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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...

 

Interesting stories lie behind odd place names

As I drove east past the road sign that read Roundup, Texas, my mind wondered about the name, wandering off into thoughts that it might have something to do with the chemical Roundup. No, it probably...

 

Thanks, veterans, for your service

This coming Friday we “observe” Veterans Day in America. I say observe, because the actual Veterans Day is always Nov. 11. We just need a federal holiday in which the many can forget the few who s...

 

Hobbit feet on beauty queen not pretty

It’s a good thing my wife is a complete beauty queen from the ankles up. If the rest of her was as ugly as her feet I don’t know that our love would have endured. Her feet were not too amazing...

 

Sights, sounds of fall a great show

If you’re not careful, you can miss the sound of fall. I heard it early one morning about a week ago. Carried through the frosty air was the faint yet unmistakable sound of sandhill cranes. I’ve...

 

Reunion fun enough to plan another

It seems 40 years can pass in the blink of an eye or a lifetime or two can occur in the same time. So it seems after reflecting on my recent class reunion. The biggest difference this reunion over pre...

 

When rain will stop, who knows, who cares

I grew up reading the rain reports from around the county in the local newspaper. The editors had the farmers trained to call in their rain totals after a storm and color was added by interviewing a...

 

Caring for fur babies challenging

I don’t have a great memory of exactly how my family came to have the first dog of my life but I’m pretty sure somewhere in the decision was probably a promise from a 5-year-old to “take real go...

 

Domenici was always for the people

In a state where nearly every fiber of our political being has long been partisan, Pete Domenici stayed above it all. I always scratched my head at how such a legendary man, a man who spent 36 years i...

 

I'll hold on to my orange Osweiler jersey

Fate, they say, is fickle. Fate in football can sometimes be fabulously fickle. So it is with the return of quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Denver Bronco’s locker room this week. He’s back...

 

Terry: Pray, however you feel appropriate

The last week or so has been a sad and worrisome time for people in our area. A lot of praying going on — sometimes that’s the best thing we can do. As Harvey strengthened to a hurricane and then...

 

Thanks to many who make county fair happen

County fairs are amazing things from an organizational standpoint. There are so many different cogs, and so much planning goes into doing it right. I’m proud that my hometown fair in Roosevelt Count...

 

Toad chorus a sweet sound after rains

An amphibious landing rivaled only by D-Day is under way at the edge of my driveway. This landing is one of natural amphibians — spade-footed toads to be precise. I say they’re spade-footed toads...

 

Corncobs surprisingly good ammo

About the time I finished my ear of sweet corn the other night I had reached the end of my rope with the little dog cussing us from her perch in the living room, wanting a handout. I offered to take...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 30, 2017

Co-op history makes me proud to be a member

We really take it for granted these days that when we flip the light switch on the room will light up. Same thing when we touch that television remote. And who doesn’t have refrigerated air...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 23, 2017

Cool summer nights were great for kicking cans

Summer nights are special nights when you’re young. Regular school night bedtimes are suspended and the neighborhood gang can regroup after supper and look for even more mischief. Our favorite...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 16, 2017

Writer's block conquered for another week

I guess I was jinxed by the old familiar question this week. I got to talking about writing my column with someone and the inevitable finally came out. “How do you think of something to write about...

 
 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...

 

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