Chanclas: Effective as good paddles

Helena Rodriguez: CNJ columnist This month’s issue of Latina magazine features a short story on chanclas, you know, the old flip-flops or sandals that abuela used to whack you with? Chanclas still make good paddles, but these days, they also make great fashion statements. During my childhood, it was the infamous “pink sandal” that we […]

Tamales hard to keep around, fun to make

Helena Rodriguez Trivia: What’s the most popular gift unwrapped during the holidays in New Mexico? Answer: Tamales. Don’t you just love tamales? Who doesn’t? There’s even a popular children’s book by Gary Soto called “Too Many Tamales.” But as my daughter, Laura, and I found out last week, you can never have too many tamales. […]

Grandma was a snuff-spitting joker

Don McAlavy This story comes from John Paul Pitts, a Texas oil man. He was 9 years old when he feared the world had come to an end near Wink, Texas, about 200 miles south of Clovis. This was in 1940, on a Saturday night, long after the sun had set. A mess of roughnecks […]

Tricking elderly out of money outrageous

Ned Cantwell: State columnist The corporate thugs who screwed Enron employees out of their retirement savings are saints compared to these guys. Your daughter brings home one of these guys and you tell her to go out and find someone nicer, like maybe a paid assassin. We’re talking about the cruds who cozy up to […]