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 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Pride in mowing less important as I grow older

In the last week I’ve turned down a couple of offers to mow my lawn. By the time I finally got through the mowing late last week I was wondering if I’d made the right choice.... — Updated 6/12/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Like to keep an eye on my feathered friends

I think I may have become a bit of a birdbrain. I base that conclusion on an examination of the cash register receipt after purchasing wild birdseed recently. I’ve always liked... — Updated 6/5/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Thriftiness makes cheap excuse for a column

My wife and others around me may think I’m a cheapskate. They might be very observant and correct. My wife, for instance, believes since I do the shopping, that all of Walmart’s... — Updated 5/29/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Appreciate local firefighters - and try not to be stupid

Whitewater in Portales is New Mexico True — maybe not. Sure, as soon as people investigate just a little they’re not going to book a whitewater rafting vacation in that fair cit... — Updated 5/22/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Time to trust others to make responsible choices

First Lady Jill Biden removed a once essential article of clothing, then exclaimed “We feel naked.” I suppose she might have made that statement years ago as she removed her... — Updated 5/15/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Thank the Lord for prayerful mothers

I’m pretty sure without my mother’s prayers I wouldn’t be here today. Maybe when I get through the pearly gates I’ll know for sure just how many times the prayers of an earn... — Updated 5/8/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Our old dog recently discovered squirrels

Tom T. Hall had a lot to say about old dogs, children and watermelon wine but he only brought the children and wine into the lyrics because of the lack of a squirrel. The best I... — Updated 5/1/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

I've got a few tailgate memories here and there

The first pickup truck I bought didn’t have a tailgate latch mechanism. You just closed the tailgate and hooked the end of the chain on the hasp to keep it closed on each side.... — Updated 4/24/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Candlesticks bring back memories of shop class

My wife doesn’t think a story about candlestick holders could be very interesting. Her problem is she never took shop class with Glen Fields. Those of you who’ve been out of you... — Updated 4/17/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Get your inner piggy on at Rotary luncheon

It’s almost time to get your inner piggy on. That’s right. The Portales Rotary Club’s annual (except for 2020) Chuckwagon Luncheon featuring the best smoked pork chop... — Updated 4/10/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Sometimes words the only way to preserve history

Our Roosevelt County community has had a bit of angst these past few weeks as we prepared to part with some of our history. Antique windmills in a collection put together by a... — Updated 4/3/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Springtime chaos in New Mexico

Springtime is here. It’s pretty easy to tell our weather has gone bat crap crazy. A little over a week ago we had epic sandstorms that we had to drive through to a doctor’s... — Updated 3/27/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Remembering Gene Marshall, a woman of grit and gumption

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the... — Updated 3/20/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

It's been a good week or so for the Terry household

It’s been a good week or so. Prayers have been answered. Life may start returning to normal. If you don’t know me well you may be assuming I’m talking about my home county of... — Updated 3/13/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Screen time takes new meaning in year of Zoom

Online meetings are becoming way too familiar and relaxed if you ask me. It’s been a year now of Zoom meetings, webinars, online theater, remote court hearings and virtual... — Updated 3/6/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

My air guitar will sound just as good left-handed

I realized lying awake one morning about 4:30 that I played the air guitar left-handed — or maybe not. Since I couldn't sleep I was thinking about column ideas and I recalled a... — Updated 2/27/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Terry: Poynor deserves credit for credit he gave us

Buying on time was an important thing in eastern New Mexico in the 1960s and ‘70s and Poynor’s White Store was one of the best places where you could buy on time. With the... — Updated 2/20/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

TV crime-fighting formula has changed over years

Television crime fighting has come a long way in my time. Not all of the advances are that believable but then again Sgt. Joe Friday never dreamed he could carry a telephone in his... — Updated 2/6/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

We're all in this together - get vaccinated

The text I got last Sunday was a big shocker. “Notice from DOH to Karl: vaccine is now available at a location near you, and sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign... — Updated 1/30/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

May human race continue to make things better in 2021

In reflection on the year we just lived through I’ve come to the conclusion that our calendar may just be off by 20 years. We all remember how relieved we were 21 years ago when... — Updated 1/2/2021

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Decide what kind of example to set in the new year

I’m not sure how you put a cap on this year, but I know a lot of us are ready. Next to the pandemic we’re living through, the only other event in my span of six decades on this... — Updated 12/26/2020

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Real celebration of Christmas not lessened by pandemic, pain

The family part of Christmas is going to be a bit hollow and cold this year. None of us wanted a pandemic at Christmas. It’s been a year of fear, frustration and pain. We’ve... — Updated 12/19/2020

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

Iconic hometowns not where you think they were

Ever wonder where your favorite Christmas movies or television scenes were filmed? Were the iconic “hometown” settings real towns or just based on the idyllic settings of the... — Updated 12/12/2020

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

'Big dog' can be measured in terms of personality

If you can’t run with the big dogs you just as well stay home on the porch. Those that read my column all the time know my pets are a bit of the Mutt and Jeff persuasion. Ranger,... — Updated 12/5/2020

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles

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... — Updated 11/28/2020

 

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