Global Perspectives
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    The Delicate Subject of the "Thunder Pot," "John" or the "Crapper"


    Before the commode was invented, people often used a simple hole in the ground. Then came the outhouse ... a shed with a sitting bench with a hole in the bench over a hole in the ground.  Perhaps the American outhouse was where more reading took place on the frontier than any other location. I know, as a child on our cattle ranch in New Mexico, I found the "literature" of the ranch outhouse to be a pleasure. Plus, when one finished reading, it was possible to "recycle" the magazines and newspapers for another purpose. 

    Ancients in the Indus Valley had toilets connected to waterways to rivers in homes hundreds of years before the commode was developed in Europe. The ancient Romans had “in house” toilets for decades, but they fell into disuse with the fall of the Roman Empire.  Mayan ruins in Chiapas have plumbing and toilet systems, abandoned 700 years ago.  In Peru, Macu Pichu had an extraordinary flowing water system with toilet accommodations with a Mountain View.

    In the meantime, in finer homes around the world,  the chamber pot and outhouse came into use. For those who didn't want to face the weather or insects or snakes, going to the outhouse, there was an alternative for inside use.  The “chamber pot,” humorously called the “thunder pot” was used. …


  • Jul 24, 2018 | Living  

    Grandfather's Clock: LESSONS IN TIME

    The old clock was a gift to my father from his father many years ago, perhaps in the late 1950s. My father was a young businessman, and he owned a Ben Franklin Store. He had three brothers, and at one time or another every one of them owned a “five and dime” variety store. The variety store was a new and exciting retail concept, and they were on the leading edge of an economic change...


  • Jul 19, 2018 | Living  


    Brent Morris has a heritage in the acting and movie business. His professional life developed in Los Angeles and then zoomed in New Mexico. NOW HE IS ON THE TRAIL OF A NEW PRODUCTION, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A WINNER! During our interview, the more we heard about this film he is producing, the more excited we became. Brent is a genius with a charming and kind nature...


  • Jun 22, 2018 | Living  

    The Little Red Pepper (A Tale About the Chili Star)

    The Little Red Pepper (The Chili Star)
    By Ben B. Boothe, Sr. (writing for the Chili Star)

    I grew up on a farm in Mexico, and I remember how excited I was on harvest day. I had been growing and hanging around my pepper plant for months, and I was ready for a change of scenery...


  • May 31, 2018 | Living  

    Marc Comstock, President SAG AFTRA New Mexico Interviewed by Big Sky Voices

    Marc is an experienced and accomplished actor. With credits in a number of films and TV series, he is also the president of SAG AFTRA, NM. SAG AFTRA is the largest union in the nation for actors. We are pleased to carry this article and the video in Marc is a quality man, quality actor and destined to be one of the "greats...


  • May 12, 2018 | Living  

    Marshall Bear Is Producing Another Movie

    Marshall Bear is an international economist and travels the world to help developing nations. His exposure to multiple cultures provides him a perspective that can be appreciated in his movie production efforts. He just returned from a trip to Africa, where he saw how much the movie industry is growing there, creating in some African nations over a million new jobs...


  • Apr 8, 2018 | Living  


    SANEH BOOTHE, MODERATOR OF PANEL OF WOMEN AT UNM FOR SAG AFTRA LED A SUCCESSFUL EVENT! Saneh Boothe, lecturer and panel moderator, directed the meeting with charm and poise. The presentation, “Surviving and Thriving in the Movie Industry,” was a realistic review of challenges and positive, thriving strategies by four successful women in the New Mexico movie world...


  • Apr 1, 2018 | Living  

    Gladys Hightower, a Tower of Song in Las Vegas, New Mexico

    I never knew her history or how she came to be the only black person at the First United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, New Mexico. But she was there, and had been a part of the church for many years before I discovered it. She always sat at the end of the second row pew on the west side. That had been her seat for decades, and no one disrespected her seat...


  • Mar 14, 2018 | Living  


    IVAN WIENER IS A CHARMING, MULTIFACETED MAN Video Interview: Ivan Wiener While talking with Robert Redford, Ivan said: "Why don't we do a film and music festival in Albuquerque?" "Let's go for it!" Redford said...


  • Jan 27, 2018 | Living  

    Antoine Predock is Famous for His Progressive and Sensitive Architecture

    Antoine Predock is famous for his progressive and sensitive architecture. For decades he has circled the globe designing and “watching over” his outstanding creation projects. For example, in Canada he spent 10 years working on a multi-storied glass building glowing with light. He calls it “Canada’s Human Rights statement.” Canada has long welcomed people of diversity...


  • Jan 7, 2018 | Living  

    Flu Wash Your Hands, Kill Infectious Germs Updated 2/7/2018

    With the most serious Flu epidemic in the USA decades, we reprint the article we posted in 2013, which has been viewed by thousands. Read it, print it, forward it, it may save lives. This article has been reprinted and spread all over the world, and we encourage that you give it to schools, offices, teachers, and health officials...


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