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Bhutanese chapel helps dedicate UTEP Centennial Plaza

A replica of a Bhutanese prayer chapel now sits just off the new UTEP Centennial Plaza that was officially dedicated at the school Saturday. (DMT photo)

A replica of a Bhutanese prayer chapel now sits just off the new UTEP Centennial Plaza that was officially dedicated at the school Saturday. (DMT photos)

 

 

By Dan Bodine

 

Students from Bhutan may want to spend some time in quiet reflection there, but to most other students and visitors on the University of Texas at El Paso campus, the eloquently crafted Bhutanese prayer chapel replica school officials opened with the dedication of the new $22 million Centennial Plaza Saturday is a cultural exhibit unlike any other they’ll find in the U.S. Continue reading

‘Shady deals’ sometimes lead us to larger wings

Mountain Shadow Lake (aka Lake El Paso) as it once was, seen on roughly 4,500 acres on El Paso's east sde, 10 miles north of Horizon City. (Photo from loopnet.com)

Mountain Shadow Lake (aka Lake El Paso) as it once was, seen on roughly 4,500 acres on El Paso’s east side, 10 miles north of Horizon City. Now it’s dried up, abandoned; but could a resurrection be in store for it? (Photo from loopnet.com)

By Dan Bodine

 

Yeah, the above headline is a bit incongruous, but so is the thinking of us humans!  Reacting to growing pains, and what it causes, is what it is!

And no end in sight for this as a people either! Locked in tight as a human race by our own foolishness, we are! I’m gonna do this; I’m gonna do that! Buzz words in reality that make up our life insurance. Continue reading

Libertarian yáhoos are evolution’s “newest darlings”

Note: “Libertarian yáhoos are evolution’s ‘newest darlings'” first appeared on the  Center on Social Minimalism.

 

By Dan Bodine

 

What the richest 1 % takes, along supposedly with what’s left for the “working” rest of us. But has another class of freeloaders cropped up to take even some of that away from us?                              (image by AlterNet)

Pédro (not his real name of course), one of my “regular” yáhoos in the Presidio court days, is the one who first told me this.

That pseudo-vagabonds and freeloaders who’ve been falling back into their old communities – to “live off them,” siphoning federal or state money with greed, intelligence and talents – are among the tip of evolution’s next wave. Very much apart from the true homeless, they are. Nevertheless they are…what we are…becoming.

Now science and some correlative logic may be giving this argument legs. Continue reading

Offended Chinese Pug will pee on your bed to get even

By Dan Bodine

 

My ol’ longtime, coffee buddy in Presidio, Luis Armendariz, often would say: Be careful how you treat the animals! Someone’s watching! Meaning, of course, the biblical extension of Do unto others the way you’d have them do unto you.

Tigger

Tigger, a Chinese Pug we took in for Kareli while living in Presidio years ago, no doubt feels he’s “king of the world.” The name is the way I heard El Tigre pronounced, when Noemi first suggested it in 2008, I think it was. Kareli has since informed me the name is a star pet animal in a popular children’s cartoon show she spent hours watching, and it was her idea. Regardless, he’s a mess!   (DMT photo)

But Luis never met Tigger — the wild male Tigger — Kareli’s little Chinese Pug who’ll jump up on your bed and pee on your pillow if angry at you. And, too, may soon be a sordid father-to-be, a neighbor woman told us Monday. Yes, Tigger! All that. Continue reading