Take chances to make 2008 great

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist If 2007 wasn’t exactly heaven, then 2008 should be great. Like that rhyme? How about these? With ’08 comes the great debate. Lose weight in ’08. Mate in ’08. End hate in ’08. Whatever fate awaits you in ’08, have a happy new year. May your resolutions continue long past […]

Following one’s passion worth most any risk

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Shocking news made headlines with the death of pilot Guy “Doc” Baldwin who crashed while performing in last week’s Tucumcari air show. It was sudden, sad and unexpected. Nor did anyone expect “alligator man” Steve Irwin, who spent years mingling with deadly beasts, to have a stingray thrust a barb into […]

Graduates could use words of wisdom

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist It’s hard to believe that 21 years ago it was me walking across the stage to receive my high school diploma from Portales High School. I was filled with ambition, dreams and a strong determination to be somebody. I had a specific plan of action and then, from there on, […]

Dreams helped resolve gambling addiction

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Many people don’t make New Year’s resolutions because they’ll break them. But my resolutions, which I’ve been slow in revealing, are based on years of hard work, prayers and recent dreams I’ve had to reaffirm them. Life is not a gamble, so I’ve made a big decision to completely stop […]

Sleepy genius of Rip Van Winkle underappreciated

Ryn Gargulinski What do we all want, need and cannot live without? No, it’s not the $84 fuzzy shearling slippers from the latest Cabelas catalog. It’s our dear friend sleep. Studies have shown normal adults need at least eight hours of sleep per day. When we say “normal” we mean those who do not aim […]

Author of life will have last word

By Curtis Shelburne Recently my younger brother Jim and I walked among the headstones dotting the small country cemetery nestled near the Edith Community a little over eight miles outside of Robert Lee, Texas. Well-kept but absolutely blending in with their surroundings, the headstones had grown up where once only mesquite trees and prickly pears […]

Older, wiser, but still on fire

By Julia Keller: Chicago Tribune Female rockers blaze new trails on the route to creative freedom. It works like this: When you’re young, you dream big dreams. Wild dreams. Outrageous dreams. Then you grow up, get married, make a family. Along the way, you wad up the dream like a tie-dyed T-shirt – the kind […]