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 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 9, 2017

Learned to swim and then some in arid desert

Growing up in arid eastern New Mexico, it’s a wonder I ever learned to swim — but I did. I even learned to SCUBA dive in Portales. We didn’t get to the city swimming pool too much until I moved...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 2, 2017

Best wishes on your next chapter, Dr. Gamble

Lean and lanky, half scarecrow and half history professor, at times it was hard to convince folks who didn’t know him, that unassuming man on campus was actually the university president. Never mind...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 25, 2017

Food joints natural fit for technology

Ordering your food in our techno age is changing pretty rapidly. Some of it’s good, some of it not so good. Some of the first to get into the act were pizza joints. They thrive on delivery and call-...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 11, 2017

Marriage has been a blessing

I’ve been a very blessed man for the last 35 years. That blessing began on June 12, 1982, when I got married to the most wonderful woman in the world. This week we’ll celebrate a love that has...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 4, 2017

Breaking in a glove takes a lot of sitting time

True fans of baseball will tell you it’s a rite of passage — breaking in your first baseball glove. It was a big deal when I was a kid. The glove I tried out for Pee Wee League baseball in...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 28, 2017

Summer bike hikes great part of my youth

The start of summer was a great time in my youth. It meant lots of baseball, both organized and sandlot, and bicycling everywhere. Before we moved to town our summer bike riding included what we refer...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 21, 2017

RoboMaid more entertaining than helpful

A robot vacuum sounded like a good idea. ‘The Jetsons’ had Rosie and recently we had friends who said they loved their new Roomba. Why not? When I located one on sale I couldn’t resist. It...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 14, 2017

Had some trouble around treehouse a time or two

My mother allowed us to build our own tree house. Knowing the limited extent of my engineering and building skills today, that seems like a really bad choice she made. But with two-by-fours, plywood,...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 7, 2017

Dogs can't help close encounters with nature

As I peered up through the branches inside the canopy of my Blue Spruce tree, I almost jumped backward as I saw the body of a large feline perched high on a branch. For a second there I thought I was...

 

Spring weather's crazy at 4,000 feet

Let’s see ... let me check my calendar. Yes, it is spring. You just can’t judge it by the weather. One of the area weathermen has taken to calling what we’ve experienced lately “whiplash...

 

Smart computers still have a way to go

“Siri, why did the chicken cross the road?” “What’s up with humans and their obsession with chickens and woodchucks.” That’s right, that is the smart-alec response I get from the personal...

 

Jack the Easter Rabbit: A hare-raising tale

It was a lazy April Saturday and Jack the Easter Rabbit had slept in that morning. Jack was in charge eastern New Mexico district in the Southwest area of the EBAA (Easter Bunny Association of...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    April 9, 2017

Be sure pet name passes holler test

I’ve heard it said before, when you name a pet you should close your eyes and envision standing on your front porch hollering that name at the top of your lungs as all your neighbors stop what...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    April 2, 2017

Making up for good year with cold bug

Curing the common cold. It’s a deal no one has ever been able to close on. Consequently, billions of us get two to four colds a year. We’ve learned how to immunize against many diseases including...

 

Covering tornado a highlight of newspaper career

The initial tornado watches and warnings 10 years ago were somehow different. I had the day off that Friday and would be working Saturday night at the newspaper so my wife and I had gone to the store...

 

Driverless cars may come sooner than you think

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up I really figured that one day that Jetson car that George commuted to work in every day would one day be reality. It might not fly, but we may not b...

 

Life's too fast for sleep

When I read the news story about them I had an almost immediate old fart reaction. Sleep pods at school — come on man. Are you kidding me? It’s true. The Las Cruces school district has these...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    March 5, 2017

Roosevelt County ready for alien landing

Leaving or coming back into Portales in the dark is a little bit out of this world these days. It feels like you’re in some sort of futuristic or sci-fi movie as you pass through the dark prairie...

 

Hats off to gamer wardens, their profession

Recently, as I fought off the urge to take a nap in the sun in between half-hearted bites on my fishing line, I wondered why I hadn’t seen a game warden. It was at a local fishing hole where lots...

 

YouTube pouring song about rain

Did you enjoy the rain last week? I got over an inch at my house and, with more in the forecast for the day this column comes out, I had a little time to reflect on rain, gaze into a puddle and see...

 

Crowd surprises with a cappella 'Star Spangled Banner'

I doubted that it could happen in this day and age, but I was wrong. I wasn’t even sure that a crowd at a high school basketball game could get it together and sing the “Star Spangled Banner”...

 

I need to have a talk with Phil

Six more weeks of winter — I think not. Groundhog Day was last week and I’m starting to put this prognostication holiday together. I’ve found that if you predict a Super Bowl will be held the...

 

I've had angels on board a time or two

Traveling the highways and byways of the country by automobile is much less challenging than it was back in the time of the Model-T, but it can still get pretty interesting pretty quickly. A good...

 

It's mouse hunting season in the country

As the dawn was breaking over the kitchen windowsill, I reached into the shadows for the first trap in my trap line. Sure enough, I had my first plew in what was to be a long season. If you’ve ever...

 

Peace, happiness found in countryside sunrise

I’ve never had a problem getting out and into the field before sunrise. Something about watching a sunrise in the countryside helps you find your reset button. When I was a teen and preteen just...

 

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