Betty J. Slade

 

  • Understanding the other lane

    Not many know Doug Gould as the Big Wheel. He is definitely known as the friendliest guy in Pagosa, the one sporting a Navy ball cap. I met him at lunch one day. He immediately struck up a conversation telling me how he had moved from Taos, NM to Pagosa in 2003. The hot springs brought him here. I asked him what his greatest accomplishment was. I expected something big, dangerous and very personal, but heard something all too familiar. "I had a 1939 Packard Woody station wagon. There were only 4…

  • To still, steal or steel

    Moonshine on the Blanco - Heaven forbid! You can tell when winter has gone on too long and cabin fever is setting in. My Sweet Al is watching TV shows about moonshine and bootleggers. He contends that he's an outside person, but it's too cold to be out and about. For now, winter has him socked in with socks up in his recliner. He's lost and not sure what to do with himself. Captivated by the backwoods people, he left the television blaring and ran to tell me that they made over $1,000 in illegal…

  • The ending - finish strong

    At the end of the day, my Sweet Al looks over at me and says, "We sure do have a good life. When a man has a good wife, a dog by his side and the remote in his hand, he's a happy husband." And, I say, "Yes, we've had our problems and sorrows. I could've rung your neck many times when it came to your dog, I bit my tongue often, but we have had a good life. We have peace, a great family, we have each other and Jesus is in our hearts. All is good." In living, who would have thought we would be sayi…

  • That's the way the cookie crumbles

    Call it a diet, eating right or just getting healthy; however you label it, it is that time of year. Neither habits nor pounds on the scale have changed since my son moved to Pagosa. His version of family dinner wouldn't be complete without ample heavy cream and butter. I have decided that this will be the year to lose the weight. I will have to get tough on myself, but I'm resolved. No more jumping on a diet on Jan. 1, only to slip back to cookies and cakes by Jan. 15. I read in Proverbs, "Cons…


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