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Columns

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Celebrating our freedoms, New Mexico style

    Around the corner is Independence Day, a holiday in which we celebrate the birth of these United States, and here in New Mexico, we have the history, heritage and diversity to do it up right.

    At first, sundry Native American tribes shared this harsh and enchanting landscape, but they were eventually overpowered and “assimilated” into the Spanish and Mexican ways that ruled the region into the mid-1800s. Then came U.S. troops to conquer and exploit the land and its peoples, and New Mexico became an untamed territory for an expansionist nation.

  • A work of Art: Some like it cool

    Arthur says it’s hot. Arthur who? Arthur Mometer!

    Las Vegas is darn authentic. I toned down the official adverb here, the d-word, in keeping with my policy of not using in print words that some people deem profane.

    The “authentic” reference is one of several descriptions used through the ages for and about the Meadow City.

  • Just a Thought: What set of glasses are you wearing?

    “I can’t believe she doesn’t buy a new washing machine,” the neighbor stated with passion in her voice to her husband as she looked over her back yard fence at their neighbor’s dirty clothes drying on their clothesline. “Surely they can afford a machine that will clean their clothes.” Please allow me to come back to this.

    Stephen Covey said, “We see the world not as it is, but as we are.”

  • Palabras Pinturescas: ‘Picturesque New Mexico’ issue featured writer, pet dog

    The many boxes of books  we have at the ranch beg to be unpacked, classified, shared with family  and friends and more. The problem is ... I just can’t flip through them, then quickly move on to the next one.

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Filmmaking runs strong in NM

    My older daughter tells a great story about how she met Jeff Bridges and didn’t even know it.

    She was a teenager at the time, working at a local bookstore in “the original” Las Vegas (N.M.) when he came in to the store. She said she was decorating an Easter egg for an upcoming children’s activity, as there weren’t any customers around. Then some older man and younger woman came into the store, looked around a while and came to the register with some purchases.

  • A work of Art: A fine Dad’s Day tribute

    This unsolicited Father’s Day missive from my Denmark son, Stan Adam, might well be called “Work of Art’s Son.” I love the message and am printing it here in the hopes that readers will discover that some of its spirit will trigger memories of their own route to maturity:

  • Another Perspective: ‘Rewarding and challenging’

    Almost 100 days have gone by since I was sworn in as city councilor for Ward 3. This was a proud day for me, not only because the citizens of Ward 3 entrusted me with this responsibility, but because it was almost 50 years to the day that my father, José D. “Lolo” Perea, was sworn in as city councilman for the town of West Las Vegas.

    Were he still alive, I am sure that he would have told me to do my best and to always be mindful of the people I was serving. I do plan to do just that.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: New tourist guides offer plenty of information on state’s attractions

    Those of you who live high up in our mountains have decided summer might just be here. Thirty-two degrees was the low temperature here on May 29. No, the marigolds in pots out on the deck did not freeze, but there was thin ice in cool, shady spots.  So much for early gardening this year.

  • Work of Art: Give me an ‘A’

    “The last shall be first and the first shall be last.” I hope the words (or at least their promise) from the book of Matthew come clear in this recounting of graduation services I’ve attended.

    Late in May, I attended a complete graduation ceremony and part of another. The ceremony I stepped in and out of was to take a photo.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Ali! — and Jack Johnson and Donald Trump

    As I think back on Mu-hammad Ali and his impact on American culture in the aftermath of his demise, I’m stuck by a couple of comparisons. Specifically, Jack Johnson and Donald Trump come to mind, and I’ll get to that in a few paragraphs.

    Ali transcended his professional boxing career by thrusting himself head-first into the struggles of his time. If you remember him in his prime, you know he was not only a great boxer, he was also a polarizing figure: