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 […]

Christmas proposal memorable

Christmas 1981 was easily the best one ever for me. It was the Christmas that I proposed to my bride. I wanted to ask her that Christmas but every time I thought about it I got the shakes and cold feet. Then one day in early December, while I was back in Portales for the […]

My turn: Decorate with anticipation

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I thought decking my house with Christmas spirit the day after Thanksgiving was perfect timing; not too early, not too late. Recently, though, someone said we rush Christmas enough. They wait until the 12 days before Christmas. Not only is the “Twelve Days of Christmas” significant because of the song, written during a time Christians […]

My turn: ‘Enchantment’ still in area

The battle of the sexes improv show I was in last weekend turned out to be even more fun than I thought it would be. The girls lost, but not by much. I have to say with all of the “women belong at the kitchen sink” jokes coming our way, I think we held our […]

My turn: Language still barrier

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When I was growing up, I thought everyone in Lubbock spoke Spanish. We went to the tienda down the street from my grandparents’ house; they spoke Spanish. At the park; Spanish. The music was Ramon Ayala. At Mass and cursillos (religious retreats) it was pure Spanish, with joyful shouts of “De Colores!” But then we […]

My turn: To be organized is to be lazy

Are you pathetically lazy and sloppy or are you an insanely clean perfectionist? Until recently, I thought being neat was nice. I don’t let dishes sit. I can’t stand unfolded laundry and I despise clutter. But when I taught college level English, I always assigned my students to read an essay, “Neat People vs. Sloppy […]

No sense in badgering prey

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

In search of ponies: Swallows keep pests away

Sharna Johnson I struggled with the thought of knocking it down, but they were working so hard I just didn’t have the heart. Instead, I sat in the front yard and photographed the swallows as they swooped in and out, fluttering under the eave with beaks full of mud. Over several days I watched as […]

Experts predict more heat

Freedom New Mexico If you thought Friday got hot, hold on. There’s more on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Clovis Municipal Airport reported a high temperature of 106 degrees on Friday. The last time the city got near that high was June 24, 1980, when the thermometer hit 104 degrees. Weather service […]

McGee: Antimatter matters

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Last Saturday was supposed to be the beginning of the end of the world, according to a television preacher from California and his followers. I remember another time when some people thought the world as we knew it would come to an end. It was 1997 when some “New Age” […]