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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...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 10, 2018

Truly blessed with perfect mate

On Tuesday my sweet wife and I celebrate 36 years of marriage. What a journey. We’ve faced lots of challenges together and there has been lots of love to carry us through the rough times. Most of...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    June 3, 2018

We'll all be eating more chicken

I might have told you before that I ate a lot of chicken growing up. That would be fried chicken. We ate chicken at least a couple days a week, usually at dinner — that’s the noon meal if you...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 27, 2018

Scammers call anyway; have fun with it

Remember the days when, if the phone rang, we immediately dropped everything and ran to the wall or telephone table and talked to the person on the other end of the line? I’m really pining for...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 20, 2018

No miracles here, just perception

Arriving home and sinking into my easy chair, I questioned my wife as to what she heard on the audio clip on social media. She didn’t seem to know what I was talking about so I asked if she heard... Full story

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 13, 2018

If you're not a columnist, keep it professional

A good friend and newspaper reporter/editor always used to drill the people he trained not to write the way they talk. He probably could have applied it to me when I first started writing...

 
 By Karl Terry    Lifestyles    May 6, 2018

Never knew antique shopping was so fun

I never saw myself antique shopping on vacation but after a recent close encounter in an antique store that might change. I like watching the show American Pickers on television. They always educate...

 

Weed or wildflower in eye of beholder

Having lived in a town where the dandelion was celebrated with its own festival, I understand that lots of folks can be misdirected about what exactly is a weed and what is a wildflower. On a recent...

 

Minimalism isn't good sometimes

I think I could make people believe I’m a minimalist if I can keep them from looking in my closet or garage. I think my life seemed to part with minimalism about the time I got married. I had...

 

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