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Columns

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: A good friend makes all the difference

    Day One of our Route 66 adventure in January 2015 had its stops and starts. When visiting Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, N.C., I had purchased the book on tape “Abraham Lincoln: the Prairie Years.” I had always intended to read Sandburg’s definitive biography so now we would cross the prairie listening to his words. By the second CD, I couldn’t bear the narrator’s raspy voice.

  • Just a Thought: It was not supposed to happen this way

    God takes a loved one away before their time. A young person chooses to get hooked on drugs. Your employer sells his business and leaves you jobless. Your spouse has an affair. The stock market crashes.

    What now? You might look up to make sure a piano isn’t about to fall on your head. At times like this you are walking a valley and it seems there is no way out.

    It’s not in the script. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. But it has.

  • Another Perspective: Treatment courts now the foundation of reform

    This May, drug courts and other treatment courts throughout New Mexico are joining over 2,900 such courts nationwide in celebrating National Drug Court Month. By May 31, thousands of individuals who entered the criminal justice system addicted to drugs and facing incarceration will receive lifesaving treatment and the chance to repair their lives, reconnect with their families and find long-term recovery.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Praising works of Tony, Anne Hillerman

    Oh, what fun it is to hear from my readers! I just received a beautiful photograph of Edith and John Moore from a reader who thought I’d appreciate it. Do I ever, thank you! And a couple of weeks ago long time friends dropped by for a visit and left a book with me to read. We share the love of well written fiction, who-done-its written, situation in New Mexico.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Unconventional advice for this year’s graduates

    It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and the families they’re making proud.

    Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. Anyone who thinks a diploma or degree is a ticket to success is sadly mistaken. It’s just a ticket to ride; you still have to get there on your own.

  • A work of Art: Have you tried a marathon?

    Getting the results of the latest Boston Marathon convinced me that my son Ben, 37, now living in Albuquerque, who used to run track at Wagon Mound High School, had done all right in the popular race, finishing with a 3:32:47 time for the 26.2-mile event. He came out in the 8,528th place.

    I’d been quite naive and uninformed about the marathon, believing that just about anybody with running shoes,  interest and desire could show up at Bean Town, get in line and race away.

  • Just a Thought: A lifetime return from a proper upbringing

    The hotel you choose to stay at has more to do with the way your parents raised you than it does with your economic means. What? Are these really correlated? Sure they are.

    Each one of us has a history and each one is unique. We were all born. Then we experienced what is was like to be a 2- year-old, a 5-year-old, and a 10-year-old. Each of us spent the same number of days at 16. We have gone through the same stages, but in different homes.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: 1949 Quarterly Review issue find brings back memories

    Slowly but surely those many boxes of books stored in a cabin here on the ranch are hauled up to my house. I always find many treasures in what some might call trash. Such was the case once again last year.

  • Another Perspective: Working together, we can solve NM’s health care crisis

    New Mexico’s health care crisis demands our attention. Now.

    No person should suffer even one day of serious illness or injury because that person cannot find or afford to pay for good health care, yet that is exactly what happens each day in New Mexico.

  • A work of Art: What does ‘they’ mean?

    “Marilyn, what are the positive, comparative and superlative degrees of ‘good’?”

    She answered, “Good, better, best.”

    “Very good, Marilyn.”

    “And Arthur, almost asleep in the corner there: What are the three degrees of ‘high’?”

    “Uh, the three degrees of ‘hi’ are ‘hi,’ ‘hello’ and ‘how do you do?’”