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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...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 26, 2019

There are worse names to have than Archie and Karl

Everybody gets one, but few ever get to pick it themselves. No, I’m not talking about your nose here. I’m talking about your name. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised the world when they...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 19, 2019

Taking a good look at the future of food

How does a maggot sausage dog and a big bowl of insect ice cream sound? I’m not too sure about the maggot sausage. Maggot seem like something that would eat sausage, not something you would make...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 12, 2019

Pretty hard to put a price tag on a mother

“I humbly appraise my mother’s worth, “It began with pain to give me birth, “Which triggered off a love so strong, “Blossoming into a life-long bond. “When needed, she was always there, ...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 5, 2019

I've fallen in love with Helvetica all over again

It’s been said that Helvetica is like water. I recently learned they’ve redesigned my drink of choice when it comes to typefaces. The font has been one of the most ubiquitous in graphic design...

 

Mom deserves to be Homemaker of the Century

Homemaker of the Year? Shoot, my mom should be Homemaker of the Century. As I was getting ready to write my column Thursday night I noticed a familiar face on the pages of my Facebook feed — my...

 

He is risen; what are you going to do about it?

He is risen. Yes, he is risen indeed! What are we going to do about it now? The best Easter sermon I ever heard was entitled “What are We Going To Do About it Now.” I say I heard it because I wasn...

 

Kitchen gadgets can be handy time-savers

Ahh, those kitchen gadgets. They’ve been making them for centuries and advertising them on late-night television infomercials for decades. Even if you bought it because you were worried it would...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    April 7, 2019

Trying to accept aging with grace - sort of

Apparently when a person reaches the age of 60 he realizes his body is never going to be the same. These days, when the doctor asks what body part hurts and/or doesn’t work, it’s easier to just...

 

Small town retail brave in fight to survive

Last week at the breakfast table my wife and I were reflecting on retail business and its demise or evolution. She had been a part of that growth and evolution in her family furniture and appliance...

 

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