• Palabras Pinturescas: Praising works of Tony, Anne Hillerman

    Oh, what fun it is to hear from my readers! I just received a beautiful photograph of Edith and John Moore from a reader who thought I’d appreciate it. Do I ever, thank you! And a couple of weeks ago long time friends dropped by for a visit and left a book with me to read. We share the love of well written fiction, who-done-its written, situation in New Mexico.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Unconventional advice for this year’s graduates

    It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and the families they’re making proud.

    Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. Anyone who thinks a diploma or degree is a ticket to success is sadly mistaken. It’s just a ticket to ride; you still have to get there on your own.

  • A work of Art: Have you tried a marathon?

    Getting the results of the latest Boston Marathon convinced me that my son Ben, 37, now living in Albuquerque, who used to run track at Wagon Mound High School, had done all right in the popular race, finishing with a 3:32:47 time for the 26.2-mile event. He came out in the 8,528th place.

    I’d been quite naive and uninformed about the marathon, believing that just about anybody with running shoes,  interest and desire could show up at Bean Town, get in line and race away.

  • Just a Thought: A lifetime return from a proper upbringing

    The hotel you choose to stay at has more to do with the way your parents raised you than it does with your economic means. What? Are these really correlated? Sure they are.

    Each one of us has a history and each one is unique. We were all born. Then we experienced what is was like to be a 2- year-old, a 5-year-old, and a 10-year-old. Each of us spent the same number of days at 16. We have gone through the same stages, but in different homes.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: 1949 Quarterly Review issue find brings back memories

    Slowly but surely those many boxes of books stored in a cabin here on the ranch are hauled up to my house. I always find many treasures in what some might call trash. Such was the case once again last year.

  • Another Perspective: Working together, we can solve NM’s health care crisis

    New Mexico’s health care crisis demands our attention. Now.

    No person should suffer even one day of serious illness or injury because that person cannot find or afford to pay for good health care, yet that is exactly what happens each day in New Mexico.

  • A work of Art: What does ‘they’ mean?

    “Marilyn, what are the positive, comparative and superlative degrees of ‘good’?”

    She answered, “Good, better, best.”

    “Very good, Marilyn.”

    “And Arthur, almost asleep in the corner there: What are the three degrees of ‘high’?”

    “Uh, the three degrees of ‘hi’ are ‘hi,’ ‘hello’ and ‘how do you do?’”

  • Another Perspective: Bring on the revolution

    As a person casting a ballot for the first time I can’t help but focus on the issues that are already immediately pertinent to me.

    Being a soon-to-be high school graduate I’ve learned that the average student loan debt after graduation is $28,950.

  • Just a Thought: Let go of the past and fully experience the future

    Along highway 70/380 just west of Hondo on the north side of the road facing west is a large white billboard standing all by itself with one word printed in big black letters. The word is “Forgive.” It is virtually impossible to miss for every driver heading east.

    I do not know who is paying for the sign, but it has been up for some time. Neither do I know how much traffic travels by the sign daily. What I do know is that the one word sign contains much wisdom.

  • Another Perspective: New Mexico has a ‘Dr. Holly Abernathy’ problem

    In 2014, The Wall Street Journal explored the ways that Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid was “straining some health-care systems that already don’t have enough doctors and staff” and challenging “medical practices’ bottom lines in ways that lead them to turn some away.”