• Palabras Pinturescas: Ever heard of Loma Parda? It must have been bustling

    Well, I just can’t let this information hide out in my collection of books.  I knew I should have looked up “Loma Parda” in my copy of “New Mexico Place Names” by Robert Julyan. His description of this long-gone town says it all and I quote: “A settlement in the north bank of the Rio Mora, 6. Mi. NW of Watrous PO 1872-1900, mail to Watrous. Only silent ruins remain of this infamous village, once infamous on the easter plains a the “Sodom of the Mora.”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - History will be written by young voters too

    The older you get, the more you appreciate history, because you’ve lived through so much of it.

    And in this year, history is being written in dynamic and unpredictable ways. So don’t blink or you might miss it.

    Here in New Mexico, the tumult isn’t so obvious. We mostly live in small villages, towns and cities, and that’s not where the action is. Consistent with history, most of the really big changes are going on in the urban centers of our nation, and with the young.

  • A work of Art: The slimmest of margins

    The recent death of Wagon Mound’s admired and beloved basketball coach, Alfred Romero, 93, has caused many folks — especially sports fanatics in New Mexico — to ponder many of his teams’ accomplishments.

    This is not intended to duplicate the obituary that appeared in the Optic and other newspapers, nor does it pretend to be an insider’s view of the man’s coaching career.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Reflections of an Aries birthday

    If you saw ActYourAge! Wednesday at the Kennedy Lounge, you were introduced to the “Make a Wish on the Chicken” concept created by my husband Mark. Ten years ago I purchased this “objet d’art” made out of chicken wire and carried it home by bus from Chicago’s Mexican neighborhood to our loft in Printer’s Row. Mark took one look and christened it “Make a Wish on the Chicken.”

  • Just a Thought:Spend wisely what’s left in your hourglass

    “Life is what happens when you are busy doing other things.” Words of wisdom from John Lennon. Do you ever wake up and wonder where the time went? If it will be an important question later. Why not make it important today? You will never again be as young as you are at this very moment.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Remembering times with John Moore at Murphy’s

    My word picture column for today has a sad note to begin with. This large area of our beloved state has lost yet another of its many treasures with the passing of John Moore. I can’t remember when I first met him, but I’d have a pocket full of nickels if I had a one for every time he, plus the wonderful staff at Murphy’s Drug Store, on Sixth Street and Douglas in Las Vegas served me a cherry lime or a chocolate soda.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Pot on the ballot all over the place, but not in New Mexico

    Last week I wrote about how Gary Johnson, the probable Libertarian Party nominee for president, and how he has a shot, albeit a long one, at actually getting elected this time around. (You can read it at gazettemediaservices.com; click the Dispatch New Mexico link). I failed, however, to mention upon his advocacy for the legalization of marijuana, so let’s touch on that first.

  • A work of Art: Can one be avauntular?

    Often I appreciate and therefore adopt new words. At a gathering where I ran into a niece, I heard her say, “You’re so avuncular.” The “ular” ending told me the word likely is an adjective, which it is. I’d heard and used the word before, and I’m glad of my specific relationship with Kathy: I’m her uncle, and to her, I’m avuncular, I suppose because I act like an uncle.

  • Just a Thought: The mind set of a successful entrepreneur

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’

  • Another Perspective:We’re all responsible for educating our children

    Education is about much more than textbooks and classrooms. It’s also about the multitude of unanticipated life-challenging situations that affect our lives. It even goes beyond teachers and students. It is a lifelong journey, and we need to celebrate it as such.