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 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 20, 2018

No miracles here, just perception

Arriving home and sinking into my easy chair, I questioned my wife as to what she heard on the audio clip on social media. She didn’t seem to know what I was talking about so I asked if she heard... Full story

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 13, 2018

If you're not a columnist, keep it professional

A good friend and newspaper reporter/editor always used to drill the people he trained not to write the way they talk. He probably could have applied it to me when I first started writing...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 6, 2018

Never knew antique shopping was so fun

I never saw myself antique shopping on vacation but after a recent close encounter in an antique store that might change. I like watching the show American Pickers on television. They always educate...

 

Weed or wildflower in eye of beholder

Having lived in a town where the dandelion was celebrated with its own festival, I understand that lots of folks can be misdirected about what exactly is a weed and what is a wildflower. On a recent...

 

Minimalism isn't good sometimes

I think I could make people believe I’m a minimalist if I can keep them from looking in my closet or garage. I think my life seemed to part with minimalism about the time I got married. I had...

 

Legacy worthy of wall

It was in a closet, seconds after the plea to “take this stuff off my hands,” was issued. The piercing eyes met mine and I said Geronimo’s going home with me. I’m not too sure my friend was...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    April 8, 2018

Hole story took me back to childhood

After reading the story I just began referring to him as Prairie Dog Man. I’m talking about the guy living in the hole he dug on a vacant lot in Clovis. This guy was living out my dream, if not my...

 

Going to show with friends was fun

The Ambassadors in Portales have been onto a good thing for several years now — movie nights for kids. Not long after the audio/visual equipment was installed in the historic Yam Theatre the group...

 

History an important part of life

One of the most important things I’ve ever received was a set of cassette tapes of my paternal grandmother talking about her family history. I sure wish I had my other three grandparents on tape as...

 

Tooth fairy payout lost 11 percent

I’m not sure if it’s inattention, bad hearing or fake news, but what my wife and I thought we heard on a popular morning show turns out to be wrong. We heard the average price that the tooth...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    March 4, 2018

Today's kids have no real world lives

I’m getting weary of all the chatter over school shootings. You probably are as well, but indulge me. First of all, know that I am greatly saddened by the loss of life and I appreciate the fear and...

 

Different roads offer adventure

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference — Robert Frost I like the work of Robert Frost. I can’t say that I’ve studied it...

 

Enchiladas the best in these parts

I’m pretty sure the first time I ever ate out anywhere that wasn’t a drive-in or a truck stop it was enchiladas at El Monterrey in Clovis. We didn’t have too many fancy restaurants in Portales...

 

Flu mask provides added perk

When I turned toward the noise it was a big guy in a mask and he didn’t look happy. Fortunately he didn’t have a knife or gun on him so I queried him as to his identity. When I asked he quickly...

 

Boycott the Bowl? Likely not

Will NFL viewership continue its decline during today’s Super Bowl or will we break the downward spiral by all tuning in to yell against Tom Brady? I get it; your main reason for watching the Super...

 

Old hat may be done for

About 25 years ago I was browsing the aisles of a Montrose, Colorado, store that sold sporting goods and western wear when I found myself in the hat aisles. I decided right then a felt hat might be...

 

Winter's been shockingly dry this year

It's been a really dry winter. How dry has it been, you ask? I don't want to alarm anyone, but they’re having trouble keeping the pond at Oasis State Park. The coyotes and lizards are drinking the...

 

Gone is era of landline phones

An era came to an end in the Terry household last week. Actually it died a good while ago we; just hadn’t buried it. That’s right, we pulled the plug on our landline phone last week. I know we...

 

Contemplating life without a real oven

Is there a new countertop appliance in your kitchen after Christmas? Chances are there are a lot of you trying to figure out what’s going to give way on your counter to make room for that new...

 

Blessings, Christmas peace to you all

Earlier this month I found myself in a spirited debate with my preacher about what time of year it was when the birth of Jesus actually occurred. I opted for the late winter early springtime version...

 

Rudolph changed Christmas forever

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall the most famous novelty Christmas song of all? I love novelty Christmas songs from Elmo and...

 

Mom always had a remedy for what ailed you

I’ve got to admit I’ve never been too regular about getting my flu shot every year. I’m not too sure why I picked a year to get it when some say the vaccine is only 10 percent effective. I’m...

 

Christmas, cool; decorating, not so much

Christmas would be really cool, except for all the decorations that come along with the season. There’s the tree, the nativity scenes the Christmas knick-knacks, stockings, wreaths, the office...

 

Thankful for blessings great and small

On a long weekend set aside to give thanks, it’s definitely a good time to take stock of my blessings. I’m thankful always for my loving wife of 35 years. She loves me in spite of all my faults, p...

 

Prairie dugouts weren't pretty, but got job done

Frontier prairie architecture wasn’t too elegant but it was extremely functional. As I ushered a group of mostly neophyte plainsmen into a replica half-dugout dwelling this week, it was easy for...

 

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