Lauriault: True meaning of Thanksgiving in God’s peace

The winter holiday season is upon us (I know, the calendar says it’s still autumn, but winter weather has already shown up). Thanksgiving is this week and, although it’s a distinctively American holiday, at least when it’s celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, it is based upon the realization that God is the provider […]

Comments from the canyons: Take time to give thanks this holiday

During this Thanksgiving week, many of us will be recalling our family gatherings of the past and the great times we had. We will also be thinking about all we have to be thankful for as we celebrate the day itself. As most of you know, my memories of the past center around those canyons […]

Notes from the church lady: World events affect but shouldn’t consume us

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 Where were you on Friday, November 22, 1963, approximately 11:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time? I was sitting on the floor (I was home sick that day) quietly playing with my doll. My mother was […]

Comments from the canyons: Trip to Masonic temple another sentimental journey

Sometimes, subjects from previous columns lead into subjects for coming columns. For instance, I mentioned in last week’s column that Pat Shockley and I were Rainbow Girls when we were in school here. Well, Robert and Betty Coslett noticed that, and Robert, a Mason, asked if I would like to tour the Masonic Temple again […]

Lauriault: Honest study of scripture leads to one truth

My pocket calendar says that tomorrow, Thursday, November 14th, is Ashura, a time of fasting and meditation by Muslims. Islamic scholars disagree over the origin of the holiday and Islamic clerics are divided on how the holiday should be commemorated (Wikipedia). These differences often lead to violence between the two major sects of Islam. Religious […]

Comments from the canyons: Visit to friend in Kansas major honor

As you know, this woman from Ima rarely gets out of Quay County, but the car seemed to need a little more airing out after having been to Las Cruces; thus, it headed toward Liberal, Kansas so I could visit a THS friend, Pat Shockley, Class of 1950. Of course, she had proffered the invitation […]

Notes from the church lady: Wait on the Lord when your wings are clipped

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” While talking with a friend, I commented, I “had my wings clipped.” This is an idiom I heard all my life. It was used when I was grounded as a teenager or was sick and unable to leave the house. […]

Comments from the canyons: Call from historian a real honor

Although many of us who live in Quay County are interested in our history, I now only one native who is a real historian, Ph.D., and all. Yes, Dave Stratton is definitely the one who comes to mind. He is a former Rattler who did well in school, was quite good in our sports program, […]

Lauriault: Halloween not necessarily a bad thing

Tomorrow, Thursday, is Halloween (All Hallows Evening). Scholars are divided over the origin of All Hallows ( Some say it was instituted to recognize deceased believers, particularly martyrs and saints. Others claim that it, along with Christmas and Easter, are Christianized forms of pagan festivals and shouldn’t be celebrated. I have no problem with Halloween […]

Comments from the canyons: Still proud to be an Aggie

While some of you collect items of value, this woman from lma has begun to collect 50-year graduation anniversary memorabilia. For instance, I hit the Golden Rattler age in 2002, the Golden Aggie age in 2005, and another Golden Aggie anniversary this year. Of course, that first Aggie degree, a Bachelor of Arts, was received […]