Power naps have a purpose

By Helena Rodriguez My one and only nephew, Bobby Stoppel of Albuquerque, introduced me to a phrase called “power napping” when he visited recently. I’d never heard of a “power nap,” but since it came from Bobby, I figured it was a cool new concept sweeping America by storm like Krispy Kreme donuts and reality […]

Great mystery is just good business

By Kevin Wilson Two. Six. That’s me on Saturday, 26 years old. This might not be the time to spout off about a midlife crisis, but it’s pretty daunting to realize that a full quarter-century is about to take place, and I have yet to A) write the Great American Novel, B) cure cancer or […]

It’s important to have pride and plants

By Jim Lee Plants hate me. When I watch those leaves, buds, and stalks (in other people’s yards) bobbing and swaying in the breeze and those emerging blossoms basking in the Portales sunshine, I see much more than meets the eyeball. Yes, I know what they’re doing. I can see through all that supposedly innocent […]

Pimpernels fought the good fight

By Bob Huber When the Freedom of Information Act brought to light World War II super heroes known covertly as the Scarlet Pimpernels, it exposed a dark world of espionage, bravery, and thankless hardship. The group’s name was derived from a movie by the same name staring Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon, which played one […]

Mother’s Day can be for children too

By Helena Rodriguez Mother’s Day is a time to tell our mother’s how much we love them. I love you, Mom. But how many of us mothers take time to show our children how much they have blessed our lives as well? Because of them, we have the greatest job descriptions on Earth that no […]

Beginning of May marks end of Cold War

By Jim Lee Saturday was a holiday of sorts, I suppose. Do kids still do the Maypole thing? I remember as a child in elementary school (yes, there were schools back then) we were supposed to grab the ends of long ribbons (crepe paper?) and dance around a pole. Now there’s the thrill of a […]

It’s time to revisit May traditions

By Bob Huber I don’t go a-Maying anymore, nor do I bring home the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort. But now that I’m officially seniored, I’ve thought about returning to that celebration, because there’s bound to be some good in it. But what I really like to do nowadays is celebrate birthdays that […]

Cinco de Mayo needs no justification

By Helena Rodriguez According to late night TV show host Jay Leno, “St. Patrick’s Day is the Cinco de Mayo for white people.” That had me laughing, but also nodding in agreement when Leno said this on TV in March. I just have to mention it now as we prepare for a big Cinco de […]

Snipe hunting only needs to be enjoyed once

By Bob Huber If you’re thinking about a final spring adventure before the advent of summer reruns, zealots of the great outdoors will be happy to introduce you to snipe hunting. You probably deserve it. Snipe hunting is a traditional American exploit, ranked high on the all-time list of Things You Do Only Once in […]

It’s time to get into the swing of spring

By Jim Lee This month is about ready to bite the dust after some much-needed April showers, and winter has probably gone to sleep for a few months. All things considered, this is a great time of year. I have always enjoyed spring. Once we get into the swing of the season, we should really […]