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Columns

  • A work of Art:Plagiarism now a household word

    Oh, I pity today’s comma chasers. But first, let’s make one thing clear. The term comma chaser doesn’t refer solely to that tiny punctuation mark but is a generic term for editors and teachers, and even parents who take the time to look over their kids’ homework.

    And while on this subject, let me stress that every person who checks submitted work for spelling, punctuation (not just commas), apostrophes (especially) and content already has a place reserved in the Great Hereafter.

  • Just a Thought: Everything rises and falls on leadership

    One of my mentors is author and pastor John Maxwell. I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of talks by him as well as many of his books on CDs.  

    His wisdom has helped equip me to teach leadership to others. I had the opportunity to meet him once at a book signing after he spoke in Atlanta.

     He has been named a bestselling author by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week. In 2014 he was named the No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine. He has authored over 50 books.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Kids raised in sanitorium, yet escaped dreaded diseases

    The oldtimers I knew might say there was a lot of “caming” and “wenting” in our mountains during the Fourth of July festivities. Neighbors down the road sent fireworks high into the sky after dark, and they were both festive and sparkly.

    I was glad my dear old dog, Casey, was in dog heaven. She hated any and all loud noises as many dogs do. Yes, the weather was perfect for this holiday.

  • Inconvenient as it is, the earth is heating up

    It’s hot. Record-breaking hot, for the umpteenth year in a row. Which brings us to an inconvenient truth.

    And with that lead, I probably lost half of this column’s readership. The truth is not only inconvenient, it angers a lot people. There’s just too much spin-doctoring out there for it to be otherwise.

  • A work of Art: You can’t go back

    Strictly as a joke, I recently wrote to some Facebook friends that I was considering returning to full-time teaching. Why?

    To save time, which I’ll explain in a few graphs below.

    The career move would be iffy — especially for one who gave up the tweed jacket with leather elbow patches about 16 years ago. Would I even stand a chance, given that Latino professors with doctoral degrees have become more plentiful lately.

  • Just a Thought: Some random thoughts in difficult times

    Those who protect us should not have to be protected. When law enforcement is protecting the rights of others to assemble, they should not become targets. The issue isn’t whether law enforcement agrees or not with the views of those they are protecting. The issue is they should not become victims for protecting freedoms of others that comes with being in America.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Killings by cops not exclusive to big cities

    Think all the killings by cops making news these days are exclusive to urban areas? Think again. Here in New Mexico, we’ve had at least five so far this year, and unless I’m missing something, not one in Albuquerque this year.

  • Work of Art: Religion and hot chile

    A young man, who left his studies at a Trappist Monastery in Kentucky, came to live in Las Vegas around the time I entered Immaculate Conception High School.

    Frank Reesor, who died in his 40s, became my next-door neighbor, and more importantly, an older brother who spent time with me discussing religion, morality and maturity. We hit it off well when we discussed the deity, but on another subject: chile, we differed.

  • Just a Thought: No one can promise you tomorrow

    Every marriage relationship can be improved. It doesn’t matter if you have been married for one month or 40 years, whether it is your first marriage or your third, whether you are 18 or 62. There is something you can do to better meet the needs of the one you have pledged your life to.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Plenty of action on the ranch as we await the summer rush

    I know extended members of my family will be here in about a month or so, and some of them have never been on this more-or-less isolated old ranch. Oh, yes, we have a lot to show them!

    Some might argue that one should never cut down a tree. Well, we all know a garden needs to be weeded, and a forest  is just a very large extension of a garden. The thinning projects in our nearby forests are remarkable examples of how necessary this is. Sadly the state and national forests that border our land are not thinned, so when or if a fire starts, it will be catastrophic.