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 […]

All humans worship someone or something

Human beings are inherently religious. We will worship someone or something. Of course, some folks claim to believe in no god. Truth be told, the deity they refuse to bow before and direct prayers to is rarely a god of the “to whom the universe may concern” generic variety; it’s almost always the Judeo-Christian “God.” […]

Caution: Laughter May Cause a Rise in Blood Pressure

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year is, no kidding, a doormat, one with a label proclaiming, “This perfectly fine if not certainly adequate DOORMAT is Made in the USA.” This fine doormat was bundled with some other gifts, one of which was a prodigious chunk of fine blue cheese. A love of blue […]

Honors — Jan. 15

Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek White was promoted on Jan. 2. He is in his 12th year of service. Previous duty locations included bases in Korea, Germany, Israel and Afghanistan. Derek is currently stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. White is a 1998 graduate of Tucumcari High School and is the son of Ben […]

Club notes — Jan. 15

San Jon has a new 4-H club. The club is called the Yuccas. Officers were elected at the November meeting. They are: President, Ashlee Bradley; Song & Recreation Leader, Julian Everett; Vice President, Tobe Slater; Historian, Andrew Husted; Secretary, Brevin Stoner; Parliamentarian, Henry Molyneaux; Treasurer, Colten Leonard; Council Delegate, Jesse Leonard; Reporter, Dustin Bryant. The […]

Notes from the church lady: Take time to clear out life’s clutter

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy”… Psalm 16:11 January is slipping away, or as in the case last Sunday, blowing away. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were watching the Rose Parade and gearing up for the New Year? Now we are settling into the day-to-day routines […]