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Columns

  • 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.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Acequias provide water for many uses

    Almost all of us who grew up here in northern New Mexico know what an “acequia” (ditch) is. This vast ditch system, was constructed way over two centuries ago to carry irrigation water from the rivers and streams that begin in our mountains to the lush fields and orchards and gardens of almost every mountain valley here.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Johnson and the Libertarians have their best shot ever

    In this year of tumultuous political uncertainties, a viable third-party candidate could easily emerge —perhaps in the form of our own Gary Johnson.

    Johnson, New Mexico’s former Republican governor, is hoping to run for president for a second time as the Libertarian Party nominee. With his adopted party’s national convention less than two months away, he’s the clear frontrunner for the nomination.

  • Work of Art: Voy a typiar mi column

    When two languages bump into each other, they borrow stuff.

    English: “Hey, Español! I need a word for these flying pests. Can I borrow ‘mosquito’?”

    Español: “No problemo. While we are on the topic, I could use ‘boycott’ (though I might spell it ‘boicot’).”

    Ahora voy a typiar mi column. Come on now! You had no trouble getting el gisto of that sentence. And in the near future, you’re likely to be seeing much more of this kind of linguistic mélange.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself -

    Last November, I attended Associate Professor Craig Conley’s lecture at Highlands. He spoke as part of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance Land Stewardship Series. I was mesmerized by his passion and enthusiasm.

    His topic? Dirt and what it has to do with climate change. Actually we talked about soil, which is the proper way to refer to what covers our earth and isn’t water. Now I am a water nymph, well, maybe not a nymph anymore but certainly a fan.