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We have a lot to be thankful for - believe it or not

Many years ago I was prompted to take notice of how I prayed. Too often my prayers were more of a list of requests than they were a time of thanking God. I got better, but I’m not perfect and...

 

Some nights there's just no getting back to sleep

With age I’ve realized that no matter how good a bed you have, you just can’t stay in it for 8-12 hours like you could as a young man. If you wake up at 1 a.m. then again at 4:30, you need to...

 

No Shave November making me a genuine wild man

We’re half through No-shave November or what I like to refer to as Mountain Man Month. That’s right, pilgrim, I’ve been letting the whiskers grow. They’re just getting past the itchy stage...

 

Some days I just have to go with a fifth-grade vocabulary

I would like to begin today's missive with some choice verbiage from one of my favorite comedic animations. Translated: “Let me start this story off by quotin' the funny papers. From “Pickles...

 

I have faith the sun is going to come up Wednesday

This could quite possibly be the last column you ever see from me. Yes, stars were aligning and the nation was split to polar opposition as I penned this missive. The Dodgers had won their first...

 

Looking for a good hotel ghost story

Do you know a good story of a haunted place? I’ve heard about a lot of them and even started one or two but I’ve never actually seen a ghost. Growing up, we had a place just south of Portales on...

 

Mountain lions, grizzly bears stalk my nightmares

What is your worst nightmare? What I’m really asking is when you have a nightmare what is it normally about? Do you have fright movie scenes with characters like Jason and Freddy Krueger? Or are you...

 

I'm comfortable wearing the apron in my household

Over the last few years I’ve embraced the cooking duties in our house. My wife can tell I’ve embraced it because now when she embraces me her arms don’t go all the way around her fellow. Before...

 

Pretty sure louder, meaner politics not what anyone wants

Last week’s presidential debate got my attention, as it did lots of folks on both sides of the political aisle. It was so vile it was hard to watch, but like a train wreck our eyes were glued to...

 

Fall season gives me the wanderlust

It’s hard to tell it by looking at the thermometer, but it is now fall. This time of year gives me the wanderlust. There are aspen leaves to peep before the wind takes them away, elk are bugling...

 

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...

 

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