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Tom McDonald

Dispatch New Mexico

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November 21, 2017

Thanks to a world that’s ‘wide enough’ By Tom McDonald It’s that time of year, when America gives thanks. It’s my favorite holiday of the year, and for good reason. Not only is it good for my soul to count my many blessings, it is also time for my annual trip to home and hearth…. Read More ›

Blogging

Change is challenging

I posted this about two years ago and – with a few updates – I think it is worth repeating. Although WordPress has been more of a challenge than I anticipated, I’m glad I switched. An important lesson I’ve learned is that you can go to You Tube and get clear instructions on how to… Read More ›

Sorrow

In the valley

Why does today have to hurt so much? Don’t say you’ve never been there. We all have days we don’t think we’ll make it through breakfast much less through the rest of the day. To deny our hurt, loneliness, pain, isolation, anger, discontent or whatever name you put to your well of sadness or sorrow,… Read More ›

Amaryllis in Bloom

I am old, but that’s okay

Every once in a while I catch my reflection in a store window and am puzzled by the stranger looking back at me. Yes, I do look at my reflection every day when I’m putting on makeup, but that’s different, that’s a feature by feature application that doesn’t require looking at the whole picture, the… Read More ›

News or Hype?

I know it has never really been this way, but in an ideal journalism world, news is reported not made by the media. In truth – especially during political seasons (which seem to be perpetual nowadays) – the media decides what we should think about candidates and how we will act in the voting booth,… Read More ›

The Optimist

Ever the Optimist

I heard a new definition of pessimist recently. A pessimist is an optimist with experience. I am, as the song from South Pacific goes – a cockeyed optimist. I haven’t quite made it to pessimist, but I do have my days. There are many surprises in life, some of which make it difficult to maintain… Read More ›

Yes or No

Yes and No. Yes or No.

I’ve been a community and church volunteer for most of my adult life. It’s taken me this long to learn the best advice for being trusted and trustworthy. “No,” and “Yes,” are complete sentences. No, is a complete sentence. Too often we use the excuse method of telling people we don’t want do something. “Oh,… Read More ›

Irritated Worrywart? NEVER!

Do not, under any circumstances, leave your purse or wallet in the car, or anything else of value. Never, ever. A friend and I were out of town on Sunday. She parked in a parking lot and when I got out of the car, I left my purse and a bag containing my snow boots,… Read More ›

Time goes by...

A Rooster Tale – Happy 2016

  When I was a kid, we lived in a trailer house on my grandparents’ place. They had a farm with requisite chicken coop, cows, and garden. It was also the residence of the meanest rooster God ever created. It had wild red eyes that glowed in the dark, sleek reddish-brown and dark green feathers,… Read More ›

One Drop at a Time

The ripple effect of kindness

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) Unfortunately much of the daily news is horrific. Thank the Lord for broadcasters who attempt in some small part to find one “good news” story to report, or… Read More ›

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