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The empty cup, a Valentine’s Day story

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They heard the voice say, “It’s hard to fill a cup that’s already full.”

The couple could no longer hear each other. Their relationship had become one responsibility after another. A mortgage must be paid, there were meetings to attend, children must be looked after and aging parents cared for.

When was the last time they really looked at each other? He notices that she no longer has the figure she used to and the temperature of their home is now slightly above freezing inside. Do they really make love anymore, or should they call it something else like duty or obligation?

She is sad, frustrated and depressed. She has carried these feelings for so long it feels like she’s...

It’s okay to turn around

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There is an expression that says, “No matter how far you travel down the road you can always turn around?” When I first heard the statement my immediate thought was this is a gentle way of correcting men who struggle to accept the fact they took a wrong turn somewhere on the road. However, the more I reflected on the expression the more I realized this is really a statement about the courage it takes to change the way we think or behave when a better alternative has been presented to us.

I trust the following examples will make this point clear for you.

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Do you know that since 1958 it has been known that supplemental chromium (a mineral) will prevent and treat diabetes as...

Veterans, active-duty to be honored by legislature

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SANTA FE —Military veterans and active-duty personnel will be honored at the State Capitol in Santa Fe on Jan. 31 during Military and Veterans Day at the 2018 Legislature.

This annual day during the legislative session is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country.

The highlight every year is a noon ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda honoring not only active-duty personnel and veterans, but also a particular segment of the military community. This year’s ceremony will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the 50th...

Familiarity doesn’t have to breed contempt in intimate business partnerships

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One advantage of running a small business with family or friends is that the principals know and are committed to one another and the success of their enterprise. But intimate partnerships also have potential relationship-based perils, some of which could cause work-force demoralization, legal problems and even failure.

The trick to making a small venture succeed is to acknowledge these risks from the start and institute processes to contain or minimize them.

Conflicts are inevitable, so prepare for them: Disputes arise in all businesses, but they’re harder to conceal in a small operation that doesn’t have a formal complaints-resolution process or human resources personnel...

NM KIDS COUNT data book shows some improvement, some decline in child well-being

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High rates of child poverty continue to hamper further progress

SANTA FE — Several indicators of child well-being are showing improvement in New Mexico, but a persistently high rate of children living in poverty continues to cast a pall over the state. That is the overall conclusion in the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, released Jan. 16 by New Mexico Voices for Children at 10 am at the Roundhouse to coincide with the start of the legislative session.

The theme of this year’s report is “At a Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Child Well-being in New Mexico” to reflect unprecedented changes at the federal level as well as the fact that this year New Mexico voters will elect...
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