Maypole tradition fraught with danger

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers It’s a mystery to me how a pagan fertility dance ever found a place in Bible-thumping Portales and became a 77-year honored tradition. I’m speaking, of course, about Maypole at Portales High School. While I didn’t attend this year, I got close enough to the action this week in putting […]

PHS grads celebrate success

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Ashley Birkholz, right, listens to valedictorian Jeremy Smith’s address to the class during Portales High School commencement exercises Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is […]

At least black-eyed peas aren’t fattening

By Karl Terry: Local columnist Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a […]

Creativity evolves from past memories

By Clyde Davis The writing student with an exceptional talent for storytelling was talking with me about his fiction, a field to which I’d encouraged him to devote some time and energy. It became a discussion of style and approach when I told him there was a certain element in his writing that resembled the […]

Letter can simplify Christmas tradition

By Helena Rodriguez Hola, dear family, friends and readers of this column. Whether you’re a devoted reader or you stumbled onto this page while hunting for the sports section, season’s greetings to all. It’s time for my annual Christmas letter. Wait. I’ve never written a Christmas letter. What the heck, there’s a first time for […]

Fair is steep in tradition

Clyde Davis The routine didn’t vary much, from year to year nor from fair to fair. We would skirt around the lights and crowds of the midway, which was already beginning to fill with groups of kids shuffling through the twilight. We would move beyond its smells of French fries and sugar-laden cotton candy, roast […]

Tradition plays huge part in Passover festival

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer While most Christians in the Clovis area are preparing to celebrate Easter, a few area residents observed the far more ancient Jewish festival of Passover on Monday night and Tuesday. “In the Jewish religion, family is intertwined with the religion. There really is no separation of the religion […]

Never misjudge the power of tradition

By Clyde Davis There are, of course, a few bowl games left, like the last swirls of water after you drain a hot tub. Even as I write this, I anticipate watching one tonight. There may also be remaining pieces of fruit cake, if they are not stale, and since many in our group of […]

There is value and power in holiday tradition

Clyde Davis There are, of course, a few bowl games left, like the last swirls of water after you drain a hot tub. Even as I write this, I anticipate watching one tonight. There may also be remaining pieces of fruit cake, if they are not stale, and since many in our group of friends […]

Posadas annual tradition revisited

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — Sylvia Baca’s great-grandfather, Nicolas Baca, participated in Las Posadas, a Mexican reenactment of the birth of Christ, as a young man and told her of the long Posadas processions in Encino. Last week, Baca not only attended her first Posadas, she and her sisters also played host to one at […]

‘Day of the Dead’ to be held for ENMU students

By Mike Linn Those who knew Eric Hodgest say they don’t need his picture to see his face. Or to remember his smile. Or even his charm. Still, Hodgest’s photo, along with those of three other Eastern New Mexico University students, will be displayed on an altar today in ENMU’s Campus Union Building Ballroom. Hodgest, […]

Individual freedom most important

Tibor Machan When social life becomes politicized, one is tempted to present one’s wishes to politicians and bureaucrats, because they have the power to fulfill them. For example, a resident wishes that a local restaurant not play music he doesn’t like. Even though the bureaucracies dealing with these matters gave permission for the restaurant to […]