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Today's Opinions

  • Oh, the joys of aging!

    Recently, Vicki Howell asked me, “How do you like being retired here in Las Vegas?”  I explained to her that I dislike both the word and the concept. “Retired” sounds like I’m tired, over and over again. I’m not doing anything again. I’ve never been retired.

    Although I’m not working full-time anymore, I am teaching at Luna, writing a column for The Optic, and singing with Contrafact Jazz Band.

  • Adjust your sails to add value to others

    No one has ever attained greatness in a job they hate.

    There, I said it.

    Let me take this a step further. No one has ever been good at parenting who has hated being a parent. So much of what we do in this world is controlled by our core attitudes and beliefs. From our core comes our actions.

    This concept on greatness is quite simple. If you don’t have your heart into what you do, you will not excel at what you are doing.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, April 8, 2018

    Keep fixes going
    I wish to acknowledge the road work by San Miguel County affecting the residents of El Cerrito this past month. El Cerrito is located south of Bernal via San Miguel County Road B28A.

    Exiting the village one travels toward N.M. State Road 3, from where you can join I-40 to the south or Villanueva to the north, the location of the village places it adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest (toward Bernal) and the Villanueva State Park (towards State Road 3).

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 8, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 8, 2018.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 6, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: SLOW DOWN FOR PILGRIMAGE
    Folks who’ve lived in New Mexico their entire lives know there are pilgrimages in the spring. Whether it’s the walk to Chimayo or one of the more local pilgrimages, even the drivers who know the least about the specific tradition know there are walkers by the side of local roads during Holy Week, and that these walkers require driving slower and more caution than usual.

  • Confessions of a neurotic media consumer

    I’ve been about three months without television and it’s made my life quieter. Couple that with the fact that I hardly ever get on Facebook anymore and I’m a veritable hermit.

    Sorry, friends, but I got tired of social media years ago. I keep a presence out there, and I check to see what’s up with friends from time to time, but I don’t really contribute to the social media conversation out there anymore.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 6, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 6, 2018.

  • What, exactly, is a 'cascaron'?

    How often does it happen that a holy day clashes with a hellish day? It happened only three days ago, when a calendaric (is there even such a word?) date occurs to combine Easter Sunday with April Fool’s Day.

    That’s an opportunity for churchgoers to take part in both events.
    Easter Sunday is one of those holy days that flit all around the calendar; sometimes it falls in March, sometimes in April. My birthday is constant, on April 21, but Easter is not. However, I can recall several times when my birthday fell exactly on Easter.