• Just a Thought - Spend time focusing on the family

    By Rick Kraft

    Every problem the world is facing today began with the family. Okay, maybe I’m overstating this...but then again, maybe I’m not.

    I receive regular mailings from the Focus on the Family organization. It is a Christian based organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, that exists for a simple reason: to help families thrive. After a relationship with our Creator, I don’t know of any more important aspect of our existence than our family.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 12, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Wall Street Journal on the Obama administration handling FOIA requests (June 2):

    A federal judge last week excoriated the State Department for sitting on Hillary Clinton’s emails, ordering it to release batches every 30 days. The State Department deserved the rebuke, but then it is merely following the rules laid down by the least transparent administration in history.

  • Work of Art: A pamphlet or a tome

    For as long as people have existed, many have cultivated the Art of Exaggeration. And yet, when it comes to minimizing things, we aren’t as skillful.

    Let me explain:

  • Dispatch New Mexico - NM big on hometown festivals

    All around New Mexico, we love our festivals. I suppose that’s true all over the world, but here in the Land of Enchantment, we have more than our share of unique events.

    And summertime is season for a whole lot of them to come out of the woodwork.

  • Just a Thought - Nine keys to a successful life

    By Rick Kraft

    One reason some people aren’t as successful as they’d like to be is they haven’t decided what they want. There are people who live their life by default, not by design. Many people’s lives are reactive, not proactive. It is as if they are flapping their arms just trying to keep their head above the water and stay afloat rather than swimming in the direction they need to be moving.

  • Editorial Roundup - June 5, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Miami Herald on reining in over-reach on national security (June 2):
    The revised eavesdropping program that the U.S. Senate finally passed on Tuesday and sent to the president doesn’t go as far as some civil-liberties advocates wanted, but it’s the first time that Congress has placed limits on the government’s ability to spy on Americans after 9/11.

  • Work of Art: It’s not part of my bivouac

    It’s interesting when people consistently use the incorrect word and can’t tolerate any correction, even when it’s offered politely.

    Let me explain:

    A friend with whom I once took classes at Highlands had been hobbling around on crutches a couple of weeks ago. I saw her this week, sans crutches and asked how she was doing. “Much better! I’m just glad I’m not ambulatory anymore!”

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Our kids and the larger world

    First, allow me to do a little bragging about my kids. Then I’ll tie it to the larger world.

    I have two daughters. Amy, the older one, lives in Memphis, Tenn. Over the last year, she’s moved from a pre-school teacher to an after-school program director (that is, from a worker to a boss) while also attending the University of Memphis, where she’s been recognized as an outstanding senior in her chosen field of anthropology. No easy feats, I’d say, for someone who’s only 23 years old. Thankfully, she has the energy to do both.

  • Another perspective - How important is San Juan Generating Station to NM?

    By Carla Sonntag

    How important is affordable electricity, 811 jobs and annual royalties and taxes of over $40 million to New Mexico? Not a concern at all for radical environmental groups that would like to see the San Juan Generating Station completely shut down and for the power to be replaced with solar energy. Their plan is estimated to cost $1.5 billion.

  • Just a Thought - How to rob yourself of joy

    By Rick Kraft

    Be joyous. Be joyous today. Be joyous and contagiously spread your joy to others.

    It all starts on the inside. It then continues on the inside. At some point it can end on the inside or it can continue on to the outside. What is important here is that you control your inside. You determine who can control your inside regardless of what others do on your outside.

    Another way to put this is to recognize that life is what you make it. Your experience in walking this world is primarily governed by what happens between your two ears.