• Palabras Pinturescas: Patients at Valmora Sanatorium wore mostly pajamas, slept outdoors

    Yes, I am a news junkie, and I watch several news programs on TV, and one of my favorite state news programs is “New Mexico in Focus” Friday nights, with host Gene Grant. I was happily surprised recently when he and his panel of political experts praised our Las Vegas Optic features editor Mercy López and publisher Martin Salazar for their in-depth news story about the recent Mora school superintendent.

  • Brace yourself for a tough winter

    We’re still a couple of months away from the first official day of winter (Dec. 22), but forecasters are already saying it’ll be colder and wetter than normal in New Mexico, so be prepared to bundle up.

    It’s another El Niño year, which means that the ocean-to-atmosphere interaction of temperatures, especially in the Pacific Ocean near the equator, will influence U.S. weather conditions. And since this year’s El Niño is a whopper, this winter could be particularly brutal.

  • A work of Art:

    It’s hard to remember being so affected by a single, simple — even stupid — incident. True, I’ve spent sleepless nights over the death of a loved one, such as Mom and Dad or other close relatives and friends.

    But what about days of fretting over the death of someone I never met, was never likely to meet — in fact over someone whose name before her death might have been known by only half a hundred people.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Monster hay-stacking machine shows there’s work to do at ranch

    Our mountains are changing, changing rapidly at the moment. Suddenly the green leaves have turned into gold, and they will soon be the stark skeletons left with only crispy and faded reminders that yet another summer is over and winter can’t be far behind.

    There are wild plums simmering in a pot here, and hopefully they will soon become preserves. The fall apple crop is resting in a box out on the porch and fried apples will be on the next menu.

  • Another Perspective:Losing loved ones to suicide

    By Joseph W. McCaffrey

    During the early ‘90s, I was the leader of a scientific group that suffered two closely spaced tragic deaths. The Optic’s article on the tragic suicide of Dr. Bradley Kanode reminded me that I still need to talk and write about these events. My hope is that this may help others.  

  • Just a Thought - Take a deep breath and be present

    By Rick Kraft

    It is really important to follow my instructions today. Okay? Sit real still. Clear your mind. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Take a deep breath. Exhale. One more time, take a deep breath. Exhale.

    Good job! I want you to be present in the present. Not just partially present, but fully present. One hundred percent present. Absorb the moment you are in. Absorb what is around you. Don’t think about what happened yesterday or a year ago. Don’t worry about what may happen tomorrow.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Who will win the state in 2016?

    By the time New Mexico’s preferential primaries roll around on June 7, some 40 other states will have already voted for their party’s candidate. That means there’s a good chance the nation’s Democrats and Republicans will have already decided who their nominees will be, even if it isn’t official until they hold their national conventions in July 2016.

    But no worries, New Mexicans will still get to vote in the November general election — and that could actually make a difference in a close race.

  • Work of Art: Cleansing Playboy magazine

    What? Playboy’s becoming sanitized. Thus read the headline in one of countless newspapers and magazines over Hugh Hefner’s decision to stop featuring nudes in the publication that spurred the nudity trend on Dec. 1, 1953, with a revealing photo of Marilyn Monroe.

    Playboy, “the magazine that men read for its intelligent articles (the daring photos of women being purely incidental), has decided to cover up feminine attributes. Hefner’s plan to pitch the pulchritude is probably predicated by the plenitude of provocative poses on our PC. Wrrronngg. (More on that in a few paragraphs).

  • Another Perspective: Mediation week in New Mexico

    By Edward L. Chavez

    The New Mexico Supreme Court declared the week of October 11, 2015 as Mediation Week. If you or your business are in a lawsuit or know that soon you will be in a lawsuit, you may be concerned about the potential costs and time involved in resolving the dispute. If so, mediation in the courts is a less expensive and time-consuming option available to you.

  • Just a Thought - If you are a fisherman, go fishing!

    By Rick Kraft

    What have you been called to do in your life? Do you have a calling? I believe the correct answer to this question is “yes!”

    Each of us has a calling. If you are operating within your calling, as a general rule you look forward to what you do each day. If you are operating outside your calling, your typical day is a bad experience! If your life is satisfying and fulfilling, you may well be living within your calling.