The death of the living room

UNEMPLOYED LAYOFFS

Kristen Jordan Shamus The grand shuffle is in full swing. To make way for a new member of the family, a big change was in order. My home office, which doubled as a spare room, was dismantled to become our older daughter’s bedroom. Julia got to keep the queen-size spare bed with the caveat that […]

Interrogated interviewee illustrates ignorance

Baxter Black An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?” I assume he’d mistaken me as an […]

Cleanliness requires effort

Russell Anglin While making a stop on my reporting rounds Monday afternoon, I paused for a second before getting into my car to absorb my surroundings. My location provided me a particularly good vantage point from which I could take in the scenic landforms surrounding our fine city. My mind cleared as I shifted contemplation […]

Tucumcari encourages frugality

After living here officially for one month, I am pleased to report that living in Tucumcari is entirely possible. Aren’t you all relieved? Sure, if I want to do my laundry after 8 p.m., I need a washboard. If I want a large French fry after midnight, I had better have some potatoes in the […]

Living an abundant life not a sin

Leonard Lauriault One Sunday many years ago, our songleader came along introducing himself as if he were running for office as “John Doe — Democrat.” He often did fun things like that. As he went by, and keeping in mind that this was at church, I wondered how I’d describe myself religiously. I decided it […]

Comments from the canyon: Therapy possible after most recent ‘computer age’ experience

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist Life on this corner is never dull, but it is sometimes more frustrating than this woman from Ima can tolerate. Living in the “computer age” is a remarkable experience, one that is indescribable by those of us who were born in another era. Yes, I have been playing with computers […]

Friends give us new view of relatives

Through the many years we have been visiting, we have mentioned the major privilege of living on one’s home area and knowing several generations of most of the residents. We know we are among friends when they mention having known other generations of our family. Recently, for instance, I had the opportunity to do a […]

Plants, humans often have same growth requirements

By Leonard Lauriault Earth Day is celebrated this week, and each year, our elementary school celebrates this holiday at the Tucumcari Outdoor Classroom, just north of the school. Last year, I demonstrated some plant growth requirements and since man has similar needs, I converted the presentation into an article. First, for a seed to become […]

Tucumcari homicide suspect nabbed in Washington state

By Paula Horton: The Daily World What started as a traffic stop by Grays Harbor Sheriff’s deputies in Washington state may have ended up nabbing a New Mexico murder suspect who’s been on the lam for eight years, according to Undersheriff Rick Scott. When a man was stopped for DUI just after midnight on Oct. […]

Are you made in the spittin’ image?

By Leonard Lauriault Often when a baby is born, people try to connect facial features with the parents or some other close relative. Sometimes that’s easy because the baby is the spittin’ image of her mother. Other times, it’s not so easy and you know there’s a stretch when someone says, “He’s got George’s nose. […]