning glories on the cover of the October/November issue. After all, the autumn isn’t considered morning glory time. And yet, there I was, on the day after Thanksgiving, still enjoying a few remaining morning glories clinging to life in the still warm days.
These last two months have been unique in other ways, at least in this little corner of the world. Many normal, everyday activities occurred and some new, historic moments –like the opening of the El Camino Real IHC (International Heritage Center), at which representatives from three countries and many cities and states celebrated the long history of this area.
I actually didn’t get to participate in that event, as I had the chance to run away with my brother and sister to Wyoming to visit my aunt and cousins – a wonderful little get away. And there’s nothing like going away to make you appreciate being back home!
And speaking of home, Steppin Out’s home on the great internet range now is easier to get to. Instead of having to type that horridly long name, you can just type in SONewMex.com and that will zip you right along the virtual highway to Steppin’s home page. The website, constructed by web wizard Tom Platt, continues to evolve. During the last two months, we have featured video clips of the Vigilante Band’s performance for their 30th anniversary; and videos of Socorro events including Socorro Fest, Socorro Balloon Rally and the Candy Cane Christmas Light Parade.
I think some of you (including me) are a bit awed at all that site contains. But in the “living and Learning till rigor mortis” mode (to rephrase Maggie Kahn), this old print journalist is having a blast learning how to upload info in that seemingly endless space.
The actual workings of the web remain as much a mystery to me as a physics lesson. But, then again, even electricity is a mysterious thing in my mind.
Neither can I really, I suppose, understand how artists like Susan Brooke can recreate so vividly and so beautifully a magical moment of nature.
I can, however, appreciate the picture – and appreciate that there are artists to bring that beauty into focus.
We know those of you reading this paper agree with that statement. So remember, practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty. We at Steppin’ Out wish all of you the best of holiday/winter seasons.
Oh, and check this out: pen-gwen.com
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