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Remembering Lightning, the standout dog of my youth

My mom isn’t much of a dog person. Sure, she’ll stop by and feed my dogs if I have to be gone, but she’s turned down the opportunity to have the granddogs come stay with her. There was one dog...

 

Time's running out to fill out Census

Time is running out. I would tell you to get off the couch and act but in reality, you don’t even have to get off the couch to act. I’m talking about the impending train wreck that is the 2020 Cen...

 

Probably some great sunrises, sunsets in store in heaven

You can’t rope a twister, you can’t catch lightning in a bottle and you can’t accurately reproduce a sunset. I’ve spent a lot of time on the road back and forth to the hospital as my...

 

Wondering what fall will look like without football

Well, here I sit, wondering what fall is going to look like without football. We haven’t closed down the NFL yet, but I figure we’re only a couple of house party indiscretions away from that...

 

Communication good start for any training

Sometimes I wish my dogs were better trained. I know it’s a matter of getting back what you put in, however. Most every dog I’ve ever had I managed to teach them the meaning of “no.” Even...

 

Wondering what it would take to be a YouTube sensation

I wonder what exactly it would take to become a YouTube sensation. The closest we have to that around here is Betty Williamson and she hasn’t posted anything on YouTube or TikTok as far as I know....

 

Lucky in the path that led me to the newsroom

Some of the best advice I ever received about writing was not to write the same way I talk. Considering the people, the fellow offering the advice and I, it was good advice because we both talked...

 

Careful or you'll end up in my novel - or my column

Life isn’t just one big bowl of cherries for a small-town newspaper columnist. Some weeks it just doesn’t pay to hand in your copy. This week could be one of those weeks. Someone once told me to...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 26, 2020

Opinion: We need to get along, even in an election year

I’m not sure how we get there, but we all need to start getting along. I watch the news at night and it tears at my heart, violence in the streets, rhetoric and scare tactics off the scale. It...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 19, 2020

Opinion: Drinks just aren't the same without ice cubes

I might have ice running through my veins (or not), but my icemaker has its problems. I’ve replaced it once, gave it up for dead earlier this year only to have it come back to life and now I’m...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 12, 2020

Opinion: Go ahead and pray for that good day

After a rough stretch lately, the wife and I finally threw caution to the wind and took a vacation last week. After our governor ordered Texans not to come to our state, we found that Ruidoso had open...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 5, 2020

Opinion: Wishing for freedom to exercise my own good judgment

I’ve always thought that the holiday Americans celebrate on July 4 was and should be all about independence and liberty. As this holiday weekend draws to a close, hopefully now more than ever we...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 28, 2020

Opinion: Thoughts go to Peggy when I eat a greasy taco

We never celebrated Taco Tuesday at Peggy Baca’s house; we ate ’em nearly every night. As I was busy browning taco meat last Tuesday my mind wandered back to weeknights in college at Peggy’s...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 21, 2020

Opinion: Hope you're enjoying Father's Day

It’s Father’s Day and I hope you’re having a great time barbecuing and playing catch with your dad today. If your father is no longer living, I hope reflection gives you happy memories of the...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 14, 2020

Opinion: Probably still have a little left to learn in role as husband

After 38 years in the role of a husband, you would think I should be getting better at it. I think I’ve probably got a little more to learn. If I don’t write about her in my column around our...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 7, 2020

Opinion: Keeping an eye on my lawn

Normally this time of year I’m scrambling to get a Chamber event put together on the grass in the park. Instead I’m trying to make grass grow back in my front yard. A few years ago we had severe...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 31, 2020

Recent dining restrictions taking me back in time

With our restaurant selections lately restricted to carryout, dining in Portales has become a lot like it used to be when I was growing up — except for the prices. I can maybe remember a 35-cent...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 24, 2020

Doctor paperwork out of control

Doctor appointment forms — designed to make sure you don’t get a chance to notice the age of the magazines in the waiting room. Anyone who has ever been to a doctor’s office knows the drill....

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 17, 2020

Drive-ins were great nights

Just hearing about the effort to revive drive-in movies during this pandemic set off a wave of nostalgia and memories of going to the drive-in movie in a bread truck. I guess the first thing to do is...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 10, 2020

Opinion: Let's not lose human touch

After two months of working at home I do believe our society may come away changed forever. Many of us knew for a long time most of our job could be done anywhere we had a phone and a WiFi...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 3, 2020

May have a clue to wife's real hair color

My true hair color is blonde. I’m not so sure about my wife’s color. I knew when I got married I was getting a bottle blonde, but she was hot looking and I was in love so I didn’t really care. H...

 

Keep your chin up, folks

Frustration — it’s become a part of life these days. Can I get an amen? Being shut in my house and trying to move forward with the work that should be ahead of me is testing me in ways I never...

 

'Twilight Zone' or 'Groundhog Day' - strange times indeed

It’s strange times we’re living in for sure. I told someone the other day it’s like “The Twilight Zone.” Truth is my days in the age of COVID-19 are becoming a little bit like “Groundhog...

 

Opinion: Mrs. Dove has me beat as far as patience

I’ve been mostly restricted to quarters for the last three weeks and it’s starting to wear me down. I shouldn’t complain, I’ve been able to go for groceries, pick up the mail at work and run p...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    April 5, 2020

Opinion: Nervous time in career life

Boredom overtook us and we began playing Facebook games. Have you seen the one that asks you to share 10 jobs, nine you’ve actually done and one made up that you haven’t ever held. It sounded...

 

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