• Just a Thought - If you are a fisherman, go fishing!

    By Rick Kraft

    What have you been called to do in your life? Do you have a calling? I believe the correct answer to this question is “yes!”

    Each of us has a calling. If you are operating within your calling, as a general rule you look forward to what you do each day. If you are operating outside your calling, your typical day is a bad experience! If your life is satisfying and fulfilling, you may well be living within your calling.

  • Another Perspective: On racism, sin and ignorance

    By John Geffroy

    I agree with Rick Kraft that discussion of race-related issues is uncomfortable, and necessarily embroils us in controversy (“We are missing the entire racial issue,” Sept. 13), and I found the long quote he provided from a Facebook post by football player Ben Watson touching and illuminating.

  • Think New Mexico’s latest brilliant brainstorm

    It should be no surprise to any of my regular readers that I’m a big fan of Think New Mexico. It’s important to our state to have a nonpartisan think tank researching quality-of-life issues and pushing for changes, especially in the legislature, that benefit all New Mexicans instead of a self-interested few. Plus, it has a track record for actually getting things done, which is a much better alternative to the noise that typically comes out of partisan rhetoric.

  • A work of Art: Avoid that huge pothole

    A sizeable pothole near a crosswalk at the Behavioral Health Institute is large enough to cause serious damage. The hole is about 15 by 15 inches, but the worrisome aspect of the hole is its depth, possibly four inches.

  • Another Perspective: Letting the countryside dwindle away

    By Richard Lindeborg

    Who does this describe? [Our] “heart and soul is being ripped out. We have allowed the rural counties to wither away into poverty and neglect, with few local services left. In small towns across the country, police stations, post offices, banks, and libraries have closed. Local groceries, which have no hope of competing with major supermarkets . . . have gone out of business.

  • Just a Thought - Happiness, joy, discontentment and money

    By Rick Kraft

    What makes you happy?  What robs you of your joy?  What makes you discontent? What are you a slave to?  Let me address these questions and in particular connect them to money.

    I enjoy listening to sermons on my ipod from several pastors across the country. My favorite pastor to listen to is Dr. Andy Stanley of North Point Church, north of Atlanta, Ga. It is possible that I have heard every one of his sermons for the past 15 years.       

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Fall is falling behind this year

    I discovered predictions, particularly about weather forecasting rarely come true. Yes, we have had no measurable rain (or snow) in September. Way back in the old days we often had a measurable snow storm around Labor Day Weekend. And now we are supposed to have El Niño coming our way. I wonder if it actually will show up as winter approaches.

  • ‘Watchman’ highlights ‘gradualism’

    Earlier this year, I wrote about the latest manuscript written by Harper Lee, author of the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” saying I was both excited and anxious about reading “Go Set a Watchman” since one of the central characters, Atticus Finch, reminded me of my own father.

    I wasn’t too excited about tarnishing the heroic deeds of either man, but I knew I’d feel compelled to read the book anyway. And now I have.

  • A Work of Art: Things we knew as kids

    This will be an audience-participation-type column in which readers will be invited to submit some of their own comments on how things used to be (and maybe still are).
    The inspiration came from a web site that lists a number of things we were taught as children, things that were probably explained to us by our parents, who heard the same things from our grandparents, who in turn . . .

  • Palabras Pintorescas: A brief lesson on Cow Culture 101

    It has taken a while, but our mountains have finally fallen into fall. Most of the aspen are still green, but every day is still a changing color day here now. Question is, will that predicted and so needed winter snowstorm actually develop and fill our high mountain peak full of snow again?

    That is so necessary to fill our depleting water reservoirs, known as aquifers.