• Making a difference as a good father

    Being a father is much more than just contributing to the conception of a child. Being a good father is much more difficult and complex. It can be the toughest challenge a real man can have and it can also be the most fulfilling.

    A child is one thing on this planet that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Each child is made special and unique. Yet even without a manual there are good ways and bad ways to parent a child.

  • Anaya’s latest book filled with history, imagination

    If I had to assign a genre to Rudolfo Anaya’s latest book, “Chupacabra Meets Billy The Kid,” I’d say it’s of the Western/science fiction/fantasy/ Chicano literature/historical fiction genre, as if there’s such a thing.

    Maybe “unique” is a better description, because that’s certainly the way this outside-the-box tale reads.

    And to the contrary, I’d describe its Guadalupe and Lincoln county settings as realistically descriptive . . . well, except for the wormhole along the Pecos.

  • Difference of ‘a piñon’

    He’ll probably become super embarrassed and wish he could call in sick at work tomorrow when he learns about what I’m writing. But he can take it.

    And I take you back a few decades to the day we lost our son Diego for a few hours. But lest there be any misunderstanding, the “loss” was more of something being misplaced, nothing like an injury or worse.

    Let me explain:

  • Get the sequence right: Ready, Aim, Fire!

    Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running!

  • Carla Gomez: On top of her mountain

    Carla Gomez can see visitors approach for five minutes as they slowly drive up the bumpy road to her farmhouse.

    I arrived with Mark and Java to meet a woman who’s pretty much a legend for miles around, and she can see for miles around from her perch atop a mountain with breathtaking views.

    Over a cup of tea, Carla tells me that her grandfather raised sheep but after losing an entire flock in a heavy May snowstorm, he moved to Santa Fe. Carla’s father was born in Galisteo and her mother in Los Luceros. Carla was raised in Santa Fe.

  • Congress must begin an impeachment inquiry

    Donald Trump is no longer just a persistent object of national shame and revulsion. He has become a threat to the Constitution and the rule of law ­— and the question before the House, quite literally, is what to do about him.

  • ‘Mixing it up’

    As was my passion, I loved rounding up boys (and some girls) from our Railroad-Grand-Pecos-Commerce neighborhood during summer afternoons, to “mix it up” with children our age.

  • Celebrating our Spanish-language music

    By Miranda Cisneros Awata

  • Defining the quirks of your life

    “Quirk” is a funny word. It is probably not a word you use very often. I find myself recently using the word more and more when I say to others, “that is just one of many quirks I have; thank you for accepting it.”

    So I got curious and looked the word “quirk” up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary to see what was there. As a noun its meaning is “a peculiarity of action or behavior” or “idiosyncrasy.” It is also defined as “a curve, turn, or twist.”

  • Better laws come from tested results

    All across the country, states are moving to legalize cannabis. So far, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form.

    Ten states and the District of Columbia allow adult recreational use, and another 14 states, including New Mexico, have now passed laws decriminalizing marijuana possession.

    During this year’s legislative session, hundreds of citizens came to voice their opinions regarding the next logical step, the legalization of recreational cannabis in New Mexico.