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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

Easter is about celebrating a promise kept

Rising Crosses sky image

THE SUN ALSO RISES–A rare dawning sky gives light to darkened crosses standing at a war memorial at Muhi northwest of Budapest, Hungary, on Easter Sunday yesterday. Spring awakens us! (AP photo/MTI, Zsolt Czegledi/commons license)

 

 

By Dan Bodine

 

Easter in the northern hemisphere, at least, is about coming together, coming out of winter darkness to join and spread cheer with each other. Something within us has been defeated and we’re buoyed with new hope and fresh starts.

For Christians, it’s tied securely to Christ’s resurrection. Victory over death; hail not the body as the final arbiter. The holiest of events it becomes as the quintessence of joy. As a people we’ve risen! Continue reading

No potty at San Jacinto Plaza could kill pine tree after all

By Dan Bodine

 

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An artist rendering of the San Jacinto Plaza makeover as initially approved by Council. (From City of El Paso website)

Yeah, yeah, we’re in the presence of ladies and children and other alleged delicate ears, but it’s reality check for the El Paso City Council in reference to omitting restrooms in their massive, $6 million makeover of San Jacinto Plaza, the historic downtown commons.

With signs expected to be posted in nearby  businesses’ windows stating “restrooms for customers only,” where else is someone who’s there for activities (or just to enjoy the visuals), and gets a nature call, going to go? Except behind a tree or a bush? 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