Mating rituals same across species

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Grackles are everywhere around Clovis and the High Plains. They’ve been doing their “rites of spring” thing. No doubt you’ve seen these big black birds too. The males fluff themselves up, arch their wings and vibrate their feathers. I wonder what goes through the females’ minds while watching the males […]

Peanut butter a diverse miracle spread

By Grant McGee Sunland Peanuts, on U.S. Highway 70 between Clovis and Portales, recently had the grand opening of its peanut butter plant. I got to go on a tour of the place. The peanuts go in, get roasted, mooshed up, seasoned and the delicious stuff is shot into jars. Then I saw what, to […]

There can be no satisfaction without God

By Judy Brandon, Local Columnist When I was growing up, my parents had many good friends who were in seminary at the same time they were. I cannot help but remember a trip where our family and one other went to the Missouri State Fair in 1955. Their two children were the same ages as […]

Sadly, dumpster-diving days long gone

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist When I took the trash out the other day, I realized my dumpster-diving days are over. There, by the dumpster, was a really good designer chair. I looked at the thing. All that was wrong with it was the canvas on the seat had given way. A good cleaning, a […]

Slow down, you move too fast

By Curtis Shelburne Phooey! Pfui! Rats! I think I’m getting a cold. It’s still early in the experience, and I hope that maybe I just sucked up enough dust working on sheet rock last night that the dust is to blame for what feels like the beginnings of a cold. Maybe it’s not a bug […]

Clovis culture night coming

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I really am at a loss when it comes to what some words mean. Now, don’t tell me to go get a dictionary. Remember I am an English teacher; I frequently tell others to go get a dictionary. What I mean is, after I have seen the word defined, I […]

It takes a critical eye to get rid of junk

By Grant McGee An acquaintance of mine was tidying up his Clovis home recently. As I approached his house I wondered if he were having a garage sale. There was all this stuff in the driveway. I don’t really know why folks hold on to stuff. I was telling my mom I was writing about […]

Clutter becoming more inviting in home

My friend Mary Reyes of Abilene, Texas, does not have a messy house. I repeat: Her house is not messy. I call it “tastefully cluttered.” Maybe you know someone like Mary. I believe there’s a little charm to this term, “tastefully cluttered,” which I coined myself. You are not likely to hear it used on […]

Road-side trash is another man’s treasure

There are stories in those things people throw from their cars and trucks as they zip down the road. Riding my bicycle, I’ve become acquainted with the flotsam and jetsam along the roads of Curry County. The message of most of the stuff is litterers have no consideration for others: Drink cups and bags from […]

May a good month for utter randomness

Bob Huber: Local columnist I don’t go a-Maying anymore, nor do I bring home the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort. But now that I’m officially seniored, I’ve thought about returning to that celebration, because there’s bound to be some good in it. But what I really like to do nowadays is celebrate birthdays […]