Religion column: God’s valentine comes in form of Bible

Remember when you received all of those wonderful valentines in grade school? You carefully read each one noting with great eagerness the sender’s signature. What about those little heart candies with all kinds of love notes? I took them seriously. I thought every boy in the room was in love with me. Who forgets that […]

My turn: Let’s keep Christmas simple

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I remember driving through Christmas-lit neighborhoods when my daughter Laura was little. She’d excitedly exclaim, “Yayas” and “activities.” That’s what she called luminarias and nativities, my favorite holiday symbols. When I think of a traditional New Mexico Christmas, I think of luminarias and nativity scenes. I prefer these simplistic displays that capture the essence of […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

Leave loving memories

Oil painting has caused me to see the world differently. I find myself studying clouds and landscapes. I like to see the tumbled down houses and barns as we travel along the highway. I wonder what stories they could tell of days gone by. How did they live their lives? Did they leave their home […]

Anniversary is call for sober reflection

For many of us, we clearly remember the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 — the surreal news reports, the images of iconic buildings collapsing, the uncertainty of the extent of these terrorist attacks. Now, almost unbelievably, it is 10 years later, and likewise amazingly and miraculously, our nation has not sustained another comparable hit like […]

Water, fuel, whiskey important to farmers

Remember that song, “toe bone connected to the foot bone, connected to the ankle bone….?” Agriculturists for sure know the “words to that song.” Water is the first bone. Gotta have it. Large sections of our country, where water from the sky seldom falls, depend on irrigation water — either from rivers and lakes (snowmelt) […]

Picture book helps explain events of 9/11 to children

Sept. 11, 2011 9/11 children's book

McClatchy-Tribune With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, it is time for parents to plan how they will explain that day to children too young to remember 9/11. Don Brown’s book “America is Under Attack” might be one way to help a child understand why this day is so sad for […]

My Turn: Planking for stiffs

By Lonnie Berry As long as I can remember, there have been fads. Some of them have been really popular, some really odd, and some the subject of songs that outlived the fads they celebrated. Many years ago, streaking was a popular fad. It was so popular that there was a song written about it. […]

New mommy regrets: Readers talk about what they wish they’d done differently in those first sleep-deprived days

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Caitlin Brody Nobody likes regrets, but when you’re a new mom or dad and every day presents a new challenge, you’re bound to face a few fumbles. Here, users of TheBump.com sound off on the top things they wish they could change about their own parenting (cue Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”). And […]