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If you want to start a revealing conversation ask the question, “If you could witness only one event in the history of mankind, what event would it be?” Many events jump into my mind, such as watching Jesus perform one of his miracles or being present when Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

There is deep concern in our communities and vulnerable populations across the state about a topic that impacts many New Mexicans: The idea th…

“I don’t need all of your drama!” Why would a person say this? Is there someone you think of when you read this line? Would you like more or l…

Why is it usually the case that the most positive collection of thoughts ever spoken about a person are shared after the person dies? We always hear such kind words sp…

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Two things I know. Today is the youngest you will ever be for the rest of your life. When the sun rises tomorrow you will be another day older.

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If you are feeling down or depressed, do something kind for someone else. Don’t expect any return back and see what happens. In other words, if your life is not fulfil…

You might have heard about work that the Environmental Protection Agency and New Mexico Environment Department are doing to clean up contaminated groundwater at severa…

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There have been a lot of game changers since COVID-19 began — including the virus itself, which has completely upended our way of life, across the globe. For two years…

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In New Mexico elections, the most confusing decisions we make involve voting for judges.

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Rebecca Dow looks fabulous on that horse, don’t you think? Poised to gallop toward the camera, with a posse of tough cowboys behind her. I would hire that camera crew …

On a small busy cobblestone street I walked by a girl wearing a T-shirt reading “I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY.” I didn’t want to impose on her so I didn’t say anything to h…

On the afternoon of April 6, the U.S. Forest Service set the Las Dispensas prescribed fire, a 1,200-acre project intended to help the Gallinas Watershed, the primary w…

We are currently living through one of the worst natural disasters in the history of New Mexico, and by the time it is over, this could easily be one of the worst natu…

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There is just something special about mothers that is hard to fully explain. It involves emotions and generally gratitude for the sacrifices they make. I learned to ap…

SILVER CITY — A lot of young people these days start their working lives carrying a backpack full of bricks. I’m talking about student loan debt. I didn’t suffer this …

Well, the month of May is here. Which of its days are you most excited about? Do you have any graduates among your family and friends this year? Or is Cinco de Mayo th…

Last year, we saw California burn, whispering to ourselves, “There by the grace of God go I,” and knowing that climate change could and would deal New Mexico the same hand.

The best time ever might be the next time. Maybe, just maybe, by giving it all that you have, the next time will be the best.

Editor’s note: Elon Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for roughly $44 billion on Monday, a few days after this column was originally published in The Independen…

LAS CRUCES — One of the questions in a recent news quiz for the Saturday morning show from the farmers market on KTAL-LP FM community radio was, “Can you name any of t…

Weather has been crazy and almost bipolar again. Today (at the time of this writing) examples, 70-something degrees with winds at 35 mph. I don’t want to go out to do …

When Rep. Rod Montoya, R-Farmington, recently urged school districts to ignore the state Public Education Department, he drew flak from the Albuquerque Journal for “fo…

Suppose the office manager of your nonprofit organization had to leave town urgently for a family emergency in another city.

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I can’t believe my third grade teacher did that! I was old, a third grader. I did not belong back with the young kids in first grade. I could not sleep that night. I w…

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It appears a number of you guys and gals are a bit worried about events taking place on the other side of the planet. Rightly so. I’ve been asked, “How did you know?” …