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  • Stay in your own lane and strive to excel

    I heard a talk by author and motivational speaker John Maxwell who shared that you need to spend as much time as you can in your gift zone, using the gift set you’ve been given as often as you can. If you’re operating within your gift zone then you should be living life with confidence, knowing you’re able to impact others with the blessings programmed into you.

  • Same-day and auto-registration are win-wins

    Marg Elliston

    I’m no stranger to the Roundhouse. For many years I’ve made the trip — sometimes through rain and snow, from my home in Corrales to Santa Fe. I’ve seen the building and the people in it change. Today’s Roundhouse looks a lot more like New Mexico than it did the first time I visited.

  • What if you had only one more day?

    What if you were told you had one more day to live. How would you spend that day? Would you be up at the crack of dawn enjoying the sunrise, hanging out with your kids, looking through photo albums of your life and then enjoying your favorite meal surrounded by your loved ones?

  • New Mexico on the cusp of some big changes

    Depending on your political bend, this was either the best or the worst state legislative session in a long, long time.

    According to nmlegis.gov, the New Mexico Legislature’s website, there were 477 bills, memorials and resolutions passed during the 60-day session that ended earlier this month, which is actually down from the 507 bills passed in 2017, the previous 60-day session.

  • That’ll learn me

    It started when our then-8-year-old granddaughter, Celina, tried to call her parents from a house in Lohman, Mo., a suburb of Jefferson City.
    Her grandaunt, Kay, offered to let Celina call her mother, Connie, back in Las Vegas.

    What Celina hadn’t counted on was the means by which she would need to make the call.

    You see, Kay’s phone was the kind we used to see in old movies: a long cord with an earpiece at the end, and a mouthpiece firmly attached to the base, which hung on the wall and must have weighed 50 pounds.

  • Lord, at the end of my days, let me be spent

    On the day that my body is lowered into its grave, I want my life to be completely spent. I don’t want a single person to point at me and say “that man died without using all of his potential.”

    I intend to live my life every day until I die. I intend to grow every day of my life until I die. And when my life is through, I want to die. No sooner and no later. I want to cross my finish line and know that I have given all I have. I don’t want to have another mile left in me.

  • Listen to the Gallinas River Riffle

    Our Gallinas River is now meandering and burbling. When you stroll alongside, you’ll hear the water riffling. Isn’t that a lovely word?

    It’s from Old French and means to scratch or groove. Specifically, riffles are shallow formations in a flowing channel with specific topographic, sedimentary and hydraulic features.

    Now our river is rife with rippling riffles. Oh, do indulge me the alliteration and onomatopoeia.

  • Trump threatens to weaken Medicare Part D

    Medicare faces numerous threats in 2019. It’s time for lawmakers and healthcare advocates to attack these challenges head-on.

    One threat stems from the Trump administration, which has suggested weakening the so-called protected classes provision in Medicare “Part D.”

  • Americans and their vices

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This column originally ran in September 2015. It has been updated to reflect more recent data.

    Today’s topic is sin. I’ll try not to get preachy about it.

  • The crowd formed quickly

    Mainly at the request of our offspring and grandkids, my wife and I decided, “What the heck?” we’ll go ahead and have the TV guys provide us with what apparently the rest of Las Vegas enjoys: a variety of TV stations and programs.

    I must resist becoming even more of a couch potato, when I overdose on NBA basketball, especially when the Golden State Warriors play, or the Oakland Raiders run on to the field. Even though there’s a huge availability of programs we have handy, our tastes are extremely limited.