Thoughts on Valentines

By: Felix Hernandez While Valentine’s Day is typically associated with love, many people have differing opinions about what this special day represents/means.   Christina Garcia (Portales community member) “This is a special holiday to myself. It’s not about spending money or who can give and get the best gift. It’s about spending time with the one you love and expressing that.” Garcia spends the holiday with her husband by waking up, making breakfast, and dinner and just spending time with her husband.   Sean McLaughlin (ENMU freshman) “I believe that Valentine’s…

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The Origin of Valentine’s Day

By: Christian Gruis With 1 billion Valentine’s Day Cards sent each year, the holiday is recognized as the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, second only to Christmas. Valentine’s Day gained popularity as it traveled through time and progressed along the way. In the 1400s, written valentines were being introduced by prominent figures as the new love trend. By the 1800s it became common for people of all standings to exchange cards, flowers, and gifts to their loved ones. While we may figure the exchanging of gifts was obviously, the…

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Warehouse Memories

By: Wayne Head Two stories have been bouncing around in my head recently, and I thought that I would share them with you. These stories highlight two very disparate and memorable men that I met within a calendar year of each other. The first man was the bread deliveryman for the U.S. Army Commissary in Darmstadt, Germany. I had my first and only conversation with him around June of 1978 while I was the foreman of the commissary warehouse. He always dressed in a dapper manner with a long green…

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The Road to Golphu

By: Joseph Rich Having brushed my teeth in the cold morning rooftop air, having looked out scanning the neighboring rooftops for activity, having scalded the soft palate of my mouth on morning tea, I felt a deep inner pulsing of contentment in Kathmandu.  In the near distance, across the inner city, below, on a mountainside, sat Swayambhunath Buddhist Monastery—exposing to my view little monks scurrying about, on a wide clear rock terrace everyone in ruby red gowns, yellow trailing sashes and each shaved head contrasting against the early morning sky.…

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Immigration in Biblical Context

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers As debates over immigration flare and vulgarity flies from within policy meetings, the nation is understandably at odds with itself. Coupled with the politics of government funding, the recent rulings removal of protected status from Salvadorian refugees, and the on-going debate over the validity of a border wall, the immigration issue is one that is fueled by powerful rhetoric, strong political allegiances, and visceral emotions. Unfortunately, amid the fray of opinionated posturing and politics, the Biblical and Christian voice is frequently lost in the noise.…

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Why Worry?

By: Wayne Head, LCSW As a mental health counselor for a school district, I have seen many variations of anxiety. A young girl, who was told that she lived through a tornado when she was an infant, would get upset if clouds were in the sky. She would constantly check the windows to see what the clouds were doing, wondering if we were going to get a tornado that day. I have known people who would forgo travelling for concern of what might happen on the trip, or while they were…

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Opportunity Knocks

By: Joseph Douglas Rich I have nothing at all against contributing to a church, person, or organization where we are spiritually quickened. On the other hand, I wish to offer you an alternate way to give by real-life examples. A couple of things are required, open ears and eyes and being vigilant to opportunities that show up. Recently, a friend and another person were discussing me, and one mentioned she thought I spent half my time connected to the heavens and half earthly matters. I might agree. The other person…

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The Church of Ephesus

By: Rev. David Wilson Rogers The church in the United States has a lot to learn from the church of Ephesus as portrayed in the pages of scripture. During the time of the Bible, Ephesus was arguably one of the world’s greatest cities and played a major role in the development of Christianity. Yet, for all the magnitude of this once-great city, today it is nothing but ruins. The Book of Revelation includes a brief letter and stark warning to the church of Ephesus. In that letter, Jesus Christ complements…

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Summer Internship Opportunity with CONSERVE

Daphne Pee University of Maryland Extension Project Coordinator   CONSERVE (COordinating Nontraditional Sustainable watER Use in Variable climatEs) is a Center of Excellence at the nexus of sustainable water reuse, food, and health.  Our leading team of scientists and educators are investigating sources of nontraditional irrigation water that can provide safe, transformative on‐farm solutions for food crops and reduce the nation’s agricultural water challenges that are exacerbated by climate change. With projects located throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest, we are looking for undergraduate student interns to assist us in our…

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G&S Summer Internship Program

Kaitlyn Curtis Senior HR Specialist G&S Business Communications   G&S is committed to providing internship opportunities that result in a meaningful agency experience.  The goal of our internship program is to foster and develop both the technical and creative talents of our interns in business and communication strategy that will effectively prepare them for a future in the PR/business communications field. This summer we will be providing internship opportunities in the following areas: PR/Business Communications (NYC, Chicago, Raleigh) Videography (Raleigh, NC)   We are so happy that you are considering…

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