My turn: Nature opens up my eyes to life

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Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

My turn: Must find out what happened to office fish

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About three weeks ago, I had a week where everything that could go wrong was going wrong. My coworkers saw me frustrated more than once and may have seen me expressing it at times. With my well-known love for toys, Victoria Garrett acted as morale booster and gave me a small grow-your-own fish tank. This […]

Pleasant words restore the soul

I read a fable about a man who was near death and he wanted to make everything right before he died. He went to the king and asked what he must do. The king told him to put a big bag of goose feathers at the doorstep of everyone he had ever harmed with words. […]

Letter to the editor: Tax cuts only add to federal debt

Tax cuts only add to federal debt How outrageous conservatives are. They stood on principal refusing to negotiate on raising the debt ceiling, wanting the nation to default on its debt in the name of reducing entitlements while preserving the status quo for the wealthy and corporations. Now that the predicted has happened and our […]

Building Resilience: Crafting your child’s character

McClatchy-Tribune Don’t spoil your children. How we’d love to give our children everything they want_they’re so darned cute! But adults who expect everything instantly and on their terms, who feel that they’re entitled to anything they desire, are not so cute _ may I say detestable? Here are some thoughts to consider. — Don’t worry […]

Animals contain surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

Sometimes food bites back

Sharna Johnson Hunger and need change everything — even those rules we believe to be black and white. It’s a thought I arrived at this week while talking with a friend. “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you, you’re mean,” he said jokingly. He proceeded to point out he was struck by the thought […]

Hounds start practice

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Kevin Wilson The heat was about the only thing Mark Ribaudo would have changed about Saturday. The Eastern New Mexico University coach was happy with just about everything else that transpired during the two-and-a-half hours of practice to lead off the upcoming football campaign, which will be his sixth as head coach. “The older guys […]

Portales man aids in rescue of family during flood

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Argen Duncan A family with ties to Portales lost almost everything they owned in a flash flood, but the father rescued a 2-year-old girl as disaster struck New Braunfels, Texas. Harlan Carroll, a construction superintendent and road grader operator, and his family were visiting New Braunfels for a vacation and business trip and staying in […]