Real spirit of Christmas easy to catch

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist During this time of year, it’s so easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. It’s also not that hard to rediscover it. I remember one Christmas, when I lived in Abilene, Texas, and my daughter Laura wanted a Barber Shop Cash Register. I called Wal-Mart Supercenter. They […]

Old laws in need of new analysis

During a period of deep reflection and painstaking research, which basically involved sitting in an easy chair and playing computer poker while grasping for a column idea, I had an epiphany. It is this. I have a lot of things to be thankful for this season, but none more reassuring than the news my epistemic […]

Their view: College has become too easy for students

Walter E. Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University, writes about the problem with colleges today. He writes for Creators Syndicate.

Singing easy in theory

I like to sing, but surprise me in the shower or rip the headphones from my ears and sometimes it’s not all that pretty. My elementary school teacher, Mrs. Brazzell, tried, bless her heart, but music theory and actual skills never did stick with me. If you handed me a flute-o-phone I still couldn’t play […]

Responsibility compliment to liberty

My mother was a homemaker. She made every old ranch house we lived in a comfortable home, which usually was not easy. She also was a neatness freak. Dishes were washed immediately after each meal — no waiting till later allowed. This was before automatic dishwashers, understand. Also, all beds were made first thing after […]

Tractors bring back memories

It was a sound I heard when I was young but rarely hear today. Listening to the old two-cylinder tractors at the N.M. Ag Expo this week it was easy to remember the sight of an old farmer on a Poppin’ Johnny tractor, plowing two to four rows and remembering the smell of fresh turned […]

Predicting future easy, being right harder

We humans wonder about the future — ours and everyone else’s. The hunger for a glimpse of what might/possibly/probably happen sends people to all kinds of prognosticators. Those eager to attempt answers to questions about the future have been around for a gazillion years. Fortune tellers with crystal balls, palm readers and numerous other “advisers” […]

Freedom must be balanced with responsibility

My mother was a homemaker. She made every old ranch house we lived in a comfortable home, which usually was not easy. She also was a neatness freak. Dishes were washed immediately after each meal — no waiting till later allowed. This was before automatic dishwashers, understand. Also, all beds were made first thing after […]

My turn: Rice recipe good, easy

Who’s for pork and rice? Clovis News Journal Classified Advertising Manager Leslie Nagy passed along a recipe she remembers her mother making when she was a girl. “As a kid, this was always a ‘feel good’ food,” Leslie said in an e-mail. “As an adult, it is the only kind of rice my 17-year-old daughter […]

My Turn: Chicken dish tasty, easy

Argen Duncan I recently discovered an Italian-style chicken dish that’s both a little different and a little familiar. Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers provided the recipe in the book from her Christmas program this year. She gave me permission to reprint it. The dish is easy to make and tasty, with some ingredients […]