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Columns

  • Aliens are cool after all

    As a service to our readers, I took a little time off to cover the Rose Bowl Parade, thus providing a first-hand account of the reception to the New Mexico float.Note I was the only New Mexico columnist to make this sacrifice. Please, a little applause here.OK, it wasn’t like going off to Iraq in a flak jacket, but surviving Los Angeles traffic where a million other folks want to do the same thing you want to do is no trivial accomplishment.Your humble correspondent wasn’t the only New Mexican there to gaze upon our float.

  • Thinking Makes It So: And here's to you, Joe Fazio

    Thank you for your comments! Last week’s “Thinking Makes It So” discussed the sparkling miasma of mystery surrounding one Joe Fazio, who remains at the top of Poemhunter.com’s “Top 500 Poets,” well above Dylan Thomas, John Keats, William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost, and a full 46 poets ahead of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the elegant sonneteer.One nonplussed reader, whom I’ll refer to as Anthony, said he found it peculiar that Fazio’s name only tops the “complete list” of the Top 500.

  • Off and on: Richardson still doing his job

    It seems the campaign for president did not keep Gov.

  • Off and On: Some humor to start the year off right

    Always like to start the new year with a smile. Hope these items from newspapers around the nation – not ours thankfully – will do the trick.

    • Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

    • Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

    • Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted

    • Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case

    • Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents

  • Thinking Makes It So: The poetry 500 and the poet hunter

    On Poemhunter.com, a resource I frequently use to find specific poems, Pablo Neruda ranks above William Shakespeare.

  • Thinking Makes It So: One more holiday letter to write

    Every New Year’s Eve, I write a letter to myself. “Dear Kelly,” I begin. Then I try to think of something that one year in the future, will be meaningful. I describe my life as I see it. Am I kind? Do I make good decisions? I aim for objectivity, almost to the point of harshness: Do I waste my days? Will anyone be happy to see me die?I write goals: Do a nice triple pirouette or publish a poem, maybe, although I hope I didn’t propose those last year.

  • Guest Opinion: Tax credits needed to improve schools

    The failures of public education both here in New Mexico and in the United States as a whole are well-documented.

  • A crock of talk

    So what was all that drivel about making a big investment in science this year?In fact, for two years now, the U.S.

  • Ornaments add festive air to events

    A special joy at Christmastime is to bring out the family’s old ornaments and enjoy each one again. We pick out ones that add a certain design to the tree.For the season, I choose three classics from my boxes full of air pollution affairs and hang them on this year’s evergreen. The glow fills the crannies amongst nobler glories.The plan sprang to life when a friend, call him Dave, stopped to chat from his truck as I walked along an idle street. Dave is a master of plopping quips on your plate.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Neruda's nitrogen base composition

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column about Pablo Neruda, the greatest poet who ever lived, according to Gabriel Garca Mrquez, not according to me. Mrquez has more authority on the matter, what with a canon of extremely popular published books to his name, and me with my long-ish list of Monitor page 4s. So we’ll just assume he’s right, while silently TP-ing Neruda’s soul in our minds.Anyhow, in that particular “Thinking Makes It So,” I spoke at some length of a treasure I found, of all places, in a book of Neruda’s love sonnets.