Each dog, big or small, has its own perspective

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Some days I think my two dogs swapped bodies somewhere along the line. Let me explain that I own one dog, Ranger, who is about 80 pounds and is most likely a mix of Labrador retriever, pit bull and maybe some German shepherd, and another one, Maggie, who is 8 […]

Peanuts hold historical value for me, Portales

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Growing up in Goober Gulch you learn things can get a little nutty, especially in the month of October when the legumes ripen. Not only did I grow up in Goober Gulch, the story goes my mother actually found me under a peanut vine. That’s a pretty incredible story since […]

Giving a gift can come back to haunt your dreams

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist Have you ever had one of those moments where you wish you hadn’t given a gift to someone? We all have those moments of regret where a gift that we have given was not a good fit, brought about problems or even resulted in injury. For myself it is sort […]

So lost, not even a human atlas could help

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Ever been so lost even Rand McNally couldn’t find you? It happened to my favorite sister and I last weekend while trying to find our way out of Midland, Texas. Even George W. Bush eventually found his way out of Midland but I was beginning to think I was going […]

Introverts not well understood, not that they really care

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor It seems that lately, on Facebook at least, introverts like me are standing up for themselves, but  I wonder why my fellow introverts feel they have to get militant. Introverts are people who light up with stuff from their own heads.  Extraverts light up with what they get from […]

Children’s faith restored in light of generosity

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist   “Each year the great pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch he thinks is the most sincere . . . I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one.” Linus van Pelt “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”   Good grief Charlie Brown, is […]

I’m not fazed by the sight of blood

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist The sight of blood has never slowed me down, whether it was mine or someone else’s. One of the best examples of this occurred back in the old days of newspaper layout when we worked with sharp items like X-Acto knives. One day I ran one of those little knives […]

Just when summer is planned, it’s over

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Labor Day is upon us and another summer is fading. I’m not too sure how the season got away from me. Seems only yesterday that thoughts of a relaxing summer were going through my head. Instead it’s almost over. I finally sliced my first watermelon of the season this last […]

Draper: America’s schools may not be so bad after all

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor My column’s loyal following (and thank you, sir or madam) may remember that I recently took our education system to task. “We don’t respect education like Finland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore,” the top five nations in education, I said. Comes now John Draper of the National […]

Even near disaster can’t dull love of okra

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist I love the vegetables of summer. I came about the love naturally, back when we deep-fried many of the veggies from the garden. Taters, onions, squash, sometimes tomatoes but most of all okra were all subjected to hot oil and sometimes a pretty heavy breading. Maybe it wasn’t the healthiest […]