Lauriault: Don’t wait until it’s too late to get ready for Jesus’ return

In the poem “Twas the night before Christmas” the preparations had all been made and the family had settled in for the night on Christmas Eve. Their shopping was done (or it was now too late) and nature (or fantasy) just had to take its course. It’s now two weeks until Christmas and like most […]

4-H awards

Quay County 4-H Families gathered on Dec. 1 to recognize special people and 4-Hers for their accomplishments during the year. Special awards: Honorary Memberships were awarded to Tom Dominguez, Kent Terry, and Barry Bass. Friend of Quay County 4-H Awards were presented to Tonya Hodges and Harold Borden Quarles Art Gallery and K-Bobs Steak House […]

Notes from the church lady: ‘Imperfect Christmas’ may be good way to have holiday

Picture your favorite Currier and Ives or Norman Rockwell print of the Christmas season. Perhaps you think of a horse-drawn sleigh in a beautiful country. Maybe a print of a loving family on Christmas morning around the tree watching one person unwrap the gift they wished for all year. You can almost hear a child […]

Comments from the canyons: Learning to face fears part of growing

While visiting with a friend, the subject of fear came up, and the friend asked if I could remember the first time I was really frightened. He said he could and recounted the memory as if it had happened only yesterday. Actually, it had occurred over 80 years ago. As he finished his story, I […]

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 […]