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 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 15, 2018

There will be tomatoes on my vines, somehow

I don’t want much out of my patio gardening this year. Just a tomato or two off my own vine will be fine. That’s probably the best I can hope for since that’s the only veggie I have planted. I...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 8, 2018

Electric? Hand-crank? Homemade ice cream so good

I could eat ice cream every night if I let myself but I try hard not to succumb to temptation that often. Still, as the hot days of July and it’s Independence holiday rolls around, I find myself...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 1, 2018

Backyard pool was great summer fun

By this time of year in my early teens I would already be well browned by the sun, even though my skin was very fair. Between afternoon paper routes, baseball and swimming, I was in the sun a lot. We...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 24, 2018

Something's squirrely 'round here

I probably would have grown up hunting squirrels — except we didn’t have any squirrels in Portales. That’s all changed, though, and I’m looking for squirrel recipes. As I was irrigating my...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 17, 2018

Looking back, still in awe of Daddy

I read a couple of Facebook posts that really set the mood for my Father’s Day. First there was a post of a video showing a young girl starting irrigation siphon tubes. Right underneath that post...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 10, 2018

Truly blessed with perfect mate

On Tuesday my sweet wife and I celebrate 36 years of marriage. What a journey. We’ve faced lots of challenges together and there has been lots of love to carry us through the rough times. Most of...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 3, 2018

We'll all be eating more chicken

I might have told you before that I ate a lot of chicken growing up. That would be fried chicken. We ate chicken at least a couple days a week, usually at dinner — that’s the noon meal if you...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 27, 2018

Scammers call anyway; have fun with it

Remember the days when, if the phone rang, we immediately dropped everything and ran to the wall or telephone table and talked to the person on the other end of the line? I’m really pining for...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 20, 2018

No miracles here, just perception

Arriving home and sinking into my easy chair, I questioned my wife as to what she heard on the audio clip on social media. She didn’t seem to know what I was talking about so I asked if she heard... Full story

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 13, 2018

If you're not a columnist, keep it professional

A good friend and newspaper reporter/editor always used to drill the people he trained not to write the way they talk. He probably could have applied it to me when I first started writing...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 6, 2018

Never knew antique shopping was so fun

I never saw myself antique shopping on vacation but after a recent close encounter in an antique store that might change. I like watching the show American Pickers on television. They always educate...

 

Weed or wildflower in eye of beholder

Having lived in a town where the dandelion was celebrated with its own festival, I understand that lots of folks can be misdirected about what exactly is a weed and what is a wildflower. On a recent...

 

Minimalism isn't good sometimes

I think I could make people believe I’m a minimalist if I can keep them from looking in my closet or garage. I think my life seemed to part with minimalism about the time I got married. I had...

 

Legacy worthy of wall

It was in a closet, seconds after the plea to “take this stuff off my hands,” was issued. The piercing eyes met mine and I said Geronimo’s going home with me. I’m not too sure my friend was...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    April 8, 2018

Hole story took me back to childhood

After reading the story I just began referring to him as Prairie Dog Man. I’m talking about the guy living in the hole he dug on a vacant lot in Clovis. This guy was living out my dream, if not my...

 

Going to show with friends was fun

The Ambassadors in Portales have been onto a good thing for several years now — movie nights for kids. Not long after the audio/visual equipment was installed in the historic Yam Theatre the group...

 

History an important part of life

One of the most important things I’ve ever received was a set of cassette tapes of my paternal grandmother talking about her family history. I sure wish I had my other three grandparents on tape as...

 

Tooth fairy payout lost 11 percent

I’m not sure if it’s inattention, bad hearing or fake news, but what my wife and I thought we heard on a popular morning show turns out to be wrong. We heard the average price that the tooth...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    March 4, 2018

Today's kids have no real world lives

I’m getting weary of all the chatter over school shootings. You probably are as well, but indulge me. First of all, know that I am greatly saddened by the loss of life and I appreciate the fear and...

 

Different roads offer adventure

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference — Robert Frost I like the work of Robert Frost. I can’t say that I’ve studied it...

 

Enchiladas the best in these parts

I’m pretty sure the first time I ever ate out anywhere that wasn’t a drive-in or a truck stop it was enchiladas at El Monterrey in Clovis. We didn’t have too many fancy restaurants in Portales...

 

Flu mask provides added perk

When I turned toward the noise it was a big guy in a mask and he didn’t look happy. Fortunately he didn’t have a knife or gun on him so I queried him as to his identity. When I asked he quickly...

 

Boycott the Bowl? Likely not

Will NFL viewership continue its decline during today’s Super Bowl or will we break the downward spiral by all tuning in to yell against Tom Brady? I get it; your main reason for watching the Super...

 

Old hat may be done for

About 25 years ago I was browsing the aisles of a Montrose, Colorado, store that sold sporting goods and western wear when I found myself in the hat aisles. I decided right then a felt hat might be...

 

Winter's been shockingly dry this year

It's been a really dry winter. How dry has it been, you ask? I don't want to alarm anyone, but they’re having trouble keeping the pond at Oasis State Park. The coyotes and lizards are drinking the...

 

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