No easy way to let go of family dog

I should have known, that Wednesday two weeks ago, when the dog was sitting in the passenger seat looking at me as if trying to memorize my face. In the past 12 years, I have never seen the dog look at me that way. The dog is a terrier, and not given to serious attitudes, […]

Fine line divides types of martyrs

There is a fine line that divides things that seem alike. A line, however thin, is still a line. It exists to define and make clear truths that would otherwise be missed. Usually, we know the line is there; and, usually, we understand what it defines. But sometimes we are fooled by the similarity of […]

McGee: Trip to dentist worth pain

Word has made its way through the family grapevine that one of the kids needs to go to the dentist but won’t because of that fear of pain thing. The kids are in their 20’s and 30’s now and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, I just wish I could transmit cosmic thoughts how […]

In search of ponies: The vain pain

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Oh he’s a pretty boy, a real stud. Well, actually he’s a stud-no-more since the Doc got a hold of him a couple years ago, but he is a gorgeous hunk of flesh nonetheless. And he knows it. He looks like royalty prancing around with his head high and […]

Better to admit injury than tough out pain

Glenda Price Bud and Kathy ride horses, of course, but they also like to ride mules, especially in rough country. Awhile back they bought a new mule, and Bud was ready to try him out. Kathy knew she couldn’t quite trust the one they already had but she didn’t know the new one at all, […]

Can’t take water for granted

Karl Terry The physical properties of water are pretty amazing. We can drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, clean with it, heck it keeps us all alive. Let the temperature drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, though, and the stuff can be a real pain. I came home on a recent night and sat […]

My turn: Pain makes us all the same

It’s been said that death is the great democracy. The up-and-coming philosopher Wendel The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy says that at 6-feet under we are separated only by the height of the granite above us. Unremitting physical pain also creates a democracy above ground. Looks, job status, house size, horsepower and political views become irrelevant. Religious […]

Stickers summertime nuisance

kp3u6u-829stickerburrs.jpg

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Stickers, sticker burs, grass spurs, sticky burs, sand burs — whatever the name, a common opinion prevails in regards to a little weed whose seed has a plate of armor no one wants to get near. Many in eastern New Mexico just call them stickers and they’re literally a […]

War on drugs has humiliating ramifications

Freedom New Mexico It is encouraging that the U.S. Supreme Court so strongly condemned Thursday the decision by officials in an Arizona school district to strip-search a 13-year-old girl because they suspected she might have some Ibuprofen pain reliever in her undergarments. The amazing thing is that even one justice (Clarence Thomas) dissented, and that […]

Small acts of kindness better than slogans

Freedom New Mexico My 6-year-old daughter Anna rolled on the ground screaming and clutching her stomach as my other children pulled on my arm, covered their eyes and cried. She screamed that the pain in her tummy was too much to take. I tried to touch her, she rolled away, threw up and passed out. […]