In search of ponies: Picking up after hen egg-sasperating

Sharna Johnson Oh yeah, I’m sure the neighbors think I’m odd when they see me trudging around. Head down, eyes to the ground, I sweep my foot through the few patches of tall grass that have managed to grow — incidentally sprouted near spots on my multi-patched hose where the mends have given out. Some […]

In Search of Ponies: ‘You go Gilligan’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Yeah, he likes the turtle neck… and the cardigan too. And the brighter the color, the bouncier his step. Poor Gilligan, yes, I’m outing him. I’d like to think he just appreciates the extra warmth, but it’s pretty obvious it’s not that simple. And no, I don’t think it […]

Fire safety should be on your mind

Freedom New Mexico Our leaders in Washington, when not rationally discussing the issues of the day in meaningful and noncombative ways (yeah, right), frequently find time to designate or support days, weeks and months for awareness of certain causes. While the nation’s founders would wonder what in Betsy Ross’ bonnet Congress was wasting its time […]

Faith is real message of Christmas

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Yeah, I still believe in Santa Claus. In fact I’ve got a baseball cap with a Santa tassel on top that proclaims the fact. As a youngster Santa Claus was always a big deal at our house. In the early years for our family some years were pretty […]

Risque celebration may not fly in Clovis

By Grant McGee: Local columnist So what are you doing to ring in the New Year? Going to a party? Watching TV? Sleeping? If we had a big celebration on Main Street to welcome 2007, would you go? I mean New York has its brilliant ball of glittering crystal dropping in Times Square, New Orleans […]

Friend upholds scrappy relationship

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist My friend hasn’t been in touch much recently. Barney from New Jersey used to call quite often, our conversations normally ending with one of us slamming down the receiver. Barney thinks New Mexico is a backward state and that I am a hick columnist. It’s not too hard to understand […]

12/23 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the discarded ornaments attic boss while strolling around in the attic the other day i stumbled into a sea of christmas tree ornaments there were red ones gold ones blue ones green ones and […]

Revenge didn’t used to include guns

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Some people are going to think I’m insensitive. I refer to the news out of the suburbs of Tacoma, Wash., that three teenagers were arrested last week for allegedly plotting a Columbine-style massacre at their high school. It is unknown how serious the alleged plan was. Authorities say the students — […]

God’s trust is two-way street

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I threw down the newspaper in disgust. God, who was sitting in the recliner next to mine watching the baseball playoffs, glanced over. “Relax,” he said, “the campaign will be over in a few days.” “It’s not that,” I said. “Then what?” I handed God the newspaper. He put on his […]

End of summer brings back memories

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, the end of July was a time of the jitters. Summer was waning, and already I could hear the forlorn tolling of school bells. I mentioned that fact to my friend Smooth Heine one morning as we smoked grape leaves in snakeweed pipes behind his father’s barn. […]