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Our tolerance for bad weather needs work

I’m not too sure if climate change is for real or not, but there’s no doubt the weather is going to change. We say it about the High Plains and I’ve heard it elsewhere as well: “If you don’t...

 

Pool exercises good for arthritis - and teasing

Three days a week, I strip down to a swimsuit and exercise with up to a half-dozen women. If that doesn’t give you self-confidence as a pudgy middle-aged man, don’t even bother with Dale...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    March 3, 2019

Adding 'Oh Come Angel Band' to my list of hymns

I got a song stuck in my brain last week — not a classic rock tune, but a classic maybe. We hadn’t sung the hymn “Oh Come Angel Band” or “My Latest Sun is Sinking Fast” in church for a goo...

 

Life goes on amongst local wildlife

Some days I think the animal welfare line starts at my house. In addition to our pet fur babies that have a jerky treat addiction, we feed our feathered friends in the back yard. We’ve had bird...

 

Thinking back on the days of the school bike rack

What happened to the school bike rack? Did the band cut it up for drumsticks? I suppose if I asked today’s students where the bike rack was located I would get a lot of really strange looks. I...

 

Greyhound season sparked a desire to play

It was a simpler time. I didn’t know I was going to quit growing at 5-foot, 6 inches. And I was pretty sure I would play basketball for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. The time was...

 

Let's kick off with a Super Bowl quiz

We meet again — for the 53rd time at the end of the season. Yes, it’s Super Bowl Sunday and the buffet is open. We make gluttons of ourselves, we have parties, we talk smack to our guests but how...

 

Taking dogs along makes for a good ride - mostly

It’s pretty cool taking dogs in vehicles with you if they’re not throwing up. My dogs don’t ride with me too much; maybe it’s because the little one tosses her cookies about every other time...

 

Security upgrade hasn't caught anyone yet

I’ve never been the most security-minded person. I guess I just always felt like locking stuff up was just telegraphing to thieves that you had something worth stealing. A good portion of my life...

 

Lesson learned about family feuds and nerf guns

I took careful aim and shot the off-duty cop square in the chest and all hell broke loose. Soon, I learned not to bring a Nerf gun to a family feud. OK, so the police officer was really my niece (who...

 

Don't spend too much time wringing hands over shutdown

Government shutdown. It has a nice ring for some of us, but the hand wringing in Washington D.C. is starting to get a little loud in the media. Two weeks into the shutdown — or more precisely...

 

Got my social networking done at Salvation Army kettle

I logged into my social network a couple of times last week. No, I wasn’t lurking around on Facebook. I was ringing the bell for Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign on behalf of Rotary. I’m pre...

 

'A Christmas Story' full of life lessons

Everything I ever needed to know about life I learned from “A Christmas Story.” All right, for all you math whizzes, who vaguely know my age — I didn’t learn much about life until my late 20s...

 

Getting better at running Portales' electric show

I’m no Reddy Kilowatt, but I do have a healthy respect for electrical current. I don’t like to get shocked, even by static electricity. I guess it seems fitting for this guy to be the one a...

 

Returning to civilization after No-Shave November

I’ve always wished I could have lived as a mountain man in the mountains of the American West. I’m just not sure I would have ever had the proper beard for it. Robert Redford, in the movie...

 

Pair of pups makes for canine comedy duo

I should have named them Tom and Jerry or Mutt and Jeff or even Abbott and Costello. I probably would have if I had got them both at the same time. One of my dogs is a 75-pound, insecure coward with a...

 

No luck chatting with local wildlife

I talk to the animals. That’s right, in case you don’t read my column regularly you might not know that. Of course if you see me on the Eastern New Mexico University campus hollering up into the... Full story

 

Plenty of vets to thank even if not from WWI

About a century ago it was known as “The Great War” or the “War To End All Wars.” We now know it as World War I and today marks 100 years since that horrible war ended. Veterans Day was...

 

Stepping out of comfort zone good way to grow

I’m not too sure how I got this way, but if you’ve got a minute I’ll share an idea or two. As I was standing in line at the Methodist Church Turkey Dinner and Bazaar this week, my Aunt Nona...

 

Opinion: Always ready to bring a ghost story to life

I can’t say as I’ve ever seen a ghost or had a paranormal experience. But I have managed to start or stir a few ghost stories in my time. My wife and I have stayed at many of the historic hotels a...

 

Opinion: It's cacahuate time in eastern New Mexico

It’s cacahuate time or, if you live in eastern New Mexico, you may call it kakawate time. It’s our local version, in Spanish, of tomato or tomahto. The spelling of the local name for NM 202 came i...

 

Beauty everywhere if we look with fresh eyes

As I pulled out onto the highway from my little neighborhood at dawn I cussed the sun that was rising dead center of the road. It was so bright I feared I would miss an oncoming car. I thought about...

 

Don't feel the need to get dressed to the nines

The Texas blues/rock band ZZ Top did a song titled “Sharp Dressed Man.” I am not that guy in the “silk suit, black tie.” Fortunately I’ve only lived in one place and time where a suit and...

 

Don't need a cheat sheet for family's sayings

We called them sayings in my family, colloquial quips that made our eastern New Mexico, West Texas language colorful. As I’ve aged, sayings come to me quicker and quicker. That’s a good thing... Full story

 

I'll always have an umbrella when I need one

I don’t know about you, but admitting that you own an umbrella in the desert Southwest is enough embarrassment without being caught foisting one above your noggin in public. I caught myself chucklin...

 

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