• Travel to Canada, eastern U.S. yields mixture of facts

    BOSTON — ”You’re from New Mexico? How far are you from Mexico City?” I kind of wish that hadn’t been the millionth time I’ve needed to answer that question.

    I’m not necessarily denigrating others’ sketchy knowledge of American geography, merely needing to explain that we’re not very close to that huge metropolis.

  • Why not be the best version of you?

    There is a bumper sticker that reads “THERE ARE TWO THINGS I HATE: CHANGE AND THE WAY THINGS ARE.” Have you ever felt this way? By working on both of these maybe the car owner can slap a new bumper sticker on top of the old one: “THERE ARE TWO THINGS I LOVE: CHANGE AND THE WAY THINGS ARE!”

    Are you the best version of you? If so, congratulations! You don’t need to read his column. Skip it and move on to the next article. But if you have room for improvement, read on.

  • New Mexico doesn’t fall for the red-baiting issues

    Recently a couple of my Arkansas relatives came through town and we took the time to decry the political state of our Union. Mostly we agreed, so everyone survived.

    Talking politics can kill a friendly conversation quickly (unless it’s among like-minded people, then it’s the life of the party), and throw a little religion into the mix and you’ve got a powder keg waiting to explode. But we went there anyway.

  • A study of Personkind

    NORTH ATLANTIC COAST — “The proper study of mankind is man.” Alexander Pope penned these lines in the 1700s. But by today’s mores, this politically incorrect tribute ought to read, “The proper study of personkind is person(s),” I hope you get the message.

  • Speaking blessings on one another

    Okay, just sit back and relax. I know you deserve it. You have had a long week. Wherever you are, whatever lies ahead for your day or week, regardless of what has you anxious or uptight right now, just inhale slowly, exhale gently and relax.

    Clear your mind of your worries and let’s walk a few steps together. And please allow me to speak blessings over you. It is my desire that you receive every blessing possible that you can receive.

  • We Love Paris in the fall

    Cole Porter’s haunting song comes to mind: “I love Paris in the spring time ... I love Paris in the fall.”

    And why? Remember in April in the Plaza Ballroom, Ronald Maltais and Mary Kay Robinson delighted us with flute and piano pieces with French flair. This fall we are in for another sumptuous musical treat.

  • Competition was fierce

    One of my habits  — about which I have mixed feelings — deals with the transfer of money from my person to others’ pockets. I wrote about this at least once before and almost immediately received a churlish email condemning me for making beggars’ situations worse.

    You see, the American way is for people to make their own way, to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, to make hay while the sun shines, and other cliches.

  • It depends on what you are looking for

    “We’re lost, but we are making good time.” We have all been there before. The other extreme is “Stop and smell the roses.” Which category do you fall into the most, racing through life or stopping to enjoy the beauty along the way?

    How often do you miss something in this life because you are running five steps ahead of yourself? I know I do. I wrote this column to myself, but you can read it along with me if you would like to.

  • Countdown to Castañeda Under the Stars

    I hope you are as eager as I am for our exciting weekend at the Castañeda Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, for a Hard Hat Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Harvey Girl will show you the latest improvements at the hotel, and you’ll meet Fred Harvey (aka Bob Mishler). Tickets at $10 may be purchased onsite or online: castanedaunderthestars.com. Some tours will sell out, so I recommend online reservations.

  • 2nd district a battleground for U.S. House takeover

    Presidential midterm elections are typically viewed as a referendum on how Americans view their president midway through their first or second term in office. Midterms have often reconfigured the balance of power in our nation’s capital.

    Remember the first midterm election, in 1994, under Bill Clinton’s reign of presidential power?

    Democrats lost a net 54 seats in the House and eight Senate seats, giving Republicans the majority in both chambers and forcing Clinton to move more toward the center for the remainder of his two terms in office.