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Columns

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Lighten up: It’s that time of year

    Remember to turn your clocks ahead this weekend. So you can spring forward.

    Walking up the sidewalk, I see little blue flowers winking at me, and forsythia branches peeking through the fence. Sure, we may have another snowfall, but hopefully these buds will survive. More sunshine streaming through our windows late in the day. The downside? Dust on the counters and fluff balls in the corners will be more obvious. Yup, it’s time for spring cleaning.

  • Just a Thought: Where does your identity come from?

    Who are you? No really, who are you?

    What if I gave you 15 words to communicate who you are and what your life is all about. What would you write? What descriptive words might you use?

    Another way of asking this question is, “What is your identity?”

    Identity was the word of the year in 2015, according to dictionary.com. One definition of the word in dictionary.com is “condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing.”

  • Another Perspective: Planning a more diversified economy

    Before the past legislative session began, I wrote a column suggesting that our main focus as a legislature should be on restoring hope for all New Mexicans by developing a responsible budget, reforming our capital outlay system and addressing compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, among other things. As with all legislative sessions, the mindset going in tends to shift a bit before it’s all said and done, and so while I still remain focused on restoring hope, I have a better sense now of just how to do it.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Today’s politicians could learn from college debaters of past

    I would be first in line to sit in on a speech class a Highlands U. at the moment. I have watched the widely aired political debates on TV and I question whether any of the various politicians, or the moderators for that matter, ever had a college level speech class that included the art of debate. 

    I don’t think the format has changed all that much in the last 60 years and the moderator very carefully lays out the ground rules at the start of each debate.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- How about a Trump-Sanders ticket?

    Last week, on the night of Super Tuesday, one of my brothers who lives in Memphis, Tenn., called me up to talk about the presidential primaries. The conversation turned lively in a hurry as we went from politics to talk of the “revolutions” now underway in our nation.

  • A work of Art: Just for antiquity’s sake

    It looks like an antique. By some people’s definition, an antique needs to be more than 100 years old.

    What I’m looking at is a vintage photo from the New York Times that shows  the newsroom of a metropolitan daily newspaper, possibly the Times newsroom itself.

  • Just a Thought - An instruction manual on living a long life

    Today I want to talk about something that you have only one of... your life. Since none of us were born with instruction manuals, how do we maximize the longevity of our lives? And how do we maximize the quality of the years we have?

    I believe that life itself is a gift. We all arrive in this world the same way, yet there are many different ways to depart. I heard it once said that we are born unique, but we die common. I think of this comment from time to time as I live my life from day to day. I strive to avoid dying “common.”

  • Palabras Pinturescas: At this funeral, attendees were polite, respectful

    My upbringing (quite a long time ago) was strict and very conventional for the time. Sweet Brother Bill and I were taught manners and expected to use them, always. We both thought our so British mother had eyes in the back of her head because she always knew where we were and who, what and how we acted.

    We were not impressed, to say the least, but both of us learned to respect this training, particularly when we became parents.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- Issues facing the smaller cities

    This week the national news may be focused on Super Tuesday, but here in New Mexico it’s the municipal elections that are making local headlines, with races being decided in cities and towns across the state.

    And since about half of all New Mexicans live in municipalities of fewer than 30,000 people, these local elections are big news in small towns throughout the state.

  • A work of Art: It’s much safer today

    On a ride back from Santa Fe, I chatted with my granddaughter Celina. The conversation began right after some dude whizzed past us. It was clear he hadn’t had an oil change in years — if ever.

    We pulled over to let the A.J. Foyt of the Rockies get way ahead of, as we didn’t wish to inhale the noxious fumes his car spewed. That prompted my second-oldest granddaughter to ask, “Was it worse when you were my age?”