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 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 14, 2019 

Have you thought about what your pet is thinking?

Did you ever stop to consider what is going on in your pet’s brain? I found myself contemplating just that one morning recently. I was seated in a rocker at one end of the patio while my little dog...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 30, 2019

Getting harder to steel nerves for outdoor pool

In my old age it seems I’ve officially turned into a real weenie. A cold swimming pool on a hot summer day used to be inviting. These days it just makes the joints stiff. With the Natatorium closed...

 
 By Karl Terry    Voices    June 30, 2019

A couple of changes coming to Portales Fireworks Show

We live in an independent, patriotic community and the best evidence is our annual Portales Fireworks Show. The show is funded by businesses, families and individuals that are proud enough to step up...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 23, 2019

Careful what you wish for with me and music

Don’t give me a microphone unless you really want to hear me. I might need a T-shirt that has those words on it. I already have one that warns people “Careful or You’ll End Up in My Novel.” My...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 16, 2019

Roswell's new trademark has intergalactic appeal

The city of Roswell has a new trademark. You guessed it, the new logo cashes in on its ties to all things alien. The mark is a dayglo green letter “R” with a spaceship casting a beam down into the...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 9, 2019

Some of the best songs leave you with questions

Songs can tell a story, but the best ones leave a little something out of the story. As I was watching and listening to a made-for-pledge-week PBS special called “Story Songs” I realized I had a f...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 2, 2019

I long for days when 'Password' was game show

Some days I just want to get off of the merry-go-round in the password-crazy age we live in today. Unfortunately, it’s not even an option in many cases to do business without doing it online. My...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 26, 2019

There are worse names to have than Archie and Karl

Everybody gets one, but few ever get to pick it themselves. No, I’m not talking about your nose here. I’m talking about your name. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised the world when they...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 19, 2019

Taking a good look at the future of food

How does a maggot sausage dog and a big bowl of insect ice cream sound? I’m not too sure about the maggot sausage. Maggot seem like something that would eat sausage, not something you would make...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 12, 2019

Pretty hard to put a price tag on a mother

“I humbly appraise my mother’s worth, “It began with pain to give me birth, “Which triggered off a love so strong, “Blossoming into a life-long bond. “When needed, she was always there, ...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 5, 2019

I've fallen in love with Helvetica all over again

It’s been said that Helvetica is like water. I recently learned they’ve redesigned my drink of choice when it comes to typefaces. The font has been one of the most ubiquitous in graphic design...

 

Mom deserves to be Homemaker of the Century

Homemaker of the Year? Shoot, my mom should be Homemaker of the Century. As I was getting ready to write my column Thursday night I noticed a familiar face on the pages of my Facebook feed — my...

 

He is risen; what are you going to do about it?

He is risen. Yes, he is risen indeed! What are we going to do about it now? The best Easter sermon I ever heard was entitled “What are We Going To Do About it Now.” I say I heard it because I wasn...

 

Kitchen gadgets can be handy time-savers

Ahh, those kitchen gadgets. They’ve been making them for centuries and advertising them on late-night television infomercials for decades. Even if you bought it because you were worried it would...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    April 7, 2019

Trying to accept aging with grace - sort of

Apparently when a person reaches the age of 60 he realizes his body is never going to be the same. These days, when the doctor asks what body part hurts and/or doesn’t work, it’s easier to just...

 

Small town retail brave in fight to survive

Last week at the breakfast table my wife and I were reflecting on retail business and its demise or evolution. She had been a part of that growth and evolution in her family furniture and appliance...

 

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...

 

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