Standards of grammar should be maintained

Lynn Moncus While reading a review of a new book about English grammar, I was taken back to the years during which grammar was stressed throughout our school years. We were corrected by all our teachers, whether or not they taught English. They just seemed to take pride in seeing that we learned to speak […]

Railroad work passed down from generation

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyons Although this woman from lma has rarely written about the railroad heritage in our family we certainly had our share of railroaders. Mother’s father, Frank Clough, was Super-intendent of Bridges, Buildings, and Water-works between here and El Paso when he worked for the El Paso and Northeastern Rail-road […]

Family had share of railroaders

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyons Although this woman from lma has rarely written about the railroad heritage in our family we certainly had our share of railroaders. Mother’s father, Frank Clough, was Superintendent of Bridges, Buildings, and Waterworks between here and El Paso when he worked for the El Paso and Northeastern Railroad […]

Hearing from former students always a joy

by Lynn Moncus Each year as Rattler Reunion approaches, excitement builds in those of us who are proud of our heritage in the Tucumcari Public Schools. Some of us are fortunate enough to be doubly proud because we graduated from T.H.S. and also were privileged to teach there. For some reason, this former teacher has […]

Celebrate your freedoms, vote as you see fit

By Lynn Moncus Being a member of the over-the-hill-gang certainly has its advantages because we can remember times that were and be thankful to have lived during them. For instance, we can remember when we weren’t battered by politics and politicians for more than a few months at a time. In fact, we rarely were […]

Cast iron skillet still a favorite in her kitchen

By Lynn Moncus An article in the Albuquerque Journal about cast iron skillets and their continued popularity certainly caught my attention because I rarely cook a meal without using one. Several of my friends have teased me about my clinging to those special utensils and guarding them as if they were of great value. Well, […]

Olympic fakery less troubling than political moves

Freedom New Mexico There have certainly been some genuinely thrilling moments so far at the Beijing Olympics, including a few that didn’t involve Michael Phelps. What is mildly troubling is how many of the thrilling moments have turned out to be fake. It is widely known now that 9-year-old Lin Miaoke, the achingly cute and […]

Change and culture shock are keys to great beginnings

By Lynn Moncus Not long ago, a friend and I were talking about culture shock, the idea that confusion can result in a sudden change in environment especially if a person hasn’t been prepared for such a change. This young man had just returned from a country in which he witnessed a totally different lifestyle […]

No place like home on high plains for Rattlers

By Lynn Moncus Each time the Rattler Reunion paper arrives, those of us who are alumni of Tucumcari High School take time to go through it page by page and picture by picture because we are eager to recall the great time we had last year and know that we are now gearing up for […]

Friends nurture healing

By Lynn Moncus Life certainly can change a little rapidly at times and sort of leave us wondering just what happened. This woman from Ima learned more about our medical facilities than she ever wanted to know when the body decided to slow her down. Few people have been as fortunate as I to have […]