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Glasses a defining part of my persona

You might have heard, I recently developed cataracts and now have a whole new meaning to the lyrics of the song “Doctor My Eyes,” by Jackson Browne. You know the song that starts out: Doctor, my...

 

Take the time to honor a veteran

It’s hard to believe there are only six left. Can that really be true? Is the Greatest Generation slipping away? When I read the information about this year’s American Legion Post 31’s Veterans...

 

Keep you posted on the state of my catamarans

I’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it again. Getting older really sucks. I’ve been learning to live with my back problems so it’s just not fair to throw another problem into the mix....

 

Facebook cloning seems like a lot of work for not much gain

Well it finally happened, Zachary. No, nobody burned down my she shed. No, my Facebook account wasn’t hacked either. It was cloned, however. For years I’ve had to chuckle at friends as they have...

 

Had a humble start in a little fixer upper

My wife has a terrible addiction that plays out on the weekends and she ends up with a lot of time in rehab. It’s not drugs or alcohol and she’s not a sex maniac — she’s addicted to...

 

Artificial intelligence isn't always the problem

Some days I feel like I want to get off the artificial intelligence train at the next stop. Problem is the train’s AI components probably wouldn’t recognize what I was saying if I said “next sto...

 

Rainy weather recalls some family history

Before the week was out I had started to envy Noah a little bit. Maybe the dude knows what he’s talking about. I don’t have a great big ark or even a little boat but I was starting to wish for...

 

Seasons are changing in more ways than just one

Once upon a time we had seasons of all sorts. These days things sorta just run together like melted Neapolitan ice cream dropped on a summer sidewalk. This past week as I set out to the store I asked...

 

Country music has evolved over the years

It was the music we loved to hate. Or was it the music we hated to love. It’s been tough all my life deciding where I really stand on country music but the thing I know for sure is I’ve been...

 

Hoping to have done a little skeet shooting this weekend

You may not know this about me, but I’m even better at shooting skeet than I am at golfing. At the writing of this column, I’m making plans to participate in the annual Roosevelt General Hospital...

 

These days, air conditioning hard to live without

I’ve become soft in my old age. I get reminded of how soft I am every August. Each August I spend a good deal of time at the fairgrounds inside the only buildings I’m inside during the summer with...

 

I never was much for carnival rides

The fair has come and gone and I never even rode the Ferris wheel. Of course for me that isn’t all that strange. I never was much for carnival rides, even growing up. Others I ran with liked riding...

 

Keeping an eye out on my patio farm

It’s been a tough year on the patio farm. Every morning I’m up at sunrise and watering the plants on the patio. They’ve required a lot of water lately. As usual, I went way overboard this...

 

Fishing brings back good times, great memories

Sadly, I haven’t been fishing at all this year. I did pick up my copy of “Even Brook Trout Get the Blues,” and do a little reading however. The first chapter of that book, by John Gierach, autho...

 

Nicknames were just what we did where I grew up

Call me Carlo or call me Maldune. Call me whatever you want just don’t call me late for supper. Those are two of the nicknames (that people called me to my face) that stuck with me. At my first...

 

In the early days, television was an event

It was beautiful, rising at least 30 feet above our new flat-roofed home. The potential was unlimited, even if my mother immediately explained it wasn’t to be climbed. Moving into town at 10 years...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 28, 2019

Timmy's tell-all ruined more than just 'Lassie'

Turns out Timmy is not stuck in a well and, furthermore, he never has been stuck in a well. What deception! I caught a Fox News interview with Jon Provost, better known as Timmy Martin, where he...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    July 21, 2019

Need to work harder at not being a grumpy old bear

I think I may be rapidly turning into the grumpy old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn. The other day the little boy from next door rang my doorbell while I was at work so I answered it using th...

 
 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...

 

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