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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...

 

Smattering of methods for youthful picking, choosing

Picking and choosing was always interesting as I grew up. Sometimes chance was my best bet at winning or getting on a good team. I remember a variety of ways of picking and choosing we practiced in...

 

Golden Student Success Center much more than a library

It’s definitely not your father’s library. Heck, they don’t even want us to call it a library. Eastern New Mexico University officially opened the new Golden Student Success Center this week...

 

Wahlman made big impact on our little village

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but a village blessed by a gentle giant who made it his mission to properly raise the children of the village is going to turn out good citizens. The... Full story

 

Smoothie diet taking over at home

What you want in yours today? It’s become a pretty common question these days around our house. Unfortunately the question isn’t referring to omelets or ice cream sundaes. No, we’re trying to...

 

Return of men to cheerleading bound to happen

The NFL preseason has begun and it’s time to cheer for your favorite team. But if you’re a Los Angeles Rams or New Orleans Saints fan your cheering may be led by a different gender. That’s...

 

I draw the line at my breakfast table

I’ve had this burr under my saddle a long time. It’s going to get me in trouble, but when it comes to my own breakfast table, it’s time. I’ve had a little note in my column ideas list for a...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 29, 2018

Sometimes being thrifty backfires

If you live on the High Plains and you’re like me, you might be tighter than tree bark. That is a funny saying we have in these parts to refer to someone who is thrifty or a cheapskate. I think my...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 22, 2018

Take care of those who serve you

Are you being served? That question was the name of a hilarious BBC sitcom set in a London department store. The staff had its own special way with customer service in a time and place where customer...

 
 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...

 

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