Much can happen when the mind is clouded

It had been a long day for Steffan. Frozen pipes, touchy tractors, cranky cows and a stuffy nose. A headache had kept him banging his head against the wall from 6 am to sundown. His wife and kids went to town that evening, leaving him alone. He was hungry but decided to take cold medicine […]

Faith, like sports, requires much dedication and sacrifice

“…Let us lay aside every weight…Let us run with patience the race…” Hebrews 12:1 In the 1960’s, ABC Sports coined a phrase that outlived its Wide World of Sports show, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” To this day I can still visualize that poor ski jumper who crashed in the opening […]

Real faith and real life are the same real story

One of my favorite authors is also one of my favorite storytellers. A reviewer of my How To Measure a Rainbow book once called me a capable “storyteller.” Alas, that’s far too grand a title for me, but one I’d love to deserve. The man I’m thinking of is the real deal. Most of his […]

Never at a loss of topics to discuss with this friend

Debbie Widger, associate vice president of development at New Mexico State University, came through town last week on her way to several meetings and spent the night. We met for dinner and a great visit. She is one of the few people left on campus whom I know, and it is always a major pleasure […]

Sound is no trivial matter to the scientists or the faithful

You’ve probably heard the age-old question posed that, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I heard that mentioned on two different occasions recently and it caused me to start thinking (I know, this seems a trivial matter, but if it really […]

Too old? Only if your imagination has withered

I turned 57 the other day. No big deal, even though 57 is widely recognized as a serious milestone. I’m sure if you “Google” it, you’ll find all sorts of articles and blogs where “Baby Boomer” folks like me wax philosophic about the big 57. My generation has always been gifted when it comes to […]

A sad loss conjures happy memories of life in the canyons

Although this woman from Ima had been wanting to take a trip to the canyons, I certainly hadn’t anticipated going under such sad circumstances. Last Saturday, funeral services were held for two of the brothers of one of the earliest families of homesteaders in the lma community Avrit G.(Sandy) Sparks and his brother, Lee Otis […]

You can find inspiration in the big game on Sunday

Notes from the Church Lady By Debra Whittington I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…1 Timothy 4:7   This weekend features one of the greatest sporting events of the year, seen by millions around the world. It is the Super Bowl featuring two teams who worked […]

Conversation with former classmate about life in Quay County

Although I attended Tucumcari Public Schools during most of my public education, I was privileged to attend the fifth and sixth grades at the House Public Schools. Those were two good years during which I made friends with students and teachers. Last week, Hervie Payne, one of my classmates, called one evening to say he […]

Poor hearing could be more of a blessing than disadvantage

Before the advent of cabbed tractors, left ear deafness was common among tractor operators who looked over their right shoulder at the implement they’re pulling because that turned their left ear toward the front of the tractor where the engine and exhaust system are located. I have right ear deafness. My hearing was damaged because […]