Comments from the canyons: Misuse of words a pet peeve

Playing with words has been a favorite game of mine since I began to be able to hold a pencil. Both Mother and Grandmother wanted me to learn something each day and also wanted to find something that would keep me occupied so they could get their work done. They taught me the alphabet as […]

Lauriault: Jesus should have oversight of our lives

Isn’t it interesting how a word can have different meanings and sometimes those different meanings interact? During a conversation some time ago, I received an apology from an organization’s local supervisor because some paperwork I turned in for reimbursement got ‘lost’ somewhere on a desk. His statement included something like, “Please forgive this oversight (mistake) […]

Anniversaries — Aug. 21

Dennis Bryan Dale and Bonnie Jean Wilson Dennis, San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Tucumcari, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in San Antonio on Aug. 22. They were married on Aug. 22, 1948, in Cisco, Texas. The Dennises celebrated the event with a gathering hosted by a daughter, Kathy Scarfo, of San Antonio. The Dennises have […]

Honors — Aug. 7


Five Middle School and two high school students attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference on July 7-11 in Nashville Tenn. These students worked hard all year to year on their projects as they moved from district to state and eventually nationals. Today there are about 6,500 active FCCLA Chapters […]

Lazarus was dead, but hope had last word

Lazarus was dead. Of that sad fact everyone was now absolutely sure. He had been barely breathing when Mary and Martha, his sisters, had sent the urgent message to Jesus to beg the Lord to return to help the desperate friends. They needed Jesus badly, and quickly. Yesterday, if possible, and it wasn’t possible. Even […]

Birthday — July 31

Tristan Noah Gonzales celebrated his second birthday on Sunday with a Mickey Mouse theme birthday party at his home with family and friends. Tristan has an older brother Patrick and is the son of Patrick and Heather Gonzales. His grandparents are Delfina and Mauel Preciado, Cynthia and Rick Acker of Tucumcari and Vicki Ferguson of […]

White space is not your enemy

I just ordered a book recommended to me by a friend helping me with some ideas for the cover of my new Christmas record. (A CD is still a “record,” as in “recording.” And, no, it is not difficult at all to sing “Let It Snow” with deep feeling on a 100-degree day.) The title […]

What To Do When You’re “World-weary”

World-weary. I need a word, and perhaps the hyphen-spliced alliterative combination-word above is not too far wide of the mark. Webster’s online says the word has to do with “feeling or showing fatigue from or boredom with the life of the world and especially material pleasures.” I’m not sure that last half suits my need, […]

Our page — July 17

Burns-Breshears Steve and Kim Burns of Tucumcari announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Marie Burns to Josh Breshears, son of Cindy Fox of Nevada, Mo. The couple will be married on Oct. 12 at the First Baptist Church in Tucumcari. Burns is a 2006 graduate of Tucumcari High School and a 2010 graduate […]

‘You are the salt of the earth’

“You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus once said to his disciples. German theologian Helmut Thielicke makes an important point regarding Christ’s words when he notes that Jesus did not say, “You should be the salt of the earth.” No, Christ said, “You are the salt of the earth.” Jesus is calling his disciples […]