• Palabras Pinturescas: For years, family headed out to Apache Canyon for piñon picking

    This is the time of year we remember celebrations and of course the wonderful foods, the meals that make our day (or week) a fun and tasty time. And that reminds me of days past and the fun events in my odd life.

  • Thankful for the generations that constitute a family

    ROSWELL — As you get older, you get more used to death. At the very least, you become familiar with seeing your elders pass on.

    Death can be painful, oftentimes more so for the ones left behind. It’s a tragedy when a loved one’s life is cut short; for parents, the loss of a child must be the worst. Thankfully, I haven’t gone through that, but I can imagine how incredibly heartwrenching it is.

  • Work of Art: Revisiting Nuremberg trials

    NUREMBERG, Germany — It’s an eerie feeling, standing above the actual courtroom where possibly recent history’s most infamous trial took place. Through the years there have been attempts to keep the ‘40s structure suitable for visitors’ tours, but there’s evidence some of the improvements didn’t take place until possibly the past two decades.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Thankful for Thanksgiving

    As a child, I loved Thanksgiving! Turkey, yes! Stuffing, yes! Pumpkin pie, yes! I relished my mom’s salad made with cranberries and orange segments mixed into jello and then scooped into little tin molds. Once set, the mold was dipped briefly into hot water and then plunked onto an iceberg lettuce leaf and topped with a dollop of mayonnaise.

  • Just A Thought: A Norman Rockwell family Thanksgiving
  • Palabras Pinturescas: Native American jewelry part of family’s history

    Life is always brighter here when my youngest granddaughter, a helicopter pilot, drops in for a visit.

    She has flown at least 300 hours in a helicopter fighting forest fires in California, and now she, her machine, and crew move to Colorado to do game counts for their state game and fish department. She hopes there will be snow on the ground there, which makes these counts much easier as the white background is helpful.

  • Attacks on Paris another chance to get the war right

    ROSWELL — War is a man-made institution, the worst thing we ever created. But there are times in which it’s either kill or be killed, so it becomes a necessity for survival.

    It’s no surprise that, last week, when terrorists killed civilians in one of the most culturally enriched cities on earth, the world took notice. It highlights the fact that if the world doesn’t quash ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the attacks on Paris, they’ll spread their brand of terrorism across the globe.

  • A work of Art: ‘More muscle over here’

    It’s unsettling to see so much unrest in an institution that has been dear to us. I watched a clip of a lot of tussling on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus at the time the university’s president, Tim Wolfe  and a chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, resigned their jobs in response to complaints by students at the mostly-white university.

  • Another Perspective: Use of state lands by public hunters in danger of becoming a thing of the past

    If there’s one thing that we New Mexicans pride ourselves on, it’s tradition. Our cultural and familial traditions are some of the most important aspects of our lives. We hold them near and dear to our hearts and will do anything to protect them. This can entail anything from spending hours trying to get Grandma to put measurements to her recipes so that you can write them down for continued use, to protesting and resisting to ensure that our way of life is passed on to future generations. It’s in our history, our culture, our identity; it is who we are.

  • Just a Thought - Community conflicts and a bumper sticker

    By Rick Kraft

    The headline on the front page of a local newspaper states that last night the community was emotionally split over a controversial issue being heard by the community leaders. A bumper sticker on the rear fender of a car that was parked in the parking lot stated “God Bless Everyone. No Exceptions.”

    So how do we reconcile these two concepts of a highly emotional conflict and blessing everyone? Are they reconcilable? I believe so.