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Opinion: Pray more, worry less, don’t look back

Religion columnist I had a dream not long ago. I was an old lady climbing a flight of stairs stretching up to the sky. As I neared the top, I was losing strength. My load was heavy. I wasn’t sure I could make it. Finally, I...

 

Rodriguez: Pray more, worry less

I had a dream not long ago. I was an old lady climbing a flight of stairs stretching up to the sky. As I neared the top, I was losing strength. My load was heavy. I wasn’t sure I...

 

Opinion: An annoyed family is a close family

Local columnist I called my parents on Monday, asking, “Remember that summer when we drove to Albuquerque in the Monte Carlo to see Becky dance? Well ... why did all the other kids go in the bus and we took our own car?” “Uh... Full story

 

Texas bluebonnet has New Mexico connection

I just love Texas bluebonnets, so much so that picking this official state flower of the Lone Star State in Fredericksburg almost got me in trouble with the law once. I shared this... Full story

 

Opinion: Our Lady in Blue, bluebonnets, and the New Mexico connection

Local columnist I just love Texas bluebonnets, so much so that picking this official state flower of the Lone Star State in Fredericksburg almost got me in trouble with the law once. I shared this experience in an old column. The...

 

Rodriguez: On the first day of vacation ...

“Do any Baby Boomers of Generation Xers know who Sister Mary Elephant is?” Here is a hint, “Class. Class! CLASS! SHUT UP!” “Thank you!” I just finished my second full...

 

Rodriguez: Religious history is repeating

Fifteen years ago when Ruben Quezada started writing about “Cristiada,” the Cristero War in Mexico, a little known event which happened in the late 1920s, people said, “That... Full story

 

Rodriguez: Books were my multi-media

This is a continuation of last weeks’ column about being raised in a mostly oral history tradition of the Hispanic culture. We didn’t have many children’s books. But the...

 

Rodriguez: Storytelling part of what made me who I am

This is a continuation of last week’s column on how, rather than my parents reading my sisters and I books as children, we listened to children’s records. However, in writing... Full story

 

Rodriguez: LPs were entertainment of choice

I'm getting to be a little more "I’m not so old" than what I thought I was. Lately, I’ve been thinking back to the good ol’ days, and then a newsflash blinks across my brain....

 

PJHS snack bar lunches good times

When I was going to Portales Junior High School in the early 1980s, we had three options for lunch: Eat in the cafeteria, bring your own lunch or eat in the snack bar. When I ate... Full story

 

Rodriguez: Selena songs best in Spanish

Last Thursday was the 21st anniversary of the death of Tejano music queen Selena and April 16th will be her birthday. She would have been 45 years old this year. Remembering Selena...

 

Rodriguez: Remembering Mother Angelica

“Holiness is not for wimps and the cross is not negotiable, sweetheart. It’s a requirement.” How is that for feisty faith? For spirituality with spunk? These are the words of... Full story

 

Rodriguez: No Good Friday, no Easter

I was telling two of my students recently that we have Good Friday off from school. One of them asked, “What is Good Friday?' I shook my head in disbelief. I know she attends... Full story

 

Helena: Spring: A time of spiritual awakening

I love to watch the motion of water, whether I'm at a pond, lake, river or by the ocean. It makes time stand still. But when I look long enough, I can feel myself moving with the...

 

Rodriguez: St. Patrick's Day gets Hispanic twist

I'm thinking about papas, not papas O'chile con eggs, which I love, but about papas O'Brien, and things Irish, but with a Hispanic twist. Shamrocks have me thinking of cilantro. The...

 

Rodriguez: St. Patrick's Day gets Hispanic twist

I'm thinking about papas, not papas O'chile con eggs, which I love, but about papas O'Brien, and things Irish, but with a Hispanic twist. Shamrocks have me thinking of cilantro. The... Full story

 

Opinion: A look back at the corded days

Local columnist I was trying to remember recently what it was like during my childhood days without cell phones and cordless phones. I remember Portales High School had two phone booths in the hallway. Super Man wasn’t the only... Full story

 

Helena: I survived corded phones

I was trying to remember recently what it was like during my childhood days without cell phones and cordless phones. I remember Portales High School had two phone booths in the... Full story

 

Rodriguez: Let's not overdo the eulogies

I can be a people person at times, but sometimes people are overrated. I’m not being anti-social, but rather, anti-over-eulogizing. I watched the funeral Mass on TV last weekend...

 

Opinion: Students listen more than you think

Local columnist I spotted the yellow sticky note on my laptop. In pencil was scribbled, “It’s all right!” I looked up. There was Roy nodding his head. That was his hip way of telling me everything was all right. I smiled. In...

 

Rodriguez: About time to do the 'Dab'

Opinion I spotted the yellow sticky note on my laptop. In pencil was scribbled, “It’s all ight!” I looked up. There was Roy nodding his head. That was his hip way of telling...

 

Opinion: To some, Lenten Fridays a feast

Local columnist Mondays are Manic or Miracle Mondays. Tuesdays are Taco Tuesday, or Tejano Tuesday, as I call them. Today, Wednesday, is Hump Day. I hate that term. Thursday is Throwback Thursday and Friday is … well … what...

 

Rodriguez: Days of Lent have begun

Mondays are Manic or Miracle Mondays. Tuesdays are Taco Tuesday, or Tejano Tuesday, as I call them. Today, Wednesday, is Hump Day. I hate that term. Thursday is Throwback Thursday...

 

Opinion: Unexplainable things happen sometimes

Local columnist I don’t believe in spooks, at least not in the way ghosts are shown in movies as evil, supernatural beings out to get you. Maybe they just want us to know we’re not alone, or to not forget them. Unexplainable...

 

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