Category: Views

Opinions and Essays

Sharon Vander Meer

A musing

Thoughts on aging I am old but it pisses me off… makes my blood boil… grinds on me… is a rude awakening when people treat me like I’m old. Even worse, I recall treating old people the same – or worse – when I was young. The following […]

The Fence

Second time around

A quick run down on some of the posts from this year you might have missed! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! American Gold Star Mothers: Becky Christmas, a Wagon Mound, N.M. woman, has been actively involved in American Gold Star Mothers Inc., for many years. Following the […]

Tom McDonald

Dispatch New Mexico

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]