God’s divine influence can balance all, even a potluck

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist Some of our church members drive 50+ miles each way on Sunday. Until a few years ago, they’d go home after morning worship, have lunch, and immediately begin the drive back for evening services. Several other families drive about 25 miles each way. Consequently, we moved our afternoon service to […]

Telling region’s stories has had profound impact

Growing up in Pueblo, Colo., I’d come home from school in the 1950s and ’60s, I’d do my chores and homework, then read an escapism western or sports story in a library book I’d checked out the Saturday before. I’d sprawl on the floor in front of the small black-and-white television and plug my ears […]

Taking pride in preserving the history of our area

Those of us who are members of the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute, as well as all people who are interested in our history certainly owe the city a thank you for all the work they did to paint and help rearrange the lobby and the first room most visitors enter as they view our Tucumcari […]

Change, good or bad, not always easy or to our liking

About a week ago I decided it was time to do a little transplanting in my flower garden. Years ago I would grab my shovel and start digging before getting on my hands and knees to place the plant in its proper place. This time was different. I enlisted the help of a young man […]

A chance encounter leads to discussion of relatives

When the Batten Family Singers presented their concert at the Fair Barn a few weeks ago, I was privileged to meet Mr. Batten and to have a visit about one of his relatives, Mose Batten, who was a city policeman for many years and who was also a friend for as long as I can […]

One must recognize line between faith and fiction

The term Christian fiction refers to stories based on imagination with a Christian theme. “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” are among the more popular writings in the category. Although I’ve been familiar with term Christian fiction since I was in college, when I saw it recently, it just struck me […]

Even the best directions can result in an extended trip

A friend who also speaks country language gave me an article about how country people give directions to various locations in the area. Especially before road and street signs came into being, those directions could be quite colorful and could be easy to follow if they were given to other country people. When given to […]

It’s sometimes better not to ‘nose’ better

A dog with a good nose has always been a fascination to me. My current dog has a pretty good sniffer. He knows the minute you come through the door if you’ve been with another dog — or worse yet a smelly old cat. After being in the Roosevelt County Events Arena most of this […]

Need more ivory? Grow more elephants

On the north side of Denver abides the city of Commerce City. There, last fall, U. S. officials dumped millions of dollars worth of ivory tusks, carvings, and jewelry into a steel rock crusher and pulverized it into dust and tiny chips. The officials’ objective was to reduce the slaughter of tens of thousands of […]

Winter, like despair, will give way to spring and hope

Charles Dickens once wrote, “It was the winter of despair…” in his novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” I am sure there are many people in our country in a state of despair due to our unusual winter. In the eastern part of the country people are digging out of their homes as one snowstorm […]