Steve: What’s in a city name? Who knows?

Since I was a kid, I seem to have been drawn to places with names that no one seems to understand. Europeans have butchered some of the original Native American names of these places beyond recognition, and the meanings of these names have been lost, too. Take Chicago. No one really knows what "Chicago" means. […]

Thanksgiving time to celebrate past, present, future

As always, when we reach this time of the year, we have much for which to be thankful. Yes, Thanksgiving is a most special holiday and very definitely our own American holiday. We may think more about the food than about the day, but most of us are very aware of how fortunate we are […]

Digging up cemetery history

You do one story on an old cemetery and before you know it you're labeled as the guy who writes about old cemeteries. That's what I was thinking recently when the phone rang and the lady on the other end of the line identified herself as a Fort Sumner resident and she wanted me to […]

Fall asserting itself on High Plains

Fall was asserting itself on the High Plains as I drove to Lubbock early in the morning. Dead calm when I left with an obvious frontline painted across the sky to the northeast, it didn't stay that way for long. Soon, in the pre-dawn light, I could see tumbleweeds the size of small cows racing […]

Cop show flaws hard to ignore

My wife is hooked on the alphabet police dramas. What are alphabet police dramas, you ask? CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) and Law and Order SVU (Special Victims Unit) are two examples. She also watches Blue Bloods and Hawaii 5-0 but they haven't quite bought into the initials thing even though 5-0 is a code name […]

Bible holds answers in challenging time

No doubt Satan probably got a kick out of the headlines in the newspaper in Portales last week. "Prayer ruling upheld" relating to a ban on coach led prayer in City League sports. Hopefully the devil read a little further into the story and saw that maybe he hadn't exactly won this one after all. […]

We all deserve our titles

Last week, several of us in the over-the-hill gang discussed manners, especially the ones we were taught in our childhoods. We recalled the importance our parents and teachers placed on our polite behavior, sometimes rewarding us for practicing it and definitely disciplining us for failing to use our best manners. Among the first words we […]

Ima better for Shoemaker’s presence

Last week, the Ima community lost an outstanding member: Hazel Shoemaker. Funeral services were held for her in Clovis, a family meal was held in House at noon, and graveside services were then held at the Hassell Cemetery. A large group of relatives and friends gathered at the cemetery for the services and for some […]

Column business teaches lessons

Some days I make this columnist business look easy. Other days I wonder what I was thinking when I decided writing my thoughts down for a public consumption on a weekly basis would be a good thing to do. I think I started doing a column back about 1988 or 1989. I've had a few […]

Pet ownership not to be taken lightly

People love pets. Let me rephrase that; pets have a welcome place in many households around the country. Approximately 1/3 of all homes in the U.S. have a cat or dog. It is a common response when students are asked why they chose to go into the veterinary medicine or vet tech professions, to say, […]