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Columns

  • A bit of a musical treat

    Far be it from me to consider myself musical. It’s true that I took piano lessons in my 30’s, but not much grew out of that, despite my teacher, Ann Mishler’s encouragement and keeping her fingers crossed.

    A few years ago, a neighbor knocked on my door on a hot afternoon, like this one. He wanted to join us, he explained, because he was curious about what our gathering was about. We had decided on a wholesale washing of cars.

  • There is something special about a mother

    By Rick Kraft

    There is just something special about mothers that is hard to fully explain.

    It involves emotions and generally gratitude for the sacrifices they make. I learned to appreciate my mother more when I first-hand experienced the birth and raising of my children. My mother invested so much of her life in me and my sisters and brother.

  • In my mother's mirror

    By Beth Urech

    I was with my mother when she took her very last breath. It was fitting; she was with me when I took my first.

  • Digging in and taking root

    TOM’S NOTE: On May 6, 2013, Tom McDonald launched the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as well as his “Dispatch New Mexico” column — both of which are still being produced five years later. The following is the first column McDonald wrote for CNEx.

    Once there was a man (actually, he was me) who couldn’t seem to settle down.

  • Care for 'raw menudo'?

    Call me picky and fussy. I pity anyone who would ever be in a position to cook for me.

    Yes, my wife, Bonnie, does, but through the years I've trained her. She doesn't like it either, so that's half the battle.

    And what is that "it" that she also doesn't like? Read on.

  • Judging you, judging me, judging others

    By Rick Kraft

    “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Words of wisdom from Mother Teresa. Which is more important in our lives, judging others or loving them?

    In our lives, we spend a lot of time judging others. It happens daily, even hourly. There are two critical things to understand about judging others: We judge from our own personal framework and we often don’t have all the information about the person we are judging.

  • Never break a prom date

    Ah! Spring is the time when a young man’s fancy — and an old man’s plain.

    True, that’s a slight distortion of the old saying, the last part having to do with “thoughts of love.”

    But forgive the looseness of my rendering of that quote as we delve into the prom fever that’s on many people’s minds during this time of rising temperature (but still precious little rain).

  • Raising two people up with one act

    It’s been a difficult day. Nothing seems to have gone right. The day started bad and then got worse.

    It’s late in the day and you are just trying to hold on to make it to the end. You’re walking down the hall and out of the blue someone says, “Hey, I like your outfit!” You stop and think, “What did they say?”

  • Restoring the Gallinas is a mutli-faceted task

    You’ve likely heard about the work the City is doing to renovate Bradner Reservoir, and the upcoming renovation of Peterson reservoir, but there are some really exciting water storage projects that we haven’t been talking about.

    The city has been collaborating with the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance to restore the health of sections of the Gallinas River floodplain. Such work was recently completed on city property near the Placitas Fire Station, and will soon commence on the Gallinas River Park running  from Bridge to Independence Streets.

  • A major victory for forest communities

    By Sen. Martin Heinrich

    Many of us in New Mexico are fortunate to have a national forest right outside our backyard. We rely on these forests for drinking water and firewood, to fill our freezers, and to support our outdoor recreation economy.

    However, as temperatures heat up and we enter fire season after a particularly dry winter, we are also acutely aware that some of our forests are still recovering from historic wildfires and that all of them face imminent threats of destructive fires. We know the weight of the loss these disasters carry.