Students need to know loan obligations

We don’t need what U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., calls “a manufactured crisis.” But once again Democrats and Republicans are at odds. This time in the Senate over a fix for student loan interest rates. On July 1, interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans are set to double to 2008 levels — from 3.4 [...]

Movie industry currently in valley, not peak

The movie industry has peaks and valleys. And I think it’s safe to say we’re mainly in a valley right now. I make a list of the movies I have to see in the theaters every summer. It’s the second week of June and “Man of Steel” is the only movie left on my list. [...]

In Search of Ponies: Many answers lie in vessels

One would be lucky to have heart like theirs. They never get their due, what with all the lion heart references and such. But even at an average of 7 millimeters long — about the size of seven mustard seeds — their teeny, rapidly beating hearts might just be the biggest of all. They fight [...]

Dangerous work means big coin

Do you remember your first summer job? I do. It was just after I graduated from high school. All my pals had jobs. I figured I ought to get one too, that way I'd have some spending money. I landed a position as "houseman" at the big hotel downtown in the ol' hometown. The houseman [...]

My Turn: Miss Suzy laid groundwork for growing up

Let me tell you about Miss Suzy. Miss Suzy was a little brown squirrel who lived in a little home at the top of a tree. One day, six mean, gray squirrels chased Miss Suzy from her home, forcing her to flee and take shelter in the attic of an old house. Miss Suzy, written [...]

In search of ponies: Drought takes toll on animals, too

Sepia toned skies, roaring winds, heat and the one ingredient that could change it all — rain — grievously absent. Such is summer in New Mexico, one of those places where a rain shower doesn't do much more than make dirt circles on windows right before it evaporates. But even though hot, dry and yes, [...]

Be it person or pool, leaks seem dangerous

The Lady of the House and I have one of those store-bought, above ground pools in the backyard. We set it up a few weeks ago. The Lady of the House reasoned if we set it up while the days were mild the probability was low that we'd get into one of those terse "discussions" [...]

Thank veterans while you still have the chance

My great-uncle Ottis passed away two years ago, just around his 98th birthday. Born in 1913, Ottis would've turned 100 this week, May 30th, Memorial Day. I knew him from family visits about once a year. Either they came here to see us, or we went to Oklahoma City to see them. He was quiet [...]

Guthals will be missed

Charles Guthals passed away a few weeks ago. I'm going to miss him. Lots of High Plains folks knew him far better than I did. To me, he was the guy who knew everything about plants and trees and stuff around here. Back in March The Lady of the House and I were in his [...]

In search of ponies: Funnels funny, but effective

The T-shirt had nothing to do with fashion; it was hiding something, or better yet, protecting it. Underneath the black cotton there was a shoulder wrapped in bandages which were holding gauze and ointment to a wound that really needed a break from dirt, bacteria and, perhaps most of all, the attention of the wounded [...]