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How to get a grownup to eat her vegetables

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com I ought to be ashamed to admit this, but I’ve been a legal adult for years and I still have a hard time making myself eat…

Backstreets girl

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com For people with foodie leanings, the closing of a favorite restaurant is somewhere between the loss of an old friendship and the demise of a romance.…

How To Make Almost Anyone Happy with One Small Effort

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Sometimes, in the course of daily life, you need a quick fix for whatever’s gone wrong, or even right. You had a bad day, you need…

The Christmas Memoir

I have had less Christmas spirit than the Grinch lately, a problem somewhat compounded by the relentless cheerfulness on all sides.  This has caused consternation among my friends, so, to…

It’s been 11 years: Let’s not forget

Millions of Americans were on their way to work that fateful morning when tragedy struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, bringing terrorism to the shores of the…

A cloud hanging over us

Ever have one of those days – or weeks – where you feel like there’s a little black cloud hanging over you, raining down on your head? Some friends and…

Election coming, ready or not

If you haven’t already heard, there will be an election in November. The U.S. will seat a president, whether incumbent Barack Obama or newcomer Mitt Romney. Congressional candidates are covering…

True or mostly false

While I realize this is going to come as a shock to some folks, it’s about time we were told the truth: Not everything on the Internet is real. This…

Why it’s impossible to DO anything

Theoretically, I am on summer break. I have a whole list of things I want to do, projects that will be fun and restorative. I can’t wait to start them,…

Cat Goddesses

    My beloved and I are happy to announce that on Wednesday we welcomed another member into our family. Yes, our oldest daughter (O.D.) and son-in-law have done their…