Category Archives: Opinions

Consider the much-maligned prickly pear

By   Alice Liles

Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog, Cactus are Cool, an extension of my other blog The Bright Lights of Muleshoe, on June 17, 2016. I have edited this story for length because the original had many more pictures. But you can still see those images if you go to the website listed at the end of the story. And give the devil its due; prickly pear really does produce some beautiful flowers. Just don’t try to pick them!

A cautionary tale about the box of family pictures

By Alice Liles

Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog The Bright Lights of Muleshoe on July 19, 2016. After researching the Ladies Golf Association story that was in last week’s paper and thinking about the frustration of working with the old photographs without labels and dates, I thought this story might be timely. It’s not about Muleshoe, but it’s about something everyone in Muleshoe can relate to.

Last week I drove to Graham, Texas, loaded with four boxes of pictures. You know, those boxes we all seem to have, the final resting place of ancient family pictures, early pictures of the current family, and odds and ends of family records that you don’t really know what to do with but aren’t quite willing to throw away.

The Muleshoe Ladies Golf Association

By Alice Liles

Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog on August 19. I found some interesting old pictures of the golf course while researching this story and also saw what it takes to put on a successful women’s tournament this past weekend.

Way back in 1954 when the Muleshoe Golf Course was coming to be, women weren’t exactly welcomed at golf courses and country clubs anywhere (Think Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia, then, and even as recently as 2012, right?),

Focus on Faith: ‘Sensdistra is good for what ails ya!’

A good commercial can be a lot of fun. I’m thinking about the TV sort. You know — cave men, lizards with British accents. That sort of thing.
But I am full to overflowing (yea, verily, to nausea) with two other TV ad-types — those pumped out by slime-oozing lawyers and those peddled by drug pushers. Let’s tackle the latter.
I am very thankful indeed for the availability of needed medications that make our lives much better. But whatever side of the political spectrum you find yourself on, is it hard to figure out that our medical system is messed up, wasteful, unaffordable, and in need of massive change?

Dewberries and poison ivy: Vines that keep on giving

By Alice Liles

Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog The Bright Lights of Muleshoe on May 10, 2016. For those of you not fortunate enough to grow up picking wild dewberries, dewberries are basically native blackberries that grow with wild abandon in the wetter areas of Texas. Wikipedia says they are common in the Northern Hemisphere and are considered a beneficial weed. What I am familiar with are those found in the Hill Country and the Gulf Coast of Texas. Dewberries are good to eat right off the vine, but also make wonderful cobblers and jelly. The problem is that wherever dewberries grow is also where poison ivy tends to grow, so many times you can’t have one without the other. This is a story about one of those times.