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  • Offending others in your daily life

    When you have a mouthful of steaming hot coffee, whatever you do next is wrong!

    I think of this from time to time when I find myself in a position when whatever happens next is not going to be good. There are times when we find ourselves in places in life where there are no good options. Our challenge in these situations is to find the least worst choice.

  • This is what New Mexico success looks like

    The results of the 2019 legislative session are evidence of what can happen when your elected leaders work together to serve the people of New Mexico.

    Together, the executive, the House, and the Senate developed a spending plan, essentially intact after the governor’s partial vetoes, that prioritizes those issues most important to New Mexicans and effectively addresses the concerns of the lawsuit that successfully challenged the adequacy of New Mexico schools.

  • More danger in the Middle East

    Since taking office, President Trump has made several major decisions about the Israel-Palestine conflict which likely helped the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister of Israel.

    In addition, the decisions reversing more than 50 years of U.S. policies, conflict with decisions of the United Nations and the international community, and undermine the role of international law by accepting some of the many Israeli violations of those laws.

  • Speculation follows Udall’s announcement

    Tom Udall’s announcement that he won’t seek another term as U.S. Senator really brought out the politics in New Mexico.

    Already, two Democrats have announced they’ll seek to replace Udall, and there’s plenty of speculation about others interested in vying for the crown jewel of statewide office. Let’s consider only a few.

  • The ‘Art’ of exaggeration

    For as long as people have existed, many have become prone to the Art of Exaggeration. Strange, but people don’t seem to minimize things with as much skill.

    Occasionally, Junior will try to convince Dad that the looming $1,000 repair bill on the family auto is “just a scratch,” but it seems that youngsters, in their zeal to get parents to “see it my way,” will balloon something as innocuous as a playground scuffle into a blitzkrieg.

    Let me explain:

  • The law of rising above

    He had been waiting for more than a year and had traveled for two days to be able to play a simple round of golf on the legendary elite golf course. It was the first hole and he was given the honor of being the first of his golfing buddies to tee off. He placed his luckiest ball squarely on the tee and planted the tee into the turf. He was sure he was going to hit his ball a country mile.

    He uncoiled and swung with all his might. But, to his chagrin, he completely missed the ball. His buddies snickered somewhat silently to themselves.

  • Las Vegas is alive with the sound of music

    Jazz, classical, country, rock, gospel? Whatever type of music gets your feet tapping or your soul soaring, you will find it here within the next three weeks. Why not save this list so you don’t miss your favorite genre or your favorite musician. Now let’s get started:

  • Who doesn’t want clean food?

    Spring is a time of new beginnings after a winter of darkness. As we go through the transition from dark to light we follow the natural cycle of agriculture as the land begins to change with new growth.

    Spring in Las Vegas brings the farmers’ markets — the coming together of farmers, organizers, consumers, friends, and neighbors; a time of planting, growing, harvesting, collecting nature’s bounty, selling, socializing and networking.

  • Day trips scattered around New Mexico

    SANTA ROSA, N.M. — There’s nothing like a good outing to bring a family together.

    If you want to go on a leisurely drive to somewhere for a daytime adventure, with some wide-eyed young’uns in tow, you certainly don’t have to leave New Mexico.

  • Too much pun-nishment

    When people laugh at a pun, they’re really just being polite, and it’s possible those who laughed didn’t catch the word play. Thus, when someone groans, that’s the sign of a clever play on words.

    A pun, according to the dictionary, is “a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word.” While in an elementary grade at Immaculate Conception School, we had a nun with a sense of humor.