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Columns

  • A decades-long decline of a free-thinking middle class

    ROSWELL — Politicians like to talk about how the middle class is struggling, and for once they’re right.

  • A Work of Art: That blasted password

    Arrrggg! That blasted password! For as long as I’ve paraded my technological ineptness, I’ve been cursed by the password, that brilliant invention designed to help people along but now behaves like a bank vault.

    Seriously, does a password ever do anything but prevent the user — the poor sap who paid good money for the computer — from gaining access?

  • Just a Thought - Awakening the wonder from within you

    On a scale of one to 10, how would you score yourself on how much “wonder” you have in your life?

    Do you live a life of wonder? When is the last time you truly had wonder in your life? Or is your life empty of wonder? Where did it go? How can you get it back?

    My wife and I just got back from the Catalyst conference in Atlanta that we attend each year. The theme this year was “Awaken the Wonder.” It was a great theme supported by many great speakers. I will share some thoughts gleaned from the conference.

  • 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.