• Dead Sea Scrolls a must-see

    Here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back more than 2,000 years.

    The scrolls have been dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation.

  • It takes so little to be ‘above average’

    You know good customer service when you see it. I know you do. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a person with education degrees or years of experience to figure this one out.

    You are qualified — right now — to determine the level of customer service.

    There are places you exit from and you say to yourself, “Boy, they did a good job of serving me.” It may be a restaurant, a store, or another business, but when you leave you may feel like you were a very important person or that your presence really didn’t matter.

  • To improve our schools, spend more in classroom

    While the recent Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico decision has understandably received intense interest for its landmark ruling that New Mexico’s public schools are not adequately funded, there has been less attention on another, equally important aspect of the ruling.

    That aspect is the finding that more money will only make a difference for students if it is spent in the classroom. 

  • Straight-party voting stirs up partisanship

    If ever there were an election-year cycle tailor-made for the Democrats in New Mexico, it would be this year.

    The Dems have an excellent shot at taking back the governor’s seat and a decent chance to steal away New Mexico’s only Republican-held congressional seat. Moreover, it’s likely the Dems will retain their majorities in both the state House and Senate and could potentially win every statewide position on the ballot this year.

  • Dead Sea Scrolls fascinate

    Several decades ago, I met a neighbor, a slightly older man, who had studied to become a Trappist monk and spent years  in study, prayer, fasting and living the simple life.

    My friend, Frank, left the monastery after a few years, deciding it wasn’t the life for him, but I was intrigued, nevertheless.

    As I look back, I wonder whether I would have lasted as a Trappist. At the time, in my early teens, I considered life as a monk. To me, monks were men who contemplated, followed  scholarly pursuits, prayed and sought union with God.

  • The danger of stereotyping others

    By Rick Kraft

    Most of our individual makeups are not exclusively black or white. When it comes to our personal beliefs on significant issues we do have some extreme blacks and whites, but mostly we live in a world of grays. Regardless, we are quick to stereotype others, yet don’t like to be stereotyped ourselves.

  • Johnson creates a race against Heinrich

    The former Republican governor of New Mexico ran for president twice as a Libertarian, the second time delivering the most votes ever — over 4 million, or about 3 percent of the popular vote — for his adopted party.

    His tallies didn’t really have a discernable impact on the 2016 presidential election, but he did gain a toehold for a third party on the national stage.

    Now he’s trying to blaze a new trail, as the first Libertarian to be elected to the U.S. Senate. He running to unseat New Mexico’s own Martin Heinrich this November.

  • It’s para-thyroid-doxical

    Is it possible? Is it merely a coincidence that soon after extolling the wonders of green chile (remember: we always end the word with an “e”), the stuff has come back to haunt me.

    Let me explain: Until I came close to my current age, in the 70s, I believed my tummy was ironclad. A belch or two after a meal of green chile I assumed  was merely a mark of good manners. My wife, and before that, my mom, disabused me of that belief and convinced me the eructation after a meal was far from a demonstration of good manners or appreciation of good food.

  • Living through the gift of reading

    The month of August flies by and I note the hummingbirds are now on their way back to the south and warmer climates for the winter. The two cups of nectar I just mixed up and poured into their feeders won’t last long, even with the multitude of high mountain flowers blooming here now. Wow! They surely are tough tiny birds.

    My parents taught sweet brother Bill and me to do more than just goof off or dream our summer away. We were expected to read magazines and books, or course. This was before television days — back in the 1940s, no less.

  • Passing wisdom to the next generation

    “You just don’t understand!” Have you ever heard these words? Have you ever said these words?

    They arise out of a situation where one person is trying to get a predetermined response from another, but is failing to win the other person over. Typically, the person speaking is trying to explain why the other person has a wrong view of the issue being discussed.

    Another way of saying this is the person using this phrase is sharing a world view from his or her life and is not getting the support desired from another.