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 […]

Scaring Mom has potential to backfire

Mother's Day is tomorrow. I'll catch up with mom and see how she's doing. I'll tell her she's "The Greatest Mom Ever" and how much I love her. I wish I knew more about my mom. What I mean is I know a lot about my mother, but the time before her high school years […]

In search of ponies: Celebrate your pet this week, or month

Did you know it's national pet week (or month depending on the source)? They made sure I did, which I suppose is a good thing since it's not something I would normally even be aware of. The "they" I am referring to are the web crawling, public relations spammers that get a hold of an […]

In search of ponies: Glowing sheep not so baaaa-d

It's long been understood that nature has balance and us humans have come to understand — usually about the time we realize we've destroyed an ecosystem — that here are reasons why things are the way they are. That's not to say improvements can't be made, but for each forced (or man-made) change, it makes […]

In search of ponies: Kicking bucket not always bad

When the youngsters became the proud owners of a new colt, they set out on a mission to bond with him. Teaching him tricks became part of the fun, as they coaxed him to interact and do things in exchange for affection and treats. Mastering the challenge of standing on his hind legs was a […]

McGee: No more shuckin’ and/or jivin’ for me

Going through my record collection the other day I ran across a 1982 album by Willie Nelson and the late, great Waylon Jennings titled "WWII." The first track on the LP is titled "Mr. Shuck and Jive." "Well, I can't say that anymore," I thought to myself. It turns out I'm not allowed to say […]

In search of ponies: Cicadas biblical in numbers, tasty with almost everything

It isn't every day the yard is covered in snacks. Crunchy on the outside, they have a nutty flavor, similar to peanuts or almonds, according to those who partake. Suspended inside vibrant colored gelatin, they are sure to cause a buzz of conversation at a party. They also make for good pizza toppers, add a […]

Perfect pot pie punctuates end of vacation

Vacation was over. There was one more thing to do. We were in search of the best chicken pot pie ever. And it was sold in the deli of a supermarket somewhere in L.A. (Lower Alabama). The Lady of the House and I had discovered it on our last trip when we stopped at a […]

Being anti-social-network has mixed results

I told a friend why I decided on a new personal effort called Facebook-Free Friday. "It feels like the site is 90 percent bumper stickers, horizontal praying (praying at people and not to God) and people still trying to revisit the election," I said. I got a nod and, "Yeah, pretty much." Then on Thursday, […]

In search of ponies: Marijuana or pills, be careful with medication

It's funny enough, all right. Staggering and woozy, a dog's legs may each go in different directions, or, afraid to challenge the suddenly accelerated rotation of the planet, it may become a pooch puddle, trying to melt into the floor and hoping it will stop. Others turn in clumsy circles or imitate living bobble heads. […]

McGee: Doing nothing requires planning

The Lady of the House and I had a difference of opinion as to what one does while on vacation. We recently took a few days off and visited the Gulf Coast. I had visions of lying around doing nothing, maybe flipping through the pages of a good book. The Lady of the House had […]

Division over backlog, VA leadership

With the backlog of compensation claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs having ballooned in recent years, one would expect major veterans' service organizations to be among VA's harshest critics. If so, they would join a rising chorus. Recently network news programs have turned cameras and commentary on the mountain of 598,000 overdue claim decisions, […]

Denying equal rights is real issue

Those opposing equal rights for others inevitably find themselves on the wrong side of history. No one is more heterosexually macho than me, but I can think of no legitimate reason to deny gays the same rights I take for granted. A local letter-writer recently criticized politicians who opposed gay marriage, then changed their minds. […]