In search of ponies: Mother hen not needed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For the record, I wasn’t serious when I said I was contemplating chicken ownership. Yet somehow, a couple months later, I am the proud owner of two hens. “Somehow” may not be the most appropriate word, because I know how it happened. They were in jeopardy of being homeless [...]

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 [...]

In search of ponies: Pets don’t leave nest

Sharna Johnson Finally it’s here — Graduation! For the last few months I’ve listened to the buzz from all the kids — as they try to figure out everything from picking a college to arranging the money, getting the prom dress and mailing those announcements — and now it’s here. As happy as I am [...]

In search of ponies: Shock value

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: Sharna Johnson is taking time off. The following is a a column she wrote in November 2007.

In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel [...]

In search of ponies: Lamb lesson

Sharna Johnson It was Easter time a couple of decades ago and my father had a surprise up his sleeve. My brother and I thought it was just another of many exploratory trips when we pulled up to the farm and saw the sheep milling about in the field — until Dad told us to [...]

My turn: Sheet search stained by racists

While searching online for white sheets with a thread-count greater than “threadbare,” I happened upon a newscast at WhitePrideTV.com. With the National Anthem blaring, the title scrolled: “This is the Klan — This is the Truth.” Here are a few sound-bites from hosts Thomas Robb and Rachel Pendergraft: • “Homosexuals are a loud and noisy [...]

In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he just saw the attributes for himself — after all, who can deny the tranquility of the rolling greens, the shade of wind wisped trees and duck filled ponds. But even in the beauty of the place, he stands [...]

In search of ponies: A lot to chirp about

Sharna Johnson While I was waiting for my turn at the feed store counter, I couldn’t help but notice three large bins with heat lamps over top and the rabble of dozens of tweeting babies. Of course (as if there were any doubt) I stooped down to check the little fellows out and was amused [...]

ENMU narrows coach search to dozen

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is narrowing the search for a women’s basketball coach. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said Monday that the school’s search committee planned to conduct phone interviews with 12 candidates over the next three nights, beginning today, and by next week should be ready to invite finalists for campus [...]