• Hope, and a few news expectations, for the new year

    The new year is a time for hope. We want to believe in a better year ahead, so we celebrate the possibilities.

  • Break that and ‘yule’ be sorry

    Is tinkering with things until they begin to work, or even refuse to operate, something that addicts all youngsters?

    I ask this from personal experience. You see, my late dad, J.D., liked to tinker, and not only with Tinker Toys. Remember them?

  • As we begin another trip around the sun

    A new year is about to arrive. It is that time of the year when we accidently write “2018” and then have to figure out how to make the “8” into a “9” so it is correct. Old habits die hard. It will take a while, but we’ll all eventually get there.

  • In with the new

    As 2019 careens around the corner, my countdown has started.  I am literally tossing out the old to await the new.

    When we sold our loft in Chicago in July, we moved everything that we couldn’t sell or give away to our little bungalow, and may I stress “little.” We chose “Easy Out, Easy In Movers” because they were cheap and unreliable.

  • Remarkable year for LCC and why we look forward to 2019

    For many, this time of the year prompts much reflection on the reasons to be thankful — the challenges overcome throughout the last 12 months, and goals we hope to accomplish in the New Year.

  • A ‘people’s history’ shines through the year

    Could it be that Time magazine is abandoning the “great man” perspective on history, one in which larger-than-life individuals shape world events, for a “people’s history” narrative in which common people have the greater impact?

    That would explain why the magazine has chosen a group of people, rather than individuals, as its “Person of the Year” for three of the last five years.

  • Twelve days — and then some

    Well, the U.S. Postal Service drivers, along with UPS, FedEx and other carriers certainly have been busy, at least in the Camp Luna area, where we live.

    While my wife took an almost-two-week trip, to visit the Holy Land, lots of things have arrived.

  • Memories are much better than gifts

    In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read somewhere that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I’d be surprised if it’s anywhere close to the money we Americans spend for the yuletide.

    Perhaps that makes me a little out of the ordinary, because I don’t remember much about the Christmas presents I’ve acquired in years past. Instead, I recall the experiences, and I’ll bet that’s true for a lot of you, too.

  • I’m as excited as a child on Christmas morning

    In my day-to-day life, when I talk about someone who is so excited he can hardly stand it, I often say, “He is as excited as a child on Christmas morning.” Is there anything more exciting to a child than Christmas morning?

  • La Marcha de Bataan

    I am troubled by New Mexico Highlands University’s decision to support kneeling for our national anthem.