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Christmas Season In Mesilla, NM

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      Just a few photos of the decorations and lights in Mesilla, NM. Tons of history, around the plaza is the courthouse where Billy the Kid was tried and sentence to death, tons of buildings dating back 150+ years, and the San Albino catholic church.

      The Treaty of Mesilla was signed here, concluding the Gadsen Purchase which acquired land in the Southwest for the United States from Mexico.

      During the Civil War, Mesilla served as the capital of the Arizona Territory of the CSA, and a couple of battles between Union and Confederate forces were fought here.

      As communities across the United States grapple with the future of Confederate monuments, Doña Ana County also displays reminders of the area’s role in the Civil War.

      High in the dry Chihuahuan Desert, far from the green battlefields typical of the Civil War, the newly formed Confederate States of America scored an early win in what is now Doña Ana County, and the New Mexico Territory played a role in the war — just not a decisive one.

      “It was a sideshow, but it was widely reported back east,” said John P. Wilson, a retired researcher who collected countless documents from the National Archives on New Mexico and the Civil War.

      At least two major battles and several skirmishes were fought in what is now New Mexico, starting in the war’s first weeks.

      Just as the Confederate army scored a major victory back east, it scored a symbolic one along the Rio Grande in late July 1861. The First Battle of Bull Run was the big news that week, but a small Confederate force from Texas humiliated a Union force more than three times its size between Fort Fillmore (near Mesilla) and San Augustin Pass, eliciting unconditional surrender from a far larger force. If not for the scope of Bull Run, the embarrassment in New Mexico would have made much bigger news, Wilson said...

      https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-me...

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      The Camino Voyage (2017) Movie Review From Eye For Film

      In the days before motorways – before even roads – the fastest way to get anywhere was in a boat, travelling by river or along the coast. Tiny boats made from simple materials were a key part of trade, diplomacy, warfare and exploration. The Celtic naomhóg was canoe-like in shape, thin-sided and supported by stout wooden ribs, sealed with tar. It was equipped with a sail for use when the wind was favourable, but predominantly manoeuvred using multiple pairs of oars. These days, no-one really needs to use a naomhóg, but there’s value in preserving old skills. There’s also a certain appeal to pitting one’s skills against those of one’s ancestors, especially if one appreciates the very real risks involved.

      The Camino Voyage follows a small crew who have built their own naomhóg as they take it on a pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle St James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in A Coruña.


      https://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/the-camino-voyage-2017-film-review-by-jennie-kermode

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          On the recent demise of yet another legendery film director, Bernardo Bertolucci. A piece from the New Yorker in his honor, in which the past collides with the present.

          https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/revisiting-bernardo-bertoluccis-artistic-ambitions-and-abuses-in-last-tango-in-paris

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              Great news for Jamaica, recognition of Reggae's status as a cultural treasure.

              Unesco explains that “in its embryonic state Reggae music was the voice of the marginalized”—Marley, for example, grew up among street gangs in government tenement housing in Kingston. Reggae has since become an amalgam of musical styles played by “a wide cross-section of society,” but its enduring power as a music of the people is one of the key reasons why it is a cultural treasure. Unesco writes:

              Its contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love, and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual, and spiritual. The basic social functions of the music—as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic practice, and a means of praising God—have not changed, and the music continues to act as a voice for all.

              https://qz.com/quartzy/1479573/unesco-protects-jamaican-reggae-malaysian-love-ballads-and-more/

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                  Hitch Up Your Reindeer!

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                      [History - Music Recordings]

                      I was listening to a little known James Brown recording, especially little known outside of the African-American community, and found myself repeating the call for Santa to "hitch up your reindeer". Yes, it is a Christmas song which urges Santa Claus to not forget and go directly to the homes of the less fortunate and gift their needy children. This song doesn't get much rotation, but it is a classic for those of us who grew up with mostly empty stockings for Christmas and know first hand what it means to get a gift from what was then known as "the empty stocking fund".

                      I present. James Brown, and his funky ghetto classic, hitching up that reindeer.

                      " Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto."


                      May all of you, no matter if, or how, you celebrate the Winterfest/Christmas or not, remember to help those in need during these upcoming winter months.

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                      The Uncertain Future Of Puffin For Dinner

                      Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?
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