McGee: Roomate was right about computers

Have you ever heard about something new and thought, “Pshaw, that won’t be around long.” I got to thinking about this while I was at a rummage sale over in Earth, Texas. There amongst the books for a dime or a quarter was a thick, yellowed volume labeled “FORTRAN.” It was a textbook about the [...]

Cling to the Lord during storms of life

I heard a mocking bird the other day. I thought the mocking bird would blow away the windstorm raged so hard. During the lulls of the storm I heard the mockingbird singing as if nothing surrounded him. He could have been blown away. He could have found a safe place but he stood his ground [...]

My turn: Plenty to do over weekend

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I heard a lot of positive things about last weekend’s Peanut Valley Festival. Sadly, I was out of town for the 10th birthday and fourth birthday celebration of two special children. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching children ranging from 2 to 4 years old amped up on sugar. The time with my nieces and [...]

Meetings watch: Board of Trustees of Roosevelt General Hospital

At the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting Tuesday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital, board members heard the following: • Eva Stevens, chief financial officer, reported on the financial statements and balance sheet for September 2011. September revenues were above average and profitable. Total revenue for the month [...]

My turn: Zingers telling of today’s culture

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I could write about comments I heard on TV that Texas governor Rick Perry is a “brunette Bush” or “Bush on steroids” or, to add my own biased commentary, Obama is a brunette “Bill Clinton.” While our country spirals into more debt and cultural decline, I’m taking on a deeper issue, “zingers.” “Of Thee I [...]

U.S. credit downgrade long overdue

I heard it reported that Timothy Geithner, the treasury secretary of the U.S., said that Standard & Poor’s made a terrible decision when it downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating. He claimed this showed that S&P didn’t understand the math that is used to figure the U.S. government’s budget. Yeah, I don’t understand the fantasy [...]

Military mama: Soothing children’s fears part of parental duties

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There are so many times in life that I wish that I were more eloquent and far faster on the trigger when it comes to answering tricky questions. I never thought that I would be stumped long before the birds and the bees need be addressed.

Real cowboys don’t curse

I never heard a swear word come out of my father’s, or my husband’s mouth. Both were what modern “dress-up” cowboys consider anachronisms — REAL cowboys. I suspect they might have cursed now and then when they were in a wreck out among the junipers and cactus — and no human females were around to [...]

Rooting through family tree facinating

Family trees can be a fascinating thing, when you really stop to climb them. Being a bit too ADHD to spend the requisite hours on computer, I have generally allowed others to do the researching. I’ve heard a slight flurry of interest due to the Royal Wedding — perhaps from people who wondered if they [...]

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 [...]